MKT Trailside Building
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial at Battle Garden
800 W. Stadium Blvd.
Parks and Recreation Dept.
1 S 7th Street
Columbia, MO 65201
573-874-7460 (for reservations)
Check availability online!
The upstairs portion of the MKT Trailside Building is available for rental. Couples looking for an inexpensive, yet beautiful place to get married can reserve Battle Garden for their wedding with a Park Special Use Permit and modest fee. The building next to the garden has been renovated to provide a convenient, air-conditioned place for the bridal party to get ready for the ceremony. It may also be rented for other purposes (meeting, card party, birthday party) that involve a small group of people (up to 15).
The downstairs of the building is open to the public and has men’s and women’s restrooms with showers. Trail users can shower and change clothes after their workout.
Payment due at time of reservation
Reservation fee is non-refundable
(due at time of reservation)
|$40/day – Available March 1 – November 30, 8am-11pm (non-refundable)|
(due when key is picked up)
|Location:||MKT Trail – Stadium Access, 800 W. Stadium Blvd.|
|Renter:||Must be 21 years old or older|
|Preview Building:||Call 573-874-7460 to schedule a time to preview the building. Can preview Mon-Thurs between 8am–3pm, for a two-hour increment. A refundable $20 deposit is required to check out a key. Key must be returned by 4pm.|
|Upstairs Building Features – Rentable Area:||
|Downstairs Building Features – Public Area:||
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(See Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial at Battle Garden web page)
Outdoor facilities are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The outdoor shelter must be reserved separately and can be reserved by another party.
The MKT Trailside Building was formerly a control house for one of Columbia’s first waste water treatment plants. The “control house” inscription can still be seen in the concrete facing above the front door. The plant was abandoned in the early 1970’s and re-opened as a trailhead parking area for the MKT Nature & Fitness Trail in the early 1980’s. The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial was constructed on the remaining portion of the old sewer plant property. All remnants of the sewer plant were removed except for the digester tanks and the control house building. The MLK Memorial was dedicated on August 28, 1993.
The digesters were later removed when the Parks and Recreation Department obtained a Save America’s Treasures grant to restore the MLK Memorial, remove the digesters, and compete other improvements to the park. The MLK Memorial was rededicated on August 28, 2006.
The building was used by the Audubon Society for several years. After the Audubon Society abandoned the building, it was used as storage for the Historic Preservation Commission. When plans to renovate the building moved forward, the Parks and Recreation Department moved the Commission’s materials to the storage shed at Rock Quarry Park.
The building was in need of renovation and was repurposed to provide a changing place for wedding parties using Battle Garden for their ceremony. It was renovated in 2016 and renamed “MKT Trailside Building.”