Reservable Shelter

Rapp Shelter

Address: 1615 Business Loop 70 W.

Thomas H Rapp Shelter serves the 8-court tennis court complex in Cosmo Park and can only be reserved with a tennis court rental. It can hold up to 20 people, complete with 2 picnic tables. Other facilities available are several trails, sports complexes, play fields, and many more shelters!
Cosmo Tennis Courts

Rapp Tennis Courts at Cosmo Park

Address: 1615 Business Loop 70 W.

Cosmo Park has eight lighted tennis courts located right off the parking lot on Business Loop 70 West. The park is also lined for kids aged 10 & under. Features include several other sports facilities (such as a roller hockey rink and softball center).
Remote Control Car Track

Remote Control Car Track

Address: 1615 Business Loop 70 W.

The shown remote control car track can be located in Cosmo Park in close proximity to the Parkside Drive entry as well as near Antimi Sports Complex. Some features of this outdoor facility are a boulder climbing wall, dirt track, 700 linear feet, banked curves, jumps, electricity, parking, and a warm-up area.
Riechmann Indoor Pavilion

Riechmann Indoor Pavilion

Address: 2300 E. Walnut Street, Columbia, MO

This beautiful indoor pavilion constructed out of red cedar timbers at Stephens Lake Park off of East Walnut sits on a hilltop overlooking the park and lake. This attractive one-story building is available for public rental and will host up to a maximum of 150 people. The pavilion has a 2,000+-square-foot main room with a vaulted ceiling, a warming kitchen, tables and chairs, and two outdoor grills. It offers a scenic view through the large wall of windows, making it a great wedding venue or an ideal location for reunions, receptions, company meetings, and private parties. Weekend reservations are allowed up to 2 years in advance of the event; weekday reservations allowed up to one year in advance.

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Rock Bridge park shelter

Rock Bridge Shelter

Address: 201 Miramar Ln.

Rock Bridge Park can be accessed on Miramar Lane and contains amenities such as a full basketball court, playground, swings, backstop, as well as an open play area/ball-field. The shelter indicated is also non-reservable with 4 picnic tables.
Rock Quarry House

Rock Quarry House

Address: 2002 Grindstone Pkwy.

Rock Quarry House is located on Grindstone Parkway and can be reserved at the Parks & Rec Department (1 South 7th Street) or can be checked for online availability on the facility web-page. This ranch home in a park setting may be rented for meetings, birthday parties, special occasions, weddings, receptions, and more. Some features include three large rooms with wood floors, one with tile, a kitchen that includes a stove/oven, and an indoor restroom.
Rock Quarry Park shelter

Rock Quarry Shelter

Address: 2002 Grindstone Parkway

Within 1,196 square feet, this reservable park shelter has 2 barbecue grills and a limited group size of 100. It can be located at Rock Quarry Park next to a sand volleyball court and playground. Some other park amenities include a basketball court, tennis/pickleball courts, and a gravel trail.
Tennis Courts

Rock Quarry Tennis Courts

Address: 2002 Grindstone Pkwy.

Rock Quarry Park has three tennis courts that include lines for pickleball games. Within the vicinity of the park, it can be found next to a basketball court and can be accessed through Grindstone Parkway. Among the other amenities found are reservable facilities such as a shelter and Rock Quarry House.

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Rugby Field

Scott Blvd. Rugby Fields

Address: 3800 S. Scott Blvd., Columbia, MO

There are two rugby fields with goal posts at the MKT Trail - Scott Blvd. Access. This is the home field for the Columbia Rugby Football Club. Other sports teams may reserve the fields for the practice of their sport. This location has ample parking, restrooms, access to the MKT Trail, picnic table, water fountain, bike rack, and bike repair station.
Shepard Boulevard Park Shelter

Shepard Boulevard Shelter

Address: 2717 Shepard Blvd.

This reservable park shelter can be found in Shepard Boulevard Park within close proximity of the restroom, playground, and sand volleyball court. Included are also an accompanying practice field. The shelter has a seating capacity can of 80 people.
Shepard Tennis Courts

Shepard Boulevard Tennis Courts

Address: 2717 Shepard Boulevard

Shepard Boulevard Park has two tennis courts that includes lines for pickleball games. Within the vicinity of the park, they can be found next to annex buildings (as they are shared with Shepard Boulevard Elementary School). Entryway to the tennis courts can be accessed through Shepard Boulevard. Among other park amenities are as listed: one reservable shelter, seasonal restrooms, drinking fountain, playground, soccer practice field, outdoor volleyball court, gravel trail, as well as one full basketball court (also shared with school).

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Smith Park Shelter

Smith Shelter

Address: 5425 Brown Station Rd.

This shelter can be found in Norma Sutherland Smith Park and can be put on hold for reservations. Some features include a pond, parking lot, and restroom with a drinking fountain. There are approximately 18 picnic tables with a group limit of 200.
Smithton park shelter

Smithton Shelter

Address: 3501 W. Worley St.

This park shelter is not available for reservations and is located on West Worley Street. It contains a BBQ grill along with 4 picnic tables. The shelter is located next to the playground.
Stephens Lake Beach and Spraygrounds

Stephens Lake Beach (Unguarded) and Spraygrounds

Address: 100 Old 63 N.

Stephens Lake Beach and Spraygrounds are FREE to the public and open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. There is a sand beach and a designated roped area for swimming. The lake is unguarded and visitors swim at their own risk. Stephens Lake Park features the largest spraygrounds (5,782 sq. ft.) in Columbia's park system, with a variety of water spray features, such as spray rings, water columns, stream jets, geysers, and bubblers. Stephens Lake Park is centrally located in Columbia and is a family friendly place to cool off and have fun.
Stephens Lake Park Amphitheater

Stephens Lake Park Amphitheater

Address: 100 Old 63 N.

This outdoor theater sits in the northwest corner of the park with a beautiful lake setting behind the stage. The amphitheater has a 60' x 60' concrete stage with partition walls, an orchestra pit, and a concrete open air sound and light control stage with electric panel and conduit. Users must provide their own stage lighting and sound system. The audience sits on the bowl-shaped grassy hillside and can bring their own blanket or lawn chair. The amphitheater is available for rental by the public. It serves as an outdoor venue for concerts, theater shows, and festivals, as well as for private functions, such as weddings.
Strawn Shelter

Strawn Shelter

Address: 801 N Strawn Rd, Columbia, MO 65203, USA

This non-reservable park shelter is located right next to the parking lot. There are no water, electric services, or restrooms within the vicinity of the park. It's point of address lies right on North Strawn Road/Route ZZ.

Swim Lessons and Aquatic Classes


Parks and Recreation offers a variety of swim classes to accommodate a wide range of age groups, abilities, and family schedules. Financial assistance may be available for those who qualify. 

Private swim lessons are available, please see information below. 

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Douglass Amphitheater

Tapp-Elbert Amphitheater


This outdoor amphitheater was created for small concerts or speaking engagements. It is located on the east side of Douglass Park off the N. 5th Street parking area. It has a concrete stage and low back stone wall with electrical. The audience can sit on the grass, bring lawn chairs, or sit on the boulders placed in the lawn in front of the stage. It can be reserved by submitting a Park Special Use Application.
Talbert Thurston Shelter

Thurston Shelter

Address: 1001 Maplewood Dr.

This large shelter can be reserved and is located in Kiwanis Park, which neighbors Russell Boulevard Elementary School. Within 20 acres of wooded land, there are nature trails to explore the park. Restrooms can be found on the west side of the park.
Twin Lakes shelter

Twin Lakes Shelter

Address: 2500 Chapel Hill Rd.

This shelter is the largest reservable outdoor shelter in the park system, with a group size limit of 200. It is next to the playground and near the restrooms. Twin Lakes Recreation Area is located off Chapel Hill Road and can also be accessed via County House Trail. Among park features are leash-free areas for dogs, fishing lake, swimming area, and a bath house. The lake perimeter trail connects to the MKT Trail.
Valleyview Park shelter

Valleyview Shelter

Address: 2210 Garden Dr.

This non-reservable park shelter can be found within the property of Valleyview Park. It contains several amenities such as a gravel and concrete trail, practice field, basketball court, as well as many other features. Amenities include 4 picnic tables.
Waters House Reservable

Waters House Rental

Address: 2104 Hillcrest Drive

This reservable facility can be found within the bounds of Waters-Moss Memorial Wildlife Area and is managed by Hillcrest Community Center (except for taking reservations). The premises is mainly used for private parties, events, weddings, and meetings, with a maximum of 50 people. The rental area includes two rooms, foyer, two restrooms, and an outdoor patio.