Columbia residents invited to review plans for Woodridge Park

Tuesday, May 6, 2014 | 5:59 p.m. CDT; updated 6:24 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Plans for improvements at Woodridge Park include an ADA accessible playground, a small picnic shelter, a walking trail, and a circular stone bench called a council ring.

COLUMBIA — Plans for a playground at Woodridge Park and a related trail project will be on display at a public input meeting on Wednesday.

The drop-in meeting is scheduled from 5-7 p.m. at Woodridge Park, 3532 Berrywood Drive. Park staff will be on site to answer questions.

The project, which has an estimated cost of $263,000, will be funded with donations totaling $188,000 and a $75,000 Land and Water Conservation Fund grant. A majority of the donations are from the Cosmopolitan Columbia Luncheon Club.

Plans include an inclusive playground structure with Americans with Disabilities Act compliant surfacing that will make it accessible to people with disabilities. One of the proposed surfaces is rubber tiles.

"We're proposing a surface where you can roll a wheelchair on it," Mike Snyder, parks superintendent of planning and development, said.

Besides the playground structure, there are also plans for the addition of a 0.4-mile fitness trail to the park. There are also plans to include other structures such as a council ring and a single table picnic shelter.

"The park is getting old, and it’s time for renovations," Snyder said. "We hope to get the public's input tomorrow."

Snyder hopes work can begin this fall. 

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