Columbia Parks and Recreation
Creating Community through People, Parks and Programs
|Funding Fiscal Year(s):||2007 & 2008|
|Project Budget :||$1,435,355*|
$1,025,000 - Park Sales Tax
Council Items: Click here.
Plans: Click here.
Project Description: The 80-acre property was donated by Tom Atkins to the City of Columbia and Boone County in 2002, with each having undivided one-half interest. Atkins donated the land with the intent that the land be developed for youth recreation. This project is the first phase of the construction of a new baseball field complex. Phase one includes the construction of two lighted baseball fields (400' field and 350' field), irrigation lake, and 140-car gravel parking lot. The two ball fields are part of a five-field tournament quality complex that will be completed as funding becomes available. Phase one also includes grading for the entire five field complex to prepare the site for future construction. Columbia Parks and Recreation Department will be responsible for the maintenance and programming of the complex when completed.
Project Notes: Due to the City Council's approval on June 19, 2006 of a Memorandum of Understanding with Columbia Professional Baseball for a proposed sports complex for a minor league baseball team (Columbia Diamonds, formerly the Mid-Missouri Mavericks) at American Legion Park, the City Council decided to move the $325,000 2005 Park Sales Tax ballot funds identified for American Legion Park improvements to the youth athletic fields at Atkins Park project. (See related Council items.) By the close of Fiscal Year 2009, Columbia Professional Baseball had not returned to the City to discuss an agreement for the use of American Legion Park. Therefore, in Fiscal Year 2010 a capital project was budgeted with Recreation User Fee funds for improvements to American Legion Park.
Project Status (in descending date order):
Major contract awards for this project are listed below. The remainder of the project will be accomplished with Parks and Recreation staff.
|Vendor||Item||Purchase Order #||Contract Amount|
|A Civil Group||Engineering services||071963||$20,000|
|A Civil Group||Legal description for utility easement||081387||$825|
|Malicoat-Winslow Eng||Electrical design||080730||$6,000|
|Wilcoxson Excavating||Grading, fencing, top soil, walks, parking lot construction||072474||$546,998|
|Rost Superior Services||Irrigation||072950||$80,128|
|Leroy's Sports Fields||Infield red shale||080677, 082284||$44,168|
|Fry & Associates||Player benches||072708||$3,595|
|LOW Masonry||Block for utility bldg.||080977||$2,541|
|Rhad Baker Const||Utility bldg. block wall const.||081148||$13,970|
|Reeder-Wright Ent.||Utility bldg. roof const.||081454||$5,420|
|Brandy Elec, Inc.||ball field lights||081663||$311,550|
|Innovative Concepts||Metal gates||082032||$3,132|
|Sellenriek Construction||Boring services||081221||$2,319*|
|AB Creative||Pre-fab shelter||091383||$13,450|
|Simon Steel||Foul pole extensions||090987||$1,111|
|Fletcher-Reinhart||Parking lot light poles||090732||$1,826|
|Most Dependable Fountains||Water fountain w/jug filler & hose bib||090604||$2,690|
|Custom Fence||Erosion control fencing||082489||$994|
|Water & Sewer||Water pipe||090444||$1,380|
|Ag Coop Service||Spread fertilizer||090439||$3,257|
|Frech Paving**||Asphalt work**||082157||$21,796**|
|Initial site grading of two new baseball fields began July 2007.|
|Site preparation continues 8/7/07.|
Aerial view of infield irrigation system. Irrigation lines were installed and outfield topsoil distributed for both fields by 9/27/07.
|Field #1 sod was installed 11/19/07. Irrigation system in operation.|
|Fence pole installation - 4/7/08.|
|Fencing and sod near completion -6/25/08|
|Installation of red shale warning track - 7/1/08|
|Preparation for bleacher pad - 7/1/08|
|Ball fields nearing completion - July 2008.|
Photo of ball fields lit at night.
|First games held on March 31, 2009.|
|Atkins Park was dedicated on May 11, 2009. Click here for more information on the park dedication ceremony.|