• Did you know dog owners are nearlly four times more likely than non-dog owners to meet daily physical activity guidelines. The Columbia Trail System provides 64 miles of trails to get your dog walk in.


Food Trucks in the Park
March 3, 2021

Women's Month Movie Night: "Joy"
March 10, 2021

Parks and Recreation Commission Meeting
March 18, 2021



  • As of Feb 18, ice fishing is  now CLOSED at Cosmo-Bethel Park and ice skating is CLOSED at Stephens Lake Park. 
  • With the exception of the women’s restrooms at Forum and Scott trailheads (which are under repair), all other park restrooms have reopened. 
  • For gatherings of more than 20 people, a plan with the Columbia/Boone County Department of Health must be approved. Please submit at least two weeks in advance of your event: LINK TO HEALTH APPROVAL FORM
  • The ARC’s gymnasium is open on a reservation basis only (no drop in play). Click here for more information on how to reserve your time slot.

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
  • 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.