The City of Maryville celebrated the grand re-opening of Mozingo Lake Recreation Park on Saturday.
Activities began with the Early Birdie Run and the Northwest Missouri State University Bearcat Open, an angling tournament hosted by the Northwest Fishing Club.
The newly re-modeled clubhouse at the golf course was busy with golfers and shoppers looking to get a good deal at the pro-shop's "sidewalk sale."
Though the day began windy and slightly cool, temperatures warmed up and the wind died down as people gathered at "The Point" for concessions and live entertainment.
The opening act was Northwest student Tyler Folkerts, who was followed by headliner and Maryville native Mitch Gallagher.
Mozingo officially has a new look, something that has been a long time in the making.
The city worked with Northwest marketing students to re-brand the course and the park over the last two semesters, and came up with a new logo and a plan to help the park become a regional attraction.
"We're really appreciative of our Northwest partnership," Maryville City Manager Greg McDanel said. "They did a lot to help with this process."
As for the future, McDanel said there are many ideas floating around as to how they will move forward with the plan.
"It's an exciting time to move forward and market the park," McDanel said. "With the improvements and what we'd like to see in the future, by default we have created an event venue here."
McDanel added that there are plans to build additional cabins at the 3,000-acre park this fall, along with changing signs and replacing boat ramps.
The park will also have a larger online presence to help get the word out about events and the park's facilities.
Both Councilman Jim Fall and McDanel mentioned the council's plan to build a hotel/lodge and conference hall at the park, but that the idea is "still percolating."
"The potential out here is a whole lot bigger than we realize right now," Fall said. "I think we've done a lot to make the clubhouse and park more appealing. If we can get the lodge and conference center going, we will really become a big attraction in (the area)."