Columbia Parks and Recreation
Creating Community through People, Parks and Programs
Downtown Optimist park was originally on school property at Hickman High School. The park consisted of a small building, playground equipment and barbecue grills. The building was used for selling Christmas trees and other club activities. The park was a neighborhood park. When the school needed the outdoor space, the park was moved to the present location. This property was originally neighborhood property dedicated as park land. However, when the City paved the adjoining streets, the neighborhood deeded the property to the City in exchange for the tax bills. Some of the playground equipment from the original Optimist Park was moved and the City provided additional equipment. The Optimist Club has assisted the Parks and Recreation Department in the development of the park, as well as providing recreation activities for the youth of the community.
A park renovation was completed in 1990 with funds from the Community Development Block Grant.
Link(s) to information about subsequent capital improvement projects are listed below.
|Capital Improvement Projects|
|Year Completed||Project Description|
|Shelter Replacement, Playground Equipment and ADA Improvements|