A dedication ceremony for the Columbia Agriculture Park will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday at the MU Health Care Pavilion at 1769 W. Ash St. 

The dedication ceremony is the result of a partnership between the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture, Columbia Farmers Market, Sustainable Farms and Communities and MU Health Care, according to a city news release. 

The agriculture park is next to the Activity and Recreation Center at Clary-Shy Community Park. 

A large part of the funding for the agriculture park was paid for by a community wide fundraising campaign by Friends of Farm, which is a public-private partnership between Columbia Parks and Recreation, Sustainable Farms and Community, Columbia Farmers Market and the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture.

Other funding for the park came from the Park Sales Tax, which was passed by voters in 2015.

The first section of the project includes part of the MU Healthcare Pavilion, parking, playgrounds, a walking trail and supporting infrastructure. 

A second phase of construction would add more stalls for vendors at the MU Health Care Pavilion, an event center and kitchen, as well as additional parking. Those additions would be built as funding allows. 

Supervising editor is Libby Stanford.

  • Summer 2019 General Assignment Reporter. Spring 2019 Staff Photographer. I'm a graduate student on the photojournalism track. You can reach me at jeffreyzide@mail.missouri.edu or in the newsroom at 882-5700.

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