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City seeks public input on plans for Strawn Road Park

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 | 6:26 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — The development of Strawn Road Park will be the focus of discussion at an interested parties meeting being held by the Parks and Recreation Department.

The drop-in public input meeting starts 5 p.m. Thursday at the Activity and Recreation Center, 1701 W. Ash St.

The Strawn Road property comprises 129 undeveloped acres south of Interstate 70, near the King’s Meadow and Bellwood neighborhoods.

Ryan Atkinson is the city planner designing the park. "There’s not a lot on that edge of town," he said.

One of the major plans for the first phase of the park development includes a 66-acre, 18- to 36-hole, championship-level disc golf course. Atkinson anticipates hiring a professional to design the course. He envisions a place where Columbia residents can hold disc golf tournaments and a park that draws people from out of town.

Initial plans also include an entry area consisting of a small shelter and an uncovered parking lot with about 20 spaces.

Future plans call for additional parking spaces, a neighborhood park area and connections to the Perche Creek and Harmony Creek trails.

The city’s plan for the park will be refined after the interested parties meeting Thursday. The Parks and Recreation Commission will then review and vote on the plan, which is subject to final approval by the Columbia City Council.

If the project receives the green light, development could begin by spring or summer 2014.

Supervising editor is Scott Swafford.


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