8/17/21


City’s Parks and Recreation Department Announces Grand Re-Opening of Ensor Keenan House

Who: Mayor Steve Benjamin, City Council Members and City’s Parks and Recreation Officials

What: Please join Mayor Steve Benjamin, City Council members, and the City’s Parks and Recreation Department as they celebrate the grand re-opening of the Ensor Keenan House, one of the City’s historic structures.

When: Thursday, August 19, 2021 at 10 a.m.

Where: 801 Wildwood Ave, Columbia, SC 29203




8/9/21



7/28/21

City’s 2021-2022 After-School Program Begins August 18


6/10/21

"Park Life Scavenger Hunt"

Click here to download registration form




6/7/21


Summer Activities

Click here to view all summer activities scheduled to take place in each park


6/3/21




6/2/21

City of Columbia Public Art Dedication Ceremony at Hyatt Park  

Who: Mayor Steve Benjamin, City Council Members and Charmaine Minniefield (featuring artist)

What: Mayor Steve Benjamin and City Council members, cordially invite you to attend the Public Art Dedication, as they announce the final Public Art Dedication Ceremony, " The Pursuit of Citizenship, Benjamin Mack, Septima Clark, and Listervelt Middleton.”

When: Thursday, June 3, 2021 at 12:00 p.m.

Where: 950 Jackson Ave, Columbia, SC 29203



6/1/21


Prime Time in the Parks Teen Program Returns June 11

The Columbia Parks & Recreation Department will host six free teen nights for Columbia’s youth beginning Friday, June 11.

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 11
    • Teen Summer Kick-Off Pool Party at Greenview Aquatics Center, 6700 David Street
  • June 25
    • Teen Glow Party at Lorick Park, 1600 Lorick Avenue
  • July 9
    • Community Event: Movie Night at the Park (Woodland Park), 6500 Olde Knight Parkway
  • July 23
    • Badges & Parks Basketball Alliance game with the Columbia Police Department at Pinehurst Park, 2300 Pinehurst Rd.
  • August 6
    • End of Summer Pool Party at Maxcy Gregg Pool, 1655 Park Circle
  • August 13
    • Community Event: Movie Night at the Park (Lorick Park Baseball Field), 1600 Lorick Avenue


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



5/27/21

City of Columbia Public Art Dedication Ceremony at Valencia Park  

Who: Mayor Steve Benjamin, City Council Members and McClellan Douglas (featuring artist)

What: Mayor Steve Benjamin and City Council members, cordially invite you to attend the Public Art Dedication, as they announce the third Public Art Dedication Ceremony, "The Pursuit of Education, Rosewood Elementary, and School Desegregation".

When: Thursday, May 27, 2021 at 12:00 p.m.

Where: 3744 Montgomery Ave, Columbia, SC 29205




5/24/21

All-Stars Baseball Field Newly Installed Lights Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

WHAT: In April, City of Columbia Parks and Recreation announced they received a grant from the State Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism under the Parks and Recreation Development Fund in the amount of $128,308.08 to install the ball field lights. Join Councilman Ed McDowell and fellow Council members along with city officials and the Parks and Recreation Department for the ribbon cutting ceremony unveiling the newly installed lights at All-Stars Baseball Field.

WHO: Councilman Ed McDowell, Jr., City Council, City Officials, City’s Parks and Recreation Officials

WHEN: Monday, May 24, 2021 at 11 a.m.

WHERE: 3920 Lester Drive



5/18/21

City of Columbia Public Art Dedication Ceremony at Woodland Park  

Who: Mayor Steve Benjamin, City Council Members and Hand in Hand: Andrew and Sarah McWilson (featuring artists)

What: Mayor Steve Benjamin and City Council members, cordially invite you to attend the Public Art Dedication, as they announce the second Public Art Dedication Ceremony, "The Pursuit of Justice, Sarah Mae Flemming".

When: Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 10:30 a.m.

Where: 6500 Olde Knight Parkway Columbia, SC 29209



5/11/21

City’s Recreational Swim Season Begins Memorial Day Weekend

The recreational swim season for the City of Columbia’s outdoor pools and splash pads/spray pools will begin Saturday, May 29, 2021, the Columbia Parks & Recreation Department announced.

Both Maxcy Gregg Pool and Greenview Pool will open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on opening day (May 29) and from 2-6 p.m. on Sunday, May 30. 

Both pools will be open for recreational swimming on the following holidays: Memorial Day (May 31), Independence Day (July 4) and Labor Day (Sept. 6) from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The recreational swim season will remain open until Monday, Sept. 6 (Labor Day).

NO INDIVIDUAL SWIMMING LESSONS


Pool Schedules

Maxcy Gregg Pool, 1655 Park Circle

Regular hours for recreational swimming are as follows:

  • Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

·Fridays Closed for Maintenance  

  • Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Sundays from 2 to 6 p.m.


Greenview Pool, 6700 David Street

Regular hours for recreational swimming are as follows:

·Mondays Closed for Maintenance  

  • Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Sundays from 2 to 6 p.m.


To accommodate all guests, visitors must observe a two-hour time limit in the pool and water play areas when the maximum capacity is reached. Guests will be given a color-coded wristband before entering the pool area.

The Columbia Parks & Recreation Department reserves the right to initiate a rotation at a minimum of every two hours.


Fees (both Maxcy Gregg and Greenview pools)

Per visit: $3 (ages 12 and under), $4 (ages 13 and over)

Season tickets (individuals): $80 (ages 12 and under), $120 (ages 13 and over) 

Group passes (church, civic, camps, etc.): $100 (child), $140 (adults) 

Splash Pad/Spray Pools Locations (Free and open to the public)

The following spray pools will be open from Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m., and closed on Sundays:


  • Lorick Park - 1600 Lorick Ave. 
  • Pinehurst Park - 2300 Pinehurst Rd. 


The following spray pools will be open from Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. and will be closed on Saturdays and Sundays:

  • Edisto Discovery Park - 1914 Wiley St. 
  • Emily Douglas Park - 2500 Wheat St. 
  • Heathwood Park - 800 Abelia Rd. 
  • Melrose Park - 1500 Fairview Rd. 
  • Sims Park - 3500 Duncan St.
  • St. Anna's Park - 1315 Liberty Hill Ave. 


The following spray pools will be available upon request:

  • *Mays Park - 4100 Trenholm Rd.
  • *Pacific Park - 200 Wayne St.


Drew Park splash pad located at 2101 Walker Solomon Way will operate the following hours:

  • Monday-Saturday from 12-8 p.m.; Closed on Sundays


The spray pad at Roy Lynch Park, 900 Abbeville St., is user-operated and is available during the park’s operating hours from sunrise to sunset.


*Spray pools located at parks that are unmanned will be turned on and off by on-call recreation personnel upon request. Citizens are asked to call the Parks and Recreation Department at 803-545-3100 on Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. to request the spray pools for a weekday or weekend event.

For more information, contact the Parks & Recreation Department at 803-545-3100 or visit www.columbiasc.gov.



5/6/21

City of Columbia Public Art Dedication Ceremony at 1401 Main Street 

Who: Mayor Steve Benjamin, City Council Members and Ija Charles (featuring artist)

What: Mayor Steve Benjamin and City Council members, cordially invite you to attend the Public Art Dedication, as they announce the first Public Art Dedication Ceremony “The Pursuit of Opportunity, Celebrating African American Business”.

When: Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 12 p.m.

Where: 1401 Main Street Columbia, SC 29201


4/26/21

Owens Field Park Bicycle Pump Track Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Who: Mayor Steve Benjamin, City Council Members and the Parks and Recreation Department

What: Please join Mayor Steve Benjamin, City Council members, and the Parks & Recreation Department as they announce and celebrate new park amenities as a part of the City of Columbia Master Plan. This Bicycle Pump Track is designed for all skill levels and includes burn turns, asphalt rollers and perimeter fencing for safety. The new improvements will accommodate more use of the park over time and will provide a positive impact for citizens of Columbia. 

When:  April 27, 2021 at 11 a.m.

Where: 1351 Jim Hamilton Blvd, Columbia, SC 29205


4/9/21

EB Sessions Park Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Who: Mayor Steve Benjamin, City Council Members and the Parks and Recreation Department

What: Please join Mayor Steve Benjamin, City Council members, and the Parks & Recreation Department as they announce and celebrate new playground improvements as a part of the City of Columbia Master Plan. The new improvements will accommodate more use of the park over time and will provide a positive impact for citizens of Columbia.

When: April 13, 2021 at 11 a.m.

Where: 3304 Beaumont Avenue Columbia, SC 29203


Lorick Park Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Who: Mayor Steve Benjamin, City Council Members and the Parks and Recreation Department

What: Please join Mayor Steve Benjamin, City Council members, and the Parks & Recreation Department as they announce and celebrate new playground improvements as a part of the City of Columbia Master Plan. The new improvements will accommodate more use of the park over time and will provide a positive impact for citizens of Columbia.

When:  April 13, 2021 at 3 p.m.

Where: 1600 Lorick Ave, Columbia, SC 29203


3/31/21

City’s Parks and Recreation Department Announced Marshall Park Grand Opening

Mayor Steve Benjamin, alongside City Council members, and the Parks & Recreation Department announced the grand opening of Marshall Park. 

On Tuesday, March 30 the city’s Parks and Recreation Department celebrated new playground improvements as a part of the City of Columbia Master Plan. The project’s funding was provided by Wells Fargo’s Neighborhood Lift Grant in the amount of $100,000. The new improvements will accommodate more use of the park over time and will provide a positive impact for citizens of Columbia. 

The park is located at 2905 Lincoln Street Columbia, SC 29201, and is open from dawn to dusk.


3/22/21


Parks and Recreation Department moves into Phase IV and V Re-opening Plan Effective May 3, 2021

 In an effort to provide citizens with directions regarding re-opening, the City of Columbia's Parks and Recreation Department has announced that they will re-open their parks and amenities on May 3, 2021. The following outlines the plan to re-open parks and amenities for citizens to enjoy with restrictions.

Community Centers: Greenview Park, Hyatt Park, Lorick Park, Pinehurst Park, ML King Park, Woodland Park, and Katheryn Bellfield Center 

  • Hours of Operations:   Monday – Thursday; 10am-9pm (Greenview and Hyatt Park) 

                                 Monday – Thursday; 2pm- 9pm (Lorick, Pinehurst, MLK and Woodland Park)

                                 Monday- Friday; 9am-8pm (Katheryn Bellfield Center)

                                 Friday close at 8pm (All parks) 

Saturday:  10am-6pm (All Parks) 

                                            Sunday:   2pm-7pm (MLK Park and Hyatt Park only)


Neighborhood Centers:   St. Anna’s Park, Melrose Park, Emily Douglas Park, Heathwood Park, Hampton Park, S. Edisto Park, Sims Park and Busby

  • Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday 2pm- 6pm (All Neighborhood Centers) 


Drew Wellness Center: Re-Opens May 3, 2021

  • Members to bring their own towel until further notice.
  • No individual swim lessons.
  • Instructor fitness classes begin by May 17, 2021. 


Art Center:  

  • Hours of Operation: Monday -  Thursday 9am-9pm

          Friday 9am -5pm

          Saturday 10am - 5pm


Youth Baseball:  Modified youth baseball season to begin early May 

  • Ages-5 & 6 T-Ball
  • Ages- 7 & 8 Coaches Pitch
  • Clinics: Pitching mechanics, Batting, Fielding and Throwing
  • Ages 9 & 10 
  • Ages 11 & 12


Youth and Adult Summer Basketball leagues: Registration begins mid-April. League play starts the first week in June for youth and adults. 

For all athletics information, please contact 803-563-4300 or 803-545-3113

Facility Reservation: Facility reservations to go into effect May 3, 2021. Modified occupancy will be followed according to Fire Marshall.

Summer Camp: Summer Camp will be postponed in the best interest of health and safety of our children at this time. 

Pool Season:  All outdoor pools open Memorial Day weekend.  (May 29, 2021)

  • Drew Splash Pad, Maxcy Gregg Pool and Greenview Pool
  • No individual swim lessons   


Summer Concerts: Summer Concerts and Movies in the Park postponed until further notice in the best interest of health and safety of the public.                          

Specialty Camps:  Golf Center and Columbia Tennis Center will remain as scheduled

Greenways:    Remain open as already scheduled

Parks and Recreation guidelines to facilities re-opening: 

  • Required to wear masks when interacting with the City of Columbia Parks & Recreations staff
  • Maintain Social Distancing of 6ft. at all times
  • Citizen visitation to park facilities will be limited based on our ability to maintain social distancing requirements
  • Park staff reserves the right to disband gatherings and/or solicit support from local law enforcement as needed



1/7/21


City to Hold Drive-Thru Food Drive as a Community Service Project

Who: Join District Two Councilman Edward McDowell, Jr., City of Columbia Officials, Richland School District One and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Foundation January 18, 2021 as a community service project as a part of the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Honor the Dream Drive-Thru Food Drive benefiting Harvest Hope Food Bank. Partners, community organizations, churches and are encouraged to join this effort by contacting [email protected] or [email protected].

Councilman McDowell said, "as the challenges of the pandemic continue to have an impact on our community, it is a pivotal time for us to work together to help those who need it most. Let's serve our community and honor Dr. King's legacy of service by supporting this food drive."

What: City of Columbia to hold Drive-Thru Food Drive as community service project. Due to the pandemic, this year's food drive will use a drive thru format and observe all COVID-19 safety precautions.  

When: Monday, January 18, 2020 at 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Where: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park located at 2300 Greene Street.


11/23/20

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

The City of Columbia is accepting nominations for the 2021 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dream Keeper Scholarship Awards.

The Dream Keeper Scholarship Awards program 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.

The nominee must be age 18 or younger and enrolled in an elementary, middle or high school with a minimum 2.0 grade point average.

Applications are available online for download or at the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department, 1111 Recreation Drive, Columbia, SC 29201.

Applications must be returned by the following methods:

  • By mail to the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department, Attn: Kevin Crawford II, 1111 Recreation Drive, Columbia, SC 29201. Applications must be postmarked by Friday, Dec. 11, 2020.
  • Submit completed application as a PDF file to [email protected].


10/7/20

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 2021 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dream Keeper Scholarship Awards.

The Dream Keeper Scholarship Awards program 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.

The nominee must be age 18 or younger and enrolled in an elementary, middle or high school with a minimum 2.0 grade point average.

Applications are available online for download or at the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department, 1111 Recreation Drive, Columbia, SC 29201.

Applications must be returned by the following methods:

  • By mail to the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department, Attn: Kevin Crawford II, 1111 Recreation Drive, Columbia, SC 29201. Applications must be postmarked by Friday, Nov. 20, 2020.
  • Submit completed application as a PDF file to [email protected].
For more information, contact Kevin B. Crawford II at 803-545-0041 or [email protected] 

MLK, Jr. Dream Keeper Scholarship Award Application 2021.doc

8/24/20


Starting Monday, August 24 the Greenview Tennis Complex and Columbia Tennis Center will be open for public use.  

**Participants who visit these facilities do so at their own risk due to the COVID-19 pandemic** 

Below is the link for the updated hours of operation for our Tennis Facilities

Tennis Facilities Hours of Operation.pdf




8/10/20




6/19/20

City’s Parks and Recreation Re-Opening Plan (Phase 4 Postponed) 

Due to a significant increase in the number of COVID-19 cases over the past week, the city’s Parks and Recreation Department has announced a delay for Phase 4 of the Re-Opening Plan. Phase 4 was scheduled to start on Monday, June 22, 2020. A new reopening date for Phase 4 has not been determined yet. 

Phase 4 includes the opening of Community Centers, Neighborhood Centers, Columbia Art Center, James Clyburn Golf Center, Columbia Tennis Center, Greenview Tennis Center and the Charles R. Drew Wellness Center.

Community Centers: 

MLK Park- 2300 Greene Street  

Hyatt Park-950 Jackson Avenue

Lorick Park-1600 Lorick Avenue

Greenview Park-6700 David Street

Pinehurst Park- 2300 Pinehurst Road 

Woodland Park-6500 Olde Knight Parkway 

Booker Washington Heights Culture Arts Center- 2611 Grant St


Neighborhood Parks: 

St. Anna’s- 1316 Liberty Hill Avenue

Melrose- 1500 Fairview Drive

Emily Douglas- 2500 Wheat Street

Sims- 3500 Duncan Street

Heathwood- 800 Abelia Road

Hampton- 1117 Brandon Avenue

South Edisto- 1914 Wiley Street


Other Facilities

Columbia Tennis Center- 1635 Whaley St. - No change in operational hours

James E. Clyburn Golf Range- 2091 Slighs Ave. 

Charles R. Drew Wellness Center- 2101 Walker Solomon Way

Pool to remain closed until further notice 

Columbia Art Center- 1227 Taylor St.



6/17/20

City’s Parks and Recreation Parks/Centers Updated Hours of Operation 

In an effort to provide citizens with directions regarding re-opening, the City of Columbia's Parks and Recreation Department has announced that they will re-open their parks and amenities throughout the summer with an updated Hours of Operation. The following details each facility’s hours of operation for citizens to enjoy with restrictions. This is an indication of Phase 4, which will begin Monday, June 22, 2020, which will include the opening of recreation facilities, gyms, wellness, and the Clyburn Golf Center. These indoor spaces need to adhere to group size, capacity issues, and proper social distancing.


Listed guidelines expected from all citizens:


  • Maintain Social Distancing of 6 feet. at all times
  • Citizen visitation to park facilities will be limited based on our ability to maintain social distancing requirements
  • Follow the Governor’s Executive Order regarding gatherings, “Congregation or gatherings of people in groups of three or more is prohibited”
  • Park staff reserves the right to disband gatherings and/or solicit support from local law enforcement as needed


**Citizens who participate in these activities do so at their own risk due to the COVID-19 pandemic** 


Community Centers: 

MLK Park- 2300 Greene Street  

Hyatt Park-950 Jackson Avenue

Lorick Park-1600 Lorick Avenue

Greenview Park-6700 David Street

Pinehurst Park- 2300 Pinehurst Road 

Woodland Park-6500 Olde Knight Parkway 

Booker Washington Heights Culture Arts Center- 2611 Grant St

Monday – Friday 10AM – 6PM

Sunday (Hyatt and MLK Parks only) 2PM – 7PM


Neighborhood Parks: 

St. Anna’s- 1316 Liberty Hill Avenue

Melrose- 1500 Fairview Drive

Emily Douglas- 2500 Wheat Street

Sims- 3500 Duncan Street

Heathwood- 800 Abelia Road

Hampton- 1117 Brandon Avenue

South Edisto- 1914 Wiley Street

Monday -  Friday: 10AM – 6PM


Other Facilities

Columbia Tennis Center- 1635 Whaley St. - No change in operational hours

Monday – Thursday: 8AM – 9PM

Friday: 8AM – 8PM

Saturday:      9AM – 6PM

Sunday:     10AM – 6PM


James E. Clyburn Golf Range- 2091 Slighs Ave. 

Monday – Saturday 10AM – 6PM


Charles R. Drew Wellness Center- 2101 Walker Solomon Way

Monday – Friday:  8AM – 7PM

Saturday:  8AM – 6PM

Sunday:  2PM -  6PM

Pool to remain closed until further notice 


Columbia Art Center- 1227 Taylor St.

Monday – Thursday: 9AM – 7PM

Friday and Saturday: 10AM – 6PM 

6/8/20

City’s Parks and Recreation Re-Opening Plan (PHASE 3 Now In Effect)

In an effort to provide citizens with directions regarding re-opening, the City of Columbia's Parks and Recreation Department has announced that they will re-open their parks and amenities in phases throughout the summer. The following outlines a phased plan to re-open parks and amenities for citizens to enjoy with restrictions. 

Phase 3 is now being implemented today, June 8, 2020 which includes the opening of remaining park amenities. Following, Phase 4 will begin Monday, June 22, 2020, which will include the opening of recreation facilities, gyms, wellness, and the Clyburn Golf Center. These indoor spaces need to adhere to group size, capacity issues, and proper social distancing.

Listed guidelines expected from all citizens:

  • Maintain Social Distancing of 6 feet. at all times
  • Citizen visitation to park facilities will be limited based on our ability to maintain social distancing requirements
  • Follow the Governor’s Executive Order regarding gatherings, “Congregation or gatherings of people in groups of three or more is prohibited”
  • Park staff reserves the right to disband gatherings and/or solicit support from local law enforcement as needed

**Citizens who participate in these activities do so at their own risk due to the COVID-19 pandemic** 

PHASE 3 Includes:

• All park amenities to open. This includes, but is not limited to, basketball courts, playgrounds, restrooms, water fountains, circulating spray pads, and shelters. Citizens must follow the Governor’s Executive Order regarding gatherings, “Congregation or gatherings of people in groups of three or more is prohibited” in order to participate in the above activities.



5/29/20

City’s Parks and Recreation Re-Opening Plan (PHASE 2 Now In Effect)

 In an effort to provide citizens with directions regarding re-opening, the City of Columbia's Parks and Recreation Department has announced that they will re-open their parks and amenities in phases throughout the summer. The following outlines a phased plan to re-open parks and amenities for citizens to enjoy with restrictions. 

Phase 2 was implemented on May 25, 2020 which included the opening of Tennis Courts and Athletic Fields. Following, Phase 3 will begin Monday, June 8, 2020, which will include the opening of park amenities. This includes, but is not limited to, basketball courts, playgrounds, restrooms, water fountains, non-circulating spray pads, and shelters.

Listed guidelines expected from all citizens:

  • Maintain Social Distancing of 6 feet. at all times
  • Citizen visitation to park facilities will be limited based on our ability to maintain social distancing requirements
  • Follow the Governor’s Executive Order regarding gatherings, “Congregation or gatherings of people in groups of three or more is prohibited”
  • Park staff reserves the right to disband gatherings and/or solicit support from local law enforcement as needed

**Citizens who participate in these activities do so at their own risk due to the COVID-19 pandemic** 

PHASE 2 Includes:

  • Tennis - Singles and Doubles play 
  • Tennis- No group lessons 

·Columbia Tennis Center and Greenview Tennis Center will not open until phase four (includes staff to open) 

  • Dog parks, Skate parks and Bicycle Pump Track can be utilized with citizens abiding by social distancing requirements  
  • Athletic fields -Two or four individuals maximum (members of the same household) 
  • Athletic fields - No organized teams, pick-up games or team practices 
  • Activities could consist of Soccer, Baseball, Football/Flag Football/Softball



5/21/20

UPDATED City’s Parks and Recreation Re-Opening Plan 

In an effort to provide citizens with directions regarding re-opening, the City of Columbia's Parks and Recreation Department has announced that they will re-open their parks and amenities in phases throughout the summer. The following outlines a phased plan to re-open parks and amenities for citizens to enjoy with restrictions. 

Listed guidelines expected from all citizens:

  • Maintain Social Distancing of 6 feet. at all times
  • Citizen visitation to park facilities will be limited based on our ability to maintain social distancing requirements
  • Follow the Governor’s Executive Order regarding gatherings, “Congregation or gatherings of people in groups of three or more is prohibited”
  • Park staff reserves the right to disband gatherings and/or solicit support from local law enforcement as needed

**Citizens who participate in these activities do so at their own risk due to the COVID-19 pandemic** 


Parks Re-opening Plan - At a Glance

Phase 1 

Outdoor Greenways and Open Spaces 

May 12, 2020 

Phase 2 

Tennis Courts and Athletic Fields 

May 25, 2020 

Phase 3 

Park Amenities 

June 8, 2020 

Phase 4 

Recreation Facilities/Gyms/Wellness 

June 22, 2020 

Phase 5 

Tournaments/League Play 

August 3, 2020 

Cancellations 

Special Events, Summer Camps, Pools, and Rentals 

Until Further Notice



5/13/20

City Opens Greenways, Open Spaces and Trails/City Parks Remain Closed

In an effort to provide citizens with outdoor locations for physical activity durng the warmer weather, the City of Columbia's Parks and Recreation Department has announced that greenways, open spaces and trails will be open to the public effective immediately. These areas can be visited by citizens from sunrise to sundown. However,  due to the pandemic, special guidelines must be followed in the interest of public health. 

Please note that the City's parks will remain closed, including buildings, athletic courts, pools, and other amenities, until further notice.

COVID-19 Guidelines for Greenways, Open Spaces and Trails 

•        Avoid gathering in groups of three or more at all times. 

•        Always keep at least six feet between you and others.

•        Citizens may walk, jog, hike, and bike on the greenway or path. 

•        When someone approaches you on the greenway or path, please allow one group or citizen to pass at a time.

•        We encourage citizens to wear protective mask while visiting the greenways or open spaces.  

•        Always follow the CDC's personal hygiene guidance.

•        If you are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, do not visit greenways or open spaces. 


Remember, people with COVID19 may not exhibit symptoms, so it is important to practice all of the above-mentioned guidelines even if you are feeling well.

The following locations have walking trails for public use:

•        Busby Street Community Center 1135 Busby Street

•        Drew Wellness Center                 2101 Walker Solomon Way

•        Earlewood Park                          1111 Recreation Drive

•        E.B. Session                               3304 Beaumont Avenue

•        Elmwood/Roy Lynch                    2120 Lincoln Street

•        Finlay Park                                 930 Laurel Street 

•        Granby Park                               100 Catawba Street

•        Hampton Park                            1117 Brandon Avenue

•        MLK Park                                    2300 Greene Street

•        Pinehurst Park                            2300 Pinehurst Road

•        Riverfront Park (South)               312 Laurel Street

•        Riverfront Park (North)               4122 River Drive

•        Rosewood Park                          915 Elm Avenue

•        South East Park                          951 Hazelwood Road

•        South Edisto Park                        1914 Wiley Street

•        St. Anna’s Park                           1315 Liberty Hill Avenue

•        Vista Greenway                          841 Taylor Street



3/26/20

Updated City of Columbia to Close Park Facilities Until Further Notice

The City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department has announced that they will close park facilities until further notice to protect citizens and minimize opportunities to spread COVID-19 in our community.


Due to the Coronavirus, the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department will close the following facilities:


  • Anna Mae Dickerson Mini-Park - 1315 Liberty Hill Avenue
  • Ben Arnold 1100 S. Holly Street
  • Boyd Plaza-1505 Main Street
  • Columbia Parks and Recreation Arts Center 1227 Taylor St
  • Columbia Tennis Center 1635 Whaley St
  • Busby Street Community Center 1735 Busby Street
  • Drew Wellness 2101 Walker Solomon Way
  • Earlewood Park-1111 Recreation Drive
  • E.B. Sessions Park - 3304 Beaumont Avenue
  • Edisto Discovery Park 1914 Wiley Street 
  • Elmwood/Roy Lynch Park - 2120 Lincoln St. (Lincoln & Abbeville Streets)
  • Emily Douglas Park 2500 Wheat Street 
  • Esplanade at Canal Side-618 Canalside Street
  • Fairwold Park - 5931 Eddy Street (Frye & Eddy Streets)
  • Finlay Park 930 Laurel Street
  • Granby Park-100 Catawba Circle
  • Greenview Park and Tennis Courts 6700 David Street
  • Hampton Park 1117 Brandon Avenue
  • Heathwood Park 800 Abelia Road
  • Hollywood Park - 216 South Gregg Street
  • Hyatt Park 950 Jackson Avenue
  • Isaac McClinton Park - 1003 Howe Street
  • James E. Clyburn Golf Center 2091 Slighs Ave
  • Katheryn M. Bellfield Booker Washington Heights Cultural Arts Center 2611 Grant St
  • Katy Park - 4919 Katy Street
  • Lester Bates Park - 1062 Wando Street (Wando & Gardenia Avenue (Green space)
  • Lincoln Park - 3700 Ridgewood Avenue
  • Lincoln Tunnel-1300 Lincoln Street
  • Lorick Park 1600 Lorick Avenue
  • Marshall Park - 2905 Lincoln Street
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Park 2300 Greene Street
  • Mays Park-1521 Deans Lane
  • Melrose Park 1500 Fairview Drive
  • NOMA Bark Park-1002 Recreation Drive
  • Owens Field Skate Park-1351 Jim Hamilton Boulevard 
  • Pinehurst Park 2300 Pinehurst Road
  • RA-Rock - 904 Heyward Street
  • Realtors Park - 1805 Blossom Street
  • Riverfront Park- 312 Laurel Street (South), 4122 River Drive (North)
  • Rosewood Park - 915 Elm Avenue
  • Sims Park 3500 Duncan Street
  • Southeast Park-951 Hazelwood Road
  • St. Anna's Park 1316 Liberty Hill Avenue
  • T.S. Martin Park 2700 Edison Street
  • Tyler Park - 501 Tyler Street
  • Valencia Park - 3744 Montgomery Avenue
  • Virginia Pack-3602 Thurmond Street
  • Woodland Park 6500 Olde Knight Parkway


*This list also includes all playground equipment, tennis courts, basketball courts, picnic shelters and restroom facilities, greenways and ALL green/open spaces.


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