Community parks are typically 15-100 acres and designed to provide a variety of organized recreation activities, with a service area up to 3 miles. These parks usually include on-site parking and restrooms. They contain the type of amenities that users are willing to drive to, such as swimming pools, spraygrounds, reservable picnic shelters, court facilities, athletic fields, and amphitheaters.
C.M. Albert Memorial Park is a 20 acre park within the larger 79 acre Albert-Oakland Park. It resides in the southern portion of Albert-Oakland Park and can be accessed from Parker Street. The tract was donated as a memorial to C.M. Albert. As a condition of the donation, the 20-acre park parcel was to be named C. M. Albert Memorial Park. C. M. Albert Memorial Park can be accessed from Parker St. from the south, from Bear Creek Trail from the west, and by the hard-surface trail in Albert-Oakland Park from the north.
Albert-Oakland Park is a 79-acre community park that features Columbia's largest municipal pool, two 18-hole disc golf courses, six dedicated pickleball courts, basketball and tennis courts, lighted baseball/softball fields, reservable picnic shelters, playgrounds, and much more! It is a trailhead for the 4.8 mile Bear Creek Trail.
American Legion Park is a 17-acre community park that is home to the only archery range in Columbia's park system. It also has two lighted baseball fields, concession stand/restrooms, fishing pond, two non-reservable picnic shelters, and playground. American Legion Herbert Williams Post 202 is located on 3 acres of the 20-acre property.
Atkins Park is home to a premiere five-field lighted, irrigated baseball complex complete with batting cages, concession stand/restrooms, picnic areas, and picnic shelter. The park is located in north Columbia adjacent to the Boone County Fairgrounds. It is jointly owned by the City of Columbia and the County of Boone and managed by Columbia Parks and Recreation.
Clary-Shy Community Park is home to the ARC (Activity & Recreation Center) and Columbia Farmers Market - a seasonal fresh produce market. It also has practice soccer fields on the property. It is the future home of a new agriculture park and a year round, covered farmers market that will be conducted out of the new MU Health Care Pavilion.
This 40-acre community park is adjacent to Gentry Middle School. It shares a 12-court tennis complex with Columbia Public Schools, has a fishing lake with a lakeside trail, reservable shelters, playground, horseshoe pits, year-round restroom, and baseball/softball practice field. In the winter, the lake is stocked with trout for a winter trout fishing program. In the winter when the lake ice depth meets the criteria, the lake is opened for ice fishing.
Douglass Park is a community park located in central Columbia. It is home to Douglass Family Aquatic Center, two full basketball courts, playground, outdoor amphitheater, restrooms, baseball/softball field, picnic shelters, and a skate spot. The part of park where the basketball courts and baseball field are located is on property owned by Columbia Public Schools. A schedule of events held at Douglass Park can be found on the Parks and Recreation Special Events page.
This community park is adjacent to Fairview Elementary School off of Fairview Road. It shares a parking lot with the school on the north side of the park. The park includes four tennis courts, a reservable shelter, restroom, garden plots (available for rent), playground, and soccer practice fields. The east side of the park is heavily wooded, with more open space on the west side. The park has a connection to the Scott's Branch Trail.
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.
Jay Dix Station is a trailhead for the MKT Trail. It has a reservable shelter, playground, mountain bike skills course, full basketball court, fitness stations, and open play field. Because of the MKT Trail history, the park has a train station theme. Park users can travel through the underpass to the east side of Scott Blvd. to access restrooms, water fountain, and a bike repair station. Jay Dix Station property is owned by Boone County and is under the management of Columbia Parks and Recreation through a cooperative agreement.
This heavily wooded community park has two large reservable shelters, restrooms, fire ring, and nature trails. It is adjacent to Russell Boulevard Elementary School, which has a basketball court, playground, and an outdoor classroom.
Lake of the Woods Recreation Area has an 18-hole golf course, clubhouse with concessions, driving range, fishing lake, and outdoor swimming pool. It's a great place for family recreation. The golf course has three sets of tees, sand traps, mature trees, large zoysia fairways, bentgrass greens, lakes, golf cart paths, and tee to green watering systems. The course is open year round, weather permitting. Lake of the Woods Pool features a double water slide, bathhouse, shade umbrellas, and lounge chairs.
This community park is located off of the Discovery Parkway exit (Hwy 62) and is next to Father Tolton Catholic High School and across from Gans Creek Recreation Area. Philips Park is known for its 40-acre fishing lake, which is stocked with fish by the Missouri Department of Conservation. Park amenities includes a fishing dock, boat dock, boat ramp, picnic areas, restrooms, and a 1.4-mile gravel trail that encircles the lake.
This community park has a reservable shelter, playground, tennis courts with pickleball lines, baseball and soccer practice fields, sand volleyball courts, and a 0.6 mile perimeter trail. There is parking and seasonal outdoor restrooms. Rock Quarry House can be rented for parties and events for up to 50 people.
Stephens Lake Park is the crown jewel of Columbia's park system and is known for its 11-acre fishing/swimming lake, mature trees, and historical significance in the community. It serves as the center for outdoor winter sports, a variety of community festivals, and outdoor concert series at the amphitheater. It has reservable shelters, playgrounds, swimming beach and spraygrounds, art sculpture, waterfalls, and walking trails. This popular park houses numerous tree collections, including red bud, oak, conifer and nut trees, along with the Hindman Memorial Garden, Children's Grove, and demonstration rain gardens, which have earned it a Level II Arboretum Accreditation.
The property that Strawn Park sits on was acquired to serve as a trailhead for the future Perche Creek Trail. Visitors come from all over the country to play the number one ranked public disc golf course, Harmony Bends Championship Disc Golf Course. Other amenities of this community park include a non-reservable shelter and scenic woodlands and creeks.
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.