• Did you know research finds greener play areas boost children's immune systems due to exposure to microbial diversity?
  • 1.1 miles is the distance from the parking lot around the north wetland loop trail and back at Garth Nature Area. With various trail distance options and a year-round restroom, this is a great location to get your daily walk in!


Columbia Parks and Recreation Fund Virtual Art Unveiling and Drive-through
December 1, 2020

Food Trucks in the Park
December 2, 2020



COVID-19 impacts on facilities and programs

Please practice social distancing of 6 feet between yourself and others. We also encourage you to wash your hands or use hand sanitizer frequently.

  • The ARC (Activity & Recreation Center) is open
  • City playgrounds are open.
  • The Armory Sports and Recreation Center is open. The gym is not available for drop in play.
  • For those interested in renting a park shelter or indoor recreation facility, you will be able to make reservations for groups up to 20 people, having guidelines from local COVID-19 health orders in place for your event.  Waivers for events with over 20 people can be obtained from the Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services Department. Parks and Recreation staff will help guide you through the process. Reservations may be made by calling 573.874.7460. 

Please see the “Closures and Cancellations” web page for updated information regarding City of Columbia facilities and event/program schedule changes affected by COVID-19.

      Gentry BuildingColumbia Parks & Recreation
      1 South 7th St.
      Columbia, Missouri 65201

      Program and Facility Cancellation Hotline: 573.874.7663

      For more information, see Contact Us.


      Parks and Recreation LogoDisclaimer: Every effort is made to ensure that information provided is timely and correct, however, users should keep in mind that this information is provided only as a public convenience. In any case where legal reliance on information is required, the official records of the City of Columbia, Missouri, should be consulted.