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2/21/2018

Miracle League of Columbia Spring Baseball League Registration Now Open

The Columbia Parks & Recreation Department is accepting applications for the spring session of the Miracle League of Columbia baseball program for children with disabilities. 

Registration is open to area youth ages 5 and older and there is no fee to participate. Games will be held at the Miracle League field at Owens Field Park, 1351 Jim Hamilton Blvd. 

The last day to register is Friday, March 30, 2018. To register, visit www.miracleleaguecolumbia.com.

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



2/14/2018

Columbia Art Center to Hold Spring Break Art Camp 

The Columbia Art Center is accepting registrations for its 5-day multimedia visual art camp for children ages 5-12. 

The Spring Break Art Camp will be held April 2-6 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Art Center, 1227 Taylor St., Ste. C. 

The camp will cover lessons on pottery, drawing and painting, and recycle art. 

All materials are included in the registration fee of $85. 

The deadline to register is Monday, March 26

The camp is limited to a maximum of 12 participants.

For more information, contact the Columbia Art Center at 803-545-3093.


2/14/2018 

Columbia Art Center Announces New March Workshops & Classes

The Columbia Art Center is offering several new art classes and workshops to help you release your creative spirit. 

Seven new workshops and classes focusing on indigo silk scarf making, mosaic tiles, glazing, pine needle baskets, drawing and more will be offered during the month of March. 








1/24/2018
Columbia On the Move January 2018

Columbia On the Move is a monthly newsletter focusing on health, wellness, parks, recreation and leisure services from the City of Columbia Parks & Recreation Department. Inside this edition: Drew Wellness Center Community Health Fair, Black History Month events, Outdoor Adventure and more special events.

 
1/23/2018
The First Tee of Columbia Golf Tournament
The First Tee of Columbia has partnered with the Karcher Group and B-Squared to host its second annual fundraising golf tournament on Friday, March 23 at the Cobblestone Park Golf Club, 1298 University Parkway, Blythewood, SC, 29016.
The fee to participate in the First Tee of Columbia Golf Tournament is $400 per foursome, which includes 18 holes and cart with lunch, dinner, prizes and more. 
A superticket is available for $25, which includes entry into the putting contest and raffle.
Sponsorship packages are also available.
All proceeds will benefit The First Tee of Columbia, which is housed at the James E. Clyburn Golf Center. The First Tee of Columbia provides educational opportunities that promote character development and life-enhancing values through the game of golf.
Tournament Schedule
  • 10:30 a.m.: Registration and driving range
  • 11:30 a.m.: Lunch on carts
  • 12:30 p.m. Shotgun start
  • 5 p.m. Dinner and awards
For more information, contact Sally Beacham at 803-255-8920 or [email protected].
 
1/23/2018
City of Columbia’s Black History Heritage Ball
WHAT:  The Columbia Parks and Recreation Department invites the public to celebrate Black History Month at its Black History Heritage Ball on Sunday, February 25 from 5-8 pm at Greenview Park. The event will live entertainment and dinner.
WHO: The Heritage Ball is open to all adults age 18 and older.
WHERE:  Greenview Park, 6700 David Street, Columbia, SC 29203
WHEN:  Sunday, February 25 from 5-8 p.m.
COST: Admission to the Black History Heritage Ball is $10. Dinner will be provided. Tickets can be purchased at any recreation center with a check or money order. To find a recreation center near you, visit https://gis.columbiasc.gov/parkfinder/. To purchase a ticket with cash or a debit/credit card, visit the Parks and Recreation Department Administration Office located at 1111 Parkside Drive.
DRESS: African print dresses, shirts or pants, or semi-formal attire encouraged.
For more information, call the Parks and Recreation Department at 803-545-3100.
 
1/22/2018
Karamu Statewide Black History Parade and Festival
Celebrate Black History Month at the 14th Annual Karamu Statewide Black History Parade and Festival. This year’s parade grand marshal is former state Rep. Bakari Sellers. The festival will include exhibitors, vendors and live entertainment. Musical acts include the 69 Boyz, Marcus Hawkins, Salil Myers, Tiffany J and Musical Solutions.
WHEN:    Saturday, February 3, 2018
WHERE:  The parade will kick off at 12 p.m. at the corner of Harden and Gervais streets and will travel south on Harden Street and end at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park located at 2300 Greene St. The Black History Festival will begin at 1:15 p.m. at the park.
The event is free and open to the public.
For more information, contact the Parks & Recreation Department at 803-545-3100 or Ovetta Glover at 803-361-5470.

1/19/2018

Drew Wellness Center to Host Community Health Fair 

WHAT: The Charles R. Drew Wellness Center will host its first Community Health Fair of the year to help you jumpstart your health and wellness journey. The event will include free health screenings (blood pressure, A1C, kidney & more), an activity zone (Zumba, yoga, urban boot camp & more), and exhibitors. Guests can enter to win several prizes including a Fitbit, NutriBullet, gift certificates, exercise equipment and more! 

WHEN:    Friday, January 26 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.  

WHERE:  Charles R. Drew Wellness Center, 2101 Walker Solomon Way The event is free and open to the public.  

For more information, contact the Drew Wellness Center at 803-545-3200. 

 
1/12/18
Main Street ICE Season Ends Monday
The City’s outdoor ice skating rink will close for the season on Monday, January 15, 2018, the Columbia Parks & Recreation Department announced.
Main Street ICE, located at Boyd Plaza (corner of Main and Hampton streets), will operate the following hours:
  • Friday, 4 to 10 p.m.
  • Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Sunday, 1 to 9 p.m.
  • Monday, 4-9 p.m.
Whole Foods Market will provide treats for guests of the ice rink today, January 12, from 4-6 p.m.
Fees
Friday through Sunday (Regular Price)
  • $10 for adults
  • $8 for children ages 12 and under
Last Day-Monday, January 15, 2018
  • $8 for adults
  • $5 for children ages 12 and under
Active Duty Military with ID and Seniors age 55 and up
  • $8 (Monday through Sunday)
For more information, contact the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department at 803-545-3100. 
 
1/11/2018
The north end of Riverfront Park located at 4122 River Drive will be closed for maintenance along the canal embankment beginning Friday, January 12, 2018, the Columbia Parks & Recreation Department announced.
In order to maintain the canal levee, crews will be cutting and mulching vegetation along the canal embankment Monday through Friday only from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. No work will be performed on Saturdays and Sundays, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday.
Runners and walkers will have access to the entire trail from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. and from 3:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. by entering the south end of Riverfront Park at 312 Laurel Street.
To ensure the safety of the public, the trail will be closed to guests in the active work areas until 3:30 p.m.
Park visitors can view a map of the active work area at park’s South Ranger Station during the duration of the project. The project is expected to be completed within 30 days.
For more information, call the Columbia Parks & Recreation Department at 803-545-3100.
 
1/3/2018
Main Street ICE Closed Due to Weather
Main Street ICE, the City of Columbia’s outdoor ice skating rink, is closed today, January 3, due to the inclement weather, the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department announced. 
 
1/3/2018
Columbia Neighborhood and Community Recreation Centers to Close Early in January
The closing time for neighborhood and community recreation centers in the City of Columbia will be adjusted during the month of January, the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department announced.
The facilities will be closing at 5:30 p.m. during the month of January on the following dates:
  • Thursday, January 4, 2018
  • Tuesday, January 9, 2018
  • Thursday, January 11, 2018
  • Tuesday, January 16, 2018
  • Thursday, January 18, 2018
  • Tuesday, January 23, 2018
  • Thursday, January 25, 2018
  • Tuesday, January 30, 2018
For more information, contact the Columbia Parks & Recreation Department at 803-545-3100.
 
1/2/2018
The Charles R. Drew Wellness Center is offering a New Year’s resolution membership special for new or returning members during the month of January.
Adults age 18-49, seniors age 50 and older and families of up to four people can save on a yearly membership when they sign up by January 31.
New Year’s Resolution Membership Special Rates
ADULT (18-49): $210
SENIOR (50+): $160
FAMILY (Up to 4 people): $325
For more information, call the Charles R. Drew Wellness Center at 803-545-3200.
 
 
 
 

 
12/29/2017
The City of Columbia’s Parks Rangers will kick off the New Year with two free nature walks, the Columbia Parks & Recreation Department announced.
Both youth and adults can participate in the following activities:
January Ranger Program Schedule
Last Day Leg Stretch | Sunday, December 31 | 1-2:30 pm
Admire the views and learn about Riverfront Park’s rich natural history on this New Year’s Eve walk.
Meet at the Red Schoolhouse at the south end of Riverfront Park, 312 Laurel Street.
First Day at Riverfront Park | Monday, January 1 | 1 pm
Join the Park Rangers for a brisk walk along the Columbia Canal and Broad River. 
Meet at the north end of Riverfront Park, 4122 River Drive.
First Day at South East Park | Monday, January 1 | 2 pm
Join our Park Ranger for a stroll around the pond beside the beautiful Live Oaks and learn about the South East Park’s features and wildlife. 
Meet at the ranger station at Southeast Park, 951 Hazelwood Road.
 
12/29/2017
The pool at the Charles R. Drew Wellness Center is now open to the public after repairs to its heating and pump system were completed.
The pool’s heater, pump and a motor were damaged after the facility experienced a power failure.
For more information, contact the Drew Wellness Center at 803-545-3200.
 
12/22/2017
The pool at the Charles R. Drew Wellness Center will be temporarily closed to the public for repairs to its heating and pump system.
The pool’s heater, pump and a motor were damaged after the facility experienced a power failure.
The project is expected to be completed by Monday, January 1, 2018. 
For more information, contact the Drew Wellness Center at 803-545-3200.
 
12/20/2017
Tennis Coach Domino Boulware was recognized by Columbia City Council at its regular meeting on Tuesday, December 19, for his induction into the South Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame.
Coach Boulware was one of two 2017 inductees who were honored by the USTA South Carolina and the South Carolina Tennis Patrons Foundation at the South Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame banquet on December 9 in Hilton Head.
“We are very proud of Coach Boulware and are thrilled to see that his hard work and dedication to the tennis profession and the Greenview community has been recognized by the USTA South Carolina,” Columbia Parks & Recreation Director Randy Davis said. “Boulware has made a tremendous impact on our youth and in the Greenview community.”
Boulware has served as a tennis coach at Greenview Park and at various schools throughout the Midlands for more than 30 years, and was instrumental in developing the tennis program at Greenview.
He also founded the Bolden/Martin Math and Science Camp and established the DD& J Junior Tennis Foundation. The goal of the foundation is to teach young people of all ages and economic circumstances the skill of tennis competition, and to use the power of the game to build character, support educational achievement and to reduce juvenile problems that lead to delinquency, teen pregnancy and other social ills.
 
12/15/2017
Main Street ICE’s special operating hours will begin on Monday, December 18, the Columbia Parks & Recreation Department announced.
The ice skating rink, located at Boyd Plaza (corner of Main and Hampton streets), will open from 12 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and noon to 10 p.m. on Friday.
Saturday (10 a.m. to 10 p.m.) and Sunday (1 to 9 p.m.) hours will remain the same.
The rink will be closed on Christmas Day and will be open from 10 a.m. until midnight on New Year’s Eve.
The holiday schedule will end on Monday, January 1, 2018. 
 
12/8/2017
Palmetto Skating Club Saturday Exhibition Postponed
Main Street ICE, the City of Columbia’s outdoor ice skating rink, is closed today, December 8, due to the rainy weather, the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department announced.
Palmetto Skating Club’s free ice skating exhibition scheduled for Saturday, December 9 has been postponed until Sunday, December 16 at 5 p.m. due to expected rain on Saturday.
The performance on Sunday, December 10, will be held as scheduled.
For more information, call the Parks & Recreation Department at 803-545-3100.
 
12/8/2017
Registration for the City of Columbia Parks & Recreation Department’s Youth Baseball and Softball Programs will begin on Monday, December 11, 2017.
Boys ages 3-15 and girls ages 12 and under can participate in the program. The fee to participate is $25 per person. Scholarships are available for those who qualify.
The last day to register is Friday, February 16, 2018. 
To download a registration form, visit the department’s “Youth Sports” page online.
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.
For more information, please call the Parks & Recreation Department at 803-545-3100 or email [email protected].
 
12/7/2017
The Palmetto Skating Club will showcase the sport of figure skating during two exhibitions at Main Street ICE.
Guests attending the outdoor ice skating rink will be able to enjoy a free performance on Saturday, December 9 and Sunday, December 10 at 5 p.m.  The skating club will also offer free ice skating lessons to the public.
The Palmetto Skating Club, located in Irmo, is a US figure skating club that supports aspiring figure skaters of all ages and is devoted to the development of amateur, recreational and competitive figure skaters.
WHAT: Palmetto Skating Club exhibitions
WHERE: Main Street ICE, corner of Main and Hampton streets
WHEN: 5 p.m. on Saturday, December 9 and Sunday, December 10
WHO: US Olympian Mark Cockerell (coach), Katie Zabinski (coach), Jessica Woodfield (coach) and Palmetoo Skating Club figure skaters
For more information, call the Parks and Recreation Department at 803-545-3100.
 
12/1/2017
Columbia On the Move is a monthly newsletter focusing on health, wellness, parks, recreation and leisure services from the City of Columbia Parks & Recreation Department. Inside this edition: New Year's Eve Party for Kids, 30th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, Winter Solstice Lantern Parade, City Hoops Registration, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Honor the Dream Food Drive and more!
 
12/1/2017
Registration for the City’s winter Adult Basketball League will begin on Monday, December 4, the Columbia Parks & Recreation Department announced.
The league is open to males ages 18 and older. The fee to register is $300 per team. The registration period will close Friday, December 29, 2017. League play will begin on Sunday, January 7, 2018.   
Games will be played on Mondays from and Sundays at the Charles R. Drew Wellness Center, 2101 Walker Solomon Way.
To download a registration form, visit the Parks & Recreation Department’s “Adult Sports” page.
 
Registration forms are also available at any community center or at the Parks & Recreation Department’s Administration Office located at 1111 Parkside Drive, Columbia, SC 29203.
 
For more information, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 803-545-3100 or visit www.columbiasc.net/parks-recreation.
 
11/28/2017
WHAT: Celebrate the New Year with the entire family at the City of Columbia’s New Year’s Eve Party for Kids. This family-friendly event features games, karaoke, prizes, face painting, ice skating and more!
WHERE: The party will be held at Main Street ICE, corner of Main and Hampton streets
WHEN: Sunday, December 31 from 2-6 p.m.
WHO: Open to children age 6 and older
COST: Admission to the New Year’s Eve Party for Kids is free. There is a fee for ice skating and food vendors. Prices will vary.
NOTE: Main Street ICE will be open from 1 p.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.
 
11/28/2017
WHAT: The Columbia Art Center will offer free pottery demos, refreshments and more as part of the First Thursday on Main event in December. The public is invited to visit the center’s new facility and enjoy holiday music, shop the art gallery and handmade ornaments.   
WHERE: Columbia Art Center, 1227 Taylor St., Ste. C, Columbia, SC
WHEN: Thursday, December 7 from 6-9 p.m.
WHO: General public
COST: Free admission
For more information, call the Columbia Art Center at 803-545-3093.
 
 
11/27/17
The Columbia Art Center and the City’s Park Rangers are hosting a Lantern Workshop on Saturday, December 2 in preparation for the Winter Solstice celebration.
The lanterns are designed to hold a battery operated LED light and use natural materials including willow, bamboo and elaegnus along with repurposed paper. 
This workshop will help prepare you for Winter Solstice Lantern Parade on Thursday, Dec. 21 at Riverfront Park from 5-8 p.m.
The workshop will be held at Columbia Art Center, 1227 Taylor St., Ste. C, Columbia. The cost per lantern is $5.
For more information, contact Karen Kustafik at [email protected] or call the Columbia Parks & Recreation Department at 803-545-3100.
 
11/15/2017
Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis, Benedict College’s first female president, will be the keynote speaker at the City of Columbia’s 30th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration on Monday, January 15, 2018, the City of Columbia and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Foundation announced.
Artis is the college’s 14th president and is the first female president in the institution’s 147-year history.
The annual celebration will begin at 4 p.m. at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Park and Community Center, 2300 Greene Street.
A Wreath Laying Ceremony commemorating the historic marker honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be held at 3 p.m. at the corner of Harden and Greene streets on Monday, January 15. Members of the Alpha Psi Lambda and Omicron Iota Lambda chapters of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. will lead the ceremony.
For more information about the 30th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, contact Shireese M. Bell at 803-545-3100 or [email protected], or visit www.columbiasc.net.
 
11/15/2017
Enjoy the fall weather with family and friends by taking a nature and history walk with a city Park Ranger. Both youth and adults can participate in the following free activities hosted by the Columbia Parks & Recreation Department:
 
11/14/2017
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, will begin on Monday, November 13.
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 Friday, December 15.
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. 
 
11/14/2017
The Columbia Art Center is offering a fun and interactive art camp for children to explore the world of pottery and mixed media during their December winter break.
The 5-day camp is open to children ages 6-12 and will be held on Dec. 18-22 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Columbia Art Center, 1227 Taylor St., Ste. C, Columbia. 
The registration fee is $85 and includes all materials for participants to complete pottery and paper projects using mixed media.
The deadline to register is Friday, Dec. 8. Download a registration form at City of Columbia Parks and Recreation’s Cultural Arts page.
For more information, contact Brenda Oliver at 803-545-3093.
 
11/13/2017
The City of Columbia is accepting nominations for the 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.
 
11/10/2017
Columbia On the Move is a monthly newsletter focusing on health, wellness, parks, recreation and leisure services from the City of Columbia Parks & Recreation Department. Inside this edition: 39th Annual Veterans Day Parade, Main Street ICE, Winter Break Art Camp, City Hoops Registration, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Honor the Dream Food Drive and more!
 
10/31/2017
The City of Columbia’s outdoor ice skating rink, Main Street ICE, will return for its sixth season Thanksgiving Day at Boyd Plaza (corner of Main and Hampton streets).
Main Street ICE opens Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 23, from 5 to 10 p.m., and will remain open until Monday, January 15, 2018. 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. 
 
10/25/2017
The walking trail at Pinehurst Park will be closed beginning today, October 25, 2017 to allow for the removal of unhealthy trees, the Columbia Parks & Recreation Department announced.
Crews will be on site to remove dead, dying or unsafe trees in the park.
In order to ensure the safety of pedestrians, the walking trail will be closed during the duration of the project which is expected to be completed in three weeks.
For more information, contact the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department at 803-545-3100.
 
 
10/16/2017
The City of Columbia will host one of the Southeast’s largest Veterans Day Parade on Friday, November 10.
The 39th Annual Veterans Day Parade 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 retired Col. Jack Van Loan. Van Loan was a Vietnam War Air Force fighter pilot who was shot down during his 74th combat mission and spent six years as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam before he was released in 1973.
The Veterans Day Parade is sponsored by the City of Columbia, AARP and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of South Carolina.
For more information, call the Parks and Recreation Department at 803-545-3100.
 
10/13/2017
The Columbia Parks & Recreation Department will host a groundbreaking ceremony for construction of a new community center at Hampton Park on Saturday, October 21 at 10 a.m.
The new 3,000-square-foot community center will include open meeting space, accessible restrooms, office space, a kitchen, storage, and a semi-private classroom area.
WHAT: Hampton Park Groundbreaking
WHO: Mayor Steve Benjamin, Columbia City Council members, City staff, and Community leaders
WHERE: Hampton Park, 1117 Brandon Avenue
WHEN:  Saturday, October 21 at 10 a.m.
For more information, call the Parks & Recreation Department at 803-545-3100.
 
10/6/2017
The Columbia Parks & Recreation Department’s park rangers will host free programs for youth and adults including a history tour on the Columbia Canal and tree identification walk in October. 
 
10/4/2017
The City of Columbia Parks & Recreation Department is accepting registrations for its youth winter basketball and adult volleyball leagues.
 
10/2/207
Columbia On the Move is a monthly newsletter focusing on health, wellness, parks, recreation and leisure services from the City of Columbia Parks & Recreation Department. Inside this edition: Columbia Art Center Grand Opening, Spooktacular Halloween Party, Art Along the Trail, Pong Fest, Miracle League Opening Day and more!
 
9/29/2017
Greenview Park will host a day of fun and table tennis at its first Pong Fest on Saturday, October 14 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Pong Fest will feature table tennis instruction from professional players and a table tennis exhibition. Participants will have the opportunity to play games between individuals or pairs. Refreshments will be served.
The free event is open to ages 8 and older, but space is limited. The last day to register is Friday, October 6.
Registration forms can be found and submitted at Greenview Park located at 6700 David Street.
For more information, call Greenview Park at 803-754-5223.
 
9/28/2017
The City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department will host a grand opening ceremony for the new Columbia Art Center on Saturday, October 28 at 9:30 a.m.

The new 5,000-square-foot center, located in the Cannon Garage, includes classroom space, a glaze room, clay room, office space and gallery.
The event will feature a ribbon cutting followed by an open house that will include art demos, tours of the new facility and light refreshments.

WHAT: Columbia Art Center Grand Opening Ceremony

WHEN:  Saturday, October 28 at 9:30 a.m.

WHO: Mayor Steve Benjamin, Columbia City Council, City Manager Teresa Wilson, City staff and Community Members

WHERE: Columbia Art Center, 1227 Taylor St., Ste. C, Columbia, SC 29201 (Cannon Garage)

For more information, call the Parks and Recreation Department at 803-545-3100.
 
9/21/2017
Celebrate Halloween at the City of Columbia’s “Spooktacular Halloween Party” on Tuesday, Oct. 31 at Dutch Square Mall.
The year’s event will feature escape rooms, a pumpkin patch, games, entertainment, a costume contest, and more!
WHAT: “Spooktacular Halloween Party”
WHERE: Dutch Square, 421 Bush River Road
WHEN: 5-9 p.m. on Tuesday, October 31
COST: Free
AGES: 6 and up
NOTE: The food court will be open for guests to purchase refreshments.
For more information, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 803-545-3100.
 
 
9/18/2017
Experience art and the beautiful natural resources at Riverfront Park at the 2nd Annual Art Along the Trail showcase on Saturday, October 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 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.
The free event will feature 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.
 
9/15/2017
Miracle League of Columbia Opening Day
The Columbia Parks and Recreation Department will kick off the first season of the Miracle League of Columbia on Saturday, September 16 at the Miracle League Field at Owens Field Park, 1351 Jim Hamilton Blvd.
The opening day will include a ceremonial first pitch by Ray Tanner, USC Athletics Director; player introductions; and a game.
WHAT: Miracle League of Columbia Opening Day
WHO: Ray Tanner, USC Athletics Director and founder of the Ray Tanner Foundation; Miracle League participants and families; City staff
WHEN: Saturday, September 16 at 9 a.m.
WHERE: Miracle League Field at Owens Field Park, 1351 Jim Hamilton Blvd.
For more information, call the Parks & Recreation Department at 803-545-3100.
 
9/6/2017
Columbia Fireflies to Present City with Donation for Miracle League of Columbia Program
WHAT: The Columbia Fireflies will present a donation to the City of Columbia from the proceeds raised from the team’s jersey auction to support the new Miracle League.
WHO: Mayor Steve Benjamin, City Council members, Columbia Fireflies representatives, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Tanner of the Ray Tanner Foundation, and City staff
WHEN: Thursday, September 7 at 11 a.m.
WHERE: Miracle League Field at Owens Field Park, 1351 Jim Hamilton Blvd.
For more information, call the Parks & Recreation Department at 803-545-3100.
 
9/1/2017
Columbia On the Move is a monthly newsletter focusing on health, wellness, parks, recreation and leisure services from the City of Columbia Parks & Recreation Department. Inside this edition: City's Recreational Swim Season Ends Labor Day, Columbia Residents Join Mayor to Save Lives from Heart Disease, The First Tee of Columbia Fall Golf Sessions and more!
 
8/31/2017
The Columbia Parks & Recreation Department invites the public to learn how to identify trees at Riverfront Park, kayak on the Columbia Canal, and learn how Columbia used our waterways in the past during a series of free events in September.
All activities are open to youth and adults.
 
8/30/2017
The City of Columbia’s outdoor swimming pools will be open for Labor Day, on Monday, September 4 — 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 6 p.m. on Monday, September 4.
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.
 
8/16/2017
The First Tee of Columbia at the James E. Clyburn Golf Center will hold its Fall Golf Session for children ages 5-17 from September 13 through November 4. The golf center is located at 2091 Slighs Avenue.
Coaches will introduce participants to the game of golf through The First Tee curriculum. Coaches will teach participants golf skills, the rules of the game and etiquette while reinforcing The Nine Core Values such as Sportsmanship, Honesty and Responsibility.
 
8/15/2017
Viewing Locations Available for Total Solar Eclipse: Public Restroom, Water Station Sites Announced
Five parks in the City of Columbia have been designated as public viewing sites for the Total Solar Eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21, the Columbia Parks & Recreation Department announced.
Guests are encouraged to visit the following locations to view the solar eclipse:
  • Drew Park (beside the Charles R. Drew Wellness Center), 2101 Walker Solomon Way
  • Finlay Park, 930 Laurel St.
  • Owens Field Park, 1351 Jim Hamilton Blvd.
  • Riverfront Park, 312 Laurel St. (The north end is also available for viewing at 4122 River Drive)
  • Southeast Park, 951 Hazelwood Rd.
Solar eclipse glasses will be available for guests while supplies last. 
Restrooms, portable toilets, hand washing stations and manifolds (water stations) will be available on site.
Guests are encouraged to bring water bottles and fill them at the water stations.
For more information, call the Parks & Recreation Department at 803-545-3100.
 
8/8/2017
The City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department’s After-School Program will begin on Tuesday, August 22 for youth ages 6-12.
Children will have the opportunity to participate in sports, games, arts & crafts, field trips and appearances from special guests on a weekly basis. 
Registration will open on Monday, August 7. The program 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, 2017, 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. 
 
8/7/2017
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 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, call the Charles R. Drew Wellness Center at 803-545-3200.
 
8/2/2017
Bring the family out to Riverfront Park and let a park ranger guide you through a variety of family-friendly activities including a Wet Sandal Walk, Total Eclipse Party and more during the month of August, the Columbia Parks & Recreation Department announced.
All activities are open to youth and adults.
Shady Tree I.D. | Saturday, August 5 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Riverfront Park, 4122 River Dr.
Take a walk with a ranger to learn about trees under the canopy of our floodplain forest.
Meet at the Riverfront Park’s north parking lot, 4122 River Dr. 
 
8/1/2017
Columbia On the Move is a monthly newsletter focusing on health, wellness, parks, recreation and leisure services from the City of Columbia Parks & Recreation Department. Inside this edition: Miracle League Field and Playground at Owens Field Park Grand Opening, Mayor Benjamin's Drills & Skills Clinics, Let's Move! Columbia Family Wellness Challenge Winners Announced, Fall Sports Registrations and more!