Columbia’s Agriculture Park
This park is under construction.
Ten acres of Clary-Shy Park are dedicated for Columbia’s Agricultural Park to provide community access to local, healthy, and fresh produce year round; become an incubator for new agriculture based businesses; provide food production education for children; and create a unique community gathering space.
The park is situated in west central Columbia among popular attractions that draw people from across Missouri. The ARC, Shelter Gardens, West Middle School, and Broadway Shopping Center are all adjacent to the park. Columbia’s Agriculture Park provides community economic and health benefits by creating an important and interesting destination for our region.
- Playgrounds (1)
- Multiple fruit-bearing landscapes
- Vegetable and fruit production garden
Outdoor Education Classroom
- Phase I – 40 car parking lot (36 standard, 4 ADA)
- Phase II – 52 additional parking spots
- Event, Kitchen, and Resource Center
- MU Health Care Pavilion
Columbia’s Agriculture Park is led by a collaborative public-private partnership made up pf the following four organizations: City of Columbia Parks and Recreation, Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture, Columbia Farmers Market, and Sustainable Farms and Communities. Each of these organizations has a unique stake in the project and brings a special set of skills to accomplish the park’s goals. This partnership will allow the park to serve the community with an emphasis on fresh, healthy, local foods.
Clary-Shy Park is owned by the City of Columbia. Columbia Parks and Recreation is responsible for ongoing maintenance of the park infrastructure.
Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture (CCUA) oversees the park’s gardens and educational programs. Program partners, such as Columbia Public Schools and The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri, will benefit from food production and education managed by CCUA at Columbia’s Agriculture Park.
Since 1980, Columbia Farmers Market has operated as a producer-only farmers market at this site. The year-round market has more than 80 vendors, all within a 50-mile radius of Columbia, selling their local products every Saturday. Sustainable Farms and Communities operates the “Access to Healthy Food” program which provides a 1:1 match to families who shop with SNAP and WIC at the Columbia Farmers Market.