Happy Parks and Recreation Month!
Throughout the month of July, we will be spotlighting some of the beautiful places and exciting activities you can see and do outdoors in Columbia. Not so surprisingly, many of those places are parks managed by the City of Columbia’s Parks and Recreation department.
Check out these hidden gems the next time you plan to go on an outdoor adventure.
The scenic overlooks should never be overlooked at Capen Park. With bridge connections to Grindstone Nature Area and the Hinkson Creek Trail, the park covers 31.9 acres.
“Breathtaking” does not do this garden justice. Featuring a stunning sculpture by Barbara Grygutis, this hidden gem hosts outdoor weddings and is a trail head for the MKT Trail.
History is a major component of Nifong Park. It is home to the Boone County History & Culture Center, the Village at Boone Junction, the Maplewood Home and grounds as well as the Maplewood Barn Theatre.
Home to a 40-acre fishing lake and fish from the Missouri Department of Conservation, this park is a sight to see. There is a 1.4-mile gravel trail that surrounds the lake and beautiful scenery wherever you look.
Rock Quarry Park is an excellent place to go out and play. With a playground, tennis courts with pickleball lines and baseball and soccer practice fields, there is so much fun to be had.
Go outside this month and celebrate the phenomenal outdoors we are fortunate to live near. Be sure to tag your photos with #ShowMeCoMo.
Photos Courtesy of the City of Columbia Parks and Recreations Department