Columbia's First Parklet is here!

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

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

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

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 has conducted research on the community's population, natural resources, land use, transportation, housing, community facilities, cultural resources and economy.  This planning process, and the plan itself, is being referred to as Columbia Compass: Envision 2036.  The plan, adopted August 4, 2020 by City Council, is now a guiding policy document for the City.  

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

  • Stay tuned on Facebook and Instagram @ColaCompass
  • Visit our website and sign up for our email list
  • Join us for events  and share your thoughts!
  • Tell your family, friends, & neighbors!

The Amplify planning process is a partnership between One Columbia and the City, and helped provide content for the Columbia Compass Cultural Resources Element.

    Image is the text and logomark for Columbia Compass.  The logomark consists of a blue circle and triangular marks which represent a compass, with an inset blue C.  A red compass dial is at an angle, and the dial and the C are overlaid on top of an illustrative street grid with a blue river and green squares representative of city blocks.  The text reads “Columbia Compass: Envision 2036.”Text reads Amplify Columbia with a multicolored frequency wave to the lower right of the text

Celebrate in May!

Each May the City celebrates National Historic Preservation Month &  National Bike Month.

While we're still celebrating this May, we have postponed all in-person events this year for public safety. Instead, we will be celebrating through virtual activities, events, and social media. 

Follow @ColaCompass on Facebook or Twitter so that you can join us as we celebrate National Bike Month & National Historic Preservation Month this May.  

A card for the social media campaign reads: I *heart* planning, and “October is national community planning month! #planning month”  The Columbia Compass logo appears in the lower right.  The heart shape is filled with an image of the historic birdseye view illustration of Columbia, SC.  The card is turquoise, with white and navy blue font.screenshot of elementary school walk bike bingo card

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