Capital Improvement Project: Gans Creek Recreation Area Cross Country Course

Funding Fiscal Year: 2019
Project Number: 00518
Project Budget: $417,726*
Funding Source: $200,000 – Park Sales Tax
$217,726 – University of Missouri**
$75,000 – Tourism Development Funds^
Year Completed: 2019 – Cross Country Course
2020 – Large Shelter

* Partial funding for the cross country course is a portion of and is included in the original project 00518, South Regional Park Development.  
** Mid-year appropriations; additional funding for course amenities  came from partnership with the University Of Missouri.
^ Mid-year appropriation, pending Council approval.

Project Description: The cross country course at Gans Creek Recreation Area is being planned in cooperation with the University of Missouri, to potentially serve as the future home of the Mizzou men’s and women’s cross country teams.  In addition to the University’s use, the Missouri State High School Activities Association will be using the course for the Missouri State Cross Country Championships starting in November 2019.  It is anticipated that when not in use by the University of Missouri or MSHSAA, the course will be made available to local track clubs, high schools, middle schools and other colleges as well as recreational runners.  The initial construction of the cross country course is funded by the 2015 Park Sales Tax with additional amenities constructed utilizing funding provided by University of Missouri Athletics.

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

Project Input: Matt Boehner, Sr. Park Planner, 573-874-7204, matthew.boehner@como.govcreate new email

GCRA Cross Country Course Revised Plansopens PDF file

GCRA Cross Country Course Plans – Originalopens PDF file

2018 Revised Gans Recreation Area Master Planopens PDF file

New Cross Country Course at Gans Presentation for 2018 MTCCCA (MO Track and Cross Country Coaches Association) Clinic: Dec 7, 2018opens PDF file

Council Items

Interested Parties (IP) Meeting and On-Line Survey:  An IP Meeting was held on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at the Gans Creek Recreation Area Concession Building and an online survey was conducted from June 15 – July 15, 2018.  View the comments receivedopens PDF file .

Project Notes: This project required a revision of the former Gans Creek Recreation Area Master Plan, which was part of the City Council approval process. The funding for this project was appropriated in FY 2016 into the Southeast Regional Park Phase I project, C00518. Additional information on the entire project may be viewed at: 
Southeast Regional Park – Gans/Philips Phase I Development

Project Status: The course has been completed and the dedication was held on September 27, 2019.   The large shelter has been completed.

Gans Cross Country Course Under Construction
Course under construction – photo taken October 2018
Course Development Photo
Course seeding and sprigging – photo taken August 2019
Course D
Course Near Completion – photo taken September 2019


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