Columbia Parks and Recreation
Creating Community through People, Parks and Programs
The 11-acre parcel for Longview Park was purchased by the City of Columbia's Sewer Utility Department in 1996 from the Vanlandingham family to serve as buffer land adjacent to the City's sewage treatment plant. It was eventually transferred to the Parks and Recreation Department in exchange for a sewer easement across Stephens Lake Park. The development of the park was funded in 2004, but was the project was delayed until park staff worked out some of the adjacent lot issue problems. After working with neighbors and the neighborhood association, a master plan for the park was developed. This included rebuilding and relocating he pond to allow a perimeter trail and securing both a temporary and permanent easement off private property located at the terminus of Lisa Lorane Drive.
The cost of developing Longview Park was $124,000, which was funded from the quarter-cent sales tax approved by voters in 1999. The park was completed and dedicated on June 14, 2008.
Date: June 14, 2008
About 40 neighbors, City staff, Council members, and Parks and Recreation Commissioners gathered for the dedication of Longview Neighborhood Park on Saturday, June 14, 2008. Neighbors came from across the street to the east and up the newly constructed trail from the west to attend the dedication program.
One neighbor, Barbara Baker Midgley, wrote the following poem in appreciation for the new park. Mike Hood, Director of Parks and Recreation, read the poem as part of the dedication ceremony.
A park's a place of such natural joy
Made for woman, man or boy
Good for rest and great for play
Most any ole' day
Or, if it's windy, fly a kite
Even if it snows, a snowball fight
So mind your manners
And keep it clean
And Mother Nature'll be pleased
And keep it green
Park Dedication Photos - June 14, 2008