3350 E. Gans Rd.
Gans Creek Recreation Area is a 320-acre park in southeast Columbia on E. Gans Road off of Highway 63 at the Discovery Parkway exit. The park was planned together with A. Perry Philips Park, which is located on the north side of E Gans Road, so that together the parks would make up a southeast regional park to serve Columbia and surrounding communities. Currently, Gans Creek Recreation Area has multipurpose sports game fields and a concession/restroom with more amenities under construction. It is the home of Columbia's premiere cross county track that serves as the home course for the University of Missouri.
2799 N. Garth Ave.
Garth Nature area has 1.6 miles of gravel trails around the wetlands, a fenced leash-free dog park, restroom, and is a trailhead for the Bear Creek Trail. An abundance of birds and other wetlands wildlife make the wetland trails an interesting walk. Trail users can travel west on the Bear Creek Trail from Garth Nature Area to Cosmo Park (2.5 miles) or travel east on the Bear Creek Trail from Garth Nature Area to Albert-Oakland Park (2.3 miles).
This 65.8-acre property is currently undeveloped park land. It was acquired in 2016 with funds from the 2010 Park Sales Tax. The property includes one parcel (60.81 acres) which was purchased from Michael Tompkins for $360,000 and another parcel (5 acres) donated by Mr. Tompkins. The two parcels acquired will provide future access for the Little Bonne Femme Trail as shown in the 2013 Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Master Plan. Development is unfunded at this time and could possibly be a proposed project in the next Park Sales Tax ballot.
21 E. Clarkson Rd.
This neighborhood park has a playground, picnic area, and connection to the MKT Trail. Residents in the Grasslands neighborhood petitioned the City Council for the park and raised the funds to purchase the property. A portion of the development cost was also funded through private donations.
2011 Old Hwy. 63 S.
This large nature area is a leash-free area for dogs (except on the Hinkson Creek Trail), has over five miles of nature trails, a picnic shelter, restrooms, and is a trailhead for the Hinkson Creek Trail and the Grindstone Creek Trail. Wildflowers grow in the prairie areas.