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The acquisition of Stephens Lake Park: a case study

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dc.contributor.advisor Vaught, David R. en_US
dc.contributor.author Snyder, Michael
dc.date.accessioned 2012-09-18T13:41:28Z
dc.date.available 2012-09-18T13:41:28Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.date.submitted 2012 Spring en_US
dc.identifier.other SnyderM-050912-T1595
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10355/15378
dc.description Title from PDF of title page (University of Missouri--Columbia, viewed on September 18, 2012). en_US
dc.description The entire thesis text is included in the research.pdf file; the official abstract appears in the short.pdf file; a non-technical public abstract appears in the public.pdf file. en_US
dc.description Thesis advisor: Dr. David Vaught en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references. en_US
dc.description M.S. University of Missouri--Columbia 2012. en_US
dc.description Dissertations, Academic -- University of Missouri--Columbia -- Parks, recreation, and tourism. en_US
dc.description "Spring 2012" en_US
dc.description.abstract It was a daunting task that faced the CARE Committee, City officials, the grassroots Coalition to Save Stephens Lake, and Stephens College. They had to unite the citizens of Columbia to raise $10 million to purchase a property that was not on any park master plan or green space preservation plan with little time to do it, and no existing funding source. A plan to save Stephens College was devised by the College and it involved selling a property that was beloved to many of the citizens of Columbia. To many, the parcel represented the last large property close to downtown that could serve as a central park for the City. There was a contingent of opposition groups and a well organized Coalition to Save Stephens Lake who all worked to lobby City Council members to do what they perceived to be the right thing for Columbia. The Trust for Public Land was brought in and they performed an appraisal of the property and a survey of the citizens, to determine what kind of funding source would be acceptable. There was much criticism about how rushed the process was and how the deals appeared to be made without public involvement, but after the appraisal came in and a $7 million price tag was set, it was agreed that the citizens of Columbia would have the opportunity to determine if they wanted to buy the Stephens Lake property. Experienced leadership guided the process past every road block, and in the end the citizens of Columbia voted to purchase the property that is now Stephens Lake Park. en_US
dc.format.extent vi, 170 pages en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher University of Missouri--Columbia en_US
dc.subject land acquisition en_US
dc.subject ballot issue en_US
dc.subject Stephens Lake Park en_US
dc.subject grass-roots movement en_US
dc.title The acquisition of Stephens Lake Park: a case study en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
thesis.degree.discipline Parks, recreation and tourism en_US
thesis.degree.grantor University of Missouri--Columbia en_US
thesis.degree.name M.S. en_US
thesis.degree.level Masters en_US
dc.relation.ispartofcommunity University of Missouri-Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertations. Theses. 2012 Theses
dc.relation.ispartofcollection 2012 Freely available theses (MU)


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