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Philips Park construction plans to be discussed Thursday

By Charles Ludeke
April 16, 2009 | 12:01 a.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Residents will be able to review final construction plans of new fishing facilities such as a floating fishing dock, a boat ramp and a courtesy boat dock at A. Perry Philips Park and the 40-acre Philips Lake.

Starting late this spring and in the early summer, the Parks and Recreation Department would begin the Philips Park construction.

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The department will hold a public meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Activity and Recreation Center to discuss the final plans for the first phase of construction of the park, which sits on the south and west side of U.S. 63, north of Gans Road.

"This is our last round of public meetings for this site prior to the plan going to City Council on Monday," Parks Services Manager Mike Griggs said.

The meeting will focus solely on the details of the first phase.

"We're trying to make sure what we're proposing will fit," Griggs said. "We've got to make sure we can do everything we say."

Tentatively, the first phase of construction includes:

After having comment boxes in different Columbia government buildings, the Parks and Recreation Department reviewed them to determine public consensus for park priorities.

The department also posted an online survey in late January for the same purpose.

"We feel that, based on all the input we've got thus far, we have a design that meets the best interest of the public and the best interest of what the Missouri Department of Conservation thinks is needed," Griggs said.

Approved and funded by the 2005 Park Sales Tax, $250,000 will be used to develop the Philips Park area. An additional $157,000 grant from the Missouri Department of Conservation was given to the city to construct fishing facilities for the park, according to the City of Columbia Web site. To match the grant, $52,500 was funded from the City's Phase I development budget.

"It will be our largest lake that's open to the public," Griggs said. "This will be a great site for all the people with their boats that want to get out on the lake."