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City outlines plans for new parkland along Old 63

Friday, January 25, 2013 | 8:14 a.m. CST; updated 6:24 p.m. CST, Saturday, January 26, 2013

COLUMBIA — A trail, activity center and playground are among the possibilities for development of Columbia's newest park.

The city expects to close next month on 5.3 acres that will expand the Waters-Moss Memorial Wildlife Area on Old 63. The Parks and Recreation Department has scheduled a meeting on Jan. 31 to hear public reaction to a proposed master plan.

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The meeting will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Waters-Moss property office at 1907 Hillcrest Drive.

"We have some ideas and options to lay out for the public for what we think might work," said Mike Hood, parks director. "It's a drop-in meeting where we can talk one-on-one; there is no formal presentation." 

Acquiring the 5.3 acres and a house for $179,000 eliminates a private inholding at the 110-acre wildlife area that was transferred to the city by the Department of Conservation. The city expects to close on the deal Feb. 15, Hood said. 

The proposed plan would get rid of a dilapidated building on the property and replace it with a playground, pavilion and parking. The proposed park also includes an olive green ranch-style house that planners propose to manage similarly to a house at Rock Quarry Park.

"If someone wants to hold a wedding shower, a birthday party, they could do it here," said Mike Snyder, superintendent of parks planning. 

Parks and Recreation has $165,000 from the city's parks sales tax available for initial development.

Planning documents for the project can be found on the city's website.

Supervising editor is John Schneller.


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