Capital Improvement Project: Southeast Regional Park Planning

Funding Fiscal Year: 2008
Project Number: C00350
Project Budget $100,000
Funding Source: Park Sales Tax
Year Completed: 2010

 

 

*Note: The master plans for A. Perry Philips Park and Gans Creek Recreation Area have since been revised. See each respective park for updated master plan information.

Project Description: Devise a master plan for new regional park in southeast Columbia, consisting of the 320-acre Gans Creek Recreation Area (Crane property) and the 140-acre A. Perry Philips Park, that best represents the public’s preferences, suitability for the site, and implements the goals for the southeast regional park as set out in the 2002 Parks, Recreation and Open Space Master Plan.

Note: It is anticipated that the development of the park will occur over many years (similar to Cosmo Park), as funding allows.

Project Notes: Starting in 2007, public and focus group meetings have been held and a web survey was conducted to gather public input. Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) – Division of State Parks completed a cultural and natural resources inventory of the Crane and Philips properties.

Park planners developed two options for the regional park based on initial public input and presented a report to the Council on the December 1, 2008 Council Agenda.Two proposed master plans have been developed for the southeast regional park. The first of two public meetings to review the proposed plans was held on December 10, 2008 at the ARC. At this meeting, 28 people were in attendance including the public, staff and the President of the Parks and Recreation Commission. The meeting began with a brief PowerPoint presentation: December 2008/January 2009 Presentation – Two Options (6mg) that discussed the proposed two options. Following the presentation, those in attendance were allowed to ask questions and following the question/answer period, the public was invited to break up into small groups to closely view the plans and directly talk to the park planners that are involved with the process. Everyone was given a comment form or a business card that directed them to the online site.

A second public meeting was held on Wed, Jan 7, 2009 at the ARC. At this meeting, 89 people were in attendance including the public, staff and Council member Barbara Hoppe. The same format as the December 10 meeting was followed.

Public comment stations were set up at the Parks and Recreation main office (Gentry Building), City Hall, Daniel Boone Regional Library, and ARC. Anyone who was not able to attend one of the public meetings had opportunity to complete a comment form on line or at one of these locations.The Department collected comments on the proposed plans from December 10, 2008 through January 31, 2009.

Since the Philips Park portion of the regional park is currently zoned C-P (Planned Commercial), the plans had to be reviewed by the Planning and Zoning Commission, who approved the plans at the February 4, 2008 Planning and Zoning meeting.

The final plats for Philips Park and Gans Creek Recreation Area were approved at the March 16, 2009 Council Meeting. Authorization to proceed with Philips Park Phase I was given at the April 20, 2009 Council Meeting (see Philips Park Development – Phase I for more details).

Public comments on the two master plan options presented were collected and analyzed. Based on the public’s preferences, suitability for the site, and the goals set out for the southeast regional park in the 2002 Parks, Recreation and Open Space Master Plan, park planners devised a draft park master plan. The draft plan was presented at two public meetings in September 2009 and public comments were collected. A web-based survey was conducted to collect public input on the proposed master plan.

After reviewing public comments, staff developed a proposed master plan to send through the City Council process. The proposed plan was presented to the City Council in a report at the February 1, 2010 Council Meeting. At that meeting the City Council approved a motion to refer the master plan to the Planning & Zoning and Parks & Recreation Commissions.

Both commissions reviewed the plans, held public hearings, and made their recommendations. Both commissions recommended adopting the plan with one revision, which was to expand the natural area buffer of Gans Creek to include additional acreage (approx. 9 acres) in the area adjacent to the northeast corner of Gans Creek Wild Area of Rock Bridge State Park.

Interested Parties Meetings/Public Input: The Parks and Recreation Department has gathered public input for the regional park master plan via a web survey and the public and focus group meetings held below:

  • Public Meeting – November 8, 2007 at the ARC
  • Public Meeting – November 12, 2007 at Rock Bridge High School
  • Focus Group Meetings – December 11, 2007 at the ARC
    • 5:45-6:15pm Open Meeting
    • 6:15-7:00pm Friends of RB Sate Park
    • 7:00-7:30pm Environmental Interest Groups
    • 7:30-8:00pm Open Meeting
  • Focus Group Meetings – January 14, 2008 at the ARC
    • 6:00-7:00 pm Open Meeting
    • 7:00-7:30 pm Columbia Youth Football League
    • 7:30-8:00 pm Open Meeting
  • Web Survey (naming park, amenity preferences, & planning comments) – Conducted November 2007 – January 2008
  • Public Meeting (Present Proposed Options) – December 10, 2008 at the ARC
  • Public Meeting (Present Proposed Options) – January 7, 2009 at the ARC
  • Web Survey and Comment Boxes at Public Facilities (comment on two proposed options) – December 2008 – January 2009
  • Public Meeting (Present Proposed Park Master Plan) – September 15, 2009 at the ARC
  • Public Meeting (Present Proposed Park Master Plan) – September 23, 2009 at the ARC
  • Web Survey (comment on proposed master plan) – Conducted September 15 – October 1, 2009
  • Public Hearing on Proposed Master Plan held at the Park Commission Meeting – February 18, 2009 (Master Plan presentation presented at the meeting.)
  • Public Hearing on Proposed Master Plan held at the Planning & Zoning Commission Meeting – April 8, 2010

Project Status: A public hearing was held and the park master plan was adopted at the May 3, 2010 Council Meeting. Remaining funds to be used for A/E and permit fees for future park development. The 2010 Park Sales Tax Implementation Plan has $1,750,000 in funding scheduled 2013-2015 to continue the development of the southeast regional park (Gans Creek Recreation Area and A. Perry Philips Park). 

Director of Parks and Recreation Mike Hood presents at the regional park planning meeting held at the ARC on November 8, 2007.
Round table groups list their preferred amenities for the new park at the regional park planning meeting held at Rock Bridge High School on November 12, 2007.
Participants vote for their top five choices for amenities for the new park at the regional park planning meeting held at Rock Bridge High School on November 12, 2007.
Director of Parks and Recreation Mike Hood presents two park master plan options at the regional park planning meeting held at the ARC on December 10, 2008.
Large group gathers for regional park presentation at the ARC on January 7, 2007.


Philips Park

Gans Creek Recreation Area (Crane Property)

Southeast Regional Park History

Capital Improvement Projects