A groundbreaking for the planned Bicentennial Bridge took place last month on the capitol grounds by the Veterans Memorial and State Senate parking garage. In attendance were Governor Mike Parson and First Lady, Lt. Governor Mike Kehoe and Second Lady, Mayor Carrie Tergin and the Delong Family including Mrs. B.J. Delong that contributed over $3 million for this project. The $3.75 million dollar project will provide a pedestrian/bike linkage that reconnects and restores the Capitol with its historic relationship to the Missouri River. The project will also provide a platform to interpret state history as it takes users across the Union Pacific Railroad to the Missouri River with breathtaking views of the Missouri State Capitol and the Missouri River Valley. The project is a 12-foot wide pedestrian/bicycle bridge connecting the Missouri State Capitol Complex to a 30-acre parkland located north of the Union Pacific Railroad. The island will be a passive recreational area with trails allowing visitors to hike through the wooded area and experience the riparian environment along the banks of the Missouri River. The project location offers visitors views of the Governor's Mansion and Lohman's Landing State Historic Site. Lohman's Landing was the original settlement, which became Missouri's State Capital and the City of Jefferson. Construction will begin this fall and completion is expected by August 2021.
Put on your hiking shoes and travel to Cosmo Park in Columbia to join a guided hike along the Bear Creek Trail. Trail: Four miles, easy. Meet at the Runge Nature Center and follow our hike leaders to the location or meet at the trailhead. Hike leaders will contact participants before the hike to give directions if needed. Wear sturdy shoes, dress for the weather, bring a water bottle, and pack a lunch/snack. Masks are required. Registration required. Ages 18 and up.
Venture over to Marion Access, north of Jefferson City, to get a chance to view wild Bald Eagles and learn about their conservation success. Runge will provide spotting scopes and binoculars. This program is limited in participants due to the COVID pandemic. Registration is required and everyone participating MUST register in only one time slot. All Ages. Directions will be e-mailed to participants before the program. Time slots at 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and noon.
Trumpeter Swans are the largest and one of the most beautiful birds in Missouri. A conservation success story, this bird fought its way back from a population of 69 in 1935 to well over 63,000 in North America. Celebrate this magnificent comeback by observing these swans at Binder Lake in Jefferson City through provided spotting scopes and binoculars (if needed). NOTE: Due to our inability to forecast when Trumpeter swans arrive at Binder, this is a short-notice program to be held someti…
Join us as we celebrate the Promise of Community Action and our mission to help people help themselves and each other. The Promise Gala is a new fundraising event focused on supporting the work of Central Missouri Community Action (CMCA). You will enjoy good food, wine, and beer and learn about the many services offered through CMCA. You will also hear from and meet a family that was positively impacted by CMCA and who is now giving back through their work with the organization.
The largest bridal show in Central Missouri was originally planned for January but is now scheduled for Feb. 28 at a new larger location - and The Linc in Jefferson City. Exhibit hours are noon-4 p.m. The spectacular runway show is 3:30 p.m. Admission is $5. (5 years old and under free.)