Children's Grove at Stephens Lake Park is ultimately a terraced garden of ornamental trees. It is located in the northeast area of the park across from Hindman Discovery Garden. The grove includes five drystack stone walls, 41 trees and informational signage to explain the unique purpose of the Children's Grove. The grove is intended to create a place of peacefulness, joyful play and wonderment for children and adults alike.
Collins is a reservable shelter located near the upper parking lot of Stephens Lake Park (rental includes firepit). Recommended group size is 40, due to limited parking. Groups with more than 40 are required to rent one or both of the other shelters, depending on size of group. Some features include 1 ADA single BBQ grill, 4 picnic tables (1 ADA) and a playground near the site (within walking distance) at Gordon Shelter.
Columbia Skate Park can be found at the north end of Cosmo Park right next to a roller hockey rink. There are no staff and is open to skaters year round (weather permitting) with no admission fee. Columbia Parks and Recreation usually hosts a Shred Fest event in June to celebrate National Skateboarding Day (see 'Special Events by Month' for further details).
The CoMo Bike Co-op is a program and classroom facility located in the Armory Sports Center. Columbia Parks and Recreation, in partnership with GetAbout Columbia, manages year-round programming. Its primary program -Earn-a-Bike - is a free learning and earning bicycle program with the goal of fostering independence in and provision of basic employment and bike mechanic skills. It is supported by community bicycle donations. Earn-a-Bike participants and volunteers refurbish the bicycles in exchange for ownership or use by underserved community members.
A regulation-sized (85' x 185') outdoor roller hockey rink sits directly behind the Skate Park in Cosmo Park. The rink serves both roller hockey and bike polo sports. Currently this facility is available on a first come, first served basis. This multi-use rink has boards, goals, and outside bleacher seating. Ample parking is nearby.
There are 19 soccer fields located at Columbia Cosmopolitan Recreation Area (aka Cosmo Park). To ensure quality fields, soccer field rules and regulations have been established to allow use of soccer fields for game play only. Use of the fields for practices is not allowed. This policy is key to being able to maintain quality fields for use by Columbia soccer players and has been in place for over 10 years.
Shown here is a non-reservable shelter that can be found within the bounds of Cosmo-Bethel park playground. The following are incorporated: approximately 2 picnic tables & 2 restrooms nearby. Surrounding this community park lay amenities such as 3 other shelters, a practice field, and lake; among many others. Bordering the outskirts of the property are Gentry Middle School and Rock Bridge High School.
These 12 tennis courts can be found in Cosmo-Bethel park. Features include 12 asphalt tennis courts (8 of which are lighted) 12 windscreens, 3 backtops, 1 shelter & drinking fountain. Eight courts are owned by the City of Columbia and four courts by Columbia Public Schools. There are approximately 19 tennis courts in Columbia that can be reserved, which include these twelve. Currently they are placed beside the playfield with a shelter between the eight courts.
Cosmo-Bethel Tennis shelter is a non-reservable facility that can be found at the center of 8 and 4 tennis courts near the border of Gentry Middle School. Park entrance is located on Bethel Street with park hours of 6am-11pm. Accompanied by 2 picnic tables, 5 outlets, lights, and 1 drinking fountain with a jug filler; other park features are as stated: horseshoe pits, playgrounds, volleyball courts, baseball/softball fields, a fishing lake, reservable shelters, restrooms and trails.
Come and take a stroll through the lovely, new Hindman Discovery Garden located just east of Riechmann Pavilion in Stephens Lake Park. This beautiful garden was built to honor the contributions made to our community by Darwin and Axie Hindman and was funded through private donations. The garden features four themed areas: Plant Communities, Grow to Know Your World, Council Ring, and Art and Science of Horticulture.
Cosmo Park Dexheimer shelter is a reservable facility next to an outdoor volleyball field and horseshoe pits that are across the parking lot (Garrison Shelter right alongside it). Being Columbia's largest park, it is host to the Show-Me State Games as well as many other events! (For more information on reservable park shelters see 'Shelters' under Parks,Trails, & Facilities).
This single-table picnic shelter at Douglass Park is perfect for a family picnic or to provide shade while reading or visiting with friends. It is available on a first come, first served basis. The park has restrooms, a drinking fountain, and many park facilities to enjoy.
This central-city outdoor pool features a double loop slide, climbing wall, and spraygrounds. It has a shaded shelter inside the fencing, lounge chairs, bathhouse, and concessions. Douglass Family Aquatic Center has the lowest admission fee of all the municipal pools, providing a great family value.
This 4,500 sq. foot skate spot is located in Douglass Park and can be accessed off of 5th Street. This facility has three ramps, funbox with grind rail, stairs with grind rail, and one-quarter pipe. There is no charge to use the skate spot. Helmets are strongly encouraged.
This is a non-reservable park shelter complete with 1 picnic table, a drinking fountain and basketball courts right next to it. For reference, South Shelter is positioned neighboring the baseball/softball field and near the border of Douglass High School parking lot.
Douglass Spraygrounds is part of the Douglass Family Aquatic Center when the pool is open and plays the role of the kiddie pool. During pool hours the gate access from the park is locked. After pool hours, the gate to the spraygrounds is opened for access from the park and use of the spraygrounds is FREE and open to the public. Douglass Spraygrounds is open May 1 through September 30, which begins before and ends after the regular pool season.
Downtown Optimist Shelter is a non-reservable shelter. Amenities include 1 ADA drinking fountain , a BBQ grill and 3 picnic tables. Downtown Optimist is a neighborhood park located near Grand Avenue with a half basketball court, aplayground and 2 bicycle racks.
Address: 1001 S Fairview Rd, Columbia, MO 65203, USA
This reservable shelter is located near the volleyball court and towards the border of Fairview Elementary School. Park amenities included are: garden plots, playgrounds, 4 tennis courts along with one junior and regular soccer field.
Fairview Park has four lighted tennis courts located right off Fairview Road. There is also a seasonal parking lot open from March to October that can be accessed on Plymouth Drive. Other park amenities include nature trails, garden plots, and soccer practice field.
The shelter shown is located in Cosmo-Bethel Park and can be reserved. Some features include 1 ADA double covered BBQ grill, ADA drinking fountain with jug filler (1), electric, six 110 volt double outlets, lights, one 220 volt outlet and 8 picnic tables. Group size limit can exceed no more than 100 people.
This gazebo can be found in Flat Branch Park and is the focal point for several community events. Flat Branch Park and gazebo can be reserved for a special event through the Park Special Use Permit process. Flat Branch Park is a trailhead for the MKT Trail. The park extends over two city blocks and features picnic areas, historic plaques, playground, spraygrounds, benches, demonstration rain garden, and art sculpture.
Flat Branch Spraygrounds is centrally located in downtown Columbia and is FREE and open to the public from May 1 to September 30. It is operated with recycled, chlorinated water. The spraygrounds is activated by push button and is a great place to cool off during the summer. It is especially popular with families with young children. The spraygounds can also serve as an outdoor amphitheater, with tiered stone seating on the east side.
These football/lacrosse fields are located in Cosmo Park with a total of 6 football fields (two irrigated). Reservations can be made for officiated games only. Payment for the fields is required at the time of the reservation (no fields will be scheduled until payment is received). For more details and rental information, visit this facility's webpage.