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Columbia awarded park grant

By on February 6, 2019 at 2:41 pm

Columbia has been awarded a $400,000 grant from the state to develop a park at the north end of town.

Nearly 90 projects were awarded a total of $28.9 million this week from the state of Illinois Open Space Land Acquisition and Development program.

Columbia’s money will be used to develop Creekside Park, which is located off Rueck Road. It has long been a goal of the city to develop this parcel of land as a recreational area, as that is the part of town experiencing the greatest  rate of residential growth.

Included in the Creekside Park plans are more than 4,000 feet of shared use trails. The city has also planned a playground and potentially pavilions in the future, Columbia city engineer Chris Smith said…>>>

Read more in the February 6, 2019, issue.

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Andrea F.D. Saathoff

Andrea is a graduate of Gibault High School and the University of Missouri School of Journalism, the University of Missouri Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville College of Education. She lives in Columbia with her husband and their twin toddler sons. When she isn't cheering on St. Louis Cardinals baseball or riding the emotional roller coaster of Mizzou Tigers football, she enjoys attending and participating in the many family events the county has to offer. email: