Columbia Parks and Recreation
Creating Community through People, Parks and Programs
In July of 1998, Mayor Darwin Hindman
appointed a 37 member Mayor's Recreation Center Citizens'
Committee co-chaired by Greg Steinhoff and Naomi
Cupp. The mission of the committee was to determine
the indoor recreation needs of the citizens of Columbia,
establish a cost-effective plan in accord with those
needs, and encourage support of and participation
in a community recreation center. After extensive
research, public surveys and information gathering,
the committee unanimously recommended to the City
Council that it proceed with the development of a
community recreation center. Funding was made possible
by the citizens of Columbia passing a 1/4-cent sales
tax to raise $10.5 million in a November 1999 ballot.
Construction began on this 73,000 square-foot facility
in the spring of 2001. The facility was dedicated
on December 15, 2002 and opened for public use on December
A small group of the original Mayor's Recreation Center Citizens' Committee worked to raise private funds to enhance the center. The following donors contributed to the project. Their donations facilitated the addition of 10,000 square feet to the original building plans. The City is very appreciative of the generous donations and the support shown by the community for the center.
|Columbia Orthopaedic Group||Walking/Jogging Track||
|Columbia Cosmo Luncheon Club||Gymnasium||
|Boone County National Bank||Meeting Rooms||
|CenturyTel - (Verizon Foundation)||Technology Center||
Boone Hospital Center/
|Youth Training Room||
|Boone Hospital Center/
Board of Trustees
|Youth Training Room||
(William T. Kemper Foundation)
|Missouri Employers Mutual||
|Columbia Daily Tribune||
A special thank you to Ron & Vicky Shy for their generous donation of land, which helped make this project possible.
The project costs associated with the second gym, the additional multi-purpose room and youth training areas were partially underwritten by the Missouri Department of Economic Development's Youth Opportunities Program.
Architectural & Engineering Design: Jacobs Facilities, Inc.
Pool Consultant: Counsilman / Hunsaker & Assoc.
Civil Engineers: Trabue Hansen & Hinshaw
Geotechnical: Engineering Surveys & Service
Associate Architects - Site Design: Peckham and Wright
Thank you to the following:
The Citizens of Columbia
Mayor, City Council, and City Manager
Columbians for a Community Center Committee
Mayor's Recreation Center Citizens' Committee & Fund Raising Committee
A Place for Us
"Places and spaces must be found for youth to feel secure and to go to for activities and learning outside of school other than the mall...for senior citizens to network, and access services unique to their lives...for community groups to cooperate with other community groups in combined efforts for common goals..." Columbia 2000, 1991
Much More Than Recreation...
"A Community Recreation Center impacts the City of Columbia far beyond creating a recreational and meeting space for residents. It communicates to the entire community that our town is a people-centered place to live, work, learn and play.
With an eye toward the future, the Columbia Community Recreation Center has the power to enhance our positive community culture. This is a rare and important opportunity." Columbia 2000, 1991
Stonewall King - Renowned Stallion
The plaque below was placed outside the ARC natatorium on the east side of the building in memory of Stonewall King, a world renowned Amercian Saddlebred stallion.
"Missouri born and raised, Stonewall King was a world renowned American Saddlebred stallion. Honored at the 1947 Boone County Fair, he was awarded a key to the City of Columbia. Upon his death, the great stallion was laid to rest here, at that time the site of the County Fairgrounds. Although his original headstone was moved to the new fairgrounds, Stonewall King remains, buried near this marker."