Walking trails through woods around wetlands, a dog park for big pets and small, a broad festival field with a pavillion, and a roundabout to welcome motorists coming down South Lumpkin Road.
Those are among the features in a plan for the Oxbow Meadows area on Columbus’ south end, between a wide curve in the Chattahoochee River and Fort Benning’s new National Infantry Museum.
Columbus Council is to get a briefing Tuesday on an updated Oxbow Meadows Master Plan prepared by consultants from Jordan, Jones & Goulding, the same firm that in 2004 compiled a conceptual plan for the Columbus Water Works.
The area west of South Lumpkin Road encompasses Columbus State University’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center, the city’s Oxbow Creek Golf Course, fields belonging to the Columbus Water Works, and woods, creeks and ponds along the Chattahoochee River. It’s where the city had hoped a private developer would build a marina and conference center.
The first phase of the master plan is expected to finish spending $10 million devoted to Oxbow Meadows in an 1999 sales tax referendum. Columbus so far has spent about $4 million on acquiring adjacent property and installing water lines and sewers.
With $5.9 million left to spend, the plan to be presented this morning calls for:
•Expanding the Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center.
•Expanding and connecting walking trails through the surrounding woods and wetlands.
•Building a 36-acre festival field and pavillion north of the learning center.
•Building a park set aside for dog owners and their pets, with one area for smaller dogs and another for larger ones.
•Setting aside a grassed parking area for cars.
•Installing a roundabout on South Lumpkin Road at the entrance to the South Columbus Water Resources Facility. Common in Europe, a roundabout is a circular intersection that often features a sign or other landmark in its center. Drivers are to circle it counter-clockwise, yielding to any traffic coming from their right.