Mike Griggs

The Columbia City Council approved the creation of a new Columbia Parks and Recreation Fund Monday. The fund will help the department seek donations from corporations to benefit different facilities and programs.

Mike Griggs, the Parks and Recreation director, said the department has to find other sources of revenue to meet increasing operating expenses due to lack of sales tax revenue in Colombia.

“Right now we are looking at it as a way to help generate some extra revenue to help those programs and facilities where we currently don't have adequate funding,” Griggs said.

Accessibility Staff Makes Sure All Can Enjoy Roots N Blues

Oct 7, 2016
Carter Woodiel

For Chuck Graham, a former state senator who uses a wheelchair, attending live music festivals was often more of a hassle than enjoyable.

“I didn’t even enjoy the music because I was so irritated with just the struggle of being able to get there,” he said.

Graham, the accessibility director for the Roots n’ Blues n’ Barbecue Festival, which took place from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2, was determined not to let that happen at Roots n’ Blues.

“I just wanted to make it as easy as possible for other people to get here and just really enjoy live music,” he said.

Columbia Parks to Continue Additional Funding

Nov 4, 2015

After a single issue faced voters last night at the polls, the Parks and Recreation Department of Columbia will continue to receive additional funding from the city’s sales tax.

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.

Long-time Columbia activist dies at age 69

Feb 10, 2014
Scarlett Robertson / KBIA

Columbia says goodbye to longtime activist Wynna Faye Elbert.