Land beside Battle High School purchased for possible park

Thursday, November 14, 2013 | 12:29 p.m. CST; updated 6:33 p.m. CST, Thursday, November 14, 2013
The city of Columbia has purchased thirty acres of farmland next to Battle High School. The land cost more than half a million dollars, though no funds exist to develop the land into a park.

COLUMBIA — The city has purchased about 30 acres of farmland for $681,280 to build a future park near Battle High School.

Currently, there is no funding available for the development of the proposed Battle Park. The next possible funding opportunity will be the renewal of the park sales tax, which might occur in November 2015. Mike Snyder, superintendent of park planning and development, said design work on the park hasn't yet begun.

Parks and Recreation Department Director Mike Griggs said the motivation for buying the land was possible development in the area because of Battle High School.

"We see it like Cosmo-Bethel Park, Gentry and Hickman," Griggs said. "These three locations connect, and it becomes like a little campus." 

When asked if it was too far out, Griggs explained: "When Rock Bridge High School was built in the early 1970's, it was considered too far out as was there was very little development.  Now, you see that there is growth around it now."

Griggs said he felt that it was better to purchase the land before development progresses.

At this point in time, there is only one entrance into the property but Griggs said once the new elementary school and housing area are built it would be easier to plan new entrances.

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Mike Martin November 14, 2013 | 1:40 p.m.

Boy have Bob Pugh, Tom Atkins, and the St. Charles Road Development Gang made out on the Battle High deal! No taxpayer money for a park, (or police, fire, sewer, etc.) yet they still get paid the big taxpayer bucks.

From an earlier Missourian story:

"The purchase is the third one by a public body in northeast Columbia from the St. Charles group. The total acreage purchased comes to 142 for a total of $3,081,280, or an average of about $21,700 per acre."

No wonder Mr. Pugh hates scrutiny:

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