Black History Month Basketball Tournament/City of Columbia's Black History Heritage Ball/Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration 

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 Black History Month Basketball Tournament in a regional approach to build strong, lasting relationships with youth and the community. 

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 in a friendly game of basketball. The event will also feature a Hot Shot competition with youth.  

WHEN: Sunday, February 17 at 3 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. 

City of Columbia’s Black History Heritage Ball

WHAT:  The Columbia Parks and Recreation Department invites the public to celebrate Black History Month at its Black History Heritage Ball on Sunday, February 24 from 5-8 pm at Greenview Park. The event will include live entertainment and dinner. 

WHO: The Heritage Ball is open to all adults age 18 and older. 

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

WHEN:  Sunday, February 24 from 5-8 p.m.

COST: Admission to the Black History Heritage Ball is $10. Dinner will be provided. Tickets can be purchased at any recreation center with a check or money order. To find a recreation center near you, visit To purchase a ticket with cash or a debit/credit card, visit the Parks and Recreation Department Administration Office located at 1111 Recreation Drive. 

DRESS: African print dresses, shirts or pants, or semi-formal attire encouraged.   

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

31st Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

Serve & Connect Founder Kassy Alia to be Keynote Speaker

Chief executive officer and founder of Serve & Connect, Kassy Alia, will be the keynote speaker at the City of Columbia’s 31st Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration on Monday, January 21, 2019, the City of Columbia and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Foundation announced.

Kassy Alia founded Serve & Connect — a nonprofit organization focused on promoting community resilience and well-being through transformative police and community partnerships — in memory of her late husband, Officer Gregory Alia who was killed in the line of duty on September 30, 2015. 

Under her leadership, Serve & Connect has grown from a hashtag to a movement for change, touching countless lives in South Carolina. Alia was featured on the Today Show for her efforts to promote a positive relationship between the police and community.

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 21. 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 City’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, contact Shireese M. Bell at 803-545-3100 or [email protected].

Winners Announced for Passport to Columbia's Parks Challenge 

Diane BetzAndrea Evans-Wolfe
Ernest StromanAriel McMillan

Five winners were selected as grand prize winners in the Passport to Columbia's Parks Challenge held during the month of July to celebrate Park & Recreation Month, the Columbia Parks & Recreation Department announced.
Winners of the 2018 Passport to Columbia's Parks Challenge are:

  • Andrea Evans-Wolfe
  • Diane Betz
  • Ariel McMillan
  • Ernest Stroman
  • Tina Marie Devlin

The department invited citizens to explore various City parks through a citywide Passport Challenge, which asked participants to answer a series of questions related to the features or history of a park or facility in the City.
Completed passports were entered into a drawing for prizes ranging from fitness equipment, lunch kits and more.

Columbia Parks & Recreation Department 

1111 Recreation Drive, Columbia, SC 29201

P: 803-545-3100 | F: 803-343-8744

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