If you know the name of the park you are looking for, you can find it by clicking on the "A-Z Park List" in the box to the right. Or, you can browse by park type or by park feature. For example, if you click on "Basketball Courts" in the box to the right, a list of all the parks that have a basketball court will appear.
Columbia has more than 70 parks to serve its citizens. The opens in a new window2015 citizen survey revealed that ninety-two percent of Columbia households use our municipal parks! Browse the list to find a park near you.
Nifong Park is known for its historical properties. It is home to the Boone County History & Culture Center, the historical Village at Boone Junction, and Maplewood Home and grounds. The Maplewood Barn Theater hosts live shows and the park is host to the annual Heritage Festival. The park also has a reservable shelter, fishing lake and dock, playground, picnic areas, and restrooms.
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, 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 2-5 years of age. It has a nonreservable shelter and some fitness stations. The neighboring school has a basketball court, playground, and soccer field.
This 140-acre park is located off of the Discovery Parkway exit (Hwy 62) and is next to Father Tolton Catholic High School and across the road from Gans Creek Recreation Area. Philips Park was master planned in conjunction with the the Gans Creek Recreation Area for the development of a southeast regional park. 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. It is also home to the Columbia Sports Fieldhouse, which has four hardwood courts designed for basketball, pickleball, volleyball and archery.
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.
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.
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.
Located in north Columbia, Smiley Lane Park is a neighborhood park serving the Vanderveen subdivision. Visitors will find a playground, a non-reservable shelter, a full basketball court, an open playfield, a pond, and a 0.38 mile gravel/concrete loop trail.
Smithton Park is a neighborhood park located across the street from Smithton Middle School. The open field, leased from Evangelical Free Church, allows visitors of the park to practice baseball and softball. A 0.33 loop trail surrounds the park, and a nature trail cuts through the wooded area of the park. A playground with a rubberized ADA surface and non-reservable shelter are also in the park.
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.
This park land was acquired in 2016 with funds from the Park Sales Tax, filling a need identified in the 2013 Parks, Recreation and Open Space Master Plan. Funding for Phase I development of the park is scheduled in Fiscal Year 2021 and is funded by the 2015 Park Sales Tax.
The Waters-Moss Memorial Wildlife Area is owned by the Missouri Department of Conservation and managed by Columbia Parks and Recreation as a result of a land swap agreement. The park is home to the Hillcrest Community Center, the Moss Building (reservable), and Waters House (reservable). The park is open for deer and turkey archery hunting under MDC hunting regulations. The park has a reservable shelter, playground, and outdoor restroom. Grindstone Creek Trail travels through the south end of the park.
This 2.24-acre property is currently undeveloped park land. It was acquired in January 2018 with funds from the 2010 Park Sales Tax. The property was purchased from Columbia Insurance Group for $250,000. The property was purchased for the purpose of a neighborhood park in this area. The development is unfunded at this time and could possibly be a proposed project in the next Park Sales Tax ballot.
Woodridge Park is a neighborhood park that features a premiere, inclusive playground especially designed for those with developmental and physical disabilities, while still serving able-bodied children. The playground includes sensory play features and has a fence enclosure for extra safety. Park amenities also include a full basketball court, a baseball/softball play field, a soccer play field, hard-surface trail, and sidewalk connection to ADA parking spots at the Ronald McDonald House.
Formerly known as Old 63 Roadside Park, Sterling W. Wyatt Park was renamed in honor of Army Specialist Sterling William Wyatt, a former Shepard resident who lost his life while on patrol in Afghanistan. Park features include picnic tables, a historical marker and a scenic overlook.