The City of Columbia and Columbia Parks and Recreation, in partnership with the Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau, will host a dedication ceremony for the Columbia Sports Fieldhouse on Thursday, Nov. 14. Doors will open at 5 p.m. and a short dedication ceremony will start at 5:30 p.m. The Fieldhouse, 4251 Philips Farm Road, is located in A. Perry Philips Park.
The Columbia Sports Fieldhouse is a multi-use indoor sports complex with four hardwood courts designed for basketball, volleyball and pickleball. Multi-purpose rooms, a control desk, concession area, spectator seating and restrooms complete the first phase of construction.
The Sports Fieldhouse was identified in the 2002 and 2013 Parks, Recreation and Open Space Master Plan and in the 2014 Sports Feasibility Study as a key tourism development facility needed in Columbia. The Fieldhouse will host regional and national tournaments.
In addition to recreational and competitive tournaments, the Fieldhouse will host local youth and adult leagues. It will also be available to the public through court rentals. Reservation times and rental rates may be viewed at CoMo.gov (search Sports Fieldhouse).
The current Fieldhouse construction project is budgeted at $5.5 million. Funding comes from a combination of sources, including the voter-approved 2015 Park Sales Tax, Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau, private donations/sponsorships and the City’s Designated Loan Fund to be repaid by recreation services user fees. Local artist David Spear was commissioned for the City’s Percent for Art project, budgeted at about $50,000.
Unfunded future phases of the Sports Fieldhouse would include up to eight additional courts.
For more information, please contact Parks and Recreation at 573.874.7460.