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11/15/2017

30th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis, Benedict College’s first female president, will be the keynote speaker at the City of Columbia’s 30th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration on Monday, January 15, 2018, the City of Columbia and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Foundation announced.

Artis is the college’s 14th president and is the first female president in the institution’s 147-year history.

The annual celebration will begin at 4 p.m. at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Park and Community Center, 2300 Greene Street.

A Wreath Laying Ceremony commemorating the historic marker honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be held at 3 p.m. at the corner of Harden and Greene streets on Monday, January 15. Members of the Alpha Psi Lambda and Omicron Iota Lambda chapters of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. will lead the ceremony.

For more information about the 30th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, contact Shireese M. Bell at 803-545-3100 or [email protected], or visit www.columbiasc.net.

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11/15/2017

City Park Rangers Offer Free Canal History Tour, Thanksgiving Walk

Enjoy the fall weather with family and friends by taking a nature and history walk with a city Park Ranger. Both youth and adults can participate in the following free activities hosted by the Columbia Parks & Recreation Department:

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11/14/2017

Register for the City Hoops Instructional Basketball Program

The registration period for City Hoops, the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department’s instructional youth basketball program for boys and girls ages 4 through 8, will begin on Monday, November 13.

The program is an opportunity for youth to have fun and learn basketball fundamentals.

The fee to participate is $25 per participant.

The last day to register is Friday, December 15.

Registration forms are available and can be submitted at any community recreation center or at the Parks and Recreation Administration Office at 1111 Parkside Drive, Columbia, SC 29203.

To download a registration form, visit www.columbiasc.net-parks-recreation and click the “Youth Sports” link.

For more information, please call the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department at 803-545-3100. 

 

11/14/2017

Columbia Art Center to Offer Winter Break Camp for Children

The Columbia Art Center is offering a fun and interactive art camp for children to explore the world of pottery and mixed media during their December winter break.

The 5-day camp is open to children ages 6-12 and will be held on Dec. 18-22 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Columbia Art Center, 1227 Taylor St., Ste. C, Columbia. 

The registration fee is $85 and includes all materials for participants to complete pottery and paper projects using mixed media.

The deadline to register is Friday, Dec. 8. Download a registration form at City of Columbia Parks and Recreation’s Cultural Arts page.

For more information, contact Brenda Oliver at 803-545-3093.

 

11/13/2017

City of Columbia Accepting Nominations for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dream Keeper Scholarship Awards

The City of Columbia is accepting nominations for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dream Keeper Scholarship Awards.

The Dream Keeper Award recognizes exemplary displays of committed service to the tenets of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

The ideals of social responsibility, political empowerment, diversity, racial harmony, nonviolence, and unselfish service must be demonstrated voluntarily by the nominee in support of his or her community and fellow citizens.

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11/10/2017

Columbia On the Move November Issue

Columbia On the Move is a monthly newsletter focusing on health, wellness, parks, recreation and leisure services from the City of Columbia Parks & Recreation Department. Inside this edition: 39th Annual Veterans Day Parade, Main Street ICE, Winter Break Art Camp, City Hoops Registration, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Honor the Dream Food Drive and more!

 

10/31/2017

City to Kick off Sixth Season of Main Street ICE Thanksgiving Day

The City of Columbia’s outdoor ice skating rink, Main Street ICE, will return for its sixth season Thanksgiving Day at Boyd Plaza (corner of Main and Hampton streets).

Main Street ICE opens Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 23, from 5 to 10 p.m., and will remain open until Monday, January 15, 2018. Opening day price is $8 for adults, and $5 for children ages 12 and under. The rink will be open from 1 to 10 p.m. the day after Thanksgiving. 

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10/25/2017

Pinehurst Park Walking Trail to Close for Tree Removal

The walking trail at Pinehurst Park will be closed beginning today, October 25, 2017 to allow for the removal of unhealthy trees, the Columbia Parks & Recreation Department announced.

Crews will be on site to remove dead, dying or unsafe trees in the park.

In order to ensure the safety of pedestrians, the walking trail will be closed during the duration of the project which is expected to be completed in three weeks.

For more information, contact the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department at 803-545-3100.

 

 

10/16/2017

City of Columbia’s 39th Annual Veterans Day Parade

The City of Columbia will host one of the Southeast’s largest Veterans Day Parade on Friday, November 10.

The 39th Annual Veterans Day Parade will kick off at 11 a.m. from the intersection of Sumter and Laurel streets, and travel southbound on Sumter Street ending at Pendleton Street near the State House.

This year’s grand marshal will be retired Col. Jack Van Loan. Van Loan was a Vietnam War Air Force fighter pilot who was shot down during his 74th combat mission and spent six years as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam before he was released in 1973.

The Veterans Day Parade is sponsored by the City of Columbia, AARP and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of South Carolina.

For more information, call the Parks and Recreation Department at 803-545-3100.

 

10/13/2017

Hampton Park Groundbreaking Ceremony

The Columbia Parks & Recreation Department will host a groundbreaking ceremony for construction of a new community center at Hampton Park on Saturday, October 21 at 10 a.m.

The new 3,000-square-foot community center will include open meeting space, accessible restrooms, office space, a kitchen, storage, and a semi-private classroom area.

WHAT: Hampton Park Groundbreaking

WHO: Mayor Steve Benjamin, Columbia City Council members, City staff, and Community leaders

WHERE: Hampton Park, 1117 Brandon Avenue

WHEN:  Saturday, October 21 at 10 a.m.

For more information, call the Parks & Recreation Department at 803-545-3100.

 

10/6/2017

City Park Rangers Offer Free Canal History Tours & Tree Identification Walk

The Columbia Parks & Recreation Department’s park rangers will host free programs for youth and adults including a history tour on the Columbia Canal and tree identification walk in October. 

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10/4/2017

Registration Period Open for City’s Winter Sports Leagues

The City of Columbia Parks & Recreation Department is accepting registrations for its youth winter basketball and adult volleyball leagues.

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10/2/207

Columbia On the Move October Issue

Columbia On the Move is a monthly newsletter focusing on health, wellness, parks, recreation and leisure services from the City of Columbia Parks & Recreation Department. Inside this edition: Columbia Art Center Grand Opening, Spooktacular Halloween Party, Art Along the Trail, Pong Fest, Miracle League Opening Day and more!

 

9/29/2017

Greenview Park to Host Table Tennis Fest

Greenview Park will host a day of fun and table tennis at its first Pong Fest on Saturday, October 14 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Pong Fest will feature table tennis instruction from professional players and a table tennis exhibition. Participants will have the opportunity to play games between individuals or pairs. Refreshments will be served.

The free event is open to ages 8 and older, but space is limited. The last day to register is Friday, October 6.

Registration forms can be found and submitted at Greenview Park located at 6700 David Street.

For more information, call Greenview Park at 803-754-5223.

 

9/28/2017

Columbia Art Center Grand Opening

The City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department will host a grand opening ceremony for the new Columbia Art Center on Saturday, October 28 at 9:30 a.m.

The new 5,000-square-foot center, located in the Cannon Garage, includes classroom space, a glaze room, clay room, office space and gallery.

The event will feature a ribbon cutting followed by an open house that will include art demos, tours of the new facility and light refreshments.

WHAT: Columbia Art Center Grand Opening Ceremony

WHEN:  Saturday, October 28 at 9:30 a.m.

WHO: Mayor Steve Benjamin, Columbia City Council, City Manager Teresa Wilson, City staff and Community Members

WHERE: Columbia Art Center, 1227 Taylor St., Ste. C, Columbia, SC 29201 (Cannon Garage)

For more information, call the Parks and Recreation Department at 803-545-3100.

 

9/21/2017

City of Columbia’s “Spooktacular Halloween Party”

Celebrate Halloween at the City of Columbia’s “Spooktacular Halloween Party” on Tuesday, Oct. 31 at Dutch Square Mall.

The year’s event will feature escape rooms, a pumpkin patch, games, entertainment, a costume contest, and more!

WHAT: “Spooktacular Halloween Party”

WHERE: Dutch Square, 421 Bush River Road

WHEN: 5-9 p.m. on Tuesday, October 31

COST: Free

AGES: 6 and up

NOTE: The food court will be open for guests to purchase refreshments.

For more information, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 803-545-3100.

 

 

9/18/2017

Art Along the Trail

Experience art and the beautiful natural resources at Riverfront Park at the 2nd Annual Art Along the Trail showcase on Saturday, October 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Columbia Art Center and park rangers with the City of Columbia Parks & Recreation Department have partnered to offer an interactive visual and performing arts experience.

The free event will feature artists who will be staged along the Columbia Canal and the park’s trail to provide interactive experiences for guests in a variety of mediums. Both children and adults will be able to create their own art using many elements of nature.

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9/15/2017

Miracle League of Columbia Opening Day

The Columbia Parks and Recreation Department will kick off the first season of the Miracle League of Columbia on Saturday, September 16 at the Miracle League Field at Owens Field Park, 1351 Jim Hamilton Blvd.

The opening day will include a ceremonial first pitch by Ray Tanner, USC Athletics Director; player introductions; and a game.

WHAT: Miracle League of Columbia Opening Day

WHO: Ray Tanner, USC Athletics Director and founder of the Ray Tanner Foundation; Miracle League participants and families; City staff

WHEN: Saturday, September 16 at 9 a.m.

WHERE: Miracle League Field at Owens Field Park, 1351 Jim Hamilton Blvd.

For more information, call the Parks & Recreation Department at 803-545-3100.

 

9/6/2017

Columbia Fireflies to Present City with Donation for Miracle League of Columbia Program

WHAT: The Columbia Fireflies will present a donation to the City of Columbia from the proceeds raised from the team’s jersey auction to support the new Miracle League.

WHO: Mayor Steve Benjamin, City Council members, Columbia Fireflies representatives, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Tanner of the Ray Tanner Foundation, and City staff

WHEN: Thursday, September 7 at 11 a.m.

WHERE: Miracle League Field at Owens Field Park, 1351 Jim Hamilton Blvd.

For more information, call the Parks & Recreation Department at 803-545-3100.

 

9/1/2017

Columbia On the Move September Issue

Columbia On the Move is a monthly newsletter focusing on health, wellness, parks, recreation and leisure services from the City of Columbia Parks & Recreation Department. Inside this edition: City's Recreational Swim Season Ends Labor Day, Columbia Residents Join Mayor to Save Lives from Heart Disease, The First Tee of Columbia Fall Golf Sessions and more!

 

8/31/2017

City Park Rangers Offer Free Outdoor Programs in September

The Columbia Parks & Recreation Department invites the public to learn how to identify trees at Riverfront Park, kayak on the Columbia Canal, and learn how Columbia used our waterways in the past during a series of free events in September.

All activities are open to youth and adults.

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8/30/2017

City’s Outdoor Pools Open for Labor Day: Recreational Swim Seasons Ends Monday, Sept. 4

The City of Columbia’s outdoor swimming pools will be open for Labor Day, on Monday, September 4 — the last day for recreational swimming, the City’s Parks & Recreation Department announced.

Maxcy Gregg and Greenview pools will be open for recreational swimming from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, September 4.

Labor Day is the last day for recreational swimming at the outdoor pools and for operation of the City’s splash pads/spray pools at various parks.

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8/16/2017

The First Tee of Columbia Fall Golf Sessions for Children

The First Tee of Columbia at the James E. Clyburn Golf Center will hold its Fall Golf Session for children ages 5-17 from September 13 through November 4. The golf center is located at 2091 Slighs Avenue.

Coaches will introduce participants to the game of golf through The First Tee curriculum. Coaches will teach participants golf skills, the rules of the game and etiquette while reinforcing The Nine Core Values such as Sportsmanship, Honesty and Responsibility.

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8/15/2017

Viewing Locations Available for Total Solar EclipsePublic Restroom, Water Station Sites Announced

Five parks in the City of Columbia have been designated as public viewing sites for the Total Solar Eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21, the Columbia Parks & Recreation Department announced.

Guests are encouraged to visit the following locations to view the solar eclipse:

  • Drew Park (beside the Charles R. Drew Wellness Center), 2101 Walker Solomon Way
  • Finlay Park, 930 Laurel St.
  • Owens Field Park, 1351 Jim Hamilton Blvd.
  • Riverfront Park, 312 Laurel St. (The north end is also available for viewing at 4122 River Drive)
  • Southeast Park, 951 Hazelwood Rd.

Solar eclipse glasses will be available for guests while supplies last.

Restrooms, portable toilets, hand washing stations and manifolds (water stations) will be available on site.

Guests are encouraged to bring water bottles and fill them at the water stations.

For more information, call the Parks & Recreation Department at 803-545-3100.

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8/8/2017

City’s 2017-18 After-School Program Begins August 22

The City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department’s After-School Program will begin on Tuesday, August 22 for youth ages 6-12.

Children will have the opportunity to participate in sports, games, arts & crafts, field trips and appearances from special guests on a weekly basis. 

Registration will open on Monday, August 7. The program will run from 2 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, during the school calendar year. (The program follows the Richland School District 1 school calendar).

Children must be between ages 6-12 as of July 19, 2017, to participate.

The cost for the program is $30 per week, per child. Snacks will be provided. Special activities may include an additional fee.

All payments are to be made at the site of the participant’s program. Each week’s fees are due prior to the participant’s week of care. 

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8/7/2017

Charles R. Drew Wellness Center Offers Back-to-School Membership Special

Save up to 30 percent when you sign up as a new or returning member at the Charles R. Drew Wellness Center during the month of August.

The wellness center is offering a back-to-school membership special through August 31 for adults age 18-49, seniors age 50 and older and families of up to four people.

Back-to-School Membership Special Rates

ADULT (18-49): $210

SENIOR (50+): $160

FAMILY (Up to 4 people): $325

For more information, call the Charles R. Drew Wellness Center at 803-545-3200.

 

8/2/2017

City Park Rangers to Host Free Total Eclipse Party & Walks

Bring the family out to Riverfront Park and let a park ranger guide you through a variety of family-friendly activities including a Wet Sandal Walk, Total Eclipse Party and more during the month of August, the Columbia Parks & Recreation Department announced.

All activities are open to youth and adults.

Shady Tree I.D. | Saturday, August 5 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Riverfront Park, 4122 River Dr.

Take a walk with a ranger to learn about trees under the canopy of our floodplain forest.

Meet at the Riverfront Park’s north parking lot, 4122 River Dr.

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8/1/2017

Columbia On the Move August Issue

Columbia On the Move is a monthly newsletter focusing on health, wellness, parks, recreation and leisure services from the City of Columbia Parks & Recreation Department. Inside this edition: Miracle League Field and Playground at Owens Field Park Grand Opening, Mayor Benjamin's Drills & Skills Clinics, Let's Move! Columbia Family Wellness Challenge Winners Announced, Fall Sports Registrations and more! 

 

7/26/2017

City Announces Let’s Move! Columbia Family Wellness Challenge Winners

Three families were selected as the winners of the Let’s Move! Columbia Family Wellness Challenge, a 12-week wellness challenge offered by the City of Columbia.

The winners were announced on Saturday, July 22, 2017, during the final wellness challenge ceremony held at the Katheryn M. Bellfield Booker Washington Heights Cultural Arts Center.

“I want to congratulate all of our participants who made it to the end of this 12-week wellness journey,” Councilwoman Tameika Isaac Devine said. “This journey was not about losing weight but about bringing families together and showing them that they can incorporate healthy habits into their daily lives – and they can do it in a fun way.”

The top three families who had the most points at the end of challenge were named the winners. Those families are:


• The Samuels Family, Grand Prize winner (prizes valued at $1,000)
• The Gunn Family, Second Place winner (prizes valued at $500)
• The Suber Family, Third Place winner (prizes valued at $250)

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7/20/2017

Register for the City's Outdoor Adventure Camp (Camp Registration is Closed)

Does your child love the outdoors? Join our park rangers for five days of discovery, fun and more in our new Adventure Camps!

The Columbia Parks & Recreation Department’s Adventure Camps for youth ages 8-16 will provide opportunities for children to enjoy the outdoors responsibly and will model the tenants of the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics.

Campers will participate in a variety of activities including:

  • Hiking at the Harbison State Forest
  • Floating along the Broad and Saluda rivers
  • Tackling the challenge course at the University of South Carolina
  • Rafting and more at the US National Whitewater Center in Charlotte and more!

Children should be confident swimmers and dress for the warm weather, bring lunch and plenty of water. The cost of the camp is $200.

Schedule

Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the following days:

  • Ages 8-12: July 31- August 4
  • Ages 13-16: August 7- August 11

The camp site is Riverfront Park, 312 Laurel St.

Register at the Parks & Recreation Department’s Administration Office, 1111 Parkside Drive, Columbia, SC 29203

For more information, email Karen Kustafik at [email protected].

 

7/19/2017

Registration Period Open for City’s Fall Adult & Youth Sports Leagues

The Columbia Parks & Recreation Department is accepting registrations for adult kickball, adult softball, youth flag football and youth soccer leagues. 

Registration Information

Adult Kickball (Competitive and Non Competitive leagues)

AGES: 18 and older

FEE: $300 per team

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Friday, Aug. 4

SEASON: 6-9 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays beginning Aug. 21 at Earlewood Park, 1111 Parkside Dr.

Adult Softball (Men’s and Coed leagues)

AGES: 18 and older

FEE: $300 per team

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Friday, Aug. 4

SEASON: Men’s League play will be held on Tuesdays beginning Aug. 22 at T. S. Martin Park, 1810 Germany St.; Coed League play will be held on Sundays beginning Aug. 27 at Earlewood Park, 1111 Parkside Dr.

Youth Flag Football (Coed league)

AGES: 6-10

FEE: $25 per participant

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Friday, Aug. 11

SEASON BEGINS: 6-8 p.m. on Tuesdays beginning Aug. 29 at Greenview Park, 6700 David St.

Youth Soccer (Coed league)

AGES: 3-10

FEE: $25 per participant

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Friday, Aug. 25

SEASON BEGINS: 6-8 p.m. on Wednesdays beginning Sept. 20 at T. S. Martin Park, 1810 Germany St.

Registration forms are available online at www.ColumbiaSC.net/parks-recreation.

Registration forms are also available at any City recreation center or at the Parks and Recreation Administration Office located at 1111 Parkside Drive, Columbia, SC 29203.

Make checks and money orders payable to the City of Columbia.

For more information, please call the Parks & Recreation Department at 803-545-3100.

 

7/17/2017

Miracle League of Columbia Fall Baseball League Registration Now Open

The Columbia Parks & Recreation Department is now accepting applications for the fall session of Miracle League of Columbia baseball program for children with disabilities. 

Registration is open to area youth ages 5 and older, and there is no fee to participate.

Games will be held at the new Miracle League field at Owens Field Park, 1351 Jim Hamilton Blvd.

The last day to register is Friday, August 18, 2017. To register, visit www.miracleleaguecolumbia.com.

For more information, call the Parks & Recreation Department at 803-545-3100.

 

6/1/2017

Columbia On the Move June Issue

Columbia On the Move is a monthly newsletter focusing on health, wellness, parks, recreation and leisure services from the City of Columbia Parks & Recreation Department. Inside this edition: Columbia Named Playful City USA Community, Ruben Studdard to Kick off Summer Concert Series, Mayor Benjamin's Father's Day Cookout, Summer Movies Series, Summer Camps and more!

 

5/31/2017

Prime Time in the Parks to Kick Off with Badges & Parks Basketball Alliance Game

The Columbia Parks & Recreation Department and the Columbia Police Department will kick off the City’s annual summer teen program with a Badges & Parks Basketball Alliance game and skills competition on Friday, June 9 at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park.

Prime Time in the Parks is a late-night teen program that provides a fun and safe environment for Columbia‘s youth. The program is free to youth ages 13-17 years old. Prime Time in the Parks features video game challenges, billiards, card tournaments, sports, pool parties, music, field trips and more!

Participants will have a chance to compete against Columbia Police officers and recreation staff during the following Badges & Parks Basketball Alliance events:

  • Friday, June 9 from 7-10 p.m. at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, 2300 Greene St.
  • Friday, July 14 from 7-10 p.m. at Hyatt Park, 950 Jackson Ave.

Select community centers will operate extended hours, from 7-10 p.m., on Friday nights in June and July as part of Prime Time in the Parks.

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5/25/2017

Mayor Benjamin to Host Annual Father’s Day Cookout

Celebrate Father’s Day with Mayor Steve Benjamin at the second annual Father’s Day Cookout on Sunday, June 18 from 3-7 p.m. at Pinehurst Park, 2300 Pinehurst Road.

The event will feature a grilling competition, a family 3-on-3 basketball tournament and skills challenge, a chess/checkers tournament, inflatables, games and more!

The Father’s Day Cookout is free and open to the public. Guests can bring lawn chairs and blankets. Refreshments will be served.

Registration is required for the tournaments (basketball, chess and checkers) and the grilling competition hosted by the Midlands Fatherhood Coalition.

To register for the basketball and/or chess/checkers tournaments, contact Pinehurst Park at 803-733-8449.

To register for the grilling competition, contact the Midlands Fatherhood Coalition at 803-933-0052. There is a $10 fee to participate in the Grillmaster Competition.

WHAT: Mayor Benjamin’s Second Annual Father’s Day Cookout

WHEN: Sunday, June 18 from 3-7 p.m.

WHERE: Pinehurst Park, 2300 Pinehurst Road.

For more information, call the Parks & Recreation Department at 803-545-3100.

 

5/23/2017

City Pools, Splash Pads Open Memorial Day Weekend: Wristband Schedule Implemented at Greenview Pool

The City of Columbia swim season will begin on Saturday, May 27 for Maxcy Gregg Pool, Greenview Pool and spray pools/splash pads, the Columbia Parks & Recreation Department announced.

Both Maxcy Gregg Pool and Greenview Pool will open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on opening day and from 2-6 p.m. on Sunday, May 28.

Both pools will be open for recreational swimming on the following holidays: Memorial Day (May 29) Independence Day (July 4) and Labor Day (Sept. 4) from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The swim season will remain open until Monday, Sept. 4 (Labor Day).

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5/18/2017

Registration Underway for City’s Summer Camps-UPDATED

Teen, Art, Sports & Outdoor Adventure Camps Offered

Registration for the Columbia Parks and Recreations Department’s Summer Camps is underway for weekly camps and a variety of specialty camps. Summer camps will be held from Tuesday, May 30 through Friday, August 11.


The Summer Camp program focuses on education through recreation, team building and leadership, creativity and self-expression, physical fitness and decision making. Camps are open to both city residents and non-city residents. 
 

The cost is $55 per week (except Arts and Outdoor Adventure). Additional fees may apply for field trips. 

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5/17/2017

City of Columbia Honored as 2017 Playful City USA Community | Columbia Recognized for Fourth Consecutive Year

National non-profit KaBOOM! is honoring the City of Columbia with a 2017 Playful City USA designation for the fourth consecutive year. Playful City USA honors cities and towns across the country for putting the needs of families first so kids can learn, grow and develop important life skills. These communities are transforming ordinary places into playful spaces and using play as a solution to the challenges facing their residents.

“We are so thrilled to be named a Playful City for the fourth consecutive year,” said Mayor Steve Benjamin. “Our incredible staff at Parks & Recreation has truly set the bar high and made play possible for all of Columbia’s families and our children.”

The Columbia Parks and Recreation Department operates and maintains 60 city parks and green spaces, 600 acres of city-maintained park land, 55 tennis courts and multiple city pools, spray pads and ponds. All city parks are open year-round from dawn to dusk with no entrance fees.

New additions to the park system include an outdoor basketball court at the Charles R. Drew Wellness Center, a bocce ball court at Sims Park, a playground at Greenview Park and a new Miracle League ball field and boundless playground (under construction) at Owens Field Park.

The department also offers a variety of programming for both youth and adults to play through its athletics and outdoor adventure programs to special events such as the Mayor’s Drills & Skills Clinics, Kids Day, golf and tennis clinics, nature and wildlife walks and more.

"We are honored to receive this wonderful designation as a Playful City USA,” said City Manager Teresa Wilson. “Our parks system is at the core of our most important public services and is one of the foundations of the quality of life in our community."

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5/11/2017

Columbia’s Free Summer Concert Series Returns June 3 

Ruben Studdard, Dante Lewis and S.O.S. Band to Perform

The City of Columbia’s live outdoor concert series will return June 3 to Finlay Park with a variety of local and national recording artists, the Columbia Parks & Recreation Department announced.

The free Summer Concert Series will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. on the following

dates:

  • June 3 (R&B): Ruben Studdard
  • June 17 (Variety): The Boomers featuring Vaughn Penn
  • July 1 (Jazz): Dante Lewis featuring David P. Stevens and Mike Stone
  • July 15 (Beach/Variety): Ocean Breeze
  • July 29 (Variety): The Voltage Brothers
  • August 12 (R&B): S.O.S. Band

All concerts will be held in Finlay Park, 930 Laurel St., and are open to the public.

Attendees are welcome to bring blankets and lawn chairs. No pets, glass or alcoholic beverages allowed. Food vendors will be available.

For more information, please call the Parks and Recreation Department at 803-545-3100.

 

5/1/2017

Columbia On the Move May Issue

Columbia On the Move is a monthly newsletter focusing on health, wellness, parks, recreation and leisure services from the City of Columbia Parks & Recreation Department. Inside this edition: Let's Move! Columbia Kids Day Warrior Challenge, City Pools Open Memorial Day Weekend, Summer Camps, Everything Tomato Garden Workshop, Rocky Shoals Spider Lily Happy Hour and more!

4/28/17

Summer Movies Series at Finlay Park

The City of Columbia’s Summer Movies Series will kick off on Friday, June 2 at Finlay Park, 930 Laurel Street.

Movies will be shown on Friday nights from June 2 through July 28. The following movies are free and open to the public:

  • June 2: “Star Wars: Rogue One”
  • June 9: “Moana”
  • June 16: “Angry Birds”
  • June 23: “Ghostbusters”
  • June 30: “The Secret Life of Pets”
  • July 7: “Sing”
  • July 14: “Finding Dory”
  • July 21: “Zootopia”
  • July 28: “Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them”

Pre-show activities begin at 7:30 p.m. Movies will begin at sunset.

Attendees can bring blankets, lawn chairs and coolers. No glass containers and alcoholic beverages allowed.

For more information, please call the Parks and Recreation Department at 803-545-3100.

 

4/28/2017

Registration Period for the City’s Summer Youth Basketball League Opens May 1

Registration for the City of Columbia’s Summer Youth Basketball League will begin on Monday, May 1, the Columbia Parks & Recreation Department announced.  

Youth ages 8-18 can participate in the citywide league for a fee of $25.

The registration period will close Sunday, May 28.  League play will begin in June 2017.

To download a registration form, visit Parks & Recreation’s “Youth Sports” page.

Registration forms are also available at any community center or at Parks Administration at 1111 Parkside Drive, Columbia, SC 29203.

For more information, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 803-545-3100.

 

4/25/2017

Registration Open for Miracle League of Columbia Summer Baseball League

Registration for the Miracle League of Columbia summer baseball program is now open for children with disabilities, the Columbia Parks & Recreation Department announced.

Owens Field Park will be home to a new Miracle League field which is a custom-designed, rubberized turf field that allows children with mental and physical disabilities the opportunity to safely play baseball.

Registration is open to area youth and there is no fee to participate.

The last day to register is Friday, May 12, 2017. The Miracle League Summer Baseball League’s season will be held in June.

To register, visit www.miracleleaguecolumbia.com.

For more information, call the Parks & Recreation Department at 803-545-3100.

 

4/19/2017

Let’s Move! Columbia Kids Day Warrior Challenge

The Columbia Parks & Recreation Department is inviting the public to test their mental and physical strengths at the Let’s Move! Columbia Kids Day Warrior Challenge on Saturday, May 6 at Finlay Park.

This free, fun and interactive event will feature a variety of activities including a rock climbing wall, boxing, an obstacle course, fitness relays, inflatable maze & more! There will also be games, prizes and refreshments.

The event is open to ages 6 and up, including adults.

Admission is FREE. There are fees for food vendors.

WHAT: Let’s Move! Columbia Kids Day Warrior Challenge

WHEN: Saturday, May 6 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

WHERE: Finlay Park, 930 Laurel Street

For more information, call the Parks & Recreation Department at 803-545-3100 or visit www.columbiasc.net/parks-recreation.

 

4/19/2017

Let’s Move! Columbia Family Wellness Challenge Applications Available

20 families will be selected

The Let’s Move! Columbia Family Wellness Challenge, a 12-week family wellness challenge offered by the City of Columbia, will return for a second year to encourage families to lead a healthy and active lifestyle, the Columbia Parks & Recreation Department announced.

The 2017 family wellness challenge will kick off Monday, May 1 and will be held through July 23. The wellness challenge is free and open to the public. Participants must be age 6 and older.

Up to 20 families will be selected to compete in the wellness challenge. A family can include at least one child and one adult living in the same household. Grandparents who live in the same household can also participate.

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4/19/2017

National Youth Violence Prevention Week Community Event Canceled Due to Expected Rainy Weather

The National Youth Violence Prevention Week Community Event scheduled for Wednesday, April 19, at The Colony (Bailey Street)/ Bethel Bishop has been canceled due to expected rainy weather, the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department announced. 

 

4/18/2017

Columbia Parks & Recreation’s Summer Adult Basketball League Registration Period Open

Registration for the City’s Adult Basketball League is now open for men and women age 18 or older, the Columbia Parks & Recreation Department announced.

The fee to register is $300 per team. The registration period will close Friday, June 2, 2017. League play will be held from June 11- August 2.   

Games will be played on Mondays from 6-9 p.m. and Sundays from 2-8 p.m. at Greenview (6700 David St.) or Martin Luther King, Jr. (2300 Greene St.) parks.
 
To download a registration form, visit the Parks & Recreation Department’s “Adult Sports” page.
 
Registration forms are also available at any community center or at the Parks & Recreation Department’s Administration Office located at 1111 Parkside Drive, Columbia, SC 29203.
 
For more information, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 803-545-3100. 

 

4/7/2017

Drew Park Basketball Court Ribbon Cutting Postponed

The Drew Park Basketball Court ribbon cutting ceremony scheduled for Saturday, April 8 has been postponed, the Columbia Parks & Recreation Department announced.

Due to expected cold temperatures, the ceremony will rescheduled and held in conjunction with a community event later this month. 

 

4/4/2017

National Youth Violence Prevention Week Community Event Postponed Due to Expected Weather

 Talent Showcase & Youth Violence Prevention Fair to be held Friday, April 7

The National Youth Violence Prevention Week Community Event scheduled for Wednesday, April 5, has been postponed due to expected rainy weather, the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department announced.

The event will be held on Wednesday, April 19 at 5:30 p.m. at The Colony (Bailey Street)/ Bethel Bishop.

National Youth Violence Prevention Week, which continues today through Friday, was created to raise awareness and educate students, teachers, school administrators and staff, school resource officers, parents and the public about effective ways to prevent and reduce youth violence.

In recognition of the week, the Parks and Recreation Department and the Columbia Police Department is hosting two events to bring the community together in the fight against youth violence. 

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4/3/2017

Mayor Steve Benjamin and the City of Columbia to Host Let’s Move! Columbia Easter Eggstravaganza

WHAT: Join Mayor Steve Benjamin and his family along with the City of Columbia for the 7th annual Let’s Move! Columbia Easter Eggstravaganza. This year’s event will include an Easter Egg Hunt, games, eggs-ercises, face painting, exhibitors, refreshments and more!

WHO: Mayor Steve Benjamin, Judge DeAndrea Benjamin, Bethany and Jordan Grace Benjamin

WHEN: Saturday, April 15 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Spirit Communications Park, 1640 Freed St., Columbia, SC

COST: The event is free and open to children ages 3-12.

For more information, contact the City of Columbia Parks & Recreation Department at 803-545-3100.

 

4/3/2017

Columbia to Host National Youth Violence Prevention Week Activities

In recognition of National Youth Violence Prevention Week, the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department and the Columbia Police Department have partnered to host two new events to bring the community together in the fight against youth violence.

National Youth Violence Prevention Week, which will be held April 3-7, was created to raise awareness and educate students, teachers, school administrators and staff, school resource officers, parents and the public about effective ways to prevent and reduce youth violence. 

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3/31/2017

Columbia On the Move April Issue

Columbia On the Move is a monthly newsletter focusing on health, wellness, parks, recreation and leisure services from the City of Columbia Parks & Recreation Department. Inside this edition: National Youth Violence Prevention Week, Open Streets, Columbia Parks and Recreation Health and Wellness Expo, Let's Move! Columbia Easter Eggstravaganza, Summer Camps, National Garden Month, Spring Break Nature Series, and more!

 

3/31/2017

Drew Park Basketball Court Ribbon Cutting

The City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department will unveil a new outdoor basketball court at Drew Park on Saturday, April 8. The department recently completed the project which also included new bleachers and refurbished walking trail.

WHAT: Drew Park Basketball Court Ribbon Cutting

WHO: Councilwoman Tameika Isaac Devine, Councilman Ed McDowell, Jr. and City staff

WHERE: Drew Park beside the Charles R. Drew Wellness Center, 2101 Walker Solomon Way

WHEN:  Saturday, April 8, at 11 a.m.

For more information, call the Parks and Recreation Department at 803-545-3100.

 

3/30/2017

City of Columbia Youth Baseball Jamboree

The Columbia Parks & Recreation Department will host a Youth Baseball Jamboree on Saturday, April 1 at 10 a.m. at Earlewood Park, 1111 Parkside Drive, to kick off the 2017 season.

The jamboree will include a parade of teams, ceremonial first pitch and refreshments.

WHAT: City of Columbia Youth Baseball Jamboree

WHO: Youth baseball teams, City staff

WHEN: Saturday, April 1 at 10 a.m.

WHERE: Earlewood Park, 1111 Parkside Drive

For more information, contact the Parks & Recreation Department at 803-545-3100.

 

3/10/2017

Columbia Parks & Recreation Department to Offer Free Gardening Workshop Series

The Columbia Parks and Recreation Department has partnered with the Clemson Cooperative Extension to host a series of gardening workshops designed to give participants the tools needed to start and maintain a healthy garden beginning Saturday, March 18.

The free workshops are open to beginner and experienced gardeners.

All workshops will be held at 10 a.m. at the Earlewood Park Community Center located at 1113 Parkside Drive on the following Saturdays:

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3/6/2017

Columbia Art Center to Hold Spring Break Art Camp

Keep your child engaged during the Spring Break at the Columbia Art Center’s 4-day multimedia visual art camp.  

The Spring Break Art Camp will be held April 10-13 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Art Center, 1928 Calhoun Street. Youth ages 6-12 can participate.

The camp will cover lessons on pottery, drawing and painting, and recycle art. All materials are included in the registration fee of $65.

The deadline to register is Monday, March 27. The camp size is limited to a maximum of 12 participants.

To download a registration form, visit the Art Center page online.

For more information, contact the Columbia Art Center at 803-545-3093.

 

3/6/2017

Puttin on the Ritz Senior Talent Show Postponed

The Puttin on the Ritz Senior Talent Show scheduled for Saturday, March 11 at Greenview Park has been postponed.

The talent show will be rescheduled for a later date.

 

3/2/2017

Columbia Parks and Recreation Department Announces 2017 Senior Trips Program

The Columbia Parks and Recreation Department is offering a variety of fun, day and overnight trips for adults age 50 and older through its 2017 Senior Trips Program.

Participants will travel to the following locations:

Cherokee Indian Casino

WHEN: 6 a.m.-8 p.m. on Thursdays: March 23, July 13 and November 2

FEE: $34 per person

INFO: This single-day trip includes charter bus transportation, gaming credit and a meal voucher. 

Fruit Farms Tour

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the following Tuesdays: May 9 (strawberries), June 13 (blueberries) and July 11 (peaches)

FEE: $10 per person (does not include cost for purchasing fruit)

INFO: Participants will travel to local farms in the Columbia area to purchase fresh fruit.  

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3/2/2017

Columbia Parks & Recreation Department Hiring for Summer Pool Positions

Lifeguard Certification Training Offered

The Columbia Parks & Recreation Department is accepting applications for seasonal employees for the 2017 Summer Aquatics season.

Available positions include pool manager, assistant pool manager, lifeguards, pool clerks, water safety instructors and swim team coaches.

Applicants must be at least age 15 or older. For full job requirements and to apply, visit http://www.columbiasc.gov/hr/employment.

Lifeguard training will begin Thursday, March 16 at 5 p.m. at the Drew Wellness Center, 2101 Walker Solomon Way. Classes will be held from March 16-25. A completed lifeguard application must be on file before the training.

For more information, call the Parks & Recreation Department at 803-545-3100.

 

3/1/2017

Columbia On the Move

Columbia On the Move is a monthly newsletter focusing on health, wellness, parks, recreation and leisure services from the City of Columbia Parks & Recreation Department. Inside this edition: Healthy Vending Food Service Policy, The First Tee of Columbia Golf Tournament, Spring Break Art Camp, City Park Ranger Programs, Urban Bootcamp, National Take a Walk in the Park Day and more!

 

3/1/2017

Columbia Police Department Wins Mayor Benjamin’s Inaugural Black History Month Basketball Tournament

Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin’s first Black History Month Basketball Tournament ended with a buzzer-beater shot and a win for the Columbia Police Department.

On Sunday, February 26, Mayor Benjamin, Columbia Parks & Recreation and several public safety agencies gathered at Greenview Park for the tournament in an effort to build strong, lasting relationships with youth and the community.

Members of the Columbia Police Department, Columbia Fire Department, Richland County Sheriff’s Department and the SC Highway Patrol competed against one another for bragging rights and a championship trophy.

In the first round, the Columbia Police Department beat the SC Highway Patrol, 21-16, to advance to the championship game against the Richland County Sheriff’s Department. The Richland County Sheriff’s Department defeated the Columbia Fire Department, 32-29, in round two.

University of South Carolina Women’s Basketball Coach Dawn Staley and USC’s Football Coach Will Muschamp were on hand to coach Richland County Sheriff’s Department and the Columbia Police Department, respectively, after two exciting and fast-paced rounds.

Cory Etheridge, a park leader with the Columbia Parks & Recreation Department, nailed his last shot at the buzzer to give the Columbia Police Department a 25-24 victory over the Richland County Sheriff’s Department.

“I want to congratulate the incredible first responders who participated and the community that came out to support them,” said Mayor Steve Benjamin. “It’s important to continue to foster strong relationships between our first responders and our community.”

The tournament also featured a step show and skills competition.

Lower Richland High School and the USC Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. entertained the crowd during a halftime step show. Area youth also put their skills to the test in a basketball skills competition.

 

3/1/2017

Mayor Benjamin, Richland Library, Parks and Recreation to host Books 2 Girls event

Sen. Mia McLeod to be guest reader with Mayor Benjamin

COLUMBIA, S.C. (March 2, 2017) – Columbia Mayor Steve and Sen. Mia McLeod, in collaboration with the Richland Library and City of Columbia Parks and Recreation, will host a Books 2 Girls book fair on March 8.

“We saw such an incredible response from the boys who received books last year, and we wanted to do the same for our girls,” said Mayor Benjamin. “Increasing the number of books a child has in his/her household statistically has dramatic effects on their lives, so we will continue to do all we can to do that.”

Sen. McLeod said, “I’m excited to join Mayor Benjamin at Books 2 Girls. Books open a world of opportunity to our children. Girls should be encouraged and empowered to do anything they want to do – reading included.”

The book fair will be held at 4 p.m. on March 8 at Greenview Park. Sen. McLeod and Mayor Benjamin will be guest readers for the girls who attend.

“We are excited to expand our partnership with Mayor Benjamin and the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation to include Books 2 Girls, said Amy Schofield, Richland Library community outreach manager. Anytime the library is able to provide outreach programs to children in our community, we affirm our mission - it’s all about access. As a library and as a community partner, we are committed to promoting early literacy and giving both boys and girls in Columbia access to quality reading material and opportunities to learn, create and share.”

Richland Library will also provide the girls with drawstring book bags and other reading materials.  

“I was amazed at how great of an impact this initiative had on our young males last year, and I think it is great that young girls are being afforded the same opportunity,” said Carey Rich, superintendent of Columbia Parks and Recreation. “I am looking forward to seeing the same amount of enthusiasm with the girls as our boys have displayed this past year.”

The theme of the Books 2 Girls program is “Girls D.R.E.A.M.,” which stands for “Girls Dare, Read, Empower, Achieve and Motivate.” The programming ties into the Girl Rising curriculum that inspires girls around the world to pursue educational and empowerment opportunities.

The book fairs will provide approximately 1,500 books from which the girls can choose. The books will vary in reading levels for girls in grades 1-5 and will be set up by age group.

The purchasing and selecting of the books is being coordinated by the library. Hand-selected by librarians at Richland Library, the books are specific to topics and genres that may be of interest to girls of those ages.

The book fair events are not open to the public but will instead provide books to boys from local after-school programs.

The book fair will be held on March 8 in celebration of International Women’s Day. Later that evening at 6 p.m., Mayor Benjamin will also be hosting a free screening of Girl Rising at the Columbia Museum of Art.

The Mayor’s Books 2 Boys and Books 2 Girls initiatives are supported by a gift from CIGNA insurance.

The initiatives fall under former President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper milestone of having children read at grade level by third grade.

To date, Books 2 Boys has given more than 1,500 books to boys in the city.

 

2/24/2017

The First Tee of Columbia Golf Tournament

The First Tee of Columbia has partnered with the Karcher Group and B-Squared to host its first golf tournament on Friday, March 24 at the Cobblestone Park Golf Club, 1298 University Parkway, Blythewood, SC, 29016.

The fee to participate in the First Tee of Columbia Golf Tournament is $400 per foursome, which includes 18 holes and cart with lunch, dinner, prizes and more. 

A superticket is available for $25, which includes entry into the putting contest and raffle.

Sponsorship packages are also available.

All proceeds will benefit The First Tee of Columbia, which is housed at the James E. Clyburn Golf Center. The First Tee of Columbia provides educational opportunities that promote character development and life-enhancing values through the game of golf.

Tournament Schedule

  • 10:30 a.m.: Registration and driving range
  • 11:30 a.m.: Lunch on carts
  • 12:15 p.m. Shotgun start
  • 5 p.m. Dinner

To register, visit http://events.bsquaredgolf.com/firstteecolumbiasc/.

For more information, contact Sally Beacham at 803-255-8920 or [email protected].

 

2/20/2017

Columbia City Council Adopts Comprehensive Vending Food Service Policy

The City of Columbia is taking a comprehensive approach to vending and food service at its facilities, meetings and events to improve the quality of health for its employees and all citizens.

Columbia City Council unanimously approved a new policy designed to increase healthy food options in the City at a regular meeting on Tuesday, February 7.

“We know how important it is to have healthy lifestyles, and the food we put into our bodies is, of course, a major component of that,” said Mayor Steve Benjamin. “I’m excited that our city will be making changes that help our residents collectively and individually.”

The Healthy Vending and Food Service Policy expands the City’s existing vending machine policy to include food and beverages purchased, sold, served or otherwise provided by the City for its employees as well as guests of any program, event or meeting.

“We know that approximately 32 percent of residents in South Carolina are obese and obesity costs the state $8.5 billion each year in health care costs,” Councilwoman Tameika Isaac Devine said. “This policy will help reduce those numbers, and provide a stronger nutritional standard when it comes to our vending machines as well as the food and drinks that are served at our events, programs and meetings.”

Councilwoman Devine said the policy helps support Council’s new vision for Columbia, specifically the Empowering Our Residents focus area.

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2/17/2017

Congressman James E. Clyburn to Serve as Keynote Speaker at City of Columbia’s Black History Extravaganza

The Honorable James E. Clyburn, South Carolina 6th Congressional District, will serve as the keynote speaker at the City of Columbia’s Black History Extravaganza on Monday, February 20 at Greenview Park, 6700 David Street.

The Black History Extravaganza, which features exhibitors and live entertainment, will kick off at 10 a.m. with an exhibitor fair. The program will begin at 11 a.m. with Clyburn, the Assistant Democratic Leader and third-ranking Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives, scheduled to speak at 11:30 a.m.

Admission to the Black History Extravaganza is free. Lunch will be provided. Tickets for lunch are $5 per person. Lunch tickets can be purchased at any recreation center with a check or money order. To purchase a lunch ticket with cash or a debit/credit card, visit the Parks and Recreation Department Administration Office located at 1111 Parkside Drive.

WHAT: City of Columbia’s Black History Extravaganza

WHO: Open to youth, adults and seniors age 55 and older.

WHERE:  Greenview Park, 6700 David Street, Columbia, SC 29203

WHEN:  Monday, February 20 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

COST: Admission to the Black History Extravaganza is free. Lunch will be provided. Tickets for lunch are $5 per person.

For more information, call the Parks and Recreation Department at 803-545-3100 or visit www.columbiasc.net/parks-recreation.

 

2/17/2017 (UPDATED-Originally posted 2/15/17)

Mayor Benjamin Partners with Columbia Parks and Recreation and Public Safety Agencies for Black History Month Basketball Tournament

WHAT:  Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin, Columbia Parks & Recreation and several public safety agencies have joined together for the first Black History Month Basketball Tournament in a regional approach to build strong, lasting relationships with youth and the community. The event will also feature a step show, door prizes, refreshments and more.

WHO: Members with the Columbia Parks & Recreation Department, Columbia Police Department, Columbia Fire Department, Richland County Sheriff’s Department and the SC Highway Patrol will compete with local youth in a friendly game of basketball and skills competition.

WHEN: Sunday, February 26 at 4 p.m.

WHERE: Greenview Park, 6700 David Street

ADMISSION: The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact the Columbia Parks & Recreation Department at 803-545-3100 or visit www.columbiasc.net/parks-recreation.

 

2/13/2017

Puttin’ on the Ritz Senior Talent Show

The City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department has partnered with the Greenview Park Senior Club to host the Puttin’ on the Ritz Senior Talent Show scheduled for Saturday, March 11 at 2 p.m.

The showcase will feature the many talents of local seniors age 55 and older. Performance categories include: vocal, instrumental, dance, comedy, drama, rap, acrobatics, martial arts, juggling or poetry.

All contestants must register by Saturday, March 4. Space is limited.

*The cost for admission is $5. Tickets can be purchased at any recreation center with a check or money order. To purchase a ticket with cash or a debit/credit card, visit the Parks and Recreation Department Administration Office located at 1111 Parkside Drive.

For more information, contact Tracy Chatman at 803-754-5223 or email [email protected].

 

2/03/2017

The City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department’s registration for the 2017 Spring Adult Softball and Adult Kickball leagues are now open. 

The leagues are open to adults age 18 and over. 

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2/02/2017

City of Columbia’s Black History Extravaganza

The City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department invites the public to celebrate Black History Month at the Black History Extravaganza on Monday, Feb. 20 at Greenview Park. The event will include exhibitors, live entertainment and more! 

WHO: The Black History Extravaganza is open to youth, adults and seniors age 55 and older.

WHERE:  Greenview Park, 6700 David Street, Columbia, SC 29203

WHEN:  Monday, February 20 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

COST: Admission to the Black History Extravaganza is free. Lunch will be provided. Tickets for lunch are $5 per person. Lunch tickets can be purchased at any recreation center with a check or money order. To purchase a lunch ticket with cash or a debit/credit card, visit the Parks and Recreation Department Administration Office located at 1111 Parkside Drive.

For more information, call the Parks and Recreation Department at 803-545-3100.

 

2/01/2017

Columbia On the Move

Columbia On the Move is a monthly newsletter focusing on health, wellness, parks, recreation and leisure services from the City of Columbia Parks & Recreation Department. Inside this edition: Karamu Statewide Black History Parade & Festival, Go Red for Women, Youth Baseball, The First Tee of Columbia Golf Sessions, Ranger Programs, Urban Bootcamp, Valentine's Day Tips and more!

 

1/31/2017

The First Tee of Columbia Spring Golf Sessions for Children

The First Tee of Columbia at the James E. Clyburn Golf Center will hold its Spring Golf Session for children ages 5-17 from March 14 through May 20. The golf center is located at 2091 Slighs Avenue.

Coaches will introduce participants to the game of golf through The First Tee curriculum. Coaches will teach participants golf skills, the rules of the game and etiquette while reinforcing The Nine Core Values such as Sportsmanship, Honesty and Responsibility.

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1/26/2017

Badges & Parks Basketball Alliance Game, Skills Competition

WHAT: The City of Columbia Parks & Recreation Department, the Columbia Police Department and the Richland County Sheriff’s Department have partnered to host the Badges & Parks Basketball Alliance game and skills competition for youth ages 13-17.

WHERE: Durham E. Carter Community Center at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, 2300 Greene Street

WHEN: Saturday, January 28 from 6-8 p.m.  

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, please call the City of Columbia Parks & Recreation Department at 803-545-3100.

 

1/26/2017

Main Entrance at Owens Field Park Closed for Construction

The main entrance at Owens Field Park is closed to traffic today, January 26, for construction of a new vehicular roundabout, the City of Columbia Parks & Recreation Department announced.

Visitors will have limited access to the park during the vehicular roundabout project, which is expected to be completed by mid-February. Guests must use the South Ott Road gate to enter the park located at 1351 Jim Hamilton Blvd.

The construction is part of the Owens Field Master Plan which includes building a Miracle League Baseball field and boundless playground, renovations of ball fields, walkways and stormwater improvements.

For more information, call the Parks & Recreation Department at 803-545-3100.

 

1/17/2017

City Recognizes Winners of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dream Keeper Scholarship Awards, Honor the Drive Food Drive

The City of Columbia announced the winners of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dream Keeper Scholarship Awards and the Honor the Dream Food Drive during the 29th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration held in the Durham E. Carter Community Center at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park on Monday, January 16, 2017.

Hundreds of people gathered to commemorate the life and legacy of the of late civil rights leader and recognize those who are committed to serving others.

During the ceremony, Mayor Steve Benjamin presented a resolution renaming the park’s community center after Carter, who for more than 20 years served as the chair of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Foundation and was instrumental in the renaming of Valley Park in honor of Dr. King as well as the installation of the “Stone of Hope.”

Claflin University President Dr. Henry N. Tisdale was the keynote speaker. The Lower Richland High School Diamond Singers and Claflin University Concert Choir performed several musical selections.

Twenty-five nominations were received for the Dream Keeper Scholarships Program, which recognizes exemplary displays of voluntary service and academic achievement. A total of $3,500 was donated to this year’s scholarships program. 

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1/6/2017

Columbia Parks & Recreation Department Announces Activity Cancellations

The City of Columbia Parks & Recreation Department has announced that all activities scheduled for Saturday, January 7, have been canceled due to inclement weather.

The cancellation includes Main Street ICE, the Riverfront North Bird Walk, the Sewing Basics Workshop, and any City activities held at neighborhood parks and community recreation centers. 

 

1/6/2017

City’s Park Rangers Lead Free Outdoor Adventure Programs

The City of Columbia Parks & Recreation Department is hosting free ranger-led activities at Riverfront and South East Parks during the month of January.

All activities are free and open to both youth and adults. This month’s activities will feature walks on Riverfront Park’s diverse birdlife, rain barrel workshops and the Columbia Canal.

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12/30/2016

Columbia On the Move: January 2017

Columbia On the Move is a monthly newsletter focusing on health, wellness, parks, recreation and leisure services from the City of Columbia. Inside this edition: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, MLK Dream Keeper Scholarships, MLK 5K Run/Walk and Family Fun Run, Youth Baseball, New Year's Resolution Membership Special and more!

 

12/29/2016

Main Street ICE Closed Until 6 p.m. Today

The City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department announced that Main Street ICE will be temporarily closed until 6 p.m. today, December 29. Main Street ICE is located at the corner of Main and Hampton streets in Boyd Plaza.

Rain and warm temperatures have affected the outdoor ice skating rink’s frozen surface.

The rink will reopen from 6-9 p.m. after today’s temperature has decreased and the ice has been resurfaced.

For more information, call the Parks & Recreation Department at 803-545-3100.

 

12/27/2016

29th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

The City of Columbia’s 29th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration will be held on Monday, January 16, 2017, at 4 p.m. at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Park and Community Center, 2300 Greene Street.

The City of Columbia and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Foundation announced that Claflin University President Dr. Henry Tisdale will be the keynote speaker. Tisdale has served as the university’s president since 1994.

The celebration will also include performances from Lower Richland High School and Claflin University’s Concert Choir.

A Wreath Laying Ceremony commemorating the historic marker honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be held at 3:06 p.m. at the corner of Harden and Greene streets on Monday, January 16. Members of the Alpha Psi Lambda and Omicron Iota Lambda chapters of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. will lead the ceremony.

On Saturday, January 14, 2017, the Omicron Iota Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and Bridging the Gap With Alpha, Inc. will hold the 27th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. 5K Run/Walk and Family Fun Run at 8 a.m. at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park located at 2300 Greene Street. 

Registration fees for the 5K Run/Walk will vary. The cost for the race or walk is $20 - $35. Medals will be awarded to the first three male and female finishers in 15 age divisions.

Proceeds from the race will benefit The Alpha Academy, which provides mentorship and guidance to prepare high school juniors and seniors for college and adulthood. 

Applications are available by calling (803) 799-4786, emailing [email protected] or registering online at www.strictlyrunning.com

For more information about the race, contact Willie L. Odom at 803-254-8070 or [email protected].

For more information about the 29th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, contact Shireese M. Bell at 803-545-3100 or [email protected], or visit www.columbiasc.net.

 

12/19/2016

Main Street ICE Special Holiday Operating Hours

Main Street ICE, the City of Columbia’s outdoor ice skating rink, will have special operating hours beginning today, December 19 through Friday, December 30, 2016.

The ice skating rink, located at Boyd Plaza (corner of Main and Hampton streets), will open from 12 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 12 to 10 p.m. on Friday.

Saturday (10 a.m. to 10 p.m.) and Sunday (1 to 9 p.m.) hours will remain the same.

The rink will be closed on Christmas Day and will be open from 10 a.m. until midnight on New Year’s Eve.

 Fees

 Monday through Wednesday (Discount Days)

  • $8 for adults

  • $5 for children ages 12 and under

 Thursday through Sunday (Regular Price)

  • $10 for adults

  • $8 for children ages 12 and under

 Active Duty Military with ID and Seniors age 55 and up

  • $8 (Monday through Sunday)

Special Operating Schedule

  • Monday through Thursday, 12 to 9 p.m.

  • Fridays, 12 to 10 p.m.

  • Saturday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. (regular hours)

  • Sunday 1 to 9 p.m. (regular hours)

Group reservations will be accepted for parties of 20 people or more. Gift certificates are available for purchase at the Parks & Recreation Department Administrative Office, 1111 Parkside Drive.

For more information or to reserve your group reservation, please contact the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department at 803-545-3100. 

 

12/15/2016

City of Columbia’s WOW! New Year’s Eve Party at Main Street ICE

WHAT: Ring in the New Year with the entire family at the City of Columbia’s WOW! New Year’s Eve Party at Main Street ICE. This family-friendly event features interactive inflatables, games, food vendors, ice skating and more! Guests can compete against each other on the Zorb Balls inflatable track, ride the mechanical bull*, show off their dance skills in the “Just Dance” Challenge and more! * Participants must be at least 16 years old to ride the mechanical bull and must sign a waiver.

 

WHERE: The party will be held on Main Street between Hampton and Lady Streets

 

WHEN: Saturday, December 31, 2016 from 6-10 p.m.

 

WHO: Open to children age 5 and older and adults

 

COST: Admission to the New Year’s Eve Party at Main Street ICE is free. There is a fee for face painting, ice skating and food vendors. Prices will vary.

 

NOTE: Main Street ICE will be open from 10 a.m. to midnight on New Year’s Eve. The fee to skate is $10 for adults, $8 for children (age 12 and under) and $8 for active duty military with ID and seniors (55+). The fee includes skate rentals.

 

For more information, call the Parks and Recreation Department at 803-545-3100.

 

12/7/2016

Charles R. Drew Wellness Center to Host Pickleball Showcase

An introduction to the game of Pickleball will be held at the Charles R. Drew Wellness Center located at 2101 Walker Solomon Way on Saturday, December 17.

Pickleball is played with a paddle and a plastic ball with holes. It can be played both indoors and outdoors, and on a badminton-sized court.

Players of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to attend the free showcase which will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Guests will have the chance to enter to win prizes, and hear about this fast growing and fun sport.

For more information, call the wellness center at 803-545-3200 or Yvette McKenzie at 803-413-4569.

 

12/2/2016

Praise is What I Do: Praise Dance Showcase

Greenview Park invites the public to a praise dance and gospel showcase on Saturday, December 10 at 2 p.m. The park is located at 6700 David Street.

The Praise is What I Do: Praise Dance Showcase will feature several groups that will perform mime, praise, step, hip hop and modern dance.

Guests are asked to donate a non-perishable item to benefit Harvest Hope Food Bank as the fee for admission.

For more information, call Greenview Park at 803-754-5223.

 

12/2/2016

City Offers Ranger-Led Programs in December

Enhance your understanding of the local nature scene by joining the City of Columbia’s park rangers during a variety of programs in December.

The City of Columbia Parks & Recreation Department is hosting free ranger-guided activities where guests will learn about the birds that can be found at Riverfront Park; celebrate the Winter Solstice; hear the history of the Columbia Canal and more. 

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12/2/2016

Main Street ICE to Reopen Today

The City of Columbia’s outdoor ice skating rink, Main Street ICE, will reopen for regular hours today, December 2 at Boyd Plaza.

Rain, wind and warm temperatures affected the ice rink’s frozen surface, which made it necessary for the City to close the rink for three days.

The ice rink, located at the corner of Main and Hampton streets, will open to the public today from 4 to 10 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, and $8 for children ages 12 and under, active duty military with ID and seniors age 55 and up.

Main Street ICE is open seven days a week at the following hours of operation:

  • Monday-Thursday, 4 to 9 p.m.

  • Friday, 4 to 10 p.m.

  • Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

  • Sunday, 1 to 9 p.m.

For more information, call the Parks & Recreation Department at 803-545-3100 or visit www.ColumbiaSC.net.

 

12/1/2016

Columbia On the Move: December 2016

Columbia On the Move is a monthly newsletter focusing on health, wellness, parks, recreation and leisure services from the City of Columbia. Inside this edition: Honor the Dream Food Drive, MLK Dream Keeper Scholarships, Main Street ICE, Pickleball, Ranger Walks, Winter Break Art Camp and more!

 

11/30/2016

Register for the City Hoops Instructional Basketball Program

The registration period for City Hoops, the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department’s instructional youth basketball program for boys and girls ages 4 through 8, is now open.

The program is an opportunity for youth to have fun and learn basketball fundamentals.

The fee to participate is $25 per participant. The last day to register is Sunday, December 18.

Registration forms are available and can be submitted at any community recreation center or at the Parks and Recreation Administration Office at 1111 Parkside Drive, Columbia, SC 29203.

To download a registration form, visit www.columbiasc.net-parks-recreation and click the “Youth Sports” link.

For more information, please call the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department at 803-545-3100. 

 

11/29/2016

Main Street ICE Closed Due to Weather

Main Street ICE, the City of Columbia’s outdoor ice skating rink, is temporarily closed due to rain and warm weather, the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department announced.

Rain, wind and warm temperatures have impacted the ice rink’s frozen surface, making it necessary for the City to close the rink until further notice.

If weather permits, the ice rink will reopen next week.

For more information, call the Parks & Recreation Department at 803-545-3100.

 

11/22/2016

City of Columbia Accepting Nominations for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dream Keeper Scholarship Awards

The City of Columbia is accepting nominations for the 2017 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dream Keeper Scholarship Awards.

The Dream Keeper Award recognizes exemplary displays of committed service to the tenets of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

The ideals of social responsibility, political empowerment, diversity, racial harmony, nonviolence, and unselfish service must be demonstrated voluntarily by the nominee in support of his or her community and fellow citizens.

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11/21/2016

City Kicks Off Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Honor the Dream Food Drive

The City of Columbia, Richland School District One and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Foundation have kicked off the annual  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Honor the Dream Food Drive benefiting Harvest Hope Food Bank. The food drive ends December 22, 2016.

The food drive is held each year to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy of community service. Some requested items include canned fruit and vegetables, dry goods and canned meats.

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11/9/2016

Walk with a Ranger at Your Local City Park

Grab your family and friends and see how much fun learning can be! The City of Columbia Parks & Recreation Department is hosting free ranger-guided walks during the month of November.

Guests will learn about the animals that call Riverfront Park home, how to identify a variety of trees growing in the City and more!

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10/25/2016

City of Columbia’s 38th Annual Veterans Day Parade

Celebrate Veterans Day at the City of Columbia’s 38th Annual Veterans Day Parade on Friday, November 11.

Known as one of the Southeast’s largest Veterans Day Parade, the event will kick off at 11 a.m. from the intersection of Sumter and Laurel streets, and travel southbound on Sumter Street ending at Pendleton Street near the State House.

This year’s grand marshal will be Ft. Jackson in honor of its 100 years of service as a United States Army installation.

The Veterans Day Parade is sponsored by the City of Columbia, AARP and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of South Carolina.

For more information, please call the Parks and Recreation Department at 803-545-3100 or visit www.columbiasc.net.

 

10/21/2016

Registration Open for City’s Instructional Cheerleading Program

The registration period for the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department’s Cheerleading program is now open for girls ages 6-12.

The cheerleading program is an opportunity for youth to have fun and learn cheerleading fundamentals.

Cheerleaders will perform on Saturdays during the Youth Winter Basketball season.

The registration fee is $25 per participant. The last day to register is Sunday, November 20.

Registration forms are available at any community recreation center or at the Parks and Recreation Administration Office at 1111 Parkside Drive, Columbia, SC.

For more information, please call the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department at 803-545-3100.

 

10/17/2016

New Date Announced for Art Along the Trail

The City of Columbia Parks & Recreation Department will host the Art Along the Trail showcase on Saturday, Oct. 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Riverfront Park.

The Columbia Art Center and the City’s park rangers partnered to offer an interactive visual and performing arts experience for all ages.

The free event will feature local artists who will provide interactive experiences in a variety of mediums including a community mural. Both children and adults will be able to create their own art using many elements of nature.

The showcase will be held at the north end of Riverfront Park, 4122 River Dr. 

For more information, contact Brenda Oliver at 803-545-3093 or [email protected].

 

10/14/2016

Geotechnical Assessment to be Conducted at Riverfront Park

Guests of Riverfront Park will have limited access to the park’s walking trail in October and November while crews conduct an assessment of damages to the Columbia Canal embankment, the City’s Parks and Recreation Department announced.

Guests may experience temporary trail closures during the following times:

 

  • Monday, October 17, 2016 through Friday, October 21, 2016 from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (North entrance located at 4122 River Drive will be closed; guests must enter park at South entrance located at 312 Laurel Street.)

  • Thursday, October 20, 2016 through Friday, November 4, 2016 (weekdays only) from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

  • Monday, October 31, 2016 through Wednesday, November 2, 2016 (hours to be announced)

  • Thursday, November 3, 2016 through Wednesday, November 16, 2016 (North entrance located at 4122 River Drive will be closed; guests must enter park at South entrance located at 312 Laurel Street)

 

During this time, guests are encouraged to proceed with caution when using the trail and should not enter the restricted areas.

Maps will be located at information kiosks in the park to provide updates on restricted areas as the assessment progresses.

For more information, please call the Parks & Recreation Department at 803-545-3100 or visit www.ColumbiaSC.net.

 

10/14/2016

Registration Period Open for City’s Winter Sports Leagues

The City of Columbia Parks & Recreation Department is accepting registrations for several sports leagues including youth winter basketball and adult volleyball.

Registration Information

Youth Winter Basketball

AGES: 9-17

FEE: $25 per participant

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Sunday, Nov. 20

SEASON BEGINS: December 2016

Adult Volleyball

AGES: 18 and older

FEE: $150 per team

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Friday, Oct. 28

SEASON BEGINS: November 2016

Registration forms are available online at www.ColumbiaSC.net/parks-recreation

Registration forms are also available at any City recreation center or at the Parks and Recreation Administration Office located at 1111 Parkside Drive, Columbia, SC 29203.

Make checks and money orders payable to the City of Columbia.

For more information, please call the Parks & Recreation Department at 803-545-3100.

 

10/05/2016

City Neighborhood Parks and Recreation Centers Closed Until Monday

Neighborhood parks and community recreation centers in the City of Columbia will be closed until Monday, Oct. 10, due to impending inclement weather, the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department announced.

All City activities and events including after-school programs have been cancelled for the remainder of the week. 

 

10/04/2016

Art Along the Trail Postponed

The Art Along the Trail showcase scheduled for Saturday, October 8 at Riverfront Park has been postponed due to pending inclement weather.

Art Along the Trail will be rescheduled for a later date.

 

09/29/2016

City Announces Revised Owens Field Park Main Entrance Hours

The City of Columbia Parks & Recreation Department has announced a revised schedule for the closure of the main entrance at Owens Field Park located at 1351 Jim Hamilton Blvd.

Due to construction at the park, the main entrance will be closed to traffic from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday only. Visitors must use the South Ott Road gate to enter the park during that time.

The gate will reopen during the week from 5 to 9 p.m. and will remain open on Saturdays and Sundays.

The project includes construction of a Miracle League Baseball field and boundless playground, renovations of ball fields, walkways, vehicular round-about and stormwater improvements.

For more information, call the Parks & Recreation Department at 803-545-3100.

 

09/26/2016

Columbia Tennis Center Clay Courts Closed for Repairs

The clay courts at the Columbia Tennis Center will be closed for repairs beginning today, Sept. 26, the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department announced. The tennis center is located at 1635 Whaley Street.

Clay courts 1-5 will be closed until further notice as repairs are made to those courts. Players can use the clay courts at South East Park located at 951 Hazelwood Rd. daily from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. during the closure.

The Columbia Tennis Center’s hard courts will be available during this closure. The tennis center is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

 

09/22/2016

City Parks to Celebrate Halloween

The City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department invites the public to celebrate Halloween at one of several family-friendly events scheduled at the City’s parks, including the Spooktacular Halloween Carnival on Monday, Oct. 31 from 5 to 9 p.m. at Finlay Park, 930 Laurel St.

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09/22/2016

Main Entrance at Owens Field Park to Close for Construction

The main entrance at Owens Field Park will close to traffic on Monday, Sept. 26 due to the park’s new construction and renovation project, the City of Columbia Parks & Recreation Department announced.

Visitors must use the South Ott Road gate to enter the park located at 1351 Jim Hamilton Blvd.

The project includes construction of a Miracle League Baseball field and boundless playground, renovations of ball fields, walkways, vehicular round-about and stormwater improvements.

For more information, call the Parks & Recreation Department at 803-545-3100.

Download Map of Owens Field Park

 

09/15/2016

City of Columbia’s “Spooktacular Halloween Carnival”

Bring the family out for an evening of Halloween fun! The City of Columbia’s “Spooktacular Halloween Carnival” returns Monday, Oct. 31 at Finlay Park from 5-9 p.m.

This year’s Halloween Carnival is offering four new features: a Haunted Hay Ride, marshmallow roasting, a pumpkin decorating station and a “Thriller” dance contest.

The annual event also features a costume contest, interactive inflatables, carnival games, live entertainment, refreshments and more! 

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09/01/2016

 Pokémon Go in the Parks Cancelled Due to Threat of Inclement Weather 

Due to Hurricane Hermine and the threat of inclement weather, the Pokémon Go in the Parks session scheduled for Friday, Sept. 2 at Finlay Park has been cancelled, the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department announced.  

09/01/2016

Special Events and Programs Cancelled at City Parks Due to Inclement Weather

Due to pending inclement weather, all activities and events scheduled at the City of Columbia’s parks, recreation centers and pools on Friday, Sept. 2 have been cancelled, the Parks & Recreation Department announced.

Cancellations include all after-school programs and events. 

 

09/1/2016

Main Street ICE Returns for its Fifth Season Thanksgiving Day

Main Street ICE, the City of Columbia’s outdoor ice skating rink, will return for its fifth season Thanksgiving Day at Boyd Plaza (corner of Main and Hampton streets).

Main Street ICE opens Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24, from 5 to 10 p.m., and will remain open until Monday, January 16, 2017. Opening day price is $8 for adults, and $5 for children ages 12 and under. The rink will be open from 1 to 10 p.m. the day after Thanksgiving. 

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08/31/2016

City’s Outdoor Pools Open for Labor Day | Recreational Swim Seasons Ends Monday, Sept. 5

The City of Columbia’s two outdoor swimming pools will be open for Labor Day, the last day for recreational swimming, the City’s Parks & Recreation Department announced.

Maxcy Gregg and Greenview pools will be open for recreational swimming from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 5.

Labor Day is the last day for recreational swimming at the outdoor pools and for operation of the City’s splash pads/spray pools at various parks. 

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08/25/2016

Conquer Winter Break Boredom | Art Center to Offer Camp for Children

Let your child explore the world of pottery and mixed media in a fun and interactive art camp during their winter break at the Columbia Art Center. 

The registration fee is $65 and includes all materials for participants to complete pottery and paper projects using mixed media.

The 4-day camp is open to children ages 5-9 and will be held on Dec. 27-30 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Columbia Art Center, 1928 Calhoun Street.

The deadline to register is Friday, Dec. 9. Download a registration form at City of Columbia Parks and Recreation’s Cultural Arts page.

For more information, please call Brenda Oliver at 803-545-3093.

 

08/25/2016

Explore Nature at Riverfront Park

Get up close and personal with nature during free guided walks at Riverfront Park. 

Participants will have the chance to discover butterflies and dragonflies, learn the history of the Columbia Canal, identify a variety of trees and meet some aquatic critters. 

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08/22/2016

Columbia Tennis Center Clay Courts to Close for Maintenance

Clay courts 1-5 at the Columbia Tennis Center will be closed to the public beginning Friday, Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. until 12 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27 for maintenance, the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department announced. The tennis center is located at 1635 Whaley Street.

Guests may use the tennis center’s hard courts during this closure. The tennis center is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

 

08/18/2016

Scheduled Maintenance at Columbia Tennis Center Postponed

Repairs scheduled for the clay courts at the Columbia Tennis Center have been postponed, the City of Columbia Parks & Recreation Department announced.

Due to the potential of rainy weather on Friday, Aug. 19, the repairs have been rescheduled for Friday, Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. until 12 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27.

 

08/12/2016

Columbia Tennis Center Clay Courts to Close for Maintenance

Clay courts 1-5 at the Columbia Tennis Center will be closed to the public beginning Friday, Aug. 19 at 7 p.m. until 12 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20 for maintenance, the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department announced. The tennis center is located at 1635 Whaley Street.

Guests may use the tennis center’s hard courts during this closure. The tennis center is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

 

08/12/2016

Owens Field Park Groundbreaking Ceremony

The City of Columbia Parks & Recreation Department will host a groundbreaking ceremony for new construction and renovations at Owens Field Park on Saturday, Aug. 20 at 10 a.m.

The project includes construction of a Miracle League Baseball field and boundless playground, renovations of ball fields, walkways, vehicular round-about and stormwater improvements. The project is a partnership between the City of Columbia, Richland County and the Ray Tanner Foundation.

A Miracle League field is a custom-designed, rubberized turf field that allows children with mental and physical disabilities the opportunity to safely play baseball.

WHAT: Owens Field Park Groundbreaking

WHO: Columbia City Council members, Richland County Council members, Ray Tanner Foundation members, City and County staff, and Community leaders

WHERE: Owens Field Park, 1351 Jim Hamilton Blvd.

WHEN:  Saturday, August 20 at 10 a.m.

For more information, call the Parks & Recreation Department at 803-545-3100.

 

08/12/2016

City of Columbia’s 2016-17 After-School Program Registration Open

The City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department is accepting registrations for the 2016-17 After-School Program.

Youth ages 6-12 will have the opportunity to take part in sports, games, arts & crafts, field trips and appearances from special guests on a weekly basis. 

The program begins Monday, August 15, and will run from 2 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, during the school calendar year. (The program follows the Richland School District 1 school calendar).

Children must be between ages 6-12 as of July 19 to participate.

The cost for the program is $30 per week, per child. Snacks will be provided. Special activities may include an additional fee.

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08/12/2016

Kid-Friendly Cookbook Press Conference Postponed

The press conference scheduled for today, Aug. 12 at the Charles R. Drew Wellness Center to unveil a new cookbook featuring kid-friendly recipes has been postponed.

The press conference will be rescheduled for a later date. 

 

08/11/2016

City of Columbia, EdVenture to Unveil New Kid-Friendly Cookbook

Let’s Move! Columbia Family Wellness Challenge Winners Recognized

The City of Columbia and EdVenture Children’s Museum will hold a press conference on Friday, Aug. 12 at 2 p.m. to unveil a new cookbook featuring kid-friendly recipes. The City will also recognize the winners of its Let’s Move! Columbia Family Wellness Challenge.

The press conference will include a cooking demo featuring recipes from the cookbook, which will be available to the public for free while limited supplies last.

The cookbook is being provided free to families to help with preparing quick and easy healthy meals and kid-friendly snacks just in time for the back-to-school season.

WHAT: Press conference to unveil new kid-friendly cookbook

WHO: Councilwoman Tameika Isaac Devine; Karen Coltrane, president and chief executive officer, of EdVenture Children’s Museum; Chef Kenny Smith of EdVenture Children’s Museum; and Let’s Move! Columbia Family Wellness Challenge participants

WHERE: Charles R. Drew Wellness Center, 2101 Walker Solomon Way

WHEN: Friday, Aug. 12 at 2 p.m.

For more information, please call Shireese M. Bell at 803-760-9125 or email [email protected].

 

08/04/2016

Art Along the Trail

Experience the beautiful natural resources at Riverfront Park through the eyes of local artists at the Art Along the Trail showcase on Saturday, October 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Columbia Art Center and park rangers with the City of Columbia Parks & Recreation Department have partnered to offer an interactive visual and performing arts experience for guests of Riverfront Park.

The free event will feature local artists who will be staged along the Columbia Canal and the park’s trail to provide interactive experiences for guests in a variety of mediums. Both children and adults will be able to create their own art using many elements of nature.

The showcase will begin at the north end of Riverfront Park, 4122 River Dr.

For more information, contact Brenda Oliver at 803-545-3093 or [email protected].

 

08/04/2016

Pokémon Go in the Parks 

The City of Columbia Parks & Recreation Department will host several Pokémon GO meetups for trainers of all ages beginning Friday, Aug. 5 at Riverfront Park.

Pokémon GO is the newest mobile game to hit your cellphone. Explore the real world through the world of Pokémon, which are fictional digital creatures that players can catch and train, and battle. 

Pokémon Go is a great tool to use to encourage the public to play outdoors, be active, meet new people, and learn about the cultural and historical history of our parks,” said Randy Davis, Director of the City’s Parks & Recreation Department. “We hope the game will lead to an increase awareness of all the features and history our parks have to offer.”  

The Parks & Recreation Department invites the public to visit various parks to play as a group or individually. Players are encouraged to wear their team colors.

Park rangers will be available and on site to discuss the PokéStops, which provide players with a variety of items including eggs, Poké Balls and can be equipped with lures that attract wild Pokémon. The PokéStops can be historical or cultural markers and landmarks. 

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08/03/2016

Registration Period Open for City’s Fall Youth Sports Leagues

The City of Columbia Parks & Recreation Department is accepting registrations for several youth sports leagues including baseball, flag football and soccer.

The department is introducing a new sport to the youth sports program — flag football. The flag football program will introduce football concepts in a safe, fun and competitive environment. The program is part of the NFL Flag League program, which is part of the NFL Play 60 health and fitness campaign.

The fee to register is $25 per participant.

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07/22/2016

Charles R. Drew Wellness Center Offers Back-to-School Membership Special

Save up to 30 percent when you sign up as a new or returning member at the Charles R. Drew Wellness Center during the month of August.

The wellness center is offering a back-to-school membership special beginning August 1 through August 31 for adults age 18-49, seniors age 50 and older and families of up to four people.

Back-to-School Membership Special Rates

ADULT (18-49): $210

SENIOR (50+): $160

FAMILY (Up to 4 people): $325

For more information, please call the Charles R. Drew Wellness Center at 803-545-3200.

 

07/16/2016

City’s Summer Concert Featuring Terence Young Postponed


The City of Columbia’s free summer concert scheduled for today, July 16, with Terence Young has been postponed, the Parks & Recreation Department announced.

Due to the conditions of the Finlay Park grounds after Friday’s rainy weather and the potential for more rain today, the concert has been postponed and will be rescheduled for a later date.

The next concert in the City’s Summer Concert Series will be held on Saturday, July 30 with Pantasia Steel Band and Coolie G & Lion Soul at Finlay Park, 930 Laurel St. from 7-10 p.m.

 

07/15/2016

City’s Friday Night Movie Cancelled Due to Weather

The City of Columbia’s free outdoor movie scheduled for today, July 15, at Finlay Park has been cancelled due to the weather.

The Summer Movies Series will continue on Friday, July 22 with the movie “The Nut Job” at Finlay Park, 930 Laurel St.

Pre-show activities begin at 7:30 p.m. Movies will begin at sunset.

Attendees can bring blankets, lawn chairs and coolers. No glass containers and alcoholic beverages allowed.

Remaining Summer Movies Series Schedule

  • July 22: “The Nut Job”

  • July 29: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

For more information, please call the Parks and Recreation Department at 803-545-3100.

 

07/07/2016

City to Open Misting Stations During Extreme Summer Heat

To assist the community in staying cool during the extreme summer heat, the City of Columbia has set up misting stations in several of the City’s parks.

Misting stations will be in operation from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., when the heat index reaches 90 degrees or higher, at the following locations:

Misting Stations:

Owens Field, 1351 Jim Hamilton Blvd.

Rosewood Park, 901 South Holly St.

Hyatt Park, 950 Jackson Ave.

Woodland Park, 6500 Olde Knight Parkway

Misting stations at Martin Luther King, Jr. (2300 Greene St.), Finlay (930 Laurel St.) and Riverfront (312 Laurel St.) parks will be available beginning 10 a.m. on Friday, July 8, the City of Columbia Parks & Recreation Department announced.

The City of Columbia also operates two outdoor swimming pools, an indoor pool and splash pads/spray pools. 

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06/24/2016

Riverfront Park Fitness Zone Press Conference

WHAT: Councilwoman Tameika Isaac Devine will hold a press conference to unveil a new outdoor gym located in Riverfront Park, 312 Laurel St. The Riverfront Park Fitness Zone is located near the granite wall, before you reach the footbridge. The fitness zone is free and open to the public to use during the park’s operating hours, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The fitness zone features:

  • 1- 4-person pendulum

  • 1- 2-person wheelchair accessible chest press

  • 1- Lat pull down and vertical press

  • 1- 3-person static combo

  • 1- Rower

  • 1- 4-person leg press

  • 1- Single elliptical cross trainer

The press conference will also include a pop-up workout session.

As a Let’s Move! Gold Medalist City, the City of Columbia continues to provide opportunities for citizens to live healthy and active lives. The fitness equipment was installed in one of the City’s most popular parks to run, walk or ride a bicycle.   

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06/16/2016

City of Columbia Parks & Recreation Department to Offer Free Gardening Workshop Series

The City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a series of Gardening Workshops beginning Saturday, June 25 at the Earlewood Park Community Center located at 1113 Parkside Drive.

These informative workshops are designed to provide participants the tools needed to start and maintain a healthy garden. Workshops will be led by Clemson Extension horticulturist and master gardener Jacqueline Jordan.

All workshops are free and open to the public, and will be held from 10-11 a.m. on the following Saturdays:

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06/14/2016

Charles R. Drew Wellness Center to Host Family Dinner Night

The Charles R. Drew Wellness Center will host a free healthy cooking class for families on Thursday, July 14 from 6-7 p.m.

Bring the entire family out to learn the do’s and don’ts of preparing a healthy meal that the children will enjoy.

The class, which will be held at the wellness center located at 2101 Walker Solomon Way, is open to adults and children ages 6 and older.

Families must register by Monday, July 11. To RSVP, visit www.drewwellnesscenter.com

For more information, call the wellness center at 803-545-3200.

 

06/09/2016

Elmwood/Roy Lynch Park Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

The City of Columbia Parks & Recreation Department will host a ribbon cutting ceremony for Elmwood/Roy Lynch Park. The park was closed for renovations, which included a new splash pad, pergola and nature-themed playground. 

WHAT: Elmwood/Roy Lynch Park Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

WHEN: Saturday, June 18 at 10 a.m.

WHO: City Council members, Junior League of Columbia members, City staff, and Community leaders

WHERE: Elmwood/Roy Lynch Park, 900 Abbeville St. (across from Logan Elementary School)

For more information, please call the City of Columbia Parks & Recreation Department at 803-545-3100.

 

06/08/2016

Mayor Benjamin to Host Inaugural Father’s Day Cookout

Mayor Steve Benjamin is inviting all dads to join him for the Inaugural Father’s Day Cookout on Sunday, June 19 from 3-7 p.m. at Hyatt Park, 950 Jackson Ave.

The event will feature card games, a pool/ping pong tournament, kickball games, chess/checkers tournaments, inflatables, exhibitors and more! Refreshments will be served.

The Father’s Day Cookout is free and open to the public. Guests can bring lawn chairs and blankets.

WHAT: Mayor Benjamin’s Inaugural Father’s Day Cookout

WHEN: Sunday, June 19 from 3-7 p.m.

WHERE: Hyatt Park, 950 Jackson Ave.

For more information, call the Parks & Recreation Department at 803-545-3100 or visit www.ColumbiaSC.net.

 

06/07/2016

Prime Time in the Parks to Kick Off with Badges & Parks Basketball Alliance

The City of Columbia Parks & Recreation Department and the Columbia Police Department have partnered to host the Badges & Parks Basketball Alliance game and skills competition on Friday, June 10 to kick off the City’s Prime Time in the Parks summer program.

Prime Time in the Parks is a late-night teen program that provides a fun and safe environment for Columbia‘s youth. The program is free to youth ages 13-17 years old. Prime Time in the Parks features video game challenges, billiards, card tournaments, sports, pool parties, music, field trips and more! 

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06/03/2016

Mayor Steve Benjamin to Host 7th Annual Drills & Skills Clinics

Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin is hosting the 7th Annual Drills & Skills Clinics for youth ages 6-13.

This year, the Drills & Skills Clinics will include two instructional sessions, for one week in both June and July. Youth will have the opportunity to expand their skills in the following sports: basketball, tennis, golf, soccer, flag football and cheerleading. The clinics will be held June 20-24 and July 25-29 at various locations across the City. The clinics are free and open to ages 6-13.

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05/18/2016

City of Columbia Recognized as 2016 Playful City USA Community

257 communities exhibiting Playability to be recognized as part of 2016 Playful City USA Program

The City of Columbia is being honored with a 2016 Playful City USA designation for the third time. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the national recognition program honors cities and towns across the country for making their cities more playable.

The City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department operates and maintains 60 city parks and green spaces, 600 acres of city-maintained park land, 55 tennis courts and several city pools, spray pads and ponds, including a new pool facility at Greenview Park. All city parks are open year-round from dawn to dusk with no entrance fees.

The Parks and Recreation Department provides a variety of programming from athletics and cultural arts to health and wellness and special events. Such programming includes the Mayor’s Drills & Skills Clinics, Kids Day, Girls Golf clinics, nature walks and more.

The City of Columbia has invested in several projects to increase opportunities for children to play including the renovation of Roy Lynch Park, the completion of the Greenview Pool and the expansion of its outdoor adventure program.

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05/09/2016

City of Columbia Announces Summer Pool Hours

The City of Columbia swim season will begin on Saturday, May 28 for Maxcy Gregg Pool, Greenview Pool and spray pools/splash pads, and will remain open until Monday, Sept. 5 (Labor Day), the City’s Parks & Recreation Department announced.

Both Maxcy Gregg Pool and Greenview Pool will open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on opening day and from 2-6 p.m. on Sunday, May 29.

Both pools will be open for recreational swimming on the following holidays: Memorial Day (May 30), Independence Day (July 4) and Labor Day (Sept. 5) from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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05/05/2016

Summer Movies Series at Riverfront Park

The City of Columbia’s Summer Movies Series will kick off on Friday, June 3 at Riverfront Park, 312 Laurel Street.

Movies will be shown on Friday nights from June 3 through July 29. The following movies are free and open to the public:

  • June 3: “Frozen”

  • June 10: “Inside Out”

  • June 17: “Muppets Most Wanted”

  • June 24: “Paddington”

  • July 1: “Minions”

  • July 8: “The Smurfs”

  • July 15: “Shaun the Sheep”

  • July 22: “The Nut Job”

  • July 29: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

Pre-show activities begin at 7:30 p.m. Movies will begin at sunset.

Attendees can bring blankets, lawn chairs and coolers. No glass containers and alcoholic beverages allowed.

For more information, please call the Parks and Recreation Department at 803-545-3100.

 

05/03/2016

City Park Rangers to Lead Free Guided Walks  

The City of Columbia Parks & Recreation Department invites the public to discover the diverse wildlife and learn about the history of some of the City’s parks during free park ranger-guided walks in the month of May.

Eight guided tours have been scheduled throughout the month that will focus on the history of the Riverfront Park including the Columbia Canal, the Broad River Diversion Dam and the Fish Passage as well as Granby Park. The walks will also include nature and wildlife themes.

Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars and field guides as well as any essentials like water, sunscreen, bug repellent, hats and sturdy walking footwear.

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04/25/2016

Finlay Park Playground Temporarily Closed Due To Construction

The playground area at Finlay Park is closed to visitors, effective today, April 25, the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department announced. Finlay Park is located at 930 Laurel St.

The playground area will be closed to the public to allow for the removal of the old playground equipment, site preparation and installation of new playground equipment.

For more information, please call the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department at 803-545-3100.

 

 

04/20/2016

City of Columbia to Host Kids Day Survivor Challenge

Test your mental and physical strengths at the City of Columbia’s Kids Day Survivor Challenge on Saturday, May 14 at Finlay Park.

This free, fun and interactive event will feature a variety of mental and physical challenges for youth and adults, a Kids Korner (ages 5 and under), water games, food vendors, exhibitors, and more!

Challenges include:

  • Clash of the Titans

  • Castaways

  • Make Your Mark

  • Crazy Legs

  • Off-To-The-Races

  • Master Mind & More!

Admission is FREE. There are fees for food vendors.

WHAT: Kids Day Survivor Challenge

WHEN: Saturday, May 14, 2016 from 12-4 p.m.

WHERE: Finlay Park, 930 Laurel Street

The Kids Day Survivor Challenge is sponsored by the City’s Parks & Recreation Department. For more information, call 803-545-3100.

 

04/14/2016

City of Columbia Accepting Applicants for Let’s Move! Columbia Family Wellness Challenge

The City of Columbia will kick off a free 12-week family wellness challenge beginning Sunday, May 1, to encourage families to lead a healthy and active lifestyle.

The Let’s Move! Columbia Family Wellness Challenge will be held from May 1 through July 24, and is free and open to the public. Participants must be age 6 and older.

Up to 15 families will be selected to compete in the wellness challenge. A family can include at least one child and one adult living in the same household. Grandparents who live in the same household can also participate.

Councilwoman Tameika Isaac Devine, who is spearheading the citywide wellness initiative, said the health of your family is one of the most important aspects of life.

“As a Let’s Move! Gold Medalist City, we are working diligently to improve access to healthy, affordable food and increase opportunities for physical activity for our citizens,” Devine said. “That’s why this challenge is so important to us. We want to empower families by giving them the tools and resources to take charge of their health together.”

“It’s not always easy to find time to work out or create nutritious meals but my hope is that this challenge will show families ways to think outside of the box when it comes to their health.”

A kick-off celebration will be held on Sunday, May 1 from 3-6 p.m. at the Charles R. Drew Wellness Center located at 2101 Walker Solomon Way for those families who are selected to compete in the challenge. 

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04/5/2016

City of Columbia Parks & Recreation, Junior League of Columbia to Hold Community Build Day for Elmwood/Roy Lynch Park

WHAT: The City of Columbia Parks & Recreation Department and the Junior League of Columbia will hold a Community Build Day on Saturday, April 9 at Elmwood/Roy Lynch Park.

The .79-acre park was closed in November 2015 for renovations, which include a new splash pad, pergola, walking paths, amphitheater/picnic shelter, central green space, and a nature-themed playground.

The park originally housed a splash pad, playground and picnic shelter.

WHERE: Elmwood/Roy Lynch Park, 900 Abbeville St. (across from Logan Elementary School located at 815 Elmwood Avenue)

WHEN: Saturday, April 9, 2016 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

WHO: City of Columbia Parks & Recreation Department Staff; members of the Junior League of Columbia; students from Logan Elementary School; contractors; and community members

For more information, please call the City of Columbia Parks & Recreation Department at 803-545-3100.

 

04/05/2016

Day 3 of National Youth Violence Prevention Week: Know Your Rights

The City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department and the Columbia Police Department will host the Know Your Rights seminar today at the Eau Claire Print Building for Day 3 of the annual National Youth Violence Prevention Week.

Officers with the Columbia Police Department and lawyers will provide useful tips on interacting with the police and understanding your legal rights. 

WHAT: Know Your Rights – Columbia Police Department

WHEN: Today, April 5 from 6-8 p.m.

WHERE: Eau Claire Print Building, 3907 Ensor Avenue

National Youth Violence Prevention Week is held in order to raise awareness and educate students, teachers, school administrators and staff, school resource officers, parents and the public about effective ways to prevent and reduce youth violence.

Various activities were scheduled from April 3-8 to recognize National Youth Violence Prevention Week. The events will demonstrate the positive role young people can have in making their schools and communities safer. All events are free and open to the public. Youth, adults, parents, mentors and youth leaders are encouraged to attend.

For more information, please call the Parks and Recreation Department at 803-545-3100 or visit www.columbiasc.net.

 

04/05/2016

Columbia Tennis Center Clay Courts Resurfacing Project Completed

The clay courts at the Columbia Tennis located at 1635 Whaley Street are open to the public, the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department announced.

The courts were closed for resurfacing.

The tennis center is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

 

04/04/2016

Youth Violence Prevention Expo

The City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department and the Columbia Police Department will host a Youth Violence Prevention Expo today at Dutch Square Mall for Day 2 of the annual National Youth Violence Prevention Week.

The expo will be held from 6-8 p.m. and will feature various agencies and organizations that assist youth in making better life decisions. Exhibitors will provide information on a variety of youth-related programs, resources, activities and events.

WHAT: Youth Violence Prevention Expo

WHEN: Today, April 4 from 6-8 p.m.

WHERE: Dutch Square Mall, 421 Bush River Road

National Youth Violence Prevention Week is held in order to raise awareness and educate students, teachers, school administrators and staff, school resource officers, parents and the public about effective ways to prevent and reduce youth violence.

Various activities were scheduled from April 3-8 to recognize National Youth Violence Prevention Week. The events will demonstrate the positive role young people can have in making their schools and communities safer. All events are free and open to the public. Youth, adults, parents, mentors and youth leaders are encouraged to attend.

For more information, please call the Parks and Recreation Department at 803-545-3100 or visit www.columbiasc.net.

 

 

03/31/2016

Greenview Pool Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

The City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department will host a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new pool facility at Greenview Park.

WHAT: Greenview Pool Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

WHO: City Council members, City staff and Community leaders

WHERE: Greenview Park, 6700 David Street

WHEN:  Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 10 a.m.

For more information, call the Parks and Recreation Department at 803-545-3100.

 

03/28/2016

James E. Clyburn Golf Center Accepting Registrations for Girls Golf Clinics

The James E. Clyburn Golf Center, a LPGA-USGA Girls Golf site, will host free golf clinics for girls ages 5-17 beginning in April. The James E. Clyburn Golf Center is located at 2091 Slighs Avenue.

The Girls Golf program will teach participants the fundamentals, etiquette and rules of golf. No equipment is necessary.

Two clinics will be held this year: Junior Girls Clinics also known as LadyBugs (ages 5-9) and Senior Girls Clinics also known as FireFlies (ages 10-18).

The LadyBugs level is open to girls ages 5-9 and will be held from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month beginning May 7 until October 1.

The Fireflies level is open to girls ages 10-18 and will be held from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on the third Saturday of each month beginning April 16 until October 15.

Clinics are limited to 20 participants.

The golf center also offers participants an opportunity to become a member of the National LPGA*USGA program for a one-time fee of $16.

For more information on the Girls Golf Program or how to be a National LPGA*USGA member, please visit the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department’s “Golf” page or email [email protected].

 

 

03/24/2016

James E. Clyburn Golf Center to Reopen Monday, March 28

The James E. Clyburn Golf Center will reopen for business on Monday, March 28, the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department announced.

The golf center was closed to repair damages caused by the October 2015 flood.

The center will operate normal business hours: Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

 

03/24/2016

South East Park Clay Tennis Courts Reopen After Completion of Resurfacing Project

The City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department announced that the clay courts at South East Park are open for public use. The courts were closed for resurfacing.

South East Park is located at 951 Hazelwood Road and is open Monday through Sunday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

 

03/24/2016

 

Columbia Tennis Center Clay Courts to Close for Maintenance

The Columbia Tennis Center’s clay courts will be closed to the public beginning Monday, March 28 for resurfacing, the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department announced. The tennis center is located at 1635 Whaley Street.

Guests may use the tennis center’s hard courts during this closure. The tennis center is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The project is expected to be completed by Friday, April 1.

For more information, please call the Parks and Recreation Department at 803-545-3100.

 

03/14/2016

South East Park Clay Tennis Courts Closed for Maintenance

The clay tennis courts at South East Park will be closed until Wednesday, March 23 for resurfacing, the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department announced.

The park’s 12 hard courts are open to the public. South East Park is located at 951 Hazelwood Road and is open Monday through Sunday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

For more information, please call the Parks and Recreation Department at 803-545-3100.

 

03/11/2016

City of Columbia to Host National Youth Violence Prevention Week Activities in April

In recognition of National Youth Violence Prevention Week, the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department and the Columbia Police Department have partnered to host a series of youth violence prevention activities from April 3-8, 2016.

National Youth Violence Prevention Week is held in order to raise awareness and educate students, teachers, school administrators and staff, school resource officers, parents and the public about effective ways to prevent and reduce youth violence. Councilwoman Tameika Isaac Devine initiated the City’s involvement with National Youth Violence Prevention Week approximately a decade ago.

Various planned activities will demonstrate the positive role young people can have in making their schools and communities safer. All events are free and open to the public. Youth, adults, parents, mentors and youth leaders are encouraged to attend.

Schedule of Events


Sunday, April 3, 2016
Praise Fest for Peace – Local Artists/Performers
Dutch Square, 421 Bush River Road
4-6 p.m.

Local choirs, praise dance/mime ministries and more will perform.   

 

Monday, April 4, 2016
Youth Violence Prevention Expo– Various Agencies and Organizations
Dutch Square, 421 Bush River Road
6-8 p.m.

Agencies and organizations will be on hand to provide information on a variety of programs, resources, activities and events that will assist youth in making better life choices.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Know Your Rights – Columbia Police Department
Eau Claire Print Building, 3907 Ensor Avenue
6-8 p.m.
Officers with the Columbia Police Department will provide useful tips on interacting with the police and understanding your rights. 

Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Operation R.I.S.K. (Rescuing Inner City Students and Kids) – Columbia Police Department
City Hall, 1737 Main Street
6-8 p.m.
Operation R.I.S.K. (Rescuing Inner City Students and Kids) is a proactive, educational and reality-based youth program that is designed to help deter youths ages 11-16 from criminal behavior or association. The goal of Operation R.I.S.K. is to educate youth on the importance of making right decisions, and the potential consequences they can face as a result. This program also gives parents an effective alternative in helping their child become responsible and productive members of society.

Thursday, April 7, 2016
The Aftermath of Youth Violence – Panel of Experts
Earlewood Park Community Center, 1113 Parkside Drive
6-8 p.m.
A panel discussion for youth and adults to ask questions about the effects that youth violence has had on their lives and families.

Friday, April 8, 2016
Hoops for Peace – Columbia Police Department
Hyatt Park, 950 Jackson Avenue

6-9 p.m.

The Columbia Police Department will team up with area youth for an evening of basketball fun. Participants will compete against one another in a three-point contest, a half-court contest, skills challenge, free throw contest and basketball game.

 

For more information, please call the Parks and Recreation Department at 803-545-3100 or visit www.columbiasc.net.

 

 

03/11/2016

City of Columbia Accepting Submissions for Praise Fest for Peace and Youth Violence Prevention Expo

The City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department is accepting submissions for the Praise Fest for Peace concert and the Youth Violence Prevention Expo, both of which will be held during National Youth Violence Prevention Week in April.

 

The Parks and Recreation Department and the Columbia Police Department have partnered to host a series of youth violence prevention activities during the week of April 3-8.

 

The concert is scheduled for Sunday, April 3 from 4-6 p.m. and the expo will be held on Monday, April 4 from 6-8 p.m. Both events will be held at Dutch Square Mall, 421 Bush River Road.

 

Gospel choirs, praise dancers and/or mime ministries are encouraged to participate.

 

The Parks and Recreation Department is also accepting submissions for exhibitors. The Youth Violence Prevention Expo is open to agencies and organizations that support programs, resources, activities and events encouraging youth to make better life choices.

 

The deadline to apply for both events is Friday, March 25.

 

For more information, please call the Parks and Recreation Department at 803-545-3100.

 

03/10/2016

Portions of Riverfront Park to Reopen for Public Use

The City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department announced that portions of the walking trails at Riverfront Park, located at 312 Laurel Street, will reopen for public use on Tuesday, March 15.

Visitors will have access to 2 ½ miles of the walking trail between the Broad River and Columbia Canal to the Diversion Dam. This section extends from the main parking lot entrance at 312 Laurel Street to the Diversion Dam and fish passage at the north end of the park.

Visitors can use the parking lot at the Laurel Street entrance of the park to access the trail. 

The trail near the Broad River Bridge is open to walkers, runners and bicyclists. Portions of the trail at the bridge are not ADA compliant at this time.

The park will operate normal hours from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Sunday.

The parking lot at the north end of the park, which is located near River Drive, will remain closed to the public.

The south end section between the Columbia Hydroelectric plant and the main entrance to Riverfront Park will remain closed indefinitely. 

 

02/10/2016

Fishing Restricted at South East Park Pond Until 2017

Fishing at South East Park pond has been restricted until 2017, the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department announced.

 

The pond has been closed to the public since August 2015 due to repairs to the spillway, dam drain valve and the boardwalk. Invasive aquatic plants were also removed.

 

The pond has been restocked with Blue Gill, Red Ear Bream and Channel Catfish. In the spring, the pond will be stocked with Largemouth Bass.

 

The pond will be closed for fishing until May 2017. No fishing will be permitted in order to allow time for the fish to grow and spawn.

 

Restocking the pond will create a better fishing experience and improve the overall health of the pond’s ecosystem.

 

For more information, please contact the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department at 803-545-3100.

 

02/08/2016

City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department Provides Updates on Parks, Facilities Damaged During October Flood

The City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department continues repairs at several parks and facilities that were damaged during the October 2015 flood.

Below is an update on the repair work that is underway at several parks and facilities in the City:

CLOSURES

Riverfront Park

Riverfront Park, located at 312 Laurel Street, remains closed to the public due to ongoing repairs.

Repairs have been made to the head gates at the north end of the canal and to the canal’s embankment.

Guest may visit the following parks, with assigned walking trails, which are open Monday through Sunday from dawn to dusk:

  • Granby Park, 100 Catawba St.

  • Earlewood Park, 1111 Parkside Dr.

  • Maxcy Gregg Park, 1651 Park Circle

  • Drew Park, Beside the Charles R. Drew Wellness Center, 2101 Walker Solomon Way

Martin Luther King, Jr. Park Green Space

The green space at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park remains closed for special event usage. The park is located at 2300 Greene Street.

The green space is still accessible for individual usage; however, no special events can be accommodated at this time.

The park’s community center remains open to visitors. All activities scheduled inside the community center will continue as normal.

James E. Clyburn Golf Center

The James E. Clyburn Golf Center located at 2091 Slighs Avenue is closed for repairs until further notice.

OPEN

NOMA Dog Park

The NOMA Dog Park located at Earlewood Park, 1111 Parkside Drive, is open to members after repairs were made to the park’s fencing.

Granby Park

Granby Park, located at 100 Catawba Street, is open to the public. 

 

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