PARK(ing) Day & Parklets!

The City of Columbia invites YOU to participate in Columbia's 6th Annual PARK(ing) Day on Friday, September 17, 2021!  You can design and build a parklet (applications are due August 20th) and/or mark your calendars to enjoy a day of whimsy and art in temporary parklets.

PARK(ing) Day is an annual open-source global event where citizens, artists, and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into PARK(ing) spaces - temporary public spaces. 

  • Applications are due August 20th 
  • PARK(ing) Day is Friday, September 17th, 10:00am - 4:00pm
  • New this year: a People's Choice Award & a juried Best Design Award

           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.A parklet in the shape of a car was designed by Quackenbush Architects + Planners specifically for PARK(ing) Day.
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.UofSC students play music at the City PR parklet

The parklet is located on Washington Street between Main Street and Sumter Street in front of the historic Arcade Building.In case you missed it, The City's first public parklet has been installed on Washington Street between Main and Sumter Streets!  This parklet will serve as a pilot project for additional similar public spaces in the future, and was made possible by a grant from the AARP Community Challenge Program.  Additional support has been provided by One Columbia, City Center Partnership, and Southern Vistas.  The vibrant public art is original work by Frankie Zombie.

Learn about Parklets!   Share your thoughts on the parklet!

Calhoun Street Improvements

The City of Columbia hosted two virtual public information sessions on Tuesday, June 22nd, at 5:30pm and 6:30pm regarding the planned improvements on Calhoun Street between Wayne and Harden Streets.  These duplicate meetings included a review of the road design and implementation schedule, and provided an opportunity for members of the public to ask questions about the planned project.

Improvements to Calhoun Street will occur as part of a partnership between the City of Columbia, the Richland County Penny Tax for Transportation, and Richland County CTC.  Improvements will include resurfacing (from Wayne to Gregg), restriping, and bike accommodations.  

    A photo of Calhoun Street just east of the intersection of Calhoun and BullImprovements will be made to Calhoun Street
from Wayne to Harden Streets

Pedestrian & Bicyclist Counts are back!

Did you know that most traffic counts don't account for non-vehicular users?  These counts provide data critical to how our roadways are designed, ad that's why it's so important to make sure we all count. Volunteer a couple hours of your time to help make sure we have the data we need!

Sign up to count once, or up to eight times - you ca pick the location(s) you're interested in when signing up! 

  • Weekday Counts occur 7:30AM - 9:30AM Tuesday - Thursday mornings, and are scheduled for September 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, & 16, 2021
  • Saturday Counts occur 10:00AM-12:00PM on September 11 & 18, 2021

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.

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