Philips Park Dedication set to Take Place Saturday

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COLUMBIA - The Parks and Recreation department has planned a fishing derby in honor of Philips Lake Park's dedication in southern Columbia Saturday morning.The department has teamed up with the Missouri Department of Conservation to add a number of features to the new park.

The new lake, which was previously privately owned, was acquired in 2008 by Columbia Parks and Recreation. Mike Griggs, park service manager, said, "A lot of people don't know that Philips Park is now a public park and that it's open for the public. People can come fish and walk around the trail and really just have a different park than what you might see here at Cosmo."

Craig Gemming, a fisheries biologist for the Missouri Department of Conservation, said that fishermen can expect to catch a wide variety of fish in the lake, from large mouth bass to channel catfish. "It's got a very good fishery. People won't have too much trouble catching fish out there. "

The roughly 40-acre lake features a two-mile walking trail around the perimeter, a fishing dock, a courtesy loading dock, and a concrete boat ramp.

Saturday's event will begin at 9:00 a.m. Registration will last until about 9:30 a.m. when the park dedication begins. Prizes will be awarded to those who catch the first fish and the biggest fish. The event is scheduled to last until 11:30 a.m.

In case of weather cancellations you can call the Parks and Recreation hotline tomorrow at (573) 874-7663.