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^**
$51,500 Donation Rotary Clubs of Columbia^
$20,000 Donation Friends of the Farm^

Project Number: RS089
Project Budget: $3,003,270
Year Completed:  2019 – Phase I 

^ Mid-year appropriation.
* 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 agricultural features 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 Plansopens PDF file

Media Inquiries: Tammy Miller, Marketing Specialist, 573-874-7465, tammy.miller@como.govcreate new email

Project input: Mike Snyder, Superintendent of Planning & Development, 573-874-7203,   mike.snyder@como.govcreate new email

Council Items

Site Plans – Master Plan and Phase I Planopens PDF file

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 receivedopens PDF file  at the Columbia Farmers Market

Project status:  Phase I of the market structure has been completed and the Market is now open.  The playground equipment has also been installed.  Construction of the maintenance barn and the schoolhouse are underway.

Dedication held on July 13, 2019
Site Photo June 12, 2019
Site Photo March 20, 2019
Site Photo January 9, 2019

Major Vendors

** Vendor
Purchase Order# Amount
 P Simon Oswald Associates Design Services Donation Donation
C GBH Builders Inc. Farmers Market Construction 20182613 $2,288,192
C All Inclusive Recreation Playground 20191566 $124,186
C Tom Adair Construction Concrete Sidewalks 20190650 $102,516
C Impact Signs MU Health Care Sign and Displays  20191861 & PCard $13,006
C Richardson Excavation Grading  20190590 $11,183
M Con Agg (Boone Quarries) Rock 20190403 $2,565
M Ri-Mor Topsoil Material  20190470 $3,173
M ISG Technology Communication Equipment  20191932 $4,769
M Provantage Communication Equipment and UPS Pcard $2,016
C Ameren UE Gas Service Check $3,540
C American Document Solutions Plan Service 20180488 $1,818
P Crockett Engineering Engineering Services 20191031 & 20192091 $1,975
M Forrest Keeling Nursery Plants Pcard $1,534

** C=Contract Work; P=Professional Services; M=Materials Only

Clary-Shy Park

Capital Improvement Program