Neighborhood parks are typically 10 acres or less and are designed to be within walking distance of a neighborhood, with a service area of a half mile. Hence, they usually do not include parking lots or restrooms. A neighborhood park typically consists of a playground, picnic shelter or picnic area, basketball court, open space play fields, and a perimeter trail. Public input meetings are held before park development, so that neighbors have the opportunity to express their park amenity desires. This results in a variety of different park designs customized for each neighborhood’s needs/desires.
Again St. Park is a neighborhood park that features a picnic shelter, playground, climbing wall, fitness course trail, basketball court, and playfield with a backstop. It sits on ten acres of land adjacent to West Boulevard Elementary School. The park land is owned by Columbia Public School District and leased to the City of Columbia for use as a public park.
This 12-acre neighborhood park primarily serves Auburn Hills Subdivision off of East Brown School Road. The park has a playground, non-reservable shelter, half basketball court, 0.3 mile loop trail, open play field, and pond.
This ten-acre neighborhood park primarily serves the Bear Creek Family Townhouse neighborhood. It has a non-reservable picnic shelter, playground, full basketball court, and a playfield with a backstop.
This 12.6-acre neighborhood park off Sinclair Road has a single table picnic shelter, playground, half basketball court, baseball/softball field, open playfield, and 0.25-mile loop trail. There is sidewalk access to the park from Stanwood Drive, Bellingham Drive, and Route K.
This small neighborhood park is located in central Columbia on the southeast corner of Grand and E Forest Avenues. It has a non-reservable shelter, playground, swingset, and half basketball court. The privacy fence on the south end of the property has a mural. This art project led by Jabberwocky Studios in conjunction with the Parks and Recreation CARE Program who gathered community input and inspiration, designed and painted a mural in the park to reflect the neighborhood's unique culture.
This wooded neighborhood park has a small non-reservable picnic shelter, playground, and access to the Scott's Branch Trail. The Scott's Branch Trail runs north through the park to an elevated boardwalk that leads to the Columbia Audubon Nature Sanctuary and on to Bonnie View Nature Sanctuary. Scott's Branch Trail connects the south end of the park to Scott Boulevard.
This neighborhood park is located at the intersection of Range Line St. and Wilkes Blvd., next to Eugene Field Elementary School and across the street from Columbia College. The park serves as a neighborhood gathering place for use by the school and community. It has picnic tables, an outdoor classroom, drinking fountain, and park benches. Grove Construction is housed in the Heibel-March building on the corner of the park property through a conveyance/lease with the City of Columbia.
This neighborhood park has a playground, picnic area, and connection to the MKT Trail. Residents in the Grasslands neighborhood petitioned the City Council for the park and raised the funds to purchase the property. A portion of the development cost was also funded through private donations.
This neighborhood park off of Smiley Lane is adjacent to Lange Middle School. It has a small non-reservable shelter, playground and walking trail. Through a co-operative agreement with Columbia Public Schools, this park was developed on school property. The 400-meter track north of the park and behind the school received funding assistance from the Park Sales Tax and is open to the public after school hours and when not in school use.
This neighborhood park is located in central Columbia and is bordered by four city streets - William, Walnut, Ann, and Windsor Streets. It features a non-reservable shelter, two playgrounds, and a fitness station trail through the park.
This 11-acre neighborhood park can be accessed from the northwest off Lisa Lorane Drive (off of Longview Drive) and from the east off the Treatment Plant Access Road across from W Knox Drive off of Gillespie Bridge Road. The park features a small non-reservable shelter, half basketball court, open play field, 0.75-acre pond, and a 0.5 mile gravel trail. The property was formerly sewer utility property that was transferred to the Parks and Recreation Department in exchange for a sewer easement across Stephens Lake Park.
This neighborhood park can be accessed from the east off of Manhasset Drive and from the west from Louisville Avenue. The park features a half basketball court, non-reservable shelter, playground, loop trail, and open play field. It has a demonstration rain garden, native tree exhibit, and a magnificent oak tree off the terminus of Manhasset Drive.
This neighborhood park has a small shelter with a bike rack and playground located at the corner of McKee Street and Orchard Lane. The park also offers a 0.15 concrete trail that encircles the playground, crosses the creek and leads to a full basketball court and open play field with a backstop.
This heavily wooded 10-acre neighborhood park has a 0.3-mile gravel trail well-suited for walking in a natural setting. Portions of the trail are relatively steep and are not considered wheelchair accessible. Other park amenities include a basketball court, playground, fitness cluster, and benches. The park and trail can be accessed from Lynnwood Drive (off Green Meadows Road) or Burrwood Dr.
Paquin Park is a small neighborhood park located between Lee Elementary School and Paquin Tower. The park contains a small non-reservable shelter, half basketball court, shuffleball court, concrete game tables (ping-pong, chess, and checkers), and raised garden beds that are primarily used by Paquin residents.
Parkade Park is a small neighborhood park adjacent to Parkade Elementary School. The park features playground equipment designed for children 5-12 years of age. It has a nonreservable shelter and some fitness stations. The neighboring school has a basketball court, playground, and soccer field.
This is a 3-acre municipal neighborhood park, not to be confused with Rock Bridge Memorial State Park. It has a non-reservable shelter, full basketball court, playground, swingset, and open play field with a backstop.
Shepard Boulevard Park-School is a neighborhood park adjacent to Shepard Boulevard Elementary School. Sitting on 5.3 acres, the park contains a playground, a sand volleyball court, a soccer practice field, and a 0.2 mile gravel walking trail. Facilities shared with the school are a full basketball court and 2 tennis/pickleball courts.