Plans for expanding Flat Branch Park and Columbia's bicentennial celebration will be presented to the public at an open house from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Feb. 5, at the Walton Building, 300 S. Providence Road.
People will be able to get updates and a list of planned events for CoMo 200. The Mayor's Task Force on Bicentennial Celebration Planning also will kick off its capital fundraising campaign, according to a flier distributed at the task force's Thursday evening meeting.
The task force expects the Flat Branch Park property at Broadway and Providence Road will take about a year to complete, from April 2020 to April 2021, according to the slides presented at the meeting.
Park construction will include a gateway plaza featuring large letters spelling out Columbia. The "O" in Columbia will be an 7-foot-tall globe with one-word descriptions of the city. Park plans also include sculptures, a donor wall and a new bridge over Flat Branch. Task force members viewed slides of several modern bridge designs Thursday night.
Task force co-chair Deb Sheals said the bridge will be 50 to 60 feet long and should be well lit.
The group also reviewed ideas for a main bicentennial event as well as smaller events including performances and tours. It also got an update on progress KBIA/91.3 FM. is making on oral history episodes focusing on black history in Columbia.