Mayor Bob McDavid and City Manager Mike Matthes cut the “ribbon” to open the Bonnie View Nature Sanctuary to the public on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. The park dedication was scheduled for Earth Day in order to promote nature and learning in the community.
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.
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.
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.
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.