Out of the devastation of the floods of 1993 and 1995 has resurrected the North Jefferson Recreation Area, formerly Cedar City has emerged.
Following the 1993 flood, the City, with funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Community Development Block Grants, pursued the buyout of business and residential holdings. A total of 198 parcels in North Jefferson City were purchased for future open space and park development. The City Council designated the 165 acres as park land and the Parks and Recreation Commission has begun maintaining the area and planning for its future use.
The first development in the new park was the construction of a picnic pavilion which has a capacity of 250 people and houses restrooms and a serving kitchen. The parking lot has room for 180 vehicles.
From the pavilion you can utilize the one mile section of the Katy Trail Spur, developed with a National Recreation Trail System grant, to access the Katy Trail State Park.
In 2000, boat ramp access was added to the Missouri River which includes a roadway, parking lot and a restroom. Additional improvements for the City's newest park includes practice athletic fields, trails, expansion of the garden plot program, and tree planting.
NORTH JEFFERSON RECREATION AREA DOG PARK
The North Jefferson Recreation Area Dog Park is now open. The dog park offers a fenced, off leash area for dogs to stretch their legs and exercise. The dog park is located in the North Jefferson Recreation Area at 810 Sandstone Dr. adjacent to the multipurpose building. It is approximately 2 acres and includes a double gate entrance, water source, waste disposal stations, posted regulations and use guidelines, and park benches throughout the site. Usage permits are required to use the park. Please contact the Parks and Recreation office at 634-6482 for information about the Dog Park Regulations and Use Guidelines and how to register for a usage permit.
Expansion of the North Jefferson Recreation Area Dog Park for small dogs is complete. This new
expansion is designed for smaller dogs 30 lbs. or less and is located behind the greenhouse
near the North Jefferson City Multipurpose Building, 810 Sandstone Drive. The fenced, off
leash area allows for smaller dogs to socialize and play together separate from bigger dogs. It
eliminates the alternating use days established at the original dog park giving all users more
time to enjoy both dog parks. The original dog park will remain for bigger dogs weighing
more than 30 lbs. Both parks will be open seven days a week during normal park hours from
5 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Please contact the Parks and Recreation office at 634-6482 or information about the dog park regulations, use guidelines and
how to register for a usage permit.
"Rent-A-Garden" plots are located in the North Jefferson Recreation Area. A full lot, 25' x 50', rents for $40. A half lot, 25' x 25', rents for $20. Plots are available for use from March 1 through November 1 on a first-come-first-served basis. Call (573) 634-6482 to reserve your garden spot.
Whenever possible, the same plots will be issued to the same individuals from year to year. Previous registrants may sign up from February 1st to February 28th, during which time their plots will be held for them. Starting March 1st, all unreserved plots will be rented on a first-come-first-served basis. The gardener must maintain the plot in a neat, weed-free condition. Failure to control weeds may result in revocation of use of plot and clear cutting of the site by the Parks and Recreation Department. Weeds over 12" in height are subject to cutting in accordance with the City weed ordinance at the plot renter's expense.