• Did you know free play builds self-confidence and self-esteem? Playground equipment can present kids with physical challenges and encourage them to take risks. When kids overcome a challenge, they develope a sense of accomplishment that leads to higher seft-esteem.
  • Numbers tell the story: 591 local citizens were provided financial assistance for recreation activities last year.
  • Who said that?


Parks and Recreation Commission Meeting
April 18, 2019

Egg Hunt EGGstravaganza at Douglass
April 20, 2019

Egg Hunt EGGstravaganza at Indian Hills
April 20, 2019

Kite Flying Day at Indian Hills Park
April 27, 2019

Yappy Hour
April 27, 2019

Columbia Youth Intro Track Meet
April 27, 2019

Tons of Trucks
May 1, 2019

Stephens Lake Park Amphitheater Concert Series
May 2, 2019

MLB Pitch, Hit and Run
May 4, 2019

MLB Junior Home Run Derby
May 4, 2019



  • Stephens Lake and the spraygrounds at Stephens, Douglass and Flat Branch are scheduled to open May 1. 
  • We’re looking for musicians, bands, dancers, artists and more who may be interested in performing at Parks and Recreation special events and festivals…click this link to complete a short survey. 

Gentry BuildingColumbia Parks & Recreation
1 South 7th St.
Columbia, Missouri 65201
(573) 874-7460

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.