Cosmo Park is Columbia's largest municipal park, one of two regional parks in the park system. It is host to the annual Show-Me State Games as well as many soccer, football, lacrosse, softball, baseball, golf, mountain bike, and skateboard tournaments and events. It has the largest playground in Columbia's park system - Steinberg Playground, is home to Columbia Skate Park and L. A. Nickell Golf Course, and is a trailhead for the Bear Creek Trail.
Garth Nature area has 1.6 miles of gravel trails around the wetlands, a fenced leash-free dog park, restroom, and is a trailhead for the Bear Creek Trail. An abundance of birds and other wetlands wildlife make the wetland trails an interesting walk. Trail users can travel west on the Bear Creek Trail from Garth Nature Area to Cosmo Park (2.5 miles) or travel east on the Bear Creek Trail from Garth Nature Area to Albert-Oakland Park (2.3 miles).
This large nature area is a leash-free area for dogs (except on the Hinkson Creek Trail), has over five miles of nature trails, a picnic shelter, restrooms, and is a trailhead for the Hinkson Creek Trail and the Grindstone Creek Trail. Wildflowers grow in the prairie areas.
This community park in northeast Columbia has an 18-hole disc golf course, dog park, reservable shelter, baseball/softball field, three playgrounds, basketball court, grass volleyball court, restrooms (in season), and a 0.8 mile loop trail. You can access the park from the west off of Aztec Blvd. and from the east off of Sandrock Drive.
Twin Lakes Recreation Area is a 73 acre community park in south Columbia. Amenities include a fishing lake, a water play area for kids - Little Mates Cove, a dog park, picnic areas, and access to the County House and MKT Trails.