• MKT Trailside Building Reservable

MKT Trailside Building

800 W. Stadium Blvd.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial at Battle Garden
800 W. Stadium Blvd.

Contact Information:

Parks and Recreation Dept.
1 S 7th Street
Columbia, MO 65201
573-874-7460 (for reservations)
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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).

Battle Garden
Battle Garden

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.


Men's Changing Area
Men’s Changing Area
Women's Changing Area
Women’s Changing Area
Toilet Area
Toilet Area (separate from Sink Area)
Sink Area
Sink Area


Control HouseThe 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.