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For more information about the press releases shown below, please contact the Public and Media Relations Department at (P) 803-545-3020 | [email protected].
 

8/7/2017

Columbia Fire Department to Make Special Donation to Areas Schools

WHAT: The Columbia Fire Department in partnership with the City of Columbia and Richland County will make three special donations to three school districts

WHEN: Wednesday, August 9, 2017

TIME: 11 a.m. 

WHERE: Columbia Fire Department Headquarters, 1800 Laurel St. (on front pad of Station 1)

 

12/15/2016

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

WHO: Open to children age 5 and older and adults

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

12/13/2016

Mayor Benjamin, Richland Library, Parks and Recreation to host Books 2 Boys event at the Bellfield Center

Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin, in collaboration with the Richland Library and City of Columbia Parks and Recreation, will host the final Books 2 Boys event of the calendar year at 4 p.m. on Dec. 12 at the Katheryn M. Bellfield Cultural Arts Center.

“We wanted to end the year providing books to boys in some of our more under-served neighborhoods,” said Mayor Benjamin. “Reading creates new opportunities and broadens horizons, and I want to impress upon these boys that it’s also fun and exciting.”

Mayor Benjamin will read a selection of holiday-themed books to the boys.

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

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

The book fair events are not open to the public but will instead provide books to boys from neighborhoods near the Bellfield Center.

The Mayor’s Books 2 Boys initiative is supported by a gift from CIGNA insurance.

The initiative falls under President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper milestone of having boys read at grade level by third grade. 

 

12/07/2016

Charles R. Drew Wellness Center to Host Pickleball Showcase

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

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

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

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

 

12/02/2016

Praise is What I Do: Praise Dance Showcase

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

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

Guests are asked to donate a non-perishable item to benefit Harvest Hope Food Bank as the fee for admission.
For more information, call Greenview Park at 803-754-5223.

 

12/02/2016

City Offers Ranger-Led Programs in December

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

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

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12/02/2016

Main Street ICE to Reopen Today

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

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

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

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

  • Monday-Thursday, 4 to 9 p.m.
  • Friday, 4 to 10 p.m.
  • Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Sunday, 1 to 9 p.m.

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

 

11/30/2016

Register for the City Hoops Instructional Basketball Program

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

11/29/2016

Main Street ICE Closed Due to Weather

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

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

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

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

 

11/22/2016

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

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

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

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

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11/21/2016

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

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

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

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11/9/2016

Walk with a Ranger at Your Local City Park

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

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

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10/25/2016

City of Columbia’s 38th Annual Veterans Day Parade

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

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

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

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

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

 

10/21/2016

Registration Open for City’s Instructional Cheerleading Program

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

10/17/2016

New Date Announced for Art Along the Trail

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

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

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

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

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

 

10/14/2016

Geotechnical Assessment to be Conducted at Riverfront Park

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

Guests may experience temporary trail closures during the following times:

  • Monday, October 17, 2016 through Friday, October 21, 2016 from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (North entrance located at 4122 River Drive will be closed; guests must enter park at South entrance located at 312 Laurel Street.)
  • Thursday, October 20, 2016 through Friday, November 4, 2016 (weekdays only) from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
     
  • Monday, October 31, 2016 through Wednesday, November 2, 2016 (hours to be announced)
     
  • Thursday, November 3, 2016 through Wednesday, November 16, 2016 (North entrance located at 4122 River Drive will be closed; guests must enter park at South entrance located at 312 Laurel Street)

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

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

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

 

10/14/2016

Registration Period Open for City’s Winter Sports Leagues

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

 

Registration Information

Youth Winter Basketball

AGES: 9-17

FEE: $25 per participant

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Sunday, Nov. 20

SEASON BEGINS: December 2016

Adult Volleyball

AGES: 18 and older

FEE: $150 per team

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Friday, Oct. 28

SEASON BEGINS: November 2016

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

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

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

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

 

10/05/2016

City Neighborhood Parks and Recreation Centers Closed Until Monday

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

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

 

10/04/2016

Art Along the Trail Postponed

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

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

 

09/30/2016

City of Columbia Announces New Hours for Customer Care Center
 
The City of Columbia is pleased to announce the new hours of operation for the Customer Care Center, effective September 29. To better serve the needs of callers, the Customer Care Center will now be open 24 hours a day.
 
The new hours of operation will make it easier for callers to receive information from a live representative and report non-emergency and emergency concerns. Prior to the extended service hours, callers were routed to an answering service where they were limited to reporting emergencies only.
 
Customer Care Center representatives look forward to being of service and hope that callers will find these new hours more convenient.
 
For more information, please call the Customer Care Center at 803-545-3300.

 
 

09/27/2016

Mayor Benjamin to host final Move with the Mayor walk featuring Marcus Lattimore, free lunch, free cholesterol screening for World Heart Day

COLUMBIA, S.C. (September 27, 2016) – Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin will host the final walk of the Move with the Mayor challenge at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29 at City Hall in celebration of World Heart Day.

Mayor Benjamin will be joined by Marcus Lattimore, former Gamecock football player, and participants will walk from City Hall (1737 Main St.) to the State House and back.

In addition to the walk, Palmetto Health will provide free cholesterol screenings from 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. in the lobby of City Hall. There will also be a heart-healthy lunch for participants of the walk provided by the National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention.

For more information, contact Lauren Harper at 803-908-2603.

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About the National Forum for Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention

The National Forum for Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention brings together the most dynamic and diverse organizations in cardiovascular health, providing a forum and outlet for organizations to amplify their voices. Our members currently represent more than 80 national and international organizations from the public and private healthcare organizations, as well as faith, advocacy, academic, and policy settings. The National Forum is a tax-exempt, independent non-profit, 501(c)(3), voluntary health organization.

 

 

09/26/2016

Columbia Tennis Center Clay Courts Closed for Repairs

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

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

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

 

09/22/2016

City Parks to Celebrate Halloween

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

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09/22/2016

Main Entrance at Owens Field Park to Close for Construction

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

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

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

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

Download Map of Owens Field Park

 

09/15/16

City of Columbia’s “Spooktacular Halloween Carnival”

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

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

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

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09/14/2016

Imagine Mill District Public Workshop

The City of Columbia Planning & Development Services Department invites the public to attend a drop-in format Public Workshop to review the Phase II draft recommendations and concepts and help shape the Capital City Mill District Area and Corridor Plan. Imagine Mill District is a planning effort to develop a community vision for the future of the Whaley, Olympia, and Granby neighborhoods – The Capital City Mill District.

WHAT: Imagine Mill District Drop-In Public Workshop

WHEN: Wednesday, October 5, 4:00-7:00 pm (Kickoff and Overview from 4:00-4:20; Workshop and Public Comment from 4:20-6:30; Wrap-Up and Q&A from 6:30-7:00)

WHERE: 701 Whaley at The Market

WHO: Open to the public

For more information, visit www.imaginemilldistrict.com or contact the Planning and Development Services Department at 803-545-3222.

 

09/01/2016

Columbia Citizens Join Mayor Benjamin to Fight City’s No. 1 Killer – Heart Disease

Mayor will lead residents, local celebrities in first series of walks downtown to battle heart disease, encourage heart health

COLUMBIA, S.C. (Sept. 1, 2016) – Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin will lead residents, city employees and local celebrities at 11 a.m. on Sept. 7 as they literally take steps from City Hall to the State House to fight the No. 1 killer of Columbia citizens – heart disease.

Mayor Benjamin will host the city’s first “Move with the Mayor Challenge,” a month-long series of walks to raise awareness about heart disease and ways to prevent it. The campaign, a partnership between the City of Columbia and the National Forum for Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention, encourages residents to walk with the Mayor for 30 minutes every Wednesday from Sept. 7 until World Heart Day, Sept. 29.

“I know how busy people can get, myself included, but your health is still one of the most important things to tend to,” said Mayor Benjamin. “If we can find just 30 minutes of each day to walk, we can add years to our lives. I'd love for everyone to join me in walking today for a healthier tomorrow.”

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. In South Carolina, heart disease accounted for more than 49,000 hospitalizations in 2014 alone, leading to an estimated $3.1 billion in hospitalization costs.

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09/01/2016

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

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

Cancellations include all after-school programs and events. 

 

09/01/2016

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

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

 

09/01/2016

Main Street ICE Returns for its Fifth Season Thanksgiving Day

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

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

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08/31/2016

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

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

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

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

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08/25/2016

Explore Nature at Riverfront Park

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

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

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08/25/2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

08/22/2016

Columbia Tennis Center Clay Courts to Close for Maintenance

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

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

 

08/18/2016

Scheduled Maintenance at Columbia Tennis Center Postponed

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

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

 

08/12/2016

Columbia Tennis Center Clay Courts to Close for Maintenance

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

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

 

08/12/2016

Owens Field Park Groundbreaking Ceremony

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

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

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

WHAT: Owens Field Park Groundbreaking

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

WHERE: Owens Field Park, 1351 Jim Hamilton Blvd.

WHEN:  Saturday, August 20 at 10 a.m.

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

 

08/12/2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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08/12/2016

Kid-Friendly Cookbook Press Conference Postponed

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

The press conference will be rescheduled for a later date. 

 

08/11/2016

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

Let’s Move! Columbia Family Wellness Challenge Winners Recognized

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

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

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

WHAT: Press conference to unveil new kid-friendly cookbook

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

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

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

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

 

08/09/2016

Save the Date: Walk Against Domestic Violence | October 8, 2016

October is Criminal Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the City of Columbia will host its Annual Walk Against Domestic Violence on Saturday, October 8, 2016.The walk supports the fighters, admires the survivors, honors the taken and never gives up hope in stopping the violence. The City of Columbia wants citizens to know that there is help for those who have been in abusive relationships in the Midlands and wants to acknowledge the survivors.


To register for this event, visit MayorsWalkAgainstDomesticViolence.eventbrite.com

 

08/04/2016

Art Along the Trail

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

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

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

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

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

 

08/04/2016

 Pokémon Go in the Parks 

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

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

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

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

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

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08/03/2016

Registration Period Open for City’s Fall Youth Sports Leagues

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

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

The fee to register is $25 per participant.

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08/01/2016

National Night Out Neighborhood Events

Click the link above for the neighborhood listing of events that was provided to Community Development.  

If your neighborhood is not listed, please contact your neighborhood president for details.  

 

07/22/2016

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

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

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

Back-to-School Membership Special Rates

ADULT (18-49): $210

SENIOR (50+): $160

FAMILY (Up to 4 people): $325

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

 

07/07/2016

City to Open Misting Stations During Extreme Summer Heat

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

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

Misting Stations:

Owens Field, 1351 Jim Hamilton Blvd.

Rosewood Park, 901 South Holly St.

Hyatt Park, 950 Jackson Ave.

Woodland Park, 6500 Olde Knight Parkway

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

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

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06/24/2016

Riverfront Park Fitness Zone Press Conference

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

The fitness zone features:

  • 1- 4-person pendulum
  • 1- 2-person wheelchair accessible chest press
  • 1- Lat pull down and vertical press
  • 1- 3-person static combo
  • 1- Rower
  • 1- 4-person leg press
  • 1- Single elliptical cross trainer

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

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

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06/16/2016

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

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

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

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

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06/14/2016

Free Guided Wildlife Walks Offered at Riverfront Park  

Get an insider’s look at the diverse wildlife living in Riverfront Park during a free guided walks in June hosted by the City of Columbia Parks & Recreation Department.

Participants will tour areas of Riverfront Park with the City’s park rangers to learn about the animals such as birds, turtles, bugs and more who call Riverfront home.

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

The following walks are free and open to the public:

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05/24/2016

City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department’s 2016 Senior Trips Program

The City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department invites adults age 50 and older to explore several fun and exciting locations during the 2016 Senior Trips program.

Participants will travel by charter bus to the following location:

Cherokee Indian Casino

WHEN: 6 a.m.-9 p.m. on Tuesday, November 8

FEE: $34 per person

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

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05/18/2016

City of Columbia Recognized as 2016 Playful City USA Community

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

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

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

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

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05/09/2016

City of Columbia Announces Summer Pool Hours

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

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

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

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05/03/2016

City Park Rangers to Lead Free Guided Walks  

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

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

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

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