Strawn Park History

Year Land Acquired 2008: Anderson Property (27.5 acres)
2009: Old Perche Creek Wastewater Plan (101.87 acres)
Purchase Price $185,500: Anderson Property (27.5 acres)
$150,000:  Old Perche Creek Wastewater Plan (101.87 acres)
Acquired From 27.5 acres: Ralph and Laveta Anderson
101.87 acres: Public Works Depts/City Sewer Utility
Funding Source Park Sales Tax
Dedication Date June 23, 2016


Land Acquisition

This property was acquired to serve as a trailhead for the future Perche Creek Trail. The north corner of the property was privately owned and purchased from Ralph and Laveta Anderson in 2008. This portion of the property was annexed in 2009. The larger and southern portion of the property was formerly a City-owned wastewater treatment plant. The Parks and Recreation Department purchased the land from the Public Works Department/Sewer Utility in 2009 for the same price that the Sewer Utility originally purchased it.

Perche Creek Property Map

Phase I Development

Phase I development of this park was funded in Fiscal Year 2014 by the 2010 Park Sales Tax.  This phase of the development included the 18-hole Harmony Bends Golf Course, small shelter, and parking lot. World renown disc golf designer John Houck was hired to design the course.  See list of Capital Improvement Projects below for more information on the acquisition and park development, including funding and related City Council items.

Strawn Park and Harmony Bends Championship Disc Golf Course Dedication

Dedication: June 23, 2016

Dedication Programopens PDF file

Press Release

The dedication of Strawn Park and Harmony Bends Championship Disc Golf Course was held in conjunction with the 32nd Annual Mid-America Open Disc Golf Tournament. Disc golf enthusiasts gathered for the dedication program, which included the following speakers:

  • Mike Griggs, Director of Columbia Parks and Recreation
  • Gabe Wilkerson, Columbia Disc Golf Club
  • Kim Trabue, Convention and Visitors Bureau Advisory Board
  • John Houck, Course Designer, Houck Design
  • Michael Trapp, Ward 2 Councilman

Attendees received a commemorative disc, which John Houck signed for those that waited in line. The park and course were inaugurated with a “first toss” by the dignitaries in attendance, followed by a disc golf demonstration on the first tee by disc golf pro George Smith. 


2017 Course of the Year AwardHarmony Bends Disc Golf Course Ranks #1 

Harmony Bends Disc Golf Course was named the 2017 Disc Golf Course of the Year by Disc Golf Course Review. Disc golfer Mike Harrington from Wisconsin made disc golf history in Columbia when he played his 1,000th course at Harmony Bends. Find out more about these milestones on the “History of Disc Golf in Columbia, MO” webpage.


Capital Improvement Projects

Year Completed Project Description
Land Acquisition – Anderson Property
Land Acquisition – Perche Creek Waste Water Treatment Plant
Park Development – Phase I
Strawn Park Phase II Development