Park(ing) Day is September 20th!

Park(ing) Day is about designing open space that not only attracts but also engages the community through the physical design of the space itself.  We're celebrating Columbia's 5th Annual Park(ing) Day on Friday, September 20th.

Celebrate with us from 10am to 4pm on Friday, September 20th, by visiting and engaging with the parklets!  Check out the below link for a map of this year's parklet locations.

           image of a wooden framed parklet set up to resemble a car, with cafe tables set up inside.Quackenbush Architects Space (2018)
    image of a girl sitting in a chaise lounge set up in a parking space while holding a puppyCity of Columbia & ASLA Space (2018) Anastasia & Friends / Yarnbombers of Columbia Space (2017) 

Columbia Compass: Envision 2036

Columbia Compass is the comprehensive plan – or “blueprint” – for how Columbia, South Carolina will grow and develop over the next ten years.  

The City of Columbia is conducting research on the community's population, natural resources, land use, transportation, housing, community facilities, cultural resources and economy. Through this research and public involvement during the planning process, a vision for Columbia will be defined and strategies will be developed for implementation during the ten-year period.  This planning process, and the plan itself, is being referred to as Columbia Compass: Envision 2036.  

 You can also learn more, and sign up for email updates, at

  • Stay tuned on Facebook and Twitter @ColaCompass
  • Visit our website and sign up for our email list
  • Join us for events like Lunch with a Planner, and share your thoughts!
  • Tell your family, friends, & neighbors!
    The Amplify planning process is a partnership between One Columbia and the City, and will help provide content for the Columbia Compass Cultural Resource Element

6th Annual Pedestrian & Bicyclist Counts

The City of Columbia is seeking volunteers in mid-September to help conduct our sixth annual Bicyclist & Pedestrian Counts throughout the City.  By counting pedestrians and bicyclists, volunteers help to ensure that all of the City’s residents count: transit riders, pedestrians, and bicyclists are often not accounted for in traffic studies- the same traffic studies used to make important decisions about our City’s landscape.

Chances are there is a count location near your home, school, or work, and you could ease into your morning with coffee and clipboard in hand!  Counts occur in two hour shifts in the morning, on weekdays from 7:30am - 9:30am and on Saturdays from  10am - 12pm.  Sign up now to select your count location(s) today!     

Amplify Columbia logoIn addition to your count form and something to write with, bring a comfy chair, your coffee, sunglasses, and other items to make your count cozy and enjoyable.

For additional information about the above, please contact the Planning Division at 803-545-3222.