Capital Improvement Project: Clary-Shy Park Improvements

Funding Sources:

$200,000 Park Sales Tax
$495,000 MU Healthcare Sponsorship 
$200,000 Park Sales Tax (Mid-Year Appropriation)^
$574,565 Donation Friends of the Farm (Designated Loan Fund)
$637,205 Donation Friends of the Farm (Designated Loan Fund)^ $250,000 Donation Friends of the Farm^
   $25,000 MO Foundation for Health Grant^*

$150,000 MO Foundation for Health Grant*
$400,000 LWCF Grant**

Project Number: RS089
Project Budget: $2,931,770
Year Completed:  

^Mid-year appropriation pending City Council approval at 5/21/2018 Council Meeting.
* MO Foundation for Health awarded a $700,000 grant to the City of Columbia and the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture.  The City will receive $175,000 to be used for capital improvements and $525,000 will be utilized by the Columbia Center of Urban Agriculture for programming.  
** Land Water Conservation Fund awarded a $400,000 grant to the City of Columbia for Clary-Shy Park Urban Demonstration Farm.

Project Description: The construction of an agriculture park at Clary-Shy Park is a collaborative partnership between the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture, Columbia Farmers Market, Sustainable Farms and Communities and Columbia Parks and Recreation Department.  The proposed improvements are planned for the 10-acres of open space at the park adjacent to the Activity and Recreation Center that were formerly known to Boone County citizens as the site of the county fairgrounds until 1992.

The goal of the project is to create a park destination for all of the city’s residents and visitors to learn about sustainable food production, see agriculture in action, and buy local farm products.  The proposed improvements will include a permanent Farmers Market structure, educational urban farm, demonstration gardens, an outdoor classroom, playground, walking trails and a building for Farmers Market and community events.

The phase I improvements are estimated to cost $2,900,000 with $400,000 in funding from the 2015 Park Sales Tax and the remaining funding provided through private donations and grants.   The phase I improvements will include the construction of a portion of the permanent Farmers Market structure, parking, outdoor classroom and infrastructure needed for access to the Farmers Market. Remaining portions of the project will be completed as funding allows.

Preliminary Project Plans

Media Inquiries: Tammy Miller, Marketing Specialist, 573-874-7465,

Project input: Mike Snyder, Superintendent of Planning & Development, 573-874-7203,

Council Items

Site Plans – Master Plan and Phase I Plan

Interested Party Meetings: Were held on August 6, 2016, August 10, 2016 and August 13, 2016 at the Columbia Farmers Market, 1701 W. Ash Street. An online survey was conducted from August 8, 2016 to August 22, 2016.

Comments received at the Columbia Farmers Market

Project status: Contract with GBH Builders has been completed and construction is underway.

Clary-Shy Park

Capital Improvement Program