COLUMBIA – A playground, three soccer fields, a basketball court and BMX bicycle paths all are part of the city's plans for developing Jay Dix Station, a county-owned park near the MKT Nature and Fitness Trail and Scott Boulevard in southwest Columbia.
The 30-acre park, which is at 3775 S. Scott Blvd., was named in honor of the late medical examiner Jay Dix.
Columbia Parks and Recreation Director Mike Griggs outlined the development plans during a meeting of city and county officials Tuesday afternoon. Griggs said the park also will be developed to educate the public about the railroad industry's impact on the city and to honor Dix's commitment to and passion for physical fitness.
Plans to create a park in the area began after the 2005 death of 7-year-old Patrick Knedler, who was playing on the east side of Scott Boulevard when he was struck and killed by a car.
"When we constructed our 30-year plan, we saw an obvious need to develop a park in this community," Griggs said.
Soccer fields proposed for the park would not be built to the same level of those at Cosmopolitan Park.
"We look at this park as an opportunity to attract a women's lacrosse tournament and host them in a centralized location," Griggs said. "We know that the very nature of that tournament would tear up fields like what we have at Cosmo, but the proposed fields at Jay Dix Station would be more than adequate for that type of tournament."
An agreement between the city of Columbia and Boone County calls for county officials to request that the park property be annexed. The city then would take control of the land and develop and manage the park.
In other action, the city and county leaders heard reports about further development of Scott Boulevard and about the proposed 911 sales tax.
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