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Shelby Mann / KBIA

In honor of National Parks and Recreation Month, Columbia Parks and Recreation wants Columbia residents to spend quality time outside.

Bonnie View Nature Sanctuary opens to city

Apr 23, 2014
Stephanie Kawula / KBIA

Bonnie View Nature Sanctuary officially opened to the public Tuesday—just in time to celebrate Earth Day.

Located in the middle of the city, just five miles west of downtown, this park is designed to create a new experience for residents. Its paved paths accommodate large numbers of visitors while the prairies provide the open sanctuary feel.

Mike Griggs, Director of Parks and Recreation, said that having the nature sanctuary dedication on Earth Day was a perfect fit.

Free taillights for Columbia bicyclists

Feb 17, 2014
Blair Ussary / KBIA

Flyers attached to bikes all over the city have the potential to get free taillights for cyclists in Columbia.

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Columbia Parks and Recreation is considering taking control of a 4-mile portion of the MKT trail that connects Columbia with Katy Trail.

Douglass Park
City of Columbia

Columbia’s Parks and Recreation Department is considering two new projects for improvements to Douglass Park.

Columbia Parks and Recreation

The city of Columbia hopes to develop a 30-mile trail loop around the city over the next decade.

KOMU reports that the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department envisions the interconnected trail network as part of its long-range master plan.

Park Development Superintendent Mike Snyder says the project would double the total length of city trails and could cost between $15 million and $25 million. He emphasized that the city has no detailed designs for the trails yet, and the project could take closer to 20 years to become a reality.

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Thousands of Missourians across the state are challenging themselves to log 100 miles of outdoor activity before the year ends. Columbia Parks and Recreation officials held a dedication ceremony for the Greenbriar Trail connector yesterday evening.

For Parks and Recreation Director Mike Griggs, safety for residents was the biggest concern. The new connector trail links about 1,500 homes in the Green Meadows area to the Columbia trail system that were previously without access.

Columbia plans to expand its parks and trails

May 7, 2013
Columbia Parks and Recreation

The City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department is reviewing its 10-year development plan.

Boone County residents are being asked their opinions on a proposal for a new park. Columbia Parks and Recreation is proposing building a park in the 30-acres known as Jay-Dix Station in Boone County just southwest of Columbia. The funding for the $125,000 project was approved as part of a 2010 park sales tax approved by voters.

Columbia Parks and Recreation Department Director Mike Hood says this is something Columbia residents have been asking for.

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Columbia Parks and Recreation Department is moving forward on the contested Grindstone Creek Trail project.

Down by the river

Apr 6, 2012
Scarlett Robertson / KBIA

This week we head down to the Missouri River, hear a technology-centric essay about cell phones and celebrate Easter a few days early.

Columbia parks and rec looking to add new activities

Mar 16, 2012
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Columbia’s Parks and Recreation committee wants suggestions from residents about new outdoor and indoor activities in the city.

Columbia’s Parks and Recreation Department unveiled its new ten-year plan Tuesday during a public meeting at the Activity and Recreation Center.