A Major Donation Means Renovations for Woodridge Park

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COLUMBIA - The Cosmopolitan Luncheon Club will give the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department $125,000 Monday. 

The money will help renovate 20-year-old Woodridge Park. Park Planning and Development Superintendent Mike Snyder said while it was time to update Woodridge Park anyway, the department wanted to make it more accessible for the area's new residents. 

"With the Ronald McDonald House becoming a next-door neighbor, MU Women's and Children's Hospital moving into the area as well as the Thompson Autism Foundation being really close by, we thought it made sense to make this more of an inclusive playground," Snyder said. 

Park improvements include refurbishing the playground and adding a walking trail to make the park more user-friendly for patients and families using the surrounding medical facilities.

Synder said a local doctor helped kick off the Woodridge Park Project with a personal donation to improve Columbia's parks' accessibility, and using the Cosmo Club's donation, the department also applied for the mathching funds for grant. 

"In total, we have $213,000 to put towards improvements at Woodridge Park," Snyder said.

The Cosmo Club will formally present their donation to the department before the city council meeting on June 16. 

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