Following the 1993 flood, the City pursued the buyout of business and residential holdings with funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Community Development Block Grants. 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 maintains the area and plans for land's future use.
The first development in the new park was the construction of a picnic pavilion with a restroom and serving kitchen. The pavilion has a capacity of 250 people and the parking lot has room for 180 vehicles. North Jefferson City Recreation Area also includes a playground, ball fields, multi-purpose practice fields, a community garden program, the master Gardener's demonstration garden, an RC racetrack, a dog park, a boat launch with access to the Missouri River, primitive camping, and a number of trails including access to Missouri's Katy Trail.