Get out your 2021 calendar and mark it now. Really. The celebration of Columbia’s bicentennial is set for May 2021 and last week, the design for a park expansion set to mark the CoMo200 celebration was given the OK by The Downtown Leadership Council.
Not so fast. The plan still needs approval by the Columbia City Council. The plan will come before the city council on May 6.
Here’s a peek at the proposed park.
Already parking has surfaced as a potential problem with the park plan. According to this coverage published on April3, 2019 by ABC17News.com, a public comment on the proposed plan states the owner of the historic Columbia Ice House at the corner of Providence and Broadway wants to preserve more parking spaces along Providence Road.
The land where the disputed parking is located is owned by the city, the article notes.
Set to complain the city is wasting money on parks? Think again. The city purchased the land for $1 million, but the park development will be privately funded.
Wondering what the heck CoMo200 is?
Here’s the skinny.
- Ongoing — The taskforce has been meeting monthly. See this city page for meeting times. All meetings of the entire taskforce are open to the public.
- The members of the taskforce have changed.
- A Facebook page and website have been developed. Working groups to collect content and plan publicity and events have been working.
- November 2018 — A kickoff event was held to mark the founding of Smithton, a settlement which moved due to a lack of water and renamed itself Columbia.
- Here’s a pdf of the speech Mayor Brian Treece gave at the event which outlines the founding of Smithton.
- February 2018 — Members to the taskforce to plan the celebration for Columbia’s 200th anniversary were named in February 2018.
- December 2017 –A resolution creating the taskforce approved by city council. It outlined the purpose and plans of the group.
Sparkle or sputter? It’s up to you.
Here’s the greatest danger to the celebration of Columbia’s bicentennial: You. Yup. If you don’t get involved, it won’t be the celebration we all want.
Every person on the taskforce and the working groups is a volunteer. The History Working Group, of which I’m a member, is open to ideas and volunteers.
Got something, someone, someplace that should be remembered as part of the celebration? Let me know here, go to the website and sign up or check out the Facebook page.
The History Working Group meets at 5 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month in City Hall Conference Room C. Or send me an email. A tweet. A text message. A smoke signal. (Just kidding about the smoke signal.)
Columbia’s history is all about you.