Public meetings to discuss planned regional park

Tuesday, October 23, 2007 | 6:05 p.m. CDT; updated 6:53 a.m. CDT, Thursday, July 17, 2008

COLUMBIA — City parks officials are inviting the public to share ideas on how to develop a regional park on the Crane and Philips tracts in southeast Columbia.

The first meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Nov. 8 at the Columbia Activity and Recreation Center. The second will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 Nov. 12 in the Commons Area of Rock Bridge High School. Citizens can attend either meeting; both will cover the same content.

“We would like to know what the citizens would like to see at this park, whether that be athletic fields or picnic areas,” said Tammy Miller, spokeswoman for the Parks and Recreation Department. “It’s going to be the citizens’ park, so we want to know what they want to see.”

Miller said she hopes to see a big response.

The meetings will mark the beginning of what is expected to be an 18-month planning process. Parks and Recreation officials will outline the sites’ physical characteristics and other features that will guide or dictate future development. The public will then be allowed to present ideas; the meeting will close with a “prioritization” of those ideas.

The parks staff plans to use suggestions from the public to prepare several proposals for the park’s final design. The public will then get to comment on the conceptual plans and indicate a preference.

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