Today's Question: How should Columbia's new park complex be developed?

Tuesday, September 15, 2009 | 10:01 a.m. CDT; updated 10:57 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, September 15, 2009

COLUMBIA – Proposed changes at A. Perry Philips Park and Gans Creek Recreation Area in Columbia will be up for public discussion again on Sept. 23, following the initial meeting Tuesday at the Activity and Recreation Center. Both are at 6 p.m.

Columbia residents were asked last winter their opinions on different park planning options. Current plans for the park include an ice rink along with another indoor athletic facility and other common park amenities like shelters and fields.

Planners said they incorporated responses from the winter surveys in designing the current proposal. They will be taking more public comments at the meetings and through a web-based survey.

Mayor Darwin Hindman built a legacy on developing and enhancing Columbia's parks system. When the changes are complete, the two sites will make up the second largest park in the city. Needless to say, with the work projected to be complete years down the road, Columbia has a lot at stake in constructing a great product.

What ideas do you have for the development of A. Perry Philips Park and Gans Creek Recreation Area?


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Tammy Miller September 15, 2009 | 2:21 p.m.

If you can't make it to the meetings on 9/15 or 9/23, please take the time to complete an online survey. The survey will be available after on 9/16 and may be found at

The proposed regional plans may be viewed at:

This is a planning document as there are no funds available for regional park development. The master plan will be used to establish potential projects for the City Council to consider as funding becomes available. The 2005 Park Sales Tax expires March, 2011 and presently those funds are committed to other projects as promised to the voters.

The renewal or extension of the Park Sales Tax provides the next best opportunity for regional park development funding. Council will have final decision on when and what projects are funded with the Park Sales Tax.

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Charles Dudley Jr September 15, 2009 | 4:19 p.m.

Vote No on Park Sales Tax and Vote Yes on Fire Dept,Police and EMS Services for our ever growing City.

We have enough parks already.

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John Schultz September 15, 2009 | 9:16 p.m.

You're a few months, if not years, ahead of yourself Chuck.

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Charles Dudley Jr September 16, 2009 | 4:04 a.m.

I don't think so John Schultz being the CFD has to split one of it's crews right now between two fire stations. That is just not good.

This town is growing and all of it's law enforcement,fire department and EMS services must be ahead of the curve with the equipment they need instead of behind the 8 ball.

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Jason Entermyer September 16, 2009 | 7:51 a.m. just don't get it. How do you think your recreation programs at Paquin Towers is funded? It receives funding from the Park Sales Tax in addition to funds from the City's General Fund. Look at the department's budget online and you will see that over $600,000 in Park Sales Tax fund is transferredto Recreation Services to help offset programs that don't generate Paquin, Special Olympics, etc. You guys generate about $16,000 in revenue but have expenses of nearly $70,000. You need the Park Sales Tax buddy. If it doesn't pass, maybe you can do your recreation programs at the fire station.

Heck, you may not care if the Paquin program gets closed, but I'm not sure others in your building agree.

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John Schultz September 16, 2009 | 9:03 a.m.

What I was saying Chuck is that it those various sales taxes are a while away from being up for renewal - 2010 for the park sales tax and I think the same timeframe for the sales tax that went toward public safety. Keep your powder dry until then.

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