• Parks and Recreation month
  • Did you know three Columbia parks have new hammock villages where can you hang your own hammock? Stephens, Again St., Lions-Stephens
  • Increased trail usage. Highest usage day (percent increase from April 2019 - April 2020), Bear Creek Trail: 99% increase, County House Trail: 137% increase, Greenbriar Trail connector: 56% increase, Hinkson Creek Trail: 72% increase, MKT Trail: 62% increase, Scott's Branch Trail: 188% increase


Parks and Recreation Commission Meeting
July 16, 2020



July is Parks and Recreation Month!

Visit Your Park Playgrounds “Safely” Challenge has begun!

June 5 to September 7 (Labor Day)

COVID-19 impacts on facilities and programs

As some park amenities and programs reopen, 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
  • Albert-Oakland Family Aquatic Center and Douglass Family Aquatic Center are open
  • City playgrounds are open.
  • City spraygrounds at Stephens Lake Park, Flat Branch Park and Douglass Park are open.
  • Stephens Lake Park beach will remain CLOSED at this time.
  • Youth and adult baseball and softball has resumed. Social distancing must be in place for players, coaches and spectators.
  • The Armory Sports and Recreation Center is open. The gym is not available.
  • For those interested in renting a park shelter or indoor recreation facility, you will be able to make reservations for groups up to 100 people, with social distancing required. 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.