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9/21/18

Let’s Move! Columbia GameDay Postponed

The Let’s Move! Columbia GameDay scheduled for Saturday, October 27 at the Drew Wellness Center has been postponed. 

The free family-friendly event will be rescheduled for a later date. 


9/21/18

City of Columbia’s Outdoor Ice Skating Rink Returns Thanksgiving Day at New Location

New Name Announced

The City of Columbia’s outdoor ice skating rink will open on Thanksgiving Day with a new name and a new location.

Columbia’s Holiday ICE, formerly known as Main Street ICE, will kick off a new ice skating season on Thursday, November 22 at the Columbiana Centre. The rink will remain open until Monday, January 21, 2019.

Due to construction and renovations that have been underway at Boyd Plaza, the City’s ice skating rink has been moved to a new location within City limits at Columbiana Centre.

“We look forward to working with officials at the Columbiana Centre to offer this attraction,” Wilson said. “We hope families in Columbia and surrounding areas will make Columbia’s Holiday ICE an annual family tradition.”

Make your plans now to join us Thanksgiving Day at Columbia’s Holiday ICE.

Fees, hours of operation and special holiday hours will be announced soon.  

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


9/20/18

City of Columbia’s Outdoor Ice Skating Rink Returns Thanksgiving Day at Location

New Name Announced

The City of Columbia’s outdoor ice skating rink will open on Thanksgiving Day with a new name and a new location.

Columbia’s Holiday ICE, formerly known as Main Street ICE, will kick off a new ice skating season on Thursday, November 22 at the Columbiana Centre. The rink will remain open until Monday, January 21, 2019.

The ice skating rink is moving to the Harbison area after serving thousands of guests at Boyd Plaza.

Make your plans now to join us Thanksgiving Day at Columbia’s Holiday ICE.

Fees, hours of operation and special holiday hours will be announced soon.  

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

 


9/20/18

Let’s Move! Columbia GameDay Rescheduled for October 27

The Let’s Move! Columbia GameDay scheduled for Saturday, September 22 at the Charles R. Drew Wellness Center has been rescheduled for October 27.

The free family-friendly event will feature field games, relay races, exhibitors, health screenings and more! 

Nonprofit health and wellness organizations, and after-school programs interested in being an exhibitor can register for free.

WHERE: Drew Wellness Center Green Space, 2101 Walker Solomon Way

WHEN: Saturday, October 27, 2018, from 12 to 3 p.m.

For more information or to register as an exhibitor, call the Parks & Recreation Department at 803-545-3100 or email [email protected].


9/18/2018

Moth Night Rescheduled for Oct. 5

The Columbia Parks & Recreation Department and the Midlands Master Naturalist Association invites the public out for Moth Night on Friday, October 5 from 7-10 pm at Granby Park, 100 Catawba Circle.

Guests can learn all about moths, their life cycle, what they eat, how they help the environment and more. 

This event is free and open to all ages. 

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


9/13/2018

Charles R. Drew Wellness Center, City Parks & Recreation Centers to Close Due to Hurricane Florence

The Charles R. Drew Wellness Center and City of Columbia’s parks and recreation centers will be closed beginning Friday, Sept. 14 through Sunday, September 16 due to Hurricane Florence, the Columbia Parks & Recreation Department announced. 


9/13/2018

Moth Night, Bierkeller Columbia Events Postponed Due to Hurricane Florence

Moth Night and Bierkeller Columbia’s Oktoberfest have been postponed due to Hurricane Florence, the Columbia Parks & Recreation Department announced.

Moth Night, which was scheduled for Friday, Sept. 14 at Granby Park, will be rescheduled for a date in October. The event is hosted by the Parks & Recreation Department and the Midlands Master Naturalist Association.

Bierkeller Columbia’s Oktoberfest at Riverfront Park, which was scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 15, has been postponed. A new date will be announced. 

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




9/6/2018

Riverfront Park Canal Maintenance Complete

The north end of Riverfront Park is open for public use following routine maintenance at the canal head gates, the Columbia Parks & Recreation Department announced. 

Guests may visit the park during normal hours of operation from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.


9/5/2018

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 issue: Window to the Ukraine, Let's Move! Columbia Game Day, Drew's Women's Wellness Summit, Miracle League of Columbia Registration, The First Tee of Columbia and more!


9/5/2018

City of Columbia, Richland County Coroner’s Office Partner on Safe Infant Sleep Campaign

The City of Columbia and the Richland County Coroner’s Office have partnered to offer free workshops for the public including new and expecting parents, grandparents and caregivers on the ABC’s of safe sleep habits for babies.

Beginning Saturday, September 8, the Richland County Coroner’s Office will host a one-hour workshop to teach families how to safely put their baby down to sleep.

Since January 1, 2018, seven babies have died due to unsafe sleep habits, according to the Coroner’s Office. These workshops will be held to increase awareness of unsafe sleep practices and environments that could put a baby at risk.

The Coroner’s Office encourages the public to follow the ABC’s for Safe Sleep for children:

  • A: Always ALONE and always in a crib.
  • B: Babies should sleep on their BACKS.
  • C: CLEAR Cribs (no blankets, toys or other objects)

The workshops will be held at 10 a.m. at the following locations:

  • Sept. 8 at Hyatt Park, 950 Jackson Ave.
  • Oct. 6 at King Park, 2300 Greene St.
  • Nov. 3 at Greenview Park, 6700 David St.
  • Dec. 1 at Pinehurst Park, 2300 Pinehurst Rd.

The first 10 people to register at each workshop will be eligible for a door prize. Refreshments will be served. 

To register, visit Eventbrite.com or call the Richland County Coroner’s Office at 803-576-1799.

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8/31/2018

Riverfront Park’s North Entrance to Close for Canal Maintenance

The north end of Riverfront Park will close for maintenance on Wednesday, September 5, the Columbia Parks & Recreation Department announced. 

To ensure the safety of the public, the north end of the park will be closed for maintenance at the canal head gates.   

Guests can enter Riverfront Park at the south entrance located at 312 Laurel St. 

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


8/31/2018

Miracle League of Columbia Spring Baseball League Registration Period (UPDATED) 

Registration for the Miracle League of Columbia’s fall baseball season for children ages 5 and older is underway, the Columbia Parks & Recreation Department announced. 

The baseball program provides a safe and enjoyable team sport experience for kids and young adults with mental and physical disabilities and limitations. Players of all ages are welcome.

There is no fee to participate. Games will be held at the Miracle League field at Owens Field Park, 1351 Jim Hamilton Blvd. 

The last day to register is Friday, September 21, 2018.To register, visit www.miracleleaguecolumbia.com.


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

8/27/2018

Art Along the Trail 

The Columbia Art Center and park rangers with the Columbia Parks & Recreation Department will host the 2018 Art Along the Trail showcase at Riverfront Park on Saturday, October 13.

Art Along the Trail is an interactive visual and performing arts experience. Artists will be staged along the Columbia Canal and the park’s nature trail to provide artistic activities for guests in a variety of mediums such as painting, pottery or drawing.

The free showcase will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the north end of Riverfront Park, 4122 River Dr. In the event of rain, the showcase will be rescheduled for Saturday, October 27.

Participating Artists

  • Kay Paschal, Painting/drawing
  • Kara Hamilton, Acrylic painting on primitive windows
  • Abstract Alexandra, Whimsical contemporary art
  • Yasmeen Zakkary, Painting
  • Terry Daw, Wood turning
  • Keith Tolen, Painting/frog crafts
  • Thomas the Younger, Acrylic painting
  • Sharon Funderburk, Mixed media
  • Jane Hiller and Samantha Yager, Upcycled art
  • Columbia Art Center, Ceramic leaf casting
  • Catherine Lloyd, Drawing/mixed media
  • Joan Sorenson, Wood, wind chimes and more
  • Philip Snyder, Music installation
  • Ed Madden, Columbia's poet laureate

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


8/27/2018

The First Tee of Columbia Fall Golf Sessions 

The First Tee of Columbia at the James E. Clyburn Golf Center is accepting registrations for its Fall Junior Golf sessions for children ages 5-17.

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

The deadline to register is Friday, September 7, 2018. Sessions will be held at the golf center located at 2091 Slighs Avenue from September 11 through November 3.

Registration Information

WHAT: Peewees (new or returning participants)

AGES: 5-6

WHEN: Tuesdays from 5:15-6 p.m. or from 6:15-7 p.m. 

FEE: $20


WHAT: PLAYer

AGES: 7-17 

WHEN: Wednesdays from 5:15-6:15 p.m. or 6:30-7:30 p.m. or Saturdays from 8:30-10 a.m. 

FEE: $50

Open to all first time participants or those who have yet to reach PAR certification.


WHAT: PAR

WHEN: Thursdays 5:15-6:15 or 6:30-7:30 p.m.

FEE: $50

Must be a certified PLAYer to participate

WHAT: Birdie, Eagle & Ace (Must be a CERTIFIED PAR to participate)

Contact golf center for class times


No equipment is needed. Financial scholarships are available for those who qualify. 

For more information or to register, call the golf center at 803-255-8920 or visit www.TheFirstTeeColumbia.org


8/27/2018

City’s Outdoor Pools Open for Labor Day: Recreational Swim Seasons Ends Monday, Sept. 3 (UPDATED)

The City of Columbia’s outdoor swimming pools will be open for Labor Day, on Monday, September 3 — 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, September 3. There will be no free swim day on Labor Day.

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.

Outdoor Pool Recreational Swim Schedule

Maxcy Gregg Pool, 1655 Park Circle

Regular hours for recreational swimming are as follows:

  • Wednesday through Friday (August 29-31) from 4 to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sept. 1 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, Sept. 2 from 2 to 7 p.m.
  • Monday, Sept. 3 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Greenview Pool, 6700 David Street

Regular hours for recreational swimming are as follows:

  • Wednesday through Friday (August 29-31) from 4 to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sept. 1 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, Sept. 2 from 2 to 7 p.m.
  • Monday, Sept. 3 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Maxcy and Greenview pools fees (per visit): $3 (ages 12 and under), $4 (ages 13 and over)

Maxcy Gregg Pool will be open for lap swimming, senior water aerobics and swimming team practices only until the end of September. 

Greenview Pool will be open for senior water aerobics only until the end of September. Water aerobics will be held Tuesday through Friday from 8 to 9 a.m.

Drew Park Splash Pad located at the Charles R. Drew Wellness Center, 2101 Walker Solomon Way, will operate from 4 – 8 p.m. Monday through Friday; 12-8 p.m. on Saturday; closed on Sunday; and 12-8 p.m. on Monday, September 3. 

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


8/24/2018

Local Production Company to Film at Earlewood Park

A local production company will film at various locations inside Earlewood Park on Friday, August 24, the Columbia Parks & Recreation Department announced. 

Dust of the Ground will film a local promotional video between 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the following areas inside Earlewood Park:

  • Amphitheater, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Picnic Shelter, 1-3 p.m.
  • Tennis Courts, 2-5:30 p.m.

The park will remain open for public use but filming areas will be restricted during certain hours on August 24. We appreciate your cooperation and apologize for any inconvenience. 

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


8/19/2018

UPDATE: South End of Riverfront Park to Close for Tree Trimming

The south end of Riverfront Park located at 312 Laurel Street will be closed on Monday, August 20 to allow SCE&G to perform additional tree trimming activities along the overhead utility lines, the Columbia Parks & Recreation Department announced.

To ensure the safety of the public, the trail will be closed to guests in the active work areas until 5 p.m. The active work zone will occur from the pedestrian bridge to just above I-126.

Guests may enter the park from the north end located at 4122 River Drive, but can expect portions along the walking trail to be closed to through traffic. Staff will be on site to assist guests during the routine maintenance.


8/15/2018

South End of Riverfront Park to Close for Tree Trimming

The south end of Riverfront Park located at 312 Laurel Street will be closed on Thursday, August 16 to allow SCE&G to perform tree trimming activities along the overhead utility lines, the Columbia Parks & Recreation Department announced. 

To ensure the safety of the public, the trail will be closed to guests in the active work areas until 5 p.m. The active work zone will occur from the pedestrian bridge to just above I-126.

Guests may enter the park from the north end located at 4122 River Drive, but can expect portions along the walking trail to be closed to through traffic. Staff will be on site to assist guests during the routine maintenance.

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


8/10/18

Columbia Art Center’s Worlds of Creativity Series: Window to the Ukraine

WHAT: The Columbia Art Center invites the public to visit Ukraine during its next installment of its Worlds of Creativity series on Thursday, September 6. The event will feature singing, dancing, costumes and more. The monthly cultural arts series was created to expose guests to various cultures in the City through art and music.  

WHERE: Columbia Art Center, 1227 Taylor St., Ste. C, Columbia, SC

WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 6 from 6-8 p.m. 

WHO: General public

COST: Free admission

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


8/9/2018

Miracle League of Columbia Spring Baseball League Registration Period Announced

Registration for the Miracle League of Columbia’s fall baseball season will begin on Monday, August 13, the Columbia Parks & Recreation Department announced. 

The baseball program for children with disabilities is open to ages 5 and older. There is no fee to participate. 

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

The last day to register is Friday, September 7, 2018.To register, visit www.miracleleaguecolumbia.com.

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


8/8/2018

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 issue: Back to School Movie: Marvel Studios’ Black Panther, Recreational Swim Season Ends Labor Day, Columbia Teen to Play at Pebble Beach and more!


8/6/18

Hyatt Park Pollinator Garden Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

The Columbia Parks & Recreation Department will host a ribbon cutting ceremony for a new pollinator garden at Hyatt Park. A pollinator garden is a garden that is planted predominately with flowers that provide nectar or pollen for a wide range of pollinators including hummingbirds, bees, butterflies or beetles.

WHAT: Hyatt Park Pollinator Garden Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

WHEN: Wednesday, Aug. 22 at 9:30 a.m. 

WHO: Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin; City of Columbia Councilman Sam Davis; Richland County Councilman Paul Livingston; Carol Kososki, Chair of the Richland County Conservation Commission; City staff; and Community leaders

WHERE: Hyatt Park, 950 Jackson Ave. 

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


8/6/2018

Charles R. Drew Wellness Center Offers Membership Special

The Charles R. Drew Wellness Center is offering a Back-to-School membership special for new or renewing members during the month of August.

Adults age 18-49, seniors age 50 and older and families of up to four people can save up to 30 percent on a yearly membership when they sign up by August 31.

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.


8/3/2018

Park of the Week: Ra Rock, 904 Heyward St.

RA Park, which is located in the Olympia community at 904 Heyward St, features an over sized "rock" (sandstone pillar) that displays the painting of an Egyptian. This "pocket park" also includes two benches and picnic tables.
 
 Richard Lane, a South Carolina artist, painted a mural depicting the Egyptian sun god along with various symbols and hieroglyphs on the rock in 1993, according to Atlas Obscura.
 
 The pillar or rock was left over after an old railroad trestle was demolished in 1989.
 
 Some symbols on the rock translate into the titles of Beatles songs "Here Comes the Sun" and "All You Need is Love."
 
 Lane said (in 1993) that he liked the fresh colors but looked forward to the effect the weather would play on them, making it look more in line with the age of the trestle.


8/1/2018

Columbia to Show Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” for Back to School Movie

Kick off the new school year with a trip to Wakanda! The Columbia Parks & Recreation Department will host a free showing of Marvel Studios’ blockbuster hit, “Black Panther,” on Saturday, August 18 at Earlewood Park, 1111 Recreation Drive. 

The event will feature live entertainment, music and games. Food vendors will be available. 

Guests are encouraged to come dressed in their best Wakanda-inspired clothing or Black Panther costume. Prizes will be given to the best dressed participant.

Pre-show activities begin at 7 p.m. The movie will begin at sunset. 

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

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


7/31/18

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 Sunday, July 29, 2018, during the final wellness challenge ceremony held at the Charles R. Drew Wellness Center.

The top three families with the most points at the end of challenge were: 

 • The Jackson Family, Grand Prize winner (prizes valued at $1,000)
 • The Harriford-McCants Family, Second Place winner (prizes valued at $500)
 • The Suber Family, Third Place winner (prizes valued at $250)

“The dedication and commitment we’ve seen from our families this year has been outstanding,” Councilwoman Tameika Isaac Devine said. “By taking steps to lead healthier lives now, these families have paved a way for their children to have a healthier future.”

“The work displayed by all of our families has motivated me and I’m so proud of what they were able to accomplish in just 12 weeks,” 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.” 

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7/24/18

Registration Period Announced for City’s Youth Coed & Girls Soccer Leagues

Registration for the City’s Youth Soccer League will begin on Monday, July 30, the Columbia Parks & Recreation Department announced. 

The league is open to boys and girls ages 3 through 10. The fee to participate is $25. 

The league includes a Coed Division and a new Girls Division for ages 7-10.

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7/19/2018

Registration Period Open for City’s Fall Adult Sports Leagues

The Columbia Parks & Recreation Department is accepting registrations for its coed adult kickball league and the men’s and coed softball leagues.  

Registration Information 

Adult Kickball (Competitive and Non Competitive leagues)

AGES: 18 and older

FEE: $300 per team

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Friday, Aug. 3

SEASON: 6-9 p.m. on Mondays or Wednesdays beginning Aug. 20 at Earlewood Park, 1111 Recreation Dr.

Adult Softball (Men’s and Coed leagues)

AGES: 18 and older

FEE: $300 per team

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Friday, Aug. 3

SEASON: Men’s League play will be held on Tuesdays beginning Aug. 21 at T. S. Martin Park, 1810 Germany St.; Coed League play will be held on Sundays beginning Aug. 26 at Earlewood Park, 1111 Recreation Dr.

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7/19/2018

Artists for Africa to Join Columbia Art Center’s Culture Showcase

WHAT: Artists for Africa, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing arts education to children in Africa, will join the Columbia Art Center on Thursday, August 2 as part of the center’s Worlds of Creativity series.

The event will feature ballet performances, dancing, drums and more. The monthly cultural arts series was created to expose guests to various cultures in the City through art and music.  

WHERE: Columbia Art Center, 1227 Taylor St., Ste. C, Columbia, SC

WHEN: Thursday, August 2 from 6-8 p.m. 

WHO: General public

COST: Free admission

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


7/17/2018

Riverfront Park to Close for Canal Vegetation Maintenance

Riverfront Park will be closed on Thursday, July 19 for vegetation treatment along the Columbia Canal, the Columbia Parks & Recreation Department announced. 

The park will be closed to guests until 6 p.m. Park guests can visit after 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. on the scheduled maintenance day. 

Guests are encouraged to visit Granby Park located at 100 Catawba Street during the routine maintenance period. 

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


7/13/2018

Main Entrance at Owens Field Park to Close for Resurfacing Project

The main entrance at Owens Field Park will be closed to the public beginning 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 15 until 6 a.m. on Tuesday, July 17, for resurfacing of the park’s entrance and parking lot, the Columbia Parks & Recreation Department announced. 

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

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

7/11/2018

The First Tee of Columbia teen selected to play in official PGA TOUR Champions event

Kendall Wallace heads to Pebble Beach for PURE Insurance Championship Impacting The First Tee, which is celebrating its 15th Anniversary

Tournament to Air Internationally on Golf Channel this September 

The First Tee of Columbia is sending Allen Kendall Wallace to compete in the 2018 PURE Insurance Championship Impacting The First Tee, an official PGA TOUR Champions event to be contested at Pebble Beach Golf Links and Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach, California, September 24-30. The tournament, which is hosted by the Monterey Peninsula Foundation, will be televised internationally on the Golf Channel September 28-30.

“It was unbelievable hearing my name called this morning,” Wallace said. “This is a once in a lifetime experience and to be one of only 81 players in the country is phenomenal.”

“I am so excited to go to Pebble Beach to play with some of the best junior and champion players in the world,” he said. “I’m so thankful for all of the support from my family and my coaches at The First Tee of Columbia. I look forward to representing Columbia on a national level.”

Wallace is a rising senior at Westwood High School and has been a member of The First Tee of Columbia since 2008. He was one of three players selected nationwide to participate in the St. Augustine Amateur in Florida in 2017. 

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7/6/2018

Columbia On the Move July 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 issue: Columbia's Passport Challenge, Mayor's Drills & Skills Clinics, Farmday Funday, Kayak Camp and more!


7/2/2018

July is Park & Recreation Month

City of Columbia Residents Invited to Discover City Parks

Month-long celebration includes Passport Challenge

Summer is here, which means it’s time to get out and discover the great things happening at your local parks and recreation centers. This July, explore the local parks and recreation system with the Columbia Parks & Recreation Department as we celebrate Park and Recreation Month, A Lifetime of Discovery

Playgrounds, rec centers, sports leagues, summer camps are just a few of the things that come to mind when we think of parks and recreation. But, parks and recreation is so much more than that. During Park and Recreation Month, discover all the ways parks and recreation can improve quality of life, like senior programs; innovative health and wellness opportunities; community celebrations; outdoor education; flood mitigation; maintenance; and more. 

“Our parks and recreations centers are the hubs of activity in a community, from playing on a basketball court to learning about the history of the Columbia Canal,” Columbia Parks & Recreation Director Randy Davis said. “We provide spaces for seniors to exercise or fellowship together, programs where children can learn a new skill in computing or opportunities for the public to learn about local watersheds.”

“We encourage everyone to visit a City park to learn how Parks & Recreation plays a major role in one’s quality of life and is key to a thriving community,” Davis said. 

The department is celebrating Park and Recreation Month, an initiative of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), by inviting citizens to explore various City parks through a citywide Passport Challenge. Participants can complete the passport by answering a series of questions related to the features or history of a park or facility.

The Passport to Columbia’s Parks is available online to download here. Passports are also available at the Parks & Recreation Department administration office (inside Earlewood Park), 1111 Recreation Drive, Columbia, SC, 29201.

Completed passports must be turned in to the department’s administration office Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The first 100 participants to complete a passport and submit it will earn a prize. All completed passports will be entered in a drawing for a Grand Prize. Only one entry per person will be accepted. 

Completed passports will be collected through Tuesday, July 31 at 5 p.m. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, August 1 via the department’s social media account @ColaSCParksRec on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

Participants under the age of 16 should be accompanied by an adult while completing the Passport Challenge. Challenge participants must follow all park rules, including all posted park hours. 

Participants are encouraged to take a #parkselfie and share it with the department using the hashtags: #playexploregrow and #DiscoverJuly.

New Activity Guide

The Columbia Parks & Recreation Department released its new online Summer Activity Guide. The guide serves as a source for upcoming events and programs in the City of Columbia. Valuable information about park hours, exercise programs for seniors, summer programming and more can be found in the online guide.

The guide is available for download at www.columbiasc.net/parks-recreation.

July Events Calendar

The Columbia Parks & Recreation Department is hosting several events and programs during the month of July. Events include the following:

Columbia Art Center’s Rhythm of Kenya Showcase

The Columbia Art Center invites the public to its Rhythm of Kenya showcase on Thursday, July 5 from 6-8 p.m. The event will feature dancing, drums and visual arts. The free event is part of the Art Center’s monthly series, Worlds of Creativity. The series was created to expose guests to various cultures in the City through art and music.  The Art Center is located at 1227 Taylor St., Ste. C, Columbia, SC. For more information, call the Columbia Art Center at 803-545-3093.

Farmday Funday

Join us for a day of fun on the urban farm! This family-friendly event includes games, cooking demos, and activities to engage the young and old in urban agriculture. Resources for healthy eating, including SNAP benefit support and food boxes, also available. The event will be held on Sunday, July 8 from 2-5 p.m. at Hyatt Park, 950 Jackson Ave. 

This event is a collaboration between the following:

  • Serve & Connect
  • Harvest Hope
  • Columbia Police Department
  • Columbia Parks & Recreation Department

Summer Movies & Concerts at Finlay Park

The City of Columbia’s free Summer Movies Series continues at Finlay Park! The following movies are free and open to the public: July 13 – “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” and July 27 – “Justice League.” Pre-show activities begin at 7:45 p.m. Movies will begin at sunset. 

National recording artists The Dazz Band and Confunkshun are set to heat up the Finlay Park stage at the City of Columbia’s live outdoor concert series. The free Summer Concert Series will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. on the following dates: July 14– The Dazz Band (R&B/Funk) and July 28– Confunkshun (R&B/Funk).

Family Tennis Nights at Greenview Park

Aimed at introducing new families to tennis, USTA Southern is bringing back and expanding the Family Tennis Night series. Tennis coaches, pros and volunteers will introduce families to tennis through a series of fun activities -- including elementary skills like bouncing a ball on a racquet – along with providing local programming. No tennis experience is required; it is preferred that participants have not played! 

Family Tennis Night will be held on Saturday, July 21 from 5:30-7 p.m. at Greenview Park, 6700 David St. Participants should register at FamilyTennisNight.com.

Visit www.columbiasc.net/parks-recreation/calendar to view a full calendar of events. 

Passport to Columbia's Parks

Click to download a free passport-PDF

Click to download Park & Recreation Month Calendar-PDF


7/2/2018

Columbia City Council proclaimed July as Park & Recreation Month in the City of Columbia! 



Park & Recreation Month-Proclamation-PDF


6/27/2018

Riverfront Park to Close for Canal Vegetation Maintenance

Riverfront Park will be closed on Tuesday, July 3 for additional vegetation treatment along the Columbia Canal, the Columbia Parks & Recreation Department announced. 

To ensure the safety of the public, the park will be closed to guests until 6 p.m. as crews work to treat the vegetation along the canal.  Park guests can visit after 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. on the scheduled maintenance day. 

Guests are encouraged to visit Granby Park located at 100 Catawba Street during the routine maintenance period. 

The maintenance project is expected to be completed in one day.

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


6/26/2018

Columbia Art Center to Host Rhythm of Kenya Showcase

WHAT: The Columbia Art Center invites the public to its Rhythm of Kenya showcase on Thursday, July 5. The event will feature dancing, drums and visual arts. 

The event is part of the Art Center’s monthly series, Worlds of Creativity. The series was created to expose guests to various cultures in the City through art and music.  

WHERE: Columbia Art Center, 1227 Taylor St., Ste. C, Columbia, SC

WHEN: Thursday, July 5 from 6-8 p.m. 

WHO: General public

COST: Free admission

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


6/21/2018

Mayor Steve Benjamin to Host 9th Annual Drills & Skills Clinics

Registration for Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin’s 9th Annual Drills & Skills Clinics for youth ages 6-13 will begin on Friday, June 22.

The Drills & Skills Clinics will include two instructional sessions, for one week in both July and August. 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 July 16-20 and August 6-10 at various locations across the City. 

The clinics are free and will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on the following dates and at the following locations:

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6/19/2018

Prime Time in the Parks Teen Program Returns June 22

The Columbia Parks & Recreation Department will host three free teen nights for Columbia’s youth beginning Friday, June 22.

Prime Time in the Parks is a free late-night teen program that provides a fun and safe environment for youth ages 13-17 years old. 

Prime Time in the Parks Schedule

Friday Nights from 7-10 p.m.

  • June 22
    • Pool Party Bash at Greenview Aquatics Center, 6700 David Street
  • July 27
    • Badges & Parks Basketball Alliance game with the Columbia Police Department at Lorick Park, 1600 Lorick Avenue
  • August 3
    • End of Summer Pool Bash at Greenview, 6700 David St.

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


6/19/2018

City to Operate 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.

According to the Columbia Parks & Recreation Department, 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:

  • Finlay Park, 930 Laurel St. 
  • Hyatt Park, 950 Jackson Ave.
  • Martin Luther King, Jr., 2300 Greene St.
  • Owens Field Park, 1351 Jim Hamilton Blvd.
  • Riverfront Park, 312 Laurel St.
  • Rosewood Park, 901 South Holly St. 
  • Woodland Park, 6500 Olde Knight Parkway

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

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6/15/2018

Columbia Parks & Recreation Department's 2018 Summer Activity Guide

Check out your source for upcoming events and programs in the City of Columbia.

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6/14/2018

Riverfront Park Canal Maintenance Complete

Riverfront Park is open for public use following the completion of a vegetation treatment project along the Columbia Canal, the Columbia Parks & Recreation Department announced. 

Guests may visit the park during normal hours of operation from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.


6/13/2018

City of Columbia & Columbia Urban League Kick off Annual Summer Youth Work Program

More than 30 students began their summer break on Monday at various sites in the City of Columbia as part of the Columbia Urban League’s Science Technology Enrichment Program (STEP).

STEP, formerly known as the Summer Work Experience Leadership Program (SWELP), is a transition from the Summer Work Experience Leadership Program, which was an evidence-based, best-practice career development program for primarily disadvantaged and underserved youth between the ages of 14 and 19. 

This summer, the Columbia Urban League will provide work experiences that include exposure to global technology and the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) skills necessary to obtain and maintain gainful employment in the emerging global workforce.

The City of Columbia, which has been a sponsor of the program since 2010, has provided 23 sites for students to gain valuable work experience. Students will work two weeks per session from June 11 through August 3. More than 100 students have signed up to work during the summer. 

"I'm thankful for valued organizations like the Columbia Urban League that give our youth the opportunities they need to thrive," said Mayor Benjamin. "A laser-like focus on the urgent need for STEM skills will prepare these young leaders to compete and succeed in life.”

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6/6/2018

Riverfront Park to Close for Canal Maintenance

Riverfront Park will be closed for vegetation treatment along the Columbia Canal beginning Wednesday, June 13 through Friday, June 15, the Columbia Parks & Recreation Department announced. 

To ensure the safety of the public, the park will be closed to guests until 6 p.m. as crews work to treat the vegetation along the canal.   

Park guests can visit after 6 pm until 9 pm on the maintenance days. Guests are encouraged to visit Granby Park located at 100 Catawba Street during the routine maintenance period. 

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


6/1/2018

Park of the Week: Columbia Tennis Center

1635 Whaley Street

803-733-8440

The Columbia Tennis Center offers various programs to meet the needs of the community including recreational play, tournaments, day camps, and USTA Men’s and Women’s leagues.

Located in the Wheeler Hill neighborhood near USC, the Columbia Tennis Center features a pro shop for those seeking individual and group lessons. Lessons are available for beginners, intermediate and advanced players. 

The center has 14 lighted tennis courts—nine hard courts and five clay courts.

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

Tennis is a great way to increase your speed, build leg strength and balance, burn calories and have fun with family and friends.


6/1/2018

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 issue: Summer Movies and Concert Series, Mayor's Father's Day Cookout, Spider Lily Happy Hour, Worlds of Creativity and more!


5/24/2018

Columbia Art Center to Showcase Indian Culture in Worlds of Creativity Series

WHAT: The Columbia Art Center will celebrate the Indian culture on Thursday, June 7 with dancing, music, food and more. This month’s featured activities include Bollywood dancing, Indian classical dancing, Henna tattoo, face painting, food, jewelry, a photo booth, and Rangoli and Indian games.   

The purpose of the monthly series is to expose guests to various cultures in the City through art and music.  

WHERE: Columbia Art Center, 1227 Taylor St., Ste. C, Columbia, SC

WHEN: Thursday, June 7 from 6-8 p.m. 

WHO: General public

COST: Free admission

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


5/23/2018

Free Family Tennis Nights at Greenview Park

Greenview Park will host free Family Tennis Nights as part of the US Tennis Association Southern Region’s initiative aimed at introducing new families to the game of tennis.

Tennis coaches and volunteers will introduce families to tennis through a series of fun activities — including elementary skills like bouncing a ball on a racquet. No tennis experience is required; it is preferred that participants have not played.

All events are free to the public and will be held at Greenview Park, 6700 David St., on the following days:

  • Sunday, May 27, 5:30-7 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 23, 5:30-7 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 21, 5:30-7 p.m.

The events are open to children ages 3 and up as well as adults. The first 25 families to register and participate will receive a gift bag. Participants should register at FamilyTennisNight.com.

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


5/22/2018

Mayor Benjamin to Host Annual Father’s Day Cookout

Join Mayor Steve Benjamin and the City of Columbia for a celebration of fathers at the third annual Father’s Day Cookout on Sunday, June 17 from 3-6 p.m. at Hyatt Park, 950 Jackson Avenue.

The event will feature bounce houses, games, contests (old school games and basketball skills challenge), face painting, checkers/chess, exhibitors and food! 

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

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

WHEN: Sunday, June 17 from 3-6 p.m.

WHERE: Hyatt Park, 950 Jackson Avenue

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


5/18/2018

Atlantic Starr, The Dazz Band, Confunkshun & More to Perform at City’s Summer Concert Series

National recording artists Atlantic Starr, The Dazz Band and Confunkshun are set to heat up the Finlay Park stage at the City of Columbia’s live outdoor concert series, 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 2– Atlantic Starr (R&B)
  • June 16 – Second Nature (Beach)
  • June 30 – Elliott & The Untouchables (Blues)
  • July 14– The Dazz Band (R&B/Funk)
  • July 28– Confunkshun (R&B/Funk)

This year, the Parks & Recreation Department will bring back Karaoke Idol. Guests can register to sing beginning at 6 p.m. on the day of the concert. Participants must be age 18 or older. Prizes will be given to the weekly winner. 

All concerts will be held in Finlay Park, 930 Laurel St., and are free and 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, call the Parks and Recreation Department at 803-545-3100.


5/17/2018

City’s Summer Movies Series at Finlay Park

The City of Columbia’s Summer Movies Series will kick off on Friday, June 1 with “The Emoji Movie” at Finlay Park, 930 Laurel Street.

Movies will be shown every other Friday night from June 1 through July 27. The following movies are free and open to the public:

  • June 1 – “The Emoji Movie”
  • June 15 – “Peter Rabbit”
  • June 29 – “Hoodwinked”
  • July 13 – “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle”
  • July 27 – “Justice League”

Pre-show activities begin at 7:45 p.m. Movies will begin at sunset. 

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

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


5/11/2018

City’s Outdoor Swim Season Begins Memorial Day Weekend

Free Swim Days Offered at Maxcy & Greenview Pools

The Columbia Parks & Recreation Department will offer free swim days at Maxcy Gregg and Greenview pools for the 2018 swim season, which kicks off on Saturday, May 26. 

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 27.  

Both pools will be open for recreational swimming on the following holidays: Memorial Day (May 28), Independence Day (July 4) and Labor Day (Sept. 3) from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

The swim season will remain open until Monday, Sept. 3 (Labor Day).

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5/2/2018

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 issue: Kids Day Superhero Challenge, Senior Health Fair, Sundays with Lily: Rocky Shoals Spider Lily Kayaking Trips, Worlds of Creativity and more!


4/27/18

Park of the Week: Emily Douglas Park

2500 Wheat Street

803-733-8531

Emily Douglas Park is located in the heart of Columbia’s Shandon neighborhood. The park boasts plenty of pine trees providing shade on hot summer days, and space to run and play.

The park features a playground area, plenty of sand for digging and a spray pool that operates during the summer months, an amphitheater and a dog park.

Emily Douglas’ neighborhood center is the site for several programs for youth in the community including a summer camp and after-school program during the school year. The facility also is equipped with computers and Wi-Fi capabilities. 


4/26/18

Columbia Art Center Accepting Submissions for Art Along the Trail 

The Columbia Art Center is accepting submissions for its 2018 Art Along the Trail showcase at Riverfront Park.

The Columbia Art Center and park rangers with the Columbia Parks & Recreation Department have partnered to offer an interactive visual and performing arts experience scheduled for Saturday, October 13 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the north end of Riverfront Park, 4122 River Dr.

Artists will be staged along the Columbia Canal and the park’s nature trail to provide interactive experiences for guests in a variety of mediums such as painting, pottery or drawing.

There is no fee to participate. The deadline to register is Sunday, July 1. 

To register or for more information, contact Brenda Oliver at 803-545-3093 or [email protected]

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4/23/2018

Columbia Art Center to Showcase Hispanic Culture in Worlds of Creativity Series

WHAT: The Columbia Art Center will celebrate the Hispanic culture with live music, painting and more on Thursday, May 3. Featured artists include Felix Maceda Baizabal and DJ Alice Rodriguez. The purpose of the monthly series is to expose guests to various cultures in the City through art and music.  

WHERE: Columbia Art Center, 1227 Taylor St., Ste. C, Columbia, SC

WHEN: Thursday, May 3 from 6-8 p.m. 

WHO: General public

COST: Free admission

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


4/20/18

Park of the Week-James E. Clyburn Golf Center

2091 Slighs Avenue

803-255-8920

The James E. Clyburn Golf Center is a full-service golf practice facility and learning center located in downtown Columbia off of Harden Street.

The golf center offers a lighted driving range, covered hitting area, a short game practice area with a large practice green and a bunker, and a putting green and clubhouse with meeting space. The golf center also offers private and group lessons for golfers of every skill level.

The center is home to the First Tee of Columbia, a summer golf camp for youth ages 8-17. During the camp, participants learn proper golf etiquette; grip, stance, posture and alignment; putting; and more. 

The center is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday during the fall and winter months. During the spring and summer, the center is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday. 


4/13/2018

Park of the Week- Granby Park

Granby Park
100 Catawba Street

Granby Park, which opened in 1998, is the southernmost segment of the Three Rivers Greenway. This 12-mile river park connects the cities of Columbia, West Columbia, and Cayce as well as Richland and Lexington Counties, and provides public access to the Congaree, Saluda and Broad Rivers. Granby Park has wonderful views of the river from deeply shaded paths.
 
Granby Park offers adventure-seekers and nature-lovers accessible river-related recreation and provides significant green infrastructure that enhances private housing options in the downtown area. Granby is a dog friendly park with bridges, boardwalks, overlooks, and a half mile of lighted paved paths that accommodate all levels of physical access, including baby strollers and wheelchairs. Granby Park offers one half mile of off path trails for mountain bikes and runners.

Helpful signs identify the various trees and other plants (watch out for the ones labeled "Poison Ivy"), and overlooks at either end provide a place to view the Congaree River.

Near the south end, you will pass over what was once part of the old Columbia Canal. The trail is lit for evening walks. Bathroom facilities are available at the parking area in the replica saltbox Mill House that echoes the neighborhood architecture from the 1820s.


4/13/2018 

Free Ranger-Guided Walks and Kayaking Trips Offered at Riverfront Park: Rocky Shoals Spider Lily Trips Kick off April 22

The City of Columbia’s Parks Rangers are celebrating the spring season with free kayaking trips to view the Rocky Shoals Spider Lily and nature walks at Riverfront Park, the Columbia Parks & Recreation Department announced. 

The following activities are free and open to the public:

April Ranger Program Schedule

Spring Fever Walks |Tuesday Evening Series: April 17 & 24 at 6 pm 

Meet on top of the Canal Head gates at Riverfront Park (north end), 4122 River Drive

Join Park Rangers for a look at the emergent plants and trees along the Broad river and visit the Fish Passage to talk about the annual migration of the American Shad. 

Spring Birding Walk |Sunday, April 15, 1 pm

Meet on top of the Canal Head gates at Riverfront Park (north end), 4122 River Drive

In this guided walk, you’ll take a look around to find the different bird species that are passing through the area. Bring binoculars and field guides if you have them.  

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4/12/2018

Summer Youth Basketball League Registration Begins April 16

The registration period for the City of Columbia’s Summer Youth Basketball League will begin Monday, April 16, the Columbia Parks & Recreation Department announced. 

Children ages 8-18 can play in the summer league. The fee to participate is $25 per person. 

The last day to register is Friday, May 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 find a recreation center, visit gis.columbiasc.gov/parkfinder/.

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

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


4/11/2018

Drew Wellness Center to Host Senior Health Fair

WHAT: The Charles R. Drew Wellness Center will host a free health fair for seniors ages 50 and older in recognition of National Senior Health & Fitness Day on Wednesday, May 30.

The event will include free health screenings (blood pressure, A1C, kidney & more), an activity zone (Zumba, yoga, chair exercises & more), and exhibitors. Guests can enter to win several prizes including a Fitbit, NutriBullet, gift certificates, exercise equipment and more!

WHEN:  Wednesday, May 30 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. 

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

The event is free and open to the public. 

For more information, contact the Drew Wellness Center at 803-545-3200 or the Columbia Parks & Recreation Department at 803-545-3100. 

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4/10/2018

Kids Day Superhero Challenge

Calling all superheroes! Put your superpowers to the test with a variety of games and activities to challenge your mental and physical strengths at the Kids Day Superhero Challenge on Saturday, May 5 at Finlay Park.

This free, fun and interactive event will feature a Tiny Titans Fun Zone, Superhero Training Camp (climbing wall, an obstacle course, relay races, tug-of-war, etc.) & more!  There will also be prizes for the best dressed superhero and refreshments. 

The event is open to ages 5 and up, including adults.
 
Admission is FREE. There are fees for food vendors. 

WHAT: Kids Day Superhero Challenge

WHEN: Saturday, May 5 from 12 - 4 p.m.

WHERE: Finlay Park, 930 Laurel Street 

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


4/9/2018

Columbia’s Summer Adult Basketball League Registration Period Open

Registration for the City’s summer Adult Basketball League is open for men and women ages 18 and older, the Columbia Parks & Recreation Department announced.
 
 The fee to register is $300 per team.The registration period will close Friday, May 4. League play will begin on Sunday, May 20, 2018.   


 Games will be played on Mondays and Sundays at the following locations:

  • Charles R. Drew Wellness Center, 2101 Walker Solomon Way
  • Greenview Park, 6700 David Street
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, 2300 Greene Street

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 Recreation Drive, Columbia, SC 29203.
 
For more information, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 803-545-3100 or visitwww.columbiasc.net/parks-recreation.


4/6/2018

Park of the Week-South East Park

951 Hazelwood Road

(803) 730-8507
 

The city's largest public outdoor tennis facility is South East Park and Tennis Center located at 951 Hazelwood Road. The courts are shaded by thousands of trees that blanket the 62-acre park. Also included is a picnic shelter with restrooms, a pond, walking trails, disc golf and a playfield.

 


4/6/2018

City of Columbia Youth Baseball/Softball Jamboree Canceled

The City of Columbia’s Youth Baseball/Softball Jamboree scheduled for Saturday, April 7 at Greenview Park has been canceled due to forecasted rainy weather.  

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


4/4/2018

City of Columbia Youth Baseball/Softball Jamboree

The Columbia Parks and Recreation Department will host a Baseball/Softball Jamboree on Saturday, April 7 at Greenview Park, 6700 David Street, to kick off the 2018 season. 

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

WHAT: Youth Baseball/Softball Jamboree

WHO: Youth baseball and softball teams

WHEN: Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 10 a.m.

WHERE: Greenview Park, 6700 David Street

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


4/2/2018

Riverfront Park Pedestrian Bridge to Close for Maintenance

The south end of Riverfront Park located at 312 Laurel Street will be closed for repairs to the pedestrian bridge over the Columbia Canal beginning Tuesday, April 3, the Columbia Parks & Recreation Department announced.

To ensure the safety of the public, the south end will be closed to guests from 6 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Tuesday.

Park visitors can enter Riverfront Park through the north end located at 4122 River Drive. Guests are also encouraged to visit Granby Park located at 100 Catawba Street.

The south end is expected to reopen for normal operations on Wednesday, April 4.  

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


4/2/2018

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 issue: Worlds of Creativity: Congolese Culture, Let's Move! Columbia Family Wellness Challenge, Fish Passage Tours, Mixed Media Jewelry Workshop, and more!


3/29/2018

Columbia Art Center to Showcase Congolese Culture in Worlds of Creativity Series

WHAT: The Columbia Art Center will celebrate the Congolese culture during its third event in its Worlds of Creativity series on Thursday, April 5. The event will feature live entertainment and music. The purpose of the monthly series is to expose guests to various cultures in the City through art and music.  

WHERE: Columbia Art Center, 1227 Taylor St., Ste. C, Columbia, SC

WHEN: Thursday, April 5 from 6-8:30 p.m. 

WHO: General public

COST: Free admission

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


3/26/2018

Park of the Week: Memorial Park

Memorial Park

700 Hampton Street

Located in the Congaree Vista is Memorial Park, the home of several monuments honoring those who served their country, Gold Star families, and Holocaust victims and survivors.

Memorial Park was dedicated in November 1986 along with the unveiling of the South Carolina Vietnam Monument. It is the largest monument of its type outside of Washington, D.C. 

The Vietnam Monument features two granite walls that are inscribed with the names of 980 South Carolinians who died in Vietnam. 

The park also includes monuments honoring the USS Columbia warship and those that served with her during WWII; the China-Burma-India Theater Veterans of WWII; the 25 men from South Carolina who died during the Pearl Harbor attack; the 6 million Holocaust victims and survivors; the men and women serving in the Korean War; Gold Star families; and the latest memorial—“The Sailor.”

“The Sailor” is a bronze statue honoring all South Carolinians who served in the United States Navy. The statue was unveiled on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2014. The statue is a gift from Columbia native Henry W. Crede, 91, who now lives in Boston. The statute, which was created by Camden artist Maria Kirby-Smith, is in memory of Crede’s shipmates who were killed during the war. 

In 2015, the South Carolina Memorial Park Commission unveiled a bronze War Dogs Monument at Memorial Park. The monument is a representation of a Vietnam infantryman and his loyal canine companion. The kneeling solider is about seven feet tall and weighs 1,400 pounds. The statue of the dog is four feet tall and weighs 300 pounds. 

The property is bordered by Hampton, Gadsden, Washington and Wayne Streets and is one block south of Finlay Park.

The park has a water fountain next to the Vietnam Memorial but there are no bathrooms. There is a creek running through the park with a small bridge over it and lots of birds for the kids to chase.


3/16/2018

Park of the Week: Riverfront Park

Riverfront Park (Click for video)

312 Laurel Street (south end)

4122 River Drive (north end)

Riverfront Park is a 140-acre park that is heavily used for recreational, educational and leisure activities. 

Riverfront is located where the original waterworks for the City of Columbia was situated. The site was also home to the world's first electrically operated textile mill. The hydroelectric plant—the oldest one in the state— is still operating.

The park, which opened in 1983 for recreational use, separates the Historic Columbia Canal and the Congaree River. 

Riverfront Park features a beautiful brick amphitheater, public art, a fitness zone, picnic tables, binocular viewing stations, and benches.

The Riverfront Park Fitness Zone, which opened in 2016, includes seven pieces of equipment including a 2-person wheelchair accessible chest press, an elliptical cross trainer and a 4-person leg press. 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. Children and adults ages 14 and up can use the equipment. 

The park also features a self-guided walkway by the old parts of the water plant and paved trails for those looking to take a walk or run and view the wonderful views of the river. 

There are two entrances to the park, one at the south end (312 Laurel St.) and one at the north end (4122 River Dr.). At the north end of the park, visitors can the Fish Passage and walk along the nature trail by the river. The north end is the perfect spot to view all of nature’s beauty and the animals that live in the park or birds that are just passing through our City. 

Several programs and events are held at Riverfront including many of our ranger programs, awareness walks and water activities. Park Rangers offer a variety of educational program for the entire family including history tours (Columbia Canal), nature walks (Spring Birding) and workshops (growing mushrooms). For a full list of ranger programs, visit our Outdoor Adventure page, https://www.columbiasc.gov/parks-recreation/programs-activities/outdoor.


3/9/2018

Park of the Week-Hollywood Park - 300 South Gregg Street (Click for video)

Hollywood Park, a charming little park near Rosewood Drive, is the perfect place to have a nice relaxing picnic or watch your children play.

The park sits on .75 acres and features a brick archway at the front gate which is surrounded by flowers and beautiful landscaping while the back exit takes you through a brick columned picnic area. There are several benches spread throughout the area. 

The park boasts a playground that includes swings, bouncy horses, a small climbing/slide structure and a larger play set with a climbing wall and slide. A large open grassy area is perfect for throwing a frisbee, hosting a movie in the park or just running around.

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


3/8/2018

Columbia to Host National Youth Violence Prevention Week Activities
Human Trafficking Forum, Community Outreach events planned

In recognition of National Youth Violence Prevention Week, the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department and the Columbia Police Department have partnered to host two events to bring the community together in the fight against youth violence.
National Youth Violence Prevention Week, which will be held March 19- 23, 2018, 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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3/7/2018

Let’s Move! Columbia Family Wellness Challenge Applications Available
20 families will be selected

The Columbia Parks & Recreation Department is looking for families to participate in a free 12-week wellness challenge designed to encourage families to lead a healthy and active lifestyle.

The Let’s Move! Columbia Family Wellness Challenge will begin Monday, May 7 and will be held through Friday, July 27.

Up to 20 families will be selected to compete in the wellness challenge. A family must include at least one child and one adult living in the same household. Participants must be age 6 and older. Grandparents who live in the same household can also participate.

A kick-off celebration will be held on Sunday, May 6 at 3 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.

Families must complete an application and describe why their family should be considered for the wellness challenge and list the goals they want to reach by participating.

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3/5/2018

Columbia Parks and Recreation Department Announces 2018 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 2018 Senior Trips Program.

Participants will travel to the following locations:

Cherokee Indian Casino
WHEN: 6 a.m.-8 p.m. on Tuesdays: June 19 and October 9  
FEE: $38 per person
INFO: This single-day trip includes charter bus transportation, gaming credit and a meal voucher.
 
New Orleans, Louisiana
WHEN: August 8-12, 2018
FEE: $455 for double occupancy, $640 for single rate ($50 deposit required)
INFO: Enjoy world-class music, great Cajun food, and the sights and sounds of one of America’s historic cities. Fee includes travel; 3 nights’ accommodations; a swamp tour, city tour and river cruise; and free breakfast daily.
PAYMENT DEADLINE: Friday, June 22 2018

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3/2/2018

Columbia Parks & Recreation to Hold Public Meeting on Proposed Pump Track

WHAT: The Columbia Parks & Recreation Department will host a public meeting on a proposed pump track at Owens Field Park. A pump track is a type of off-road continuous circuit for cycle sport and consists of humps and raised banks.

WHERE: Edisto Discovery Park, 1914 Wiley Street

WHEN: 5:30 p.m. Monday, March 12, 2018

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


3/2/2018

Park of the Week: Earlewood Park

Earlewood Park
1111 Parkside Drive
Columbia, SC 29201
803-545-3100

Earlewood Park—located just north of downtown Columbia near the train trestle crossing North Main Street—is home to the City of Columbia Parks & Recreation Department, and a community center that’s perfect for business gatherings and social events.

The 3,520-square-foot community center includes a banquet hall, meeting room space and a kitchenette furnished with stainless steel appliances.

The park features a variety of amenities that the entire family can enjoy. Features include a playground area, an amphitheater, an 18-hole disc golf course, walking trails, baseball and kickball fields, a basketball court and tennis courts.

Picnic shelters and other seating are located throughout the park.

NOMA Bark Park, a 2-acre off-leash dog park, is also housed at Earlewood Park.

For more information about Earlewood Park or to reserve the community center and amphitheater, call 803-545-3100.

3/1/2018

Columbia On the Move March 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 issue: National Youth Violence Prevention Week, Let's Move! Columbia Easter Eggstravaganza, The First Tee of Columbia Golf Tournament, Miracle League of Columbia and more!


2/28/2018

National Youth Violence Prevention Week Press Conference

WHAT: Councilwoman Tameika Isaac Devine and Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook will recognize National Youth Violence Prevention Week (March 19-23, 2018), which 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.

WHO: Councilwoman Tameika Isaac Devine and Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook

WHERE: Columbia Police Department Headquarters, 1 Justice Square

WHEN: Monday, March 19 at 10 a.m.

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

2/27/2018

Columbia Art Center to Showcase Irish Culture in Worlds of Creativity Series

WHAT: The Columbia Art Center continues its Worlds of Creativity series with a celebration of Irish culture on Thursday, March 1.
The event will feature the Connick School of Irish Dance, Irish music, a paper shamrock art station and more.
The purpose of the monthly series is to expose guests to various cultures in the City through art and music.  

WHERE: Columbia Art Center, 1227 Taylor St., Ste. C, Columbia, SC

WHEN: Thursday, March 1 from 6-9 p.m.

WHO: General public

COST: Free admission

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


2/23/2018

Park of the Week: Melrose Park

Melrose Park
1500 Fairview Road
803-733-8493
 
Melrose Park is located in the historic Melrose Heights neighborhood on Fairview Road.
 
The park features a neighborhood center, playground area, a community garden, basketball court and splash pad. It is enclosed by a metal and stone fence and beautiful landscaping.
 
The neighborhood center houses an after-school program during the school year which offers homework assistance and supervised activities.
 
The center is open weekdays from 2 to 6 p.m.
 
For more information about parks in the City of Columbia, please visit the Parks & Recreation Department’s page online.
                         

       

2/21/2018

   Miracle League of Columbia Spring Baseball League Registration Now Open

The Columbia Parks & Recreation Department is accepting applications for the spring session of the 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 Miracle League field at Owens Field Park, 1351 Jim Hamilton Blvd. 

The last day to register is Friday, March 30, 2018. To register, visit www.miracleleaguecolumbia.com.

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



2/14/2018

Columbia Art Center to Hold Spring Break Art Camp 

The Columbia Art Center is accepting registrations for its 5-day multimedia visual art camp for children ages 5-12. 

The Spring Break Art Camp will be held April 2-6 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Art Center, 1227 Taylor St., Ste. C. 

The camp will cover lessons on pottery, drawing and painting, and recycle art. 

All materials are included in the registration fee of $85. 

The deadline to register is Monday, March 26

The camp is limited to a maximum of 12 participants.

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


2/14/2018 

Columbia Art Center Announces New March Workshops & Classes

The Columbia Art Center is offering several new art classes and workshops to help you release your creative spirit. 

Seven new workshops and classes focusing on indigo silk scarf making, mosaic tiles, glazing, pine needle baskets, drawing and more will be offered during the month of March. 








1/24/2018
Columbia On the Move January 2018

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: Drew Wellness Center Community Health Fair, Black History Month events, Outdoor Adventure and more special events.

 
1/23/2018
The First Tee of Columbia Golf Tournament
The First Tee of Columbia has partnered with the Karcher Group and B-Squared to host its second annual fundraising golf tournament on Friday, March 23 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
  • 12:30 p.m. Shotgun start
  • 5 p.m. Dinner and awards
For more information, contact Sally Beacham at 803-255-8920 or [email protected].
 
1/23/2018
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 25 from 5-8 pm at Greenview Park. The event will 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 25 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 https://gis.columbiasc.gov/parkfinder/. To purchase a ticket with cash or a debit/credit card, visit the Parks and Recreation Department Administration Office located at 1111 Parkside 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.
 
1/22/2018
Karamu Statewide Black History Parade and Festival
Celebrate Black History Month at the 14th Annual Karamu Statewide Black History Parade and Festival. This year’s parade grand marshal is former state Rep. Bakari Sellers. The festival will include exhibitors, vendors and live entertainment. Musical acts include the 69 Boyz, Marcus Hawkins, Salil Myers, Tiffany J and Musical Solutions.
WHEN:    Saturday, February 3, 2018
WHERE:  The parade will kick off at 12 p.m. at the corner of Harden and Gervais streets and will travel south on Harden Street and end at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park located at 2300 Greene St. The Black History Festival will begin at 1:15 p.m. at the park.
The event is free and open to the public.
For more information, contact the Parks & Recreation Department at 803-545-3100 or Ovetta Glover at 803-361-5470.

1/19/2018

Drew Wellness Center to Host Community Health Fair 

WHAT: The Charles R. Drew Wellness Center will host its first Community Health Fair of the year to help you jumpstart your health and wellness journey. The event will include free health screenings (blood pressure, A1C, kidney & more), an activity zone (Zumba, yoga, urban boot camp & more), and exhibitors. Guests can enter to win several prizes including a Fitbit, NutriBullet, gift certificates, exercise equipment and more! 

WHEN:    Friday, January 26 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.  

WHERE:  Charles R. Drew Wellness Center, 2101 Walker Solomon Way The event is free and open to the public.  

For more information, contact the Drew Wellness Center at 803-545-3200

 
1/12/18
Main Street ICE Season Ends Monday
The City’s outdoor ice skating rink will close for the season on Monday, January 15, 2018, the Columbia Parks & Recreation Department announced.
Main Street ICE, located at Boyd Plaza (corner of Main and Hampton streets), will operate the following hours:
  • Friday, 4 to 10 p.m.
  • Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Sunday, 1 to 9 p.m.
  • Monday, 4-9 p.m.
Whole Foods Market will provide treats for guests of the ice rink today, January 12, from 4-6 p.m.
Fees
Friday through Sunday (Regular Price)
  • $10 for adults
  • $8 for children ages 12 and under
Last Day-Monday, January 15, 2018
  • $8 for adults
  • $5 for children ages 12 and under
Active Duty Military with ID and Seniors age 55 and up
  • $8 (Monday through Sunday)
For more information, contact the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department at 803-545-3100
 
1/11/2018
The north end of Riverfront Park located at 4122 River Drive will be closed for maintenance along the canal embankment beginning Friday, January 12, 2018, the Columbia Parks & Recreation Department announced.
In order to maintain the canal levee, crews will be cutting and mulching vegetation along the canal embankment Monday through Friday only from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. No work will be performed on Saturdays and Sundays, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday.
Runners and walkers will have access to the entire trail from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. and from 3:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. by entering the south end of Riverfront Park at 312 Laurel Street.
To ensure the safety of the public, the trail will be closed to guests in the active work areas until 3:30 p.m.
Park visitors can view a map of the active work area at park’s South Ranger Station during the duration of the project. The project is expected to be completed within 30 days.
For more information, call the Columbia Parks & Recreation Department at 803-545-3100.
 
1/3/2018
Main Street ICE Closed Due to Weather
Main Street ICE, the City of Columbia’s outdoor ice skating rink, is closed today, January 3, due to the inclement weather, the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department announced. 
 
1/3/2018
Columbia Neighborhood and Community Recreation Centers to Close Early in January
The closing time for neighborhood and community recreation centers in the City of Columbia will be adjusted during the month of January, the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department announced.
The facilities will be closing at 5:30 p.m. during the month of January on the following dates:
  • Thursday, January 4, 2018
  • Tuesday, January 9, 2018
  • Thursday, January 11, 2018
  • Tuesday, January 16, 2018
  • Thursday, January 18, 2018
  • Tuesday, January 23, 2018
  • Thursday, January 25, 2018
  • Tuesday, January 30, 2018
For more information, contact the Columbia Parks & Recreation Department at 803-545-3100.
 
1/2/2018
The Charles R. Drew Wellness Center is offering a New Year’s resolution membership special for new or returning members during the month of January.
Adults age 18-49, seniors age 50 and older and families of up to four people can save on a yearly membership when they sign up by January 31.
New Year’s Resolution 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




12/29/2017
The City of Columbia’s Parks Rangers will kick off the New Year with two free nature walks, the Columbia Parks & Recreation Department announced.
Both youth and adults can participate in the following activities:
January Ranger Program Schedule
Last Day Leg Stretch | Sunday, December 31 | 1-2:30 pm
Admire the views and learn about Riverfront Park’s rich natural history on this New Year’s Eve walk.
Meet at the Red Schoolhouse at the south end of Riverfront Park, 312 Laurel Street.
First Day at Riverfront Park | Monday, January 1 | 1 pm
Join the Park Rangers for a brisk walk along the Columbia Canal and Broad River. 
Meet at the north end of Riverfront Park, 4122 River Drive.
First Day at South East Park | Monday, January 1 | 2 pm
Join our Park Ranger for a stroll around the pond beside the beautiful Live Oaks and learn about the South East Park’s features and wildlife. 
Meet at the ranger station at Southeast Park, 951 Hazelwood Road.
 
12/29/2017
The pool at the Charles R. Drew Wellness Center is now open to the public after repairs to its heating and pump system were completed.
The pool’s heater, pump and a motor were damaged after the facility experienced a power failure.
For more information, contact the Drew Wellness Center at 803-545-3200.
 
12/22/2017
The pool at the Charles R. Drew Wellness Center will be temporarily closed to the public for repairs to its heating and pump system.
The pool’s heater, pump and a motor were damaged after the facility experienced a power failure.
The project is expected to be completed by Monday, January 1, 2018. 
For more information, contact the Drew Wellness Center at 803-545-3200.
 
12/20/2017
Tennis Coach Domino Boulware was recognized by Columbia City Council at its regular meeting on Tuesday, December 19, for his induction into the South Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame.
Coach Boulware was one of two 2017 inductees who were honored by the USTA South Carolina and the South Carolina Tennis Patrons Foundation at the South Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame banquet on December 9 in Hilton Head.
“We are very proud of Coach Boulware and are thrilled to see that his hard work and dedication to the tennis profession and the Greenview community has been recognized by the USTA South Carolina,” Columbia Parks & Recreation Director Randy Davis said. “Boulware has made a tremendous impact on our youth and in the Greenview community.”
Boulware has served as a tennis coach at Greenview Park and at various schools throughout the Midlands for more than 30 years, and was instrumental in developing the tennis program at Greenview.
He also founded the Bolden/Martin Math and Science Camp and established the DD& J Junior Tennis Foundation. The goal of the foundation is to teach young people of all ages and economic circumstances the skill of tennis competition, and to use the power of the game to build character, support educational achievement and to reduce juvenile problems that lead to delinquency, teen pregnancy and other social ills.
 
12/15/2017
Main Street ICE’s special operating hours will begin on Monday, December 18, the Columbia Parks & Recreation Department announced.
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 noon 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.
The holiday schedule will end on Monday, January 1, 2018. 
 
12/8/2017
Palmetto Skating Club Saturday Exhibition Postponed
Main Street ICE, the City of Columbia’s outdoor ice skating rink, is closed today, December 8, due to the rainy weather, the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department announced.
Palmetto Skating Club’s free ice skating exhibition scheduled for Saturday, December 9 has been postponed until Sunday, December 16 at 5 p.m. due to expected rain on Saturday.
The performance on Sunday, December 10, will be held as scheduled.
For more information, call the Parks & Recreation Department at 803-545-3100.
 
12/8/2017
Registration for the City of Columbia Parks & Recreation Department’s Youth Baseball and Softball Programs will begin on Monday, December 11, 2017.
Boys ages 3-15 and girls ages 12 and under can participate in the program. The fee to participate is $25 per person. Scholarships are available for those who qualify.
The last day to register is Friday, February 16, 2018. 
To download a registration form, visit the department’s “Youth Sports” page online.
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.
For more information, please call the Parks & Recreation Department at 803-545-3100 or email [email protected].
 
12/7/2017
The Palmetto Skating Club will showcase the sport of figure skating during two exhibitions at Main Street ICE.
Guests attending the outdoor ice skating rink will be able to enjoy a free performance on Saturday, December 9 and Sunday, December 10 at 5 p.m.  The skating club will also offer free ice skating lessons to the public.
The Palmetto Skating Club, located in Irmo, is a US figure skating club that supports aspiring figure skaters of all ages and is devoted to the development of amateur, recreational and competitive figure skaters.
WHAT: Palmetto Skating Club exhibitions
WHERE: Main Street ICE, corner of Main and Hampton streets
WHEN: 5 p.m. on Saturday, December 9 and Sunday, December 10
WHO: US Olympian Mark Cockerell (coach), Katie Zabinski (coach), Jessica Woodfield (coach) and Palmetoo Skating Club figure skaters
For more information, call the Parks and Recreation Department at 803-545-3100.
 
12/1/2017
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: New Year's Eve Party for Kids, 30th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, Winter Solstice Lantern Parade, City Hoops Registration, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Honor the Dream Food Drive and more!
 
12/1/2017
Registration for the City’s winter Adult Basketball League will begin on Monday, December 4, the Columbia Parks & Recreation Department announced.
The league is open to males ages 18 and older. The fee to register is $300 per team. The registration period will close Friday, December 29, 2017. League play will begin on Sunday, January 7, 2018.   
Games will be played on Mondays from and Sundays at the Charles R. Drew Wellness Center, 2101 Walker Solomon Way.
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 or visit www.columbiasc.net/parks-recreation.
 
11/28/2017
WHAT: Celebrate the New Year with the entire family at the City of Columbia’s New Year’s Eve Party for Kids. This family-friendly event features games, karaoke, prizes, face painting, ice skating and more!
WHERE: The party will be held at Main Street ICE, corner of Main and Hampton streets
WHEN: Sunday, December 31 from 2-6 p.m.
WHO: Open to children age 6 and older
COST: Admission to the New Year’s Eve Party for Kids is free. There is a fee for ice skating and food vendors. Prices will vary.
NOTE: Main Street ICE will be open from 1 p.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.
 
11/28/2017
WHAT: The Columbia Art Center will offer free pottery demos, refreshments and more as part of the First Thursday on Main event in December. The public is invited to visit the center’s new facility and enjoy holiday music, shop the art gallery and handmade ornaments.   
WHERE: Columbia Art Center, 1227 Taylor St., Ste. C, Columbia, SC
WHEN: Thursday, December 7 from 6-9 p.m.
WHO: General public
COST: Free admission
For more information, call the Columbia Art Center at 803-545-3093.
 
 
11/27/17
The Columbia Art Center and the City’s Park Rangers are hosting a Lantern Workshop on Saturday, December 2 in preparation for the Winter Solstice celebration.
The lanterns are designed to hold a battery operated LED light and use natural materials including willow, bamboo and elaegnus along with repurposed paper. 
This workshop will help prepare you for Winter Solstice Lantern Parade on Thursday, Dec. 21 at Riverfront Park from 5-8 p.m.
The workshop will be held at Columbia Art Center, 1227 Taylor St., Ste. C, Columbia. The cost per lantern is $5.
For more information, contact Karen Kustafik at [email protected] or call the Columbia Parks & Recreation Department at 803-545-3100.
 
11/15/2017
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.
 
11/15/2017
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:
 
11/14/2017
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
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
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.
 
11/10/2017
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
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. 
 
10/25/2017
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
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
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
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. 
 
10/4/2017
The City of Columbia Parks & Recreation Department is accepting registrations for its youth winter basketball and adult volleyball leagues.
 
10/2/207
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 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
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
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
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.
 
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 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
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.
 
8/30/2017
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.
 
8/16/2017
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.
 
8/15/2017
Viewing Locations Available for Total Solar Eclipse: Public 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.
 
8/8/2017
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. 
 
8/7/2017
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
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. 
 
8/1/2017
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! 



 


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