Columbia's First Parklet is here!

The City of Columbia is celebrating the addition of our first public parklet, an outdoor space placed in a parking space with public seating for all to use! The addition of this parklet is a continuation of the City’s efforts to enliven public spaces and make them more accommodating for residents, businesses, and visitors.  This parklet is the first of its kind in the City and will serve as a pilot project for additional similar public spaces in the future. 

The project was made possible by a grant from the AARP Community Challenge program. Additional support has been given by One Columbia, City Center Partnership, and Southern Vistas. The vibrant public art is original work by Frankie Zombie.

           A woman sitting in a chair tallies pedestrians and cyclists along Sumter Street.  She has a cup of tea, sunglasses, and a clipboard and pen.The parklet is located on Washington Street between Main Street and Sumter Street in front of the historic Arcade Building.      

Calhoun Street Improvements

The City of Columbia is hosting two virtual public information sessions on Tuesday, June 22nd, at 5:30pm and 6:30pm regarding the planned improvements on Calhoun Street between Wayne and Harden Streets.  These duplicate meetings will include a review the road design and implementation schedule, and will provide an opportunity for members of the public to ask questions about the planned project.

Improvements to Calhoun Street will occur as part of a partnership between the City of Columbia, the Richland County Penny Tax for Transportation, and Richland County CTC.  Improvements will include resurfacing (from Wayne to Gregg), restriping, and bike accommodations.  Block-by-block plans are available as follows: 

    A photo of Calhoun Street just east of the intersection of Calhoun and BullImprovements will be made to Calhoun Street
from Wayne to Harden Streets

PARK(ing) Day

The City of Columbia invites YOU to participate in Columbia's 6th Annual PARK(ing) Day on Friday, September 17, 2021!  You can design and build a parklet (applications are due August 20th) and/or mark your calendars to enjoy a day of whimsy and art in temporary parklets.

PARK(ing) Day is an annual open-source global event where citizens, artists, and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into PARK(ing) spaces - temporary public spaces. 

  • Applications are due August 20th 
  • PARK(ing) Day is Friday, September 17th, 10:00am - 4:00pm
  • New this year: a People's Choice Award & a juried Best Design Award

A card for the social media campaign reads: I *heart* planning, and “October is national community planning month! #planning month”  The Columbia Compass logo appears in the lower right.  The heart shape is filled with an image of the historic birdseye view illustration of Columbia, SC.  The card is turquoise, with white and navy blue font.Image courtesy of
Quackenbush Architects + Planners
screenshot of elementary school walk bike bingo cardUofSC students play music at the City PR parklet

If you have further questions, or would like to more information about the above, please contact us.