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 parksinfo@columbiasc.gov.
For more information, contact Kevin B. Crawford II at 803-545-0041 or Kevin.Crawford@columbiasc.gov 

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.