Park Improvements

The JC Parks Commission administers major capital improvements and plans throughout the Jefferson City park system. Listed below are all major projects and plans currently under construction, in the planning stages, or completed. 


East Miller Park Basketball Court and Shelter

The outdoor basketball court renovation at East Miller Park was completed in May 2024. A 24′ x 48′ covered picnic shelter was approved by JC Parks Commission. Anticipated completion date is fall 2024.


Washington Park Pickleball Complex

Opened in June 2024! Duensing Field in Washington Park has been renovated into a dedicated 8-court outdoor pickleball complex. Deliverables include court hardscape and softscape; signage; landscape lighting and fixtures. 

Grant Street Improvements

City of Jefferson Department of Public Works and JC Parks made several improvements along Grant Street, the main entrance into Ellis-Porter Riverside Park. Work started early April 2022 and was complete in September 2022.

Project Elements

  • Construction of a sidewalk along the western side of Grant Street.
  • Sidewalk in the Park from the intersection of Grant Street and Ellis Porter Drive to the sidewalk near the pool.
  • Construction of numerous retaining walls.
  • Widening of Grant Street and a portion of Ellis Porter Drive to accommodate a central island approaching the park.
  • Stormwater inlets will be replaced near Hough Street and an inlet will be added near Lake Street.
  • The intersection at Grant Street/East McCarty Street and the intersection at Lake Street/Hough Street/Grant Street will be reconstructed to for ADA compliance.
  • The whole of Grant Street will receive an asphalt overlay.
Deborah Cooper Park on Adrian's Island
63 Diamonds Improvements

Several improvements were made at 63 Diamonds Sports Complex.

  • Additional concrete around the concession stand and home plate area on all fields,
  • Warm-up areas for pitchers
  • Exterior painting of concession stand

Hickory Adams Neighborhood Playground

Hickory Adams Park was damaged in the 2019 tornado. A complete renovation of the playground was completed in May 2023.


Washington Park Skate Park

Washington Park skate park will receive  repairs to concrete structures and several new obstacles, including half pipe, quarter pipe, bank ramp, pyramid corner, and grindbox. Anticipated completion is spring 2023.

Outdoor Fitness Court

An Outdoor Functional Training Station (FTS) is a highly customizable multi-station built for year-round use in a commercial setting. MoveStrong blends the best of old-school calisthenics with the latest in Functional Fitness Training in an all-in-one station. Built to size and specific training features to accommodate any space and user abilities. Great for individual and group fitness boot camp-style workouts.

The outdoor fitness court will be located along the greenway at The Linc. Anticipated installation date is mid-May 2023.

CRMU Amphitheater Improvements

The amphitheater and surrounding park will see the following improvements in 2023:

  • A permanent restroom building and enclosed storage facility will be installed in the multi-use plaza area.
  • Primary signage will be installed at the Grant Street park entrance and wayfinding signage will be located throughout the park.
  • Trail enhancements will better connect visitors from parking areas to entry gates.
  • Stage canopy hoist system.
Memorial Park Basketball Court

The outdoor basketball court renovation was completed in August 2023. The new 40′ x 80” court includes in goals and back boards. 

Binder Campground Wi-Fi

In July 2023, Binder Park campground received electrical upgrades, access points, and wireless bridges to provide Wi-Fi to all campground sites.


Capital Project Planning 2024-2026

At the February 13, 2024, JC Parks Commission meeting, staff presented identified capital needs to consider for FY 2024-2025 and FY 2025-2026. Staff will be assisted by commission-appointed CIP planning committee to consistently review and adjust capital needs as needed. 

CIP planning fy25 and fy26

JC Park System Master Plan

The Jefferson City Parks, Recreation & Forestry Master Plan is a comprehensive plan for parks, trails, and forestry improvements throughout the JC Parks system.

Completed in 2018, it is the first of its kind in Jefferson City since 1952!

Included are:

  • Findings on the current state of our parks gathered through site analysis of each park, community profiling, a data-backed needs assessment, stakeholder interviews, and public survey.
  • Design concepts and rationale for each improvement project, with the estimated cost.
  • Maintenance assessments and recommendations.
  • An overview of plan implementation, which includes project order and funding details
Cultural Arts Master Plan

The City of Jefferson Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department has engaged Keen Independent to create a Cultural Arts Master Plan to guide the City in enhancing the community’s quality of life through arts and culture. Keen Independent conducted community engagement, benchmarking of similar cities and communities, an economic impact analysis and an analysis of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats regarding arts and culture. The resulting implementation plan based identifies objectives to establish in the next several years, focusing on goals of centralizing resources, enhancing existing resources, developing placemaking, promoting inclusivity and safety, and planning for the future.  

The Cultural Arts Master Plan was adopted by JC Parks Commission in May 2024.

Washington Park Bike Park

At the February 14, 2023, JC Parks Commission meeting, commission members approved the final design and construction of the Phase 1 bike park site plan in Washington Park. This phase includes an asphalt pump track, progressive jumps start mound, beginner jump line, intermediate jump line,  return line, and signage. Project completion date is yet to be determined; funding needs to be identified. 

Active Transportation Plan

The Capital Area Active Transportation Plan acts as a guide and resource to improve safety, connectivity, access, and mobility for pedestrians, bicycle users, and other Active Transportation users in the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) planning area .  CAMPO staff will be working with consultants Crafton Tull and LaneShift on this exciting planning process over the next 15 months.  Funding for this project is provided via the CAMPO Consolidated Planning Grant (80%) and local match provided by JC Parks (20%).

The Plan incorporates and replaces the following existing bike/pedestrian plans:
Capital Area Pedestrian & Bicycle Plan (2016)
Holts Summit Pedestrian, Bicycle, and Transit Plan (2014)
Jefferson City Sidewalk Plan (2010)
Jefferson City Greenway Master Plan (2007)

The Active Transportation Plan was adopted in January 2024.

Cost Recovery Study

JC Parks retained Berry Dunn McNeil & Parker, LLC (BerryDunn) in 2022 to conduct a Department Cost Recovery Analysis and Plan. The focus of the project is reviewing all revenue generated from user fees and charges for activities, permits, and services the Department provides and the identified expenses associated with providing all Department programs and services and issuing permits. This review will allow the City to make informed policy decisions at the aggregate level, as well as on each service and permit, regarding fee levels and revenue generation.

Jefferson City Botanical Garden Pilot Project

At the February 14, 2023, JC Parks Commission meeting, commission members approved landscape architectural professional services for design development and construction documents for the Jefferson City Botanical Garden Pilot Project at Ellis-Porter Riverside Park.

Work will begin in February 2023. Estimated completion of design development and cost estimation is May 2023. Construction documentation is expected to be complete in July 2023.

Ice Arena Feasibility Study

JC Parks engaged with Firland Management in 2021 to conduct a feasibility study for Washington Park Ice Arena. The one-sheet ice arena is an established facility that supports a strong user base with a wide variety of programming. It cannot meet some of the needs of the existing customers or introduce new programs due to unavailability of prime-time ice and its aging facility. This report examines current conditions and feasibility of expansion in this market. The recommendations
for an operating plan, facility program and preliminary capital costs are included with the feasibility analysis.