Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration ⁄ Columbia's Holiday ICE

31st Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

Serve & Connect Founder Kassy Alia to be Keynote Speaker

Chief executive officer and founder of Serve & Connect, Kassy Alia, will be the keynote speaker at the City of Columbia’s 31st Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration on Monday, January 21, 2019, the City of Columbia and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Foundation announced.

Kassy Alia founded Serve & Connect — a nonprofit organization focused on promoting community resilience and well-being through transformative police and community partnerships — in memory of her late husband, Officer Gregory Alia who was killed in the line of duty on September 30, 2015. 

Under her leadership, Serve & Connect has grown from a hashtag to a movement for change, touching countless lives in South Carolina. Alia was featured on the Today Show for her efforts to promote a positive relationship between the police and community.

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 21. 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 City’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, contact Shireese M. Bell at 803-545-3100 or [email protected].

Columbia’s Holiday ICE Open Through January 21, 2019

Columbia’s Holiday ICE at Columbiana Centre is the place to be this holiday season! The City’s outdoor ice skating rink, located outside of the mall at 155 Columbiana Circle, will operates at the following dates and times through Monday, January 21, 2019:

Regular 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. 

Admission Fees (includes skates) (Monday through Sunday)

  • $10 (Youth and Adults)
  • $8 (Active Duty Military with ID and Seniors age 55 and up)


Groups reservations will be accepted for parties of 20 people or more. Gift certificates will be available for purchase.

For more information or to reserve your group reservation, contact the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department at 803-545-3100. 

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 24 from 5-8 pm at Greenview Park. The event will include 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 24 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 Recreation 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.

Winners Announced for Passport to Columbia's Parks Challenge 

Diane BetzAndrea Evans-Wolfe
Ernest StromanAriel McMillan

Five winners were selected as grand prize winners in the Passport to Columbia's Parks Challenge held during the month of July to celebrate Park & Recreation Month, the Columbia Parks & Recreation Department announced.
Winners of the 2018 Passport to Columbia's Parks Challenge are:

  • Andrea Evans-Wolfe
  • Diane Betz
  • Ariel McMillan
  • Ernest Stroman
  • Tina Marie Devlin

The department invited citizens to explore various City parks through a citywide Passport Challenge, which asked participants to answer a series of questions related to the features or history of a park or facility in the City.
Completed passports were entered into a drawing for prizes ranging from fitness equipment, lunch kits and more.

Columbia Parks & Recreation Department 

1111 Recreation Drive, Columbia, SC 29201

P: 803-545-3100 | F: 803-343-8744

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