Visit Your Park Playgrounds Safely Challenge

Columbia Parks and Recreation wants you to have a fun safe summer while enjoying park playgrounds.  Did you know that Columbia’s park system has 48 parks with playgrounds? Each playground has a variety of play features and many have loop trails and shelters with picnic tables. Our challenge for you is to go outside and explore your park playgrounds while staying SAFE, all summer long.

The Challenge…Including Tips for SAFE Play

From May 17 to September 6 (Labor Day), 2021 visit playgrounds at ten or more different parks, track your visits and turn in your completed tracking sheet to Columbia Parks and Recreation. All participants will receive a small prize.  Visit twenty parks or more and you will be entered into the grand prize drawing for a $100 gift certificate from Parks and Recreation.

Follow the below safety tips while participating in the challenge:

  1. Don’t visit the park if you are experiencing symptoms of any illness or were recently exposed to COVID-19.
  2. Wash your hands prior to leaving home.
  3. Pack hand sanitizer or liquid soap and water.
  4. Too crowded? Choose another playground.
  5. Don’t touch your face while playing.
  6. Stay at least 6 feet away from others (“social distancing”) at all times
  7. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer after playing at the park.
  8. Pack sunscreen and use care on sunny days to determine if the equipment is too hot for play.
  9. WASH YOUR HANDS…again and again!

Time Frame

May 17 to September 6 (Labor Day), 2021


The 2021 brochure is in design (please return to this page in May)

  1. Print the “Visit Your Park Playgrounds Challenge” brochure  (8.5″ x 11″, two pages) or pick up a copy at the Columbia Parks and Recreation Office, 1 S. 7th Street, Columbia, MO 65201
  2. Fill out one tracking sheet for each child. The tracking sheet is found on page two of the brochure. Fill in the date you visited each park (from May 17 to September 6, 2021). Be sure to answer the question at the end as to your child’s favorite play feature and sign the form.
  3. Use any of the following avenues to turn in your tracking form by September 17,  2021, to the Columbia Parks and Recreation main office:
  • In-person Columbia Parks and Recreation Office, 1 S. 7th Street (this is the main office)
  • By mail: Columbia Parks and Recreation, P. O. Box 6015, Columbia, MO 65201
  • E-mail: Scan tracking sheet and e-mail to parksandrec@como.govcreate new email

Find park locations in the “Parks and Facility Guideopens PDF file .” Guides are available at Parks & Recreation offices.


  • 10 parks: One youth daily pass to the ARC*
  • 20 parks: One youth daily pass to the ARC*, plus one entry for the grand prize
  • 30 parks: One youth daily pass to the ARC*, plus two entries for the grand prize
  • 40 parks: One youth daily pass to the ARC*, plus five entries for the grand prize
  • GRAND PRIZE: $100 Parks & Recreation Gift Certificate (random drawing)

* If submitted in person to the main office, children have a choice of other prizes (while supplies last). If we receive your submission by mail or e-mail, we will mail you your ARC youth pass.


  • Visit park playgrounds from May 17 to September 6 (Labor Day), 2021
  • Turn in your tracking form for each child no later than September 17, 2021.
  • A grand prize winner will be announced on September 24, 2021.

Take Photos!

Take photos of your family playing on various park playgrounds and share them on the Facebook Event page @comoparksandrec or email them to ParksandRed@Como.govcreate new email.


Visit Your Park Playground Safely Challenge Brochureopens PDF file
Click on image above for a printable brochure (PDF)
Parks and Facilities Guideopens PDF file
Click on image above for a printable brochure (PDF)



Playground Photos

Did You Know? Children with a playground within a half mile of home are five times as likely to be a healthy weight than those without.

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