Contact: Tammy Miller, 874-7465
Columbia Parks and Recreation staff and programs formerly housed at the Stephens Lake Activity Center (2311 E. Walnut) have moved to the Waters-Moss Memorial Wildlife Area.
The move includes four full-time staff as well as preschool programs, life enrichment classes, 50+ programs and tours, and programming held in cooperation with Osher @ Mizzou.
Parks and Recreation staff have been renovating the buildings at the Waters-Moss site. Staff and some programs will be located on the site in the Hillcrest Community Center (1907 Hillcrest Drive). Other programs will eventually be located on-site in the Moss Building (1905 Hillcrest Drive). Offices for the Park Rangers will be located at the Waters house on the property at 2104 Hillcrest Drive.
Waters-Moss is the former headquarters of the Columbia office of the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC). The City of Columbia took over the management of the Waters-Moss Memorial Wildlife Area as part of a land swap agreement with MDC in 2012. MDC has relocated their regional office to the Gans Creek Recreation Area.
Funding for the development of the site comes from the voter-approved Park Sales Tax and the City's Recreation Services Fund. Instead of making lease payments at the Stephens Lake Activity Center, the Recreation Services Fund will contribute to the development of the Waters-Moss property for three years.
Future plans for the 110-acre Waters-Moss site include development of a small neighborhood park and converting a house on the property for rental use.
For more information, call Parks and Recreation at 874-7460.