Parks and Recreation to develop master plan with public input

Tuesday, October 18, 2011 | 10:33 p.m. CDT; updated 11:19 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, October 18, 2011

COLUMBIA — Columbia Parks and Recreation had its decennial master planning meeting Tuesday night at the Activity and Recreation Center where citizens of Columbia were able to drop by and casually discuss their ideas and needs.

Janet Godon, who works with Parks and Recreation, said the open forum layout was different than in the past but gave anyone the option of suggesting to the city what they would like to see in the future.

Along with a PowerPoint and six presentation boards, a few staff members were present to answer any questions. Attendees were also able to fill out a comment sheet and drop it in a box.

Tim Altnether, who is a member of a local hockey team deemed "CoMo Polo," came with other team members who play together every Wednesday night at Cosmopolitan Park. He and his friends came to suggest a way for them to get lights over the rink so they can play at night.

"Our next step is to apply to be a nonprofit organization and hopefully raise enough money to get lights over the rink and the skate park," Altnether said.

Julia Ausmus and Amy Schneider, who both work in the tourism development department of the city's Convention and Visitors Bureau, stopped by to talk about future trends.

"We want to continue our partnership with Park and Recreation as we work to hopefully bring more outsiders in to Columbia," Ausmus said.

Both hope to see Columbia become a city that can be more attractive as a sports destination with tournament complexes.

Parks services manager Michael Griggs said the meeting is "simply a planning stage in which they can gather enough public input and data to develop a formal outline."

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