• Living without recreation is like a care without gas. So why not fill up the tank and take it to a wonderful place. -- by Heather Rice, Missouri Park and Recreation Association
  • Did you know...Your body produces Vitamin D naturally when it's directly exposed to sunlight. Vitamin D can boost your immune system and ward off depression. Take some time each day to get outdoors and get your dose of the
  • Three in five people in the USA - or more than 190 million people - visited a local park, trail, public open space or other recreation facility during the first three months of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Bear Creek Run Half Marathon
October 31, 2020

Bring Your Own Big Wheel - Ghosts and Goblins
October 31, 2020

Drive-Boo Trick or Treating
October 31, 2020



The ARC has reopened its gymnasium on a reservation basis only (no drop in play). Click here for more information on how to reserve your time slot.

The annual Toys for Columbia’s Youth toy drive is open through Dec. 7. 
To register for the program, click this link: 2020 Toys for Youth Applicationopens PDF file
To donate to the program, click this link:  2020 Toy Drive flyeropens PDF file

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.