Jefferson City Provides Plenty of Places To Play
PHOTO CREDIT: Kevin Young
With more than a dozen parks, countless activities and sports galore, lucky residents of Jefferson City never run out of things to do. The city’s parks and recreation department has a slogan: “Healthy Lifestyles … It Starts in Parks!” And they know what they’re talking about. The city’s newest park is Rotary Centennial Park, located at the edge of the Missouri River at the north end of Bolivar Street. A joint effort between the parks department, the city’s four rotary clubs and private contributions culminated in the creation of the park, which features picnic tables and benches and provides views of the state Capitol building and the Missouri River. Nearly every sport that comes to mind is played in Jefferson City’s park system. It’s not just fun and competition for kids – adults can get into the act, too. Think baseball, softball, flag football, tennis, basketball, golf, disc golf, volleyball, ice skating at the Washington Park Ice Arena, swimming at Memorial Park Family Aquatic Center and Ellis-Porter Pool – the list goes on and on. Several high school state sports championships are held at Jefferson City facilities. There are mountain biking trails at Binder Park and on Edgewood Drive near the Greenway and fitness trails at East Miller Street Neighborhood Park, Ellis-Porter/Riverside Park and McKay Park. For those pencil pushers who don’t have a lot of time for fitness, there’s even a Downtown Fitness Mile mapped out. Jefferson City currently has more than 7 miles of greenway trails, with plans to add more, thanks to an updated 2007 Greenway Master Plan. Another key component in the city’s commitment to youth sports is the American Legion Post 5 Sports Complex, which started with one field in 1991. Since then, four softball and baseball fields have been added, serving 400 area youngsters.