Press Release – CoMo200 Continues Progress Toward 2021 Events

For Immediate Release

May 13, 2019


Brent Gardner, Chair



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CoMo200 Continues Progress Toward 2021 Events

Citizens are invited to join a celebration 200 years in the making


Columbia, MO – May 13, 2019 – CoMo200, the Mayor’s Task Force on Bicentennial Celebration Planning, comprising volunteers from across the community, continues to make progress in its efforts to celebrate Columbia’s bicentennial in May 2021. With only two years until the bicentennial, members of CoMo200 have been working on a variety of exciting projects to celebrate.


  • The expansion of Flat Branch Park, located where Columbia began, will be the most lasting outcome of CoMo200’s work. The land where the park expansion will take place was purchased by the City of Columbia using interest from Capital Improvement Projects. A gateway plaza at Providence and Broadway will be funded by The District (Community Improvement District), which is funded by sales tax dollars collected from downtown businesses.

o   The park restoration will include the removal of concrete and pavement and the restoration of the Flat Branch waterway itself with native trees and plantings to return it to the beautiful qualities that first attracted Columbia’s founders. The park’s expansion and restoration will be funded by private donations and foundational support rather than tax dollars, creating a park that can be enjoyed for generations to come.


  • Additional projects planned to celebrate the bicentennial include: a citywide oral history project, a visual arts competition, the minting of a commemorative coin, numerous local history teaching and learning events, concerts featuring local artists, and the celebration to mark the opening of the Flat Branch Park expansion and 200 years of Columbia as a city.


The CoMo200 Task Force is committed to a bicentennial celebration that is diverse and inclusive. It would like to invite all members of the Columbia community to join one of the project’s workgroups, which include history, education, the Flat Branch expansion and communications.


Interested members of the community can attend one of CoMo200’s monthly meetings on the fourth Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at the Walton Building (300 S. Providence Road). If you cannot attend a meeting but would still like to become involved in CoMo200 efforts, you can contact CoMo200 at info@CoMo200.comcreate new email.


For additional information, contact Brent Gardner, chair of CoMo200, at 573.489.1900 or Brent@BrentGardnerHomes.comcreate new email.