• Did you know the Hedonometer (a study of people's online expressions that measures happiness levels through tweets) shows that park visits correspond with a spike in happiness?
  • 6 - The number of Columbia Parks and Recreation lakes that are stocked with fish by Missouri Department of Conservation.
  • We know from research that physical activity can build a healthier immune system...This pandemic shows the need to have local parks, trails and connected sidewaks in all neighborhoods that allow people to exercise safely.


Drive-in Movies in the Park: Nightmare Before Christmas
October 3, 2020

Interested parties meeting for Albert-Oakland Park improvements
October 13, 2020

Parks and Recreation Commission Meeting
October 15, 2020



Gans Creek Classic: 9/26/2020

Please note: NO SPECTATORS ALLOWED and Gans Creek Recreation Area will be closed to visitors due to the COVID-19 local Health Order. However, there is a Live Stream available!

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 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.