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Thank you for visiting the Parks & Recreation homepage.  Whether you live in the City, are neighbors to us in the great State of South Carolina or are just visiting, we invite you to take advantage of the great services we provide, the beautiful parks we maintain and all the wonderful indoor and outdoor activities we offer, from golf and tennis to swimming and recreation league play.

 

We hope that you find the information on this site helpful as you make plans to move about the city,  to get involved and to pursue an active, healthy life.  We continue to look for new ways to engage you and strive to give you the best that we have to offer. Our mission is to enhance the quality of life for all those we serve through good stewardship of the city's natural and physical resources, through the presentment of safe and accessible facilities and through the operation of exemplary leisure services.

 

If you have any questions, you may contact our main office at 803-545-3100.

 

 

 

OUR PARK SYSTEM

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60 city parks and green spaces

600 acres of city-maintained park land

55 tennis courts

16 city pools, spray pads and ponds

9 city-maintained fountains


All city parks are open year-round from dawn to dusk. There are no entrance fees.

 

STAFF DIRECTORY                                                                                                        PARK DIRECTORY

 

 

PARKS & RECREATION MASTER PLAN

 

On April 1, 2015, Columbia City Council adopted a Parks and Recreation Master Plan which includes a comprehensive needs assessment and an inventory of the parks and facilities maintained by the department. This document contains extensive recommendations intended to help guide the City's management of increasingly limited resources while continuing to provide quality programs and safe, attractive facilities which all enhance our quality of life.

Please follow the links below to access the document:

 

City of Columbia Five Year Leisure Services Master Plan

Appendix A: Synopsis of Public Meetings

Appendix A.1 Questionaire- Programs

Appendix A.2 Questionaire- Facilities

Appendix B: Inventory of Parks and Facilities

Appendix C: Demographic Data

Appendix D: CAPRA National Accreditation Standards

Appendix E: Table of Recommendations

 

 

PARKS & RECREATION FOUNDATION

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The Columbia Parks Foundation was formed by City Council for the purpose of promoting programs for City of Columbia Parks and Recreation related to enhancing and expanding the scope of educational and human development qualities.  The Foundation fulfills this mission by encouraging and soliciting gifts and donations as well as through promoting volunteer efforts in support of the departments programs and activities.  The Columbia Parks Foundation is a registered 501(c)3 organization.

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Parks & Recreation Department | 1111 Parkside Drive, Columbia, SC 29203

P: 803-545-3100| F: 803-343-8744

 
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