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It Starts in Parks! A Guide to the City of Columbia’s Parks and Activities April 2011 - September 2011


Let’s Move!

It Starts In Parks! Letter from the Director

Columbia City Leaders Stephen K. Benjamin Mayor Sam Davis District I Tameika Isaac Devine At- Large

As the senior Assistant City Manager and Director of Parks and Recreation, I have had

Daniel Rickenmann At- Large

the opportunity to see many amazing partnerships and innovative ideas to increase

Belinda Gergel, PhD District III

access to healthy living. Now, I see new partnerships forming and familiar ones being renewed around First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Campaign in the City of Columba. I believe this campaign will bring out the best in this community as we work together as one to support healthier children and families.

Leona Plough District IV Brian Dequincy Newman District II Steve Gantt City Manager

S. Allison Baker Published by: The City of Columbia Department of Parks and Recreation, 1932 Calhoun Street, Columbia, South Carolina 29201, 803.545.3100. For information about reprinting material from Park Life Magazine, please write to Ray Borders Gray, PO BOX 147, Columbia, South Carolina 29217. Requests must be in writing. Mission: The City of Columbia’s mission is to provide effective and efficient services that enhance the quality of life while embracing the diversity of our community.

General Information 803.545.3100 City of Columbia Department of Parks and Recreation Park Life leisure guide is published twice a year by the City of Columbia Department of Parks and Recreation as a service to Columbia residents. We apologize for any errors and omissions. Comments/Concerns 803.545.3779


for more about Columbia’s Parks and Recreation and other City services.


PLAY Pa r k L i f e a n d Y O u ! contents

Every Saturday beginning

June 4 – July 30

NOMA Bark Park


Lets’ Move !



Finlay Park

Back to School Celebration

Mayor’s Drills and Skills

Karaoke Idol 7pm–8pm

Owens Field Skate Park

The Summer Concert Series

Teen Scene

showcases the talents of some

Let’s Move! Athletics


Parks Facilities and Recreation Areas



See what’s taking root

Rental Facilities Let’s Move! Into Summer Fun 8 Recreation Center Programs

What a great way to see up-and-coming local musicians before they hit it big!

10 Bring your lawn chairs, blankets

April - September

Let’s Move! Mingle (Seniors)

of our city’s best bands for FREE!


Lets Move! Bus Trip Schedule

Let’s Move! Into Creativity


Let’s Move! On the Court, In the Green


and dancing shoes! Please no pets, glass containers, or alcohol. For more information about special events call Kim Mitchell



NOMA Bark Park

Columbia’s newest dog park is located along North Main Street (NOMA) Earlewood Park. With easy access from surrounding neighborhoods, the park provides opportunities to play and socialize for dogs and owners alike. Amenities include resting benches, water fountains, shade trees and convenient pet-waste disposal stations - as well as separate small dog and large dog play areas.

Membership Membership is $25 per year per dog. Dogs are required to be spayed/neutered and vaccinated. A current pet license is required for Columbia and Richland County residents. Otherwise, proof from the veterinarian of current vaccinations and spay/neuter must be provided. Join us on Facebook: NOMA Bark Park or visit 2

Teen Scene

Let’s Move!

Back to School Celebration The Back to School celebrations are FREE family-friendly events that promote a healthy start to the school year and provide free school supplies for children. GREENVIEW PARK Saturday, August 6 11am-1pm HYATT PARK Saturday, August 13 10am-2pm

ages 13-16 LORICK PARK Saturday, August 6 2:pm-5pm PINEHURST PARK Saturday, August 6 11am-2pm ST. ANNA’S PARK Saturday, August 13 12pm-5pm

MARTIN LUTHER KING PARK Saturday, August 6 Registration begins at 9am 10am-2pm

Let’s Move!

Mayor’s Drills and Skills Drills, plays, tips and tricks for the sport and life. August 8-12 Ages 6-17 No cost Basketball Greenview Park Hyatt Park MLK Park Pinehurst Park Tennis Greenview Park Columbia Tennis Center For more information call 803.545.3100.

Owens Field Skate Park

Summer Camp Horizons

June 6–August 12 8am-5pm

(early drop-off 7:30am/last pickup 6pm) Eau Claire Town Hall (across from Hyatt Park) Cost: $45 per week/per teen Camp Horizons is a unique and powerful summer camp program designed to promote tolerance, respect, leadership, team skills, self-confidence, self-esteem and community involvement. We guide teens towards a positive and productive future by helping them make smart and informed life choices. Fees and/or admission for activities and/or field trips are additional; lunch provided.


Eau Claire Town Hall If you have: Good decision making skills, good problem solving skills, can handle conflict resolution, can communicate effectively, good interpersonal skills and can work well within a team setting…then, this retreat is for you! For more information call Terry Dozier, 545.3097 or Kim Mitchell, 545.3117.

Ready for Action

This outdoor skatepark is located at 1351 Jim Hamilton Blvd. next to Owens Field Airport in downtown Columbia. It features a small halfpipe, a bank, two funboxes, and rails. Pads are required. The skate park is free and open to skateboards, in-line skates and bicycles.


Let’s Move! Athletics

Youth League Play is for boys and girls ages 4-17. All registration forms must be signed by a parent and accompanied by a copy of the child’s birth certificate. Registration is $20.

Summer Youth Basketball Registration ends May 20 League Play Begins: June 6

Summer Youth Sports Camp June 1- August 14 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

Ages 6-12 Martin Luther King Park $45 per week/ per child

Citywide Adult Leagues are scheduled Men’s Basketball above. Teams will play an eight to 10 game

Registration: May 30-July 1 League Play Begins: July 12 Registration Fee: $300

regular season and a tournament. Awards are

Women’s Basketball

presented to the regular season and tournament

Registration: May 30-July 1 League Play Begins: July 12 Registration Fee: $225

throughout the year for ages 18 years and

champions depending on the sport.

Coed Kickball

Soccer TBA

Registration: July 1-August 1 League Play Begins: August 15 Registration Fee: $300

Games Played at Owens Field

Coed Softball

Registration: July 1-August 1 League Play Begins: August 16 Registration Fee: $300

Mentor Opportunities: Columbia’s Parks and Recreation Department has opportunities available for volunteer coaches, assistant coaches, and team parents call 803.545.3100 to join our team! For more information contact Scott Riley, Athletic Coordinator at 803.545.3113 or


City of Columbia Parks, Facilities and Recreation Areas

It Starts in Parks! Here is how the Parks and Recreation Department contributes to our quality of life: 56 city parks and green spaces, 600 acres of city-maintained park land, 16 city pools, spray pads and ponds, and 9 city-maintained fountains.

Administration Complex 1932 Calhoun Street 545-3100 (Main Office) Ben Arnold Center 1100 S. Holly Street 343-8753 community center, indoor court, playground *Arsenal Hill Center 1800 Lincoln Street 733-8439 neighborhood center Arts Center 1932 Calhoun Street 545-3091 pottery classes for teens & adults Lester Bates Park Wando & Gardenia Avenues green space

*Katheryn M. Bellfield/ Booker Washington Heights Cultural Arts Center 2611 Grant Street 255-8161 theater, cultural arts programs Bethel Bishop Rippplemeyer Avenue green space, baseball field Boyd Plaza Hampton & Main Streets *urban green space Cancer Survivor’s Garden Maxcy Gregg Park 1806 Blossom Street cancer memorial meditation garden, green space Capital City Stadium 500 South Assembly Street 256-4110 ballpark

James E. Clyburn Golf Center “The First Tee” 2091 Slighs Avenue 255-8920

Drew Park Splash Pad and Fountain 2101 Walker Solomon Way

golf driving range, putting greens

playground, gazebo, walking track, spray pad and L.E.D. lighted fountain - 121 capacity

Columbia Tennis Center 1635 Whaley Street 733-8440

Charles R. Drew Wellness Center 2101 Walker Solomon Way 545-3200

14 lighted hard courts

fitness/wellness center

Anna Mae Dickson Mini-Park 1313 Liberty Hill Avenue 733-8450

*Earlewood Park 1111 Parkside Drive 733-8444

neighborhood center, playground

neighborhood center, baseball/softball fields, tennis, 4 tennis courts, 2 picnic shelters, disc golf, spray pool, amphitheater, walking/jogging trail

Doggie Park 127 ½ Humane Lane dog-friendly park *Emily Douglas Park 2500 Wheat Street 733-8531

*Eau Claire Print Building 3907 Ensor Avenue 401-8876 rental space

neighborhood center, spray pool, outdoor basketball court, amphitheater Continued next page


Continued previous page *Edisto Discovery Park and Neighborhood Center 1914 Wiley Street 733-8444

Hollywood Park 300 S. Gregg Street

neighborhood center, playground, spray pool, gemstone dig area, outdoor basketball court, walking/jogging trail

*Hyatt Park 950 Jackson Avenue 733-8445

Elmwood/Roy Lynch Park Lincoln and Abbeville Streets

community center, 2 little league baseball fields, indoor courts, outdoor basketball court, picnic tables, playground

picnic tables, playground, spray pool Fairwold Park Frye and Eddy Streets picnic tables & playground *Finlay Park 930 Laurel Street 545-3100 playground, walking/jogging trails, large event space Five Points Fountain Harden & Green Street lighted fountain, small event space Granby Park 100 Catawba Street walking trails *Greenview Park and Pool 6700 David Street 754-5223 community center, 2 little league baseball fields, indoor courts, outdoor pool, 9 tennis courts, playground, picnic tables, walking trails *Hampton Park 117 Brandon Avenue 776-9082

picnic tables, playground

Katy Park 4919 Katy Street

*Mays Park 4100 Trenholm Road 733-8596 neighborhood center, playground, 2 tennis courts, spray pool Isaac McClinton Park 1003 Howe Street picnic table, playground

*Ensor Keenan House 801 Wildwood Avenue 733-8510

*Melrose Park 1500 Fairview Road 733-8493

Historic home popular for weddings and other special events

neighborhood center, spray pool, outdoor basketball court, playground, picnic tables

*Martin Luther King Park 2300 Greene Street 733-8452

Memorial Park 700 Hampton Street

community center, softball field, indoor court, picnic tables, playground

military honors Owens Field Park 1351 Jim Hamilton Blvd.

green space

soccer, skateboard and inline hockey rink, little league baseball field, walking trails, disc golf

*Lorick Park 1600 Lorick Avenue 691-9339

*Pacific Park 200 Wayne Street 733-8448

Lincoln Park 2700 Ridgewood Avenue

community center, ball field, indoor courts, playground, picnic tables, spray pool

neighborhood center, softball field, basketball, spray pool, playground

Marshall Park Lincoln & Union Streets

*Pinehurst Park 2315 Pinehurst Road 733-8449

picnic tables, playground T. S. Martin Park 1810 Germany Street 733-8294

*Heathwood Park 800 Abelia Road 733-8446

Maxcy Gregg Park 1806 Blossom Street



green space

neighborhood center, little league baseball field, outdoor basketball court, 2 tennis courts, playground, picnic tables, walking/jogging trails

neighborhood center, 2 tennis courts, outdoor basketball court, playground, spray pool

Maxcy Gregg Pool 1650 Park Circle 733-8447

2 softball fields, playground

green space

community center, little league baseball field, indoor courts, outdoor basketball court, spray pool, playground RA-Rock 800 Heyward Street green space Realtors Park Blossom & Gregg Street green space

*Riverfront Park 312 Laurel Street jogging/walking trails, amphitheater Rosewood Park 901 South Holly Street softball field, outdoor basketball court, playground, picnic tables, walking/jogging trails E. B. Sessions Park 3200 Beaumont Avenue playground, outdoor basketball court South East Park and Tennis Center 951 Hazelwood 62 acres wilderness/nature site, 4 soft and 12 hard courts, primitive campground *St. Anna’s Park 1315 Liberty Hill Avenue 733-8450 spray pool, picnic tables, playground, outdoor basketball court *Sims Park 3500 Duncan Street 733-8451 neighborhood center, picnic tables, spray pool, playground, outdoor basketball court Tyler Park Capers to S. Bonham Streets green space Valencia Park 710 S. Kilbourne Road little league baseball field, playground *Woodland Park 6500 Old Knight Park Way 776-1096 community center, softball field, indoor courts, 8 tennis courts, picnic tables * denotes rental facility Call 545.3100 for reservation information and for details about parks listed.

Let’s Move!

See what’s taking root. Community Garden Program The Community Garden program provides gardening opportunities for the physical and social benefit of the people and neighborhoods of the City of Columbia. Residents can lease a 5-by-12-foot plot at one of several community gardens scattered throughout Columbia as part of the city’s Let’s Move! campaign to encourage healthier lifestyles. The city provides the soil, compost and water for $20 a year with a limit of two plots per household.

For application information call 545.3100.

Facilities Rentals

Have Your Event with Us Community and neighborhood centers, baseball/softball fields, shelters and greenways can be reserved for public or private use for various events. Reservation requests must be made in writing at least 45 days prior to the event. Additional fees may apply for setup and support.

Arsenal Hill Building

1900 square feet; Standing capacity/200

Eau Claire Print Building

700 square feet; Standing capacity/200 maximum

Finlay Park

800 square feet; Standing capacity/ 75 maximum

On average neighborhood community centers can accommodate 50 people or less.

Keenan House

These facilities are fantastic for small less formal events.

2600 square feet (six rooms); Standing capacity/168 maximum

Playgrounds are adjacent to most of the sites with plenty of outdoor space.

Reservation Procedures • All reservations must be made at Parks and Recreation Administration office, 1932 Calhoun Street, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. All reservations must be made in person. You may call 545.3100 to see if a facility is available.

• Community centers to include gymnasiums can not be reserved during operating hours.

• All facilities must be closed and vacated by 11:00 p.m.

Building reservations are available in four and five hour blocks of time:

• All reservations by organizations and individuals require a facility reservation form or a special events form to be completed by the reserving party. • All appropriate fees must be paid at the time of reservation.

• Persons must be 21 years of age or older to rent a facility; all reservations require adult (21 or older) supervision.

8 a.m. – 12 noon 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. 6 p.m. – 11 p.m.


Let’s Move! Into Summer Fun

Something for Everyone!

Summer Fun! May 31-August 12 Monday - Friday 7:30am - 6:00pm Ages 6 - 12 Cost: $45

Sign-up at the park TODAY! Space is limited. Edisto Discovery Park 255.8103 Emily Douglas Park 733.8531 Greenview Park 754.5223 Hampton Park 776.9082 Heathwood Park 733.8446


Creative Art Camp The Art Center, 1932 Calhoun Street

Hyatt Park 733.8446

M.L. King Park (Sports) 733.8452

Lorick Park 691.9339 Melrose Park 733.8493 Pinehurst Park 733.8449

Session I Drawing: June 20-24 (ages 10-14); 9 am – 12 pm Session II Clay Art: July 18-22 (ages 6-10); 9 am -12 pm Pre-registration $25 to City of Columbia; $75 to instructor Discount of $25 per family with more than one child enrolled. Maximum class size: 12 Call Brenda Oliver for details, 545.3093.

St. Anna’s Park 733.8450

Camp Horizons (teens) June 6–August 12 8am-5pm (early drop-off 7:30am/last pickup 6pm)

Sims Park 733.8451

Eau Claire Town Hall (across from Hyatt Park) Cost: $45 per week/per teen

Woodland Park 776.1096

Summer was designed to give kids a break from school and help them try new experiences and grow mentally, physically and socially. Whether your child wants to refine a sports skill, go kayaking, be in a play, play games...or just plain hang, Columbia Parks and Recreation has something to offer. Camp Horizons is a unique and powerful summer camp program designed to promote tolerance, respect, leadership, team skills, self-confidence, and selfesteem and community involvement. Pool Season: May 28-September 5 Admission is $2/ages 12 and under; $3/ages 13 and older Buy a pool pass and save! Youth Season Pass $80 • Youth Group Pass $50/50 visits Adult Season Pass $120 • Adult Group Pass $75/50 visits Recreational Swimming

* Seasonal phone lines will be activated May 28

Maxcy Gregg Pool, 733.8447* Monday - Thursday 1 pm-7pm Greenview Pool, 735.1602* Tuesday - Friday 1pm-5pm

Weekend Public Lap/Lap Swim both sites Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Sunday 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. Drew Wellness Center Monday - Thursday 5:30 a.m. - 10 p.m. Friday 5:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. Saturday 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Sunday 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. Certification Courses Courses are scheduled throughout the year for Lifeguard Training, CPR, Water Safety Instructor and Swim Coach Certification at the Charles R. Drew Wellness Center. For details call Nathaniel Stevenson, 545.3200. Learn to Swim Cost: $30 per person per two week session/ eight 45 minute classes per session Session 1 Maxcy Gregg Greenview

Session 2 Maxcy Gregg Greenview

June 20-30 June 21-July 1

Session 3 Maxcy Gregg Greenview

July 11-21 July 12-22

Session 4 Maxcy Gregg Greenview

July 25-Aug. 4 July 26-Aug. 5

Maxcy Gregg classes will begin at 9am until 11:45am; evening classes 7pm to 7:45pm. Lessons will be offered at Greenview on Tuesday through Friday beginning at 9am until 11:45am. Greenview will close at 5pm for evening swim classes from 5pm to 5:45pm and 6pm to 6:45pm.

Splash Zone!

Drew Splash Pad hours are; 11am to 7pm Monday through Friday; 12noon-6pm Saturday; closed Sunday.

June 6-16 June 7-17


Recreation Center Programs

April – September

The mission of the city of Columbia Parks and Recreation is to enhance the quality of life for all citizens through good stewardship of the city’s natural and physical resources, safe and accessible facilities, and exemplary leisure services. Ben Arnold Center 1100 S. Holly Street 803-231-3301 The Ben Arnold Center is home to the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Midlands. Partnerships with local agencies contribute to the quality and efficacy of many of the city’s youth programs offered through Parks and Recreation.

Edisto Discovery Park and Neighborhood Center 1914 Wiley Street 803-255-8103 Homework’s DONE!!! Monday-Friday 2:30pm-4pm Ages 6-14 Homework assistance is provided. My Special Clover Shirt February 11 3pm-5pm Ages 5-12 Paint your clover green St. Patrick’s t-shirt. Easter Egg Hunt April 22 3pm-5pm Ages 5-11 Collect all the special eggs from the Easter bunny. Mother’s Day May 6 3pm-5pm Ages 6-14 Create a special card for mom. Summer Camp June 1 - August 16 7:30am-6pm Ages 6-12 $45 a week per child Enjoy games, activities, arts and crafts and more and make new friends. Spray Pool May 31-August 12 10am-2pm & 4pm-6pm All ages Cool off in the Edisto Spray pool. Emily Douglas 2500 Wheat Street 803-733-8531


Dog Days in the Park 2nd and 4th Fridays Monthly 5pm-6pm All Ages, Free Teen Talk 3rd Wednesdays of April and May 5pm-6pm Ages 13-17 Free This is the time to express your feelings and concerns. Mommy and Me Week April 4th-8th 10am-6pm Ages 3+ Free Enjoy arts & crafts, have lots of fun and release that energy. Knitting Class Sundays in April 3pm-4:30pm Ages 13+ Come share your fun creative ways that you may have in knitting. Pretty Me Today 1st and 3rd Saturdays starting April 2nd 12pm-1:30pm Girls Ages 15+ Free Have fun learning about fashion, life, and just being a girl.

Greenview Park 6700 David Street 803-754-5223

Senior Bingo Every 4th Tuesday 11:00am-12:00pm Ages 55 and up Free

Senior Spring Social April 23rd 4-6pm Ages 50 and up $7.00

Join the fellowship ,win prizes and enjoy refreshments.

Enjoy an evening of dancing, food and games!

Senior Club 12:00pm – 2:00pm Ages 55 and up 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month Join Greenview’s Super Senior Club! Southern Hospitality Step Team May1- July 1 Boys and Girls Ages 10-16 Learn steps, create routines, participate in stepshows, and special events. Greenview Football Registration starts June 1st Boys Ages 5-12 We promote physical fitness, good health, sportsmanship, discipline and TEAMWORK! Summer Basketball Registration begins May 2nd Boys & Girls Ages 4-18 Join the fun and learn the fundamentals of basketball. Greenview Walking Club Monday- Friday 9:00a.m- 2:00p.m Ages 18 and up

Easter Egg Hunt April 23 12:00pm-2:00pm Ages 2-12 Free Play games, find eggs and candy. Enjoy refreshments!

Hampton Park 1117 Brandon Avenue 803-776-9082 Mother’s Day Gift Making May 5-6th 3pm-5:30pm Ages 5-14 Free Make a special gift for mom Father’s Day Card Making June 16-17th 3pm-5:30pm Ages 5-14 Free Remember dad on his special day. National Night Out August 4 6pm-9pm All Ages Free

Walk your way to a healthier you all year long.

Enjoy an evening of food and meet people in your neighborhood.

Senior Fitness Program Mondays-Wednesdays-Fridays 10:00am-12:00pm Ages 55 and up Free

Arthritis Exercise Club Registration begins September 5th Tuesday and Thursday 11:00am-12:30pm Ages 18 and up

Fun Fridays Fridays 2pm-6pm All Ages Free

Chair and mat exercises for a healthier you year round

Life improvement series that helps your arthritis pains.

Enjoy an afternoon of games, movie and popcorn.

Senior Ceramic Monday-Friday 11:00am-2:00pm Ages 55 and up

Mother’s Day Ceramic Show May 7th 10:00am- 4:00pm All ages Free

Get Your Walk On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 3pm-5pm Ages 10 and up Free

A ceramic piece maybe the perfect Mother’s Day Gift!

Parents, kids, neighbors and friends— everybody can walk to a healthier you!

Angels, ornaments, teddy bears and lots more. We create ceramics on site all year long.

Heathwood Park 800 Abelia Road 803-733-8446

Hyatt Park 950 Jackson Avenue 803-733-8445

Senior Bingo Mondays 10:30am-11:30am $1 per person

Martin Luther King Park 2300 Greene St. 803-733-8452

After School Program August – May 2pm-6pm Ages 6 – 12 $25.00 per week

Fundamentals of Basketball Begins April 4th Every Wednesday 6pm-8pm Ages 6-12 Free

Win fabulous prizes while having fun with friends.

SC Starlings Volleyball Club Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Ages 5-18 Young females

Join us for homework time, arts & crafts and other fun activities. Fabulous Fun Friday Fridays 3pm – 6pm Ages 6 – 12 Free Bring your child on Friday afternoons for games, movies, and bingo.

Learn the fundamentals of the game while having lots of fun. Self Defense Karate Every 3rd Saturday 11am-1pm All ages Free Become more disciplined and learn self-defense.

Reading Club Monday-Thursday 3:30p.m. – 4:30 pm Age 6-12 Free

Competitive Edge Mentoring Program Tuesdays 4:30pm-6pm Ages 6-12 Free

Read and share your favorite book

Fun structured activities, team building and leadership.

Easter Egg Hunt April 21 4 pm -5 pm Ages 6-12 Free Hunt for Easter Eggs and win prizes Expressions of Spring April 13 & 14 4:30 – 5:30pm Ages 6-12 Free Essays, poems, and drawings about spring Mother’s Day Craft May 5 4pm-5pm Ages 6-12 Free You will make and decorate a special gift for mom Fall Writing Contest September 22 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. Ages 6-12 Free Our best essays and poems about fall will be on display

Columbia Garden Club 3rd Saturday of the month 10am-12pm Ages 55+ Free Learn new garden techniques, socialize and have lots of fun. Spades League Wednesdays 5pm-8pm Ages 15 and up Free Show off your skills during competitive games of spades Adult Aerobics Class Tuesdays and Thursdays 5pm-5:45pm Ages 18+ Free

Flag Football Fridays Begins April 8th Fridays 4pm-6pm Co-ed All ages Free

Enjoy low impact exercises.

Fun filled football for everyone.

Experience a cardio workout and tone muscles!

Pool Tournament for Teens Begins April 8th Fridays 4pm-6pm Ages 13-19 Co-ed Free

Hyatt Park Summer Camp 2011 May-August Monday-Friday 7:30am-6pm $45 per week per child Ages 6-12

If you are the master at billiards, then this tournament is for you. Ladies of Leisure Senior Group 2nd Fridays of each month 10am-2pm Ages 55+ Free Enjoy friends, field trips, food, fun, and more. Carver Garden Club 2nd Tuesday of each month 4pm-7pm Free Fellowship over food, flowers, and fun

Body Sculpture and Wellness Class Tuesdays and Thursdays—6pm-7:15pm Saturdays –10am-11am Ages 18+ Free

Registration begins in March Teen/Pre-Teen Social Begins April 7th Thursdays 4pm-6pm 12 and up Free Play videogames, listen to music and socialize with friends. Teen Chat Mondays 4pm-6pm Ages 13-19 Free

Instruction program for young female athletes to increase skills for competition Adult Basketball League Tuesdays and Sundays 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. 18 years and older $225 per Team League play to show others that adults still have “skills” to win! Senior Citizen Bingo 2nd & 4th Fridays 11a.m. – 1 p.m. Ages 55+ $1.00 Have fun, play games and enjoy interacting with neighbors, friends, and peers Aerobic Expression Tuesday & Thursday 5 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. Ages 18+ Get the heart and body in the best shape for survival Summer Sports Camp Monday – Friday 7:30a.m. – 6 p.m. 6-12 years old $45 per week Getting exposure to all types of sports while making new friends “Arthritis” Exercise Class Mondays & Wednesdays 10:30a.m. – 11:30a.m. All ages welcome Free Reduce pain & stiffness, improve mobility and increase range of motion! Boys to Men 3rd Tuesday of each month 6:15 p.m. – 7 p.m. Ages 13 –18 Free Mentoring young boys and teenagers to become responsible men

Engage in an open dialogue with your peers. Refreshments will be served.


Basketball Basics March - June Tuesday & Thursday 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. Ages 5-12 Free

Spring Baseball April – June March 1 – March 23 $20.00 Ages 8-12

Teach fundamental basketball to boys & girls.

Enjoy the outdoors, exercise and friendship in the competitive game of baseball.

Community Yard Sale Saturday, March 26 7:30 a.m. – noon All ages welcome

Double Dutch Forces Thursday-Sunday 6 p.m. All ages welcome

Reserve a table for $10 (space is limited) It’s time for Spring Cleaning! This is a great way to make a few dollars on used items.

Learn fundamental jump rope techniques to compete with the world’s finest jumpers!

Computer Class Wednesdays 5:15-6:00p.m. Free Increase your knowledge of computer applications. Space is limited, so reserve your seat! Karate Class Saturdays 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Ages 7+ Registration fee $70 and uniform $45 Aggressive training in a friendly and family environment! Basic Spanish Wednesdays 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. $20 for 4wks Learn Spanish as a second language. Zumba Class Wednesdays and Fridays Time: 6:15 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. & 6 p.m. – 7p.m. $4 per class Try something new and fun that doesn’t feel like exercise...ZUMBA is for you!

Summer League Basketball Registration Time-TBA 17 year olds & under $20 per person A friendly game of competition among peers, promote teamwork and have lots of fun! Book Club 2nd and 4th Friday March-May 4:30 p.m. All ages welcome Free

Senior Bingo Wednesdays 10am – 12pm $1 per card Enjoy games, fun and socializing with the seniors of the community.

Park Beautification April 2 11:00 am -12:00pm Ages 3-11 Free Let’s come together to plant flower seeds in our community garden Muffins and Manicures for Moms May 5 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. All ages Free A special treat for mothers

One mans trash can be another’s treasure

Games, rides, vendors, great food and fun!!

Cinco de Mayo May 5 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. All ages welcome Free

Cinema Scenes Fridays 5pm – 7:30pm All ages Free

Water Balloon Wars June 15 1:00-3:00pm Ages 7-13 Free

Let’s enjoy the unique Mexican culture with food, music, and beverages.

Movie night with a snack and discussion after the film (movies are age specific)

A great way to cool off in the hot Carolina summer!

Latino Arts and Crafts April 29 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. All ages Free

Lorick’s Lyrics Thursday 5pm – 6pm Ages 6-16 Free

We will explore the arts of Latin Culture together.

Youth of the community will showcase their poetic talents. (Community volunteers desired)

Doughnuts for Dads and Facials for Fathers June 16 6:00-8 p.m. All ages Free

Reading is fun! This is a great way to enjoy friends and good books.

Ladies of the community sharing creative ideas of leisure living

This is a great way to unwind and enjoy games & activities as a family!


Homework and tutorial assistance is available for you. We make learning fun! Sports Talk Sundays 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Ages 4-16 Free Discuss sports and participate in sport activities.

Have fun hunting for the golden eggs! Create festive arts and crafts too!

May Fest May 21 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. All ages Free

Family Board Games Night Every Friday 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. All ages welcome Free

A great way to learn the basics of baseball, promote teamwork, and to get lots of exercise!

Homework Hustlers Monday - Thursday 2:30pm – 4pm Ages 5-17 Free

Easter Egg Hunt April 21 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Ages 5-12 Free

Crafty Connections Every Tuesday 4:30pm – 5:30pm Free

The Friendly Bunch Tuesdays 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Ages 55+ Free

Spring T-Ball April – June March 1 – March 23 Ages 3-7 year olds $20 per person

Lorick Park 1600 Lorick Avenue 803-691-9339

A special treat for fathers

Old School Ballers Sundays 2pm – 5pm 21+ Free

Stars and Stripes Olympics July 1 1:00- 4:00p.m Ages 6-13 Free

Show off your basketball talents during a game of full court basketball

Team games for the kids of the community (Red, White and Blue)

Spades Night Thursdays 7:00pm – 9pm Ages 5-17 Free

Back to School Bash August 6 2:00-5:00 pm All ages Free

Enjoy a competitive game of cards

End of the summer fun and school supply give away

Costume Contest October 31 5:30 pm -6:00pm All ages Free

Easter Egg Hunt Saturday 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Age: 6 and under Free

Funny, Scary or Creative—will you have the best costume?

Kids enjoy all the festivities and fun that come with the Easter holiday.

Haunted House October 31 6 pm – 8 pm All ages Free

Summer Camp 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Age: 6 – 10 $45 a week per child

Experience the fright of your life. Community Thanksgiving Dinner November 17 6:00pm – 8: 00pm Free Enjoy fellowship and a feast with neighbors and friends Thanksgiving Oreo Turkey Treats November 18 6:00- 8:00 p.m. All ages Free Create and enjoy a crafty cookie treat.

Melrose Park 150 Fairview Road 803-733-8493 Melrose Park After-school Program Monday – Friday 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Ages: 6 – 16 Free Youth receive homework assistance and tutorial Youth Soccer Tuesday 4:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Age: 5 and under $20 per child Children learn teamwork and sportsmanship while getting lots of exercise. Youth Soccer Tuesday 5:30 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. Age: 7 and under $20 per child Learn the fundamentals of soccer in a competitive environment. Arts in the Parks Thursday 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Age: 6 – 10 Free Children learn various ways to create art through ceramics, painting, and coloring.

Summer Camp offers swimming, golf, tennis, outdoor activities, movies and much more! Waverly Community Neighborhood Meeting Every 2nd Monday of the month 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Express concerns, meet neighbors & stay informed with law enforcement.

Pinehurst Park 2300 Schoolhouse Road 803-733-8449 Pinehurst Park Steppers Saturdays 3:00pm – 4:30p.m. Ages 10+ Boys and Girls Free Learn the basic step and dance routines Spade League Every Thursday Ages 18+ 6:30 p.m-9:00 p.m. Enjoy a night of competitive card playing Madden Tournament Registration March 7–April 4 Competition begins on April 15th $5 per person Enjoy the exciting video football game challenge. Fall Soccer League Birth certificate required Registration July 1st -July 29th Ages 4-18 Registration $20 Learn teamwork, have fun and get plenty of exercise. Mothers Day Card Making May 5 4:00p.m -6:00pm All ages Free Be creative this year and make your own card for mom.

Girls Society April 9 2nd & 4th Saturdays 2:00-3:30pm Ages 8+ Free Learn proper etiquette, character education lessons and encourage leadership skills. Golf Lesson June 6-July 31 Twice a week Ages: 6-14 Free Participants will learn the basic fundamentals of golf. Exercise Class Thursdays 12:00p.m- 1:00p.m Ages 18+ Burn the extra calories, tone muscles and have fun National Night Out August 2 6p.m-8p.m This is a community initiative to bring awareness to the importance of unifying the community and fighting crime. Summer League Basketball Birth Certificate required Registration: May 6 – May 20 Ages: 9-18 Registration $20 Basketball is a great way to get exercise and interact with friends. Easter Egg Hunt April 23 11a.m- 12p.m Ages: 3-7 and 8-12 Enjoy spring and have fun searching for the hidden eggs. Junior Pool League April 8th Every Friday Ages 10-12 4:00pm – 6:00pm Learn the techniques of billiards. This is an exciting and challenging game! Challenging Checkers April 19 Every Tuesday Ages 18+ 6:15-8:15p.m. Enjoy the challenging game of checkers

Adult Bingo Every Friday 1:30-3:00pm Ages 18+ Enjoy the fun of the game while socializing with friends!

St. Anna Park 1313 Liberty Hill Avenue 803-733-8450 After School Camp Monday-Friday 2pm-6pm Ages 6-12 $25 per week A safe and structured environment that is fun for children Senior Bingo Every Tuesday 10am-1pm Cost: $1 Enjoy fellowship, make friends, win great prizes & have a tasty lunch! Arthritis Aerobics Every Wednesday 10am-1pm Free Learn techniques to make living with arthritis easier Movie Day Every Wednesday 4:00pm-6:00pm Ages 6-12 Free Enjoy a G-rated movie. Refreshments will be provided Spring Football Camp April 4-8 11an-2pm Ages: 5-15 Cost: $20 Learn new skills and drills with the Benedict College football stars Step Team/Dance team Tuesday-Friday 4:15-6:00pm Ages 6-17 Join the stepping divas and dance squad. We travel to competitions & step shows. Bowling Team Registration starts April 1st Ages 5-15 Cost: $14 per month Learn how to bowl like a pro


Girls on the Go Club Tuesday and Thursdays 4:00-6:00pm Ages 10-15 Free Have fun, Internet Use, Talk Groups, Field Trips, etc End-of- the School Year Bash Friday, May 27th 4:00-7:00pm Free Celebrate another successful school year with the community Praise Dance Tuesday, May 3rd 4:00-6:00pm Free New and exciting praise dance team that will travel to perform Easter Egg Hunt and Celebration April 22nd 3:00-6:00pm Free Enter the Easter Egg contest and win prizes Summer League Basketball Registration begins May 2nd Birth Certificate required Ages 7-18 Cost $20 Play for a winning team this summer! Summer Camp Registration Registration begins March 1st Camp Dates May 31st –August 12th Ages 6-12 Cost: $45 per week Have an extraordinary summer with field trips, tennis, swimming, & more! Independence Day Festivities Friday, July 1st 3:00-6:00pm All ages Free Eat, socialize, and enjoy music at the Celebration. Back-to-School Bash Saturday, August 13th 12pm-5pm Free Lots of school supplies, games, spray pool, food, prizes, & more! Fall Soccer League Registration: July 1st- July 29th Games will begin September Ages 3-18 Birth Certificate required Cost: $20


Sims Park 3500 Duncan Street 803-733-8451

Woodland Park 6500 Old Knight Parkway 803-776-1096

Movie Night April 15th & April 29th 4:00pm – 6:00pm Ages 6-12 Free

Woodland Park After School Camp Monday- Friday 2:30- 6:00pm Ages: 6-12 Cost: $25

Bring your popcorn and enjoy!

Campers receive homework assistance; take field trips, make arts & crafts, and more!

Easter Egg Decoration April 21st 4:30- 6:00pm 12 and Under Free Bring your baskets for eggs and candy.

Easter Poster Contest April 11th -15th 4:00-5:00p.m Ages 6-11 Free Be creative; show your drawing and coloring skills. Prizes awarded.

Mother’s Day Arts & Crafts May 6th 4pm-6pm Ages: 6-12 yrs. Free Create your mother’s day card that mom will love! Spray Pool June 1st - August 30th 10am-12pm/4:00pm-6:00pm All Ages Free Fun for the entire to the community Summer Camp May 31st-August 12th Monday – Friday 7:30am – 6:00pm Cost: $45.00 per week per child Have an awesome experience with games, arts and crafts, field trips & more! Bumper Pool Tournament Friday, July 8th 5:00pm-6:00pm Ages 6-12 Enjoy fun, friendly competition. Prizes will be awarded. Water Balloon Toss and Relays Friday, August 5th 5:00p.m.-6:00p.m. Ages 6-12 Free Great way to cool off! Wear comfortable clothes or bathing suits.

Easter Egg Hunt Thursday, April 21st 4:00-6:00p.m. Free Hunt for as many eggs as you can. Find the Golden Egg and win the prize. Ceramics 2nd and 4th Wednesday nights 7:00-8:30p.m Ages 18+ $15 per person Create a one-of-a kind masterpiece. Miss Woodland Park Pageant Saturday, April 23rd 4:00pm Ages 6-12 $30.00 per contestant Compete for the title of Miss Woodland Park. Crowns and trophies awarded. Best Mom Essay Contest May 2nd -5th 3:30-4:30p.m Ages 6-12 Free Submit a one page essay on what makes your mom the best! Prize awarded to mom. Now that’s Puzzling Friday, April 15th 3:30-5:00pm Ages 6-11 Free Piece together some of the most difficult 500 piece puzzles.

\Book Club Every Thursday Starts April 14th 4:00-5:00p.m. Ages 9-11 Free Join our book club. Read and discuss a great book. Popcorn and drinks served. Madden Madness Video Games Friday Nights April 15th, 22nd, 29th 6:15-7:45p.m Free Challenges to all gamers to be the Madden Champ of Woodland Park! Metal Detecting with Mr. Earl April 13th, 20th, 27th / May 4th & 11th 4:00-5:00 p.m. Free Find treasures with Mr. Earl at Woodland Park

Summer Camp Monday-Friday May 31st – August 12th 7:30-6:00p.m. $45/per camper Campers will enjoy games, field trips, arts and crafts, and sports activities Doughnuts for Dad Friday, June 17th 3:00-6:00pm Ages 6-12 Free Dads are invited to enjoy doughnuts at the park—a special treat for Dad. Let’s Celebrate Independence Friday, July 1st 4:00-6:00pm Free All ages Enjoy a 4th of July Independence Day Cookout! After School Camp Registration begins on August 1st Monday-Friday 8:00am-6:00p.m $25.00 / per camper Open House / National Night Out Friday, August 5th 6:00p.m Free Socialize and fellowship with the communities surrounding the park.

Let’s Move! Mingle Active Adults (50+)

HOT TEA & HIGH HATS SOCIAL April 21 11:30am–2pm Eau Claire Print Building Wear Your Best Hat and bring Your Favorite Tea Cup & Saucer. At this senior social, guests are invited to participate in our “Hat Parade,” watch a fashion show, bid on items in the silent auction, view live entertainment, listen to guest speaker talk about age related issues, and of course door prizes. Guests will dine on traditional teatime fare, including fresh fruits, tea sandwiches, decadent desserts, and exotic teas. Space will be limited! Seating is on a first come first served basis. for more information call Kim Mitchell 545.3117.

Let’s Move! Bus Trip Schedule Cherokee Indian Casino, North Carolina April 12 $30 per person Registration deadline: March 28

APPLE TRIP, Hendersonville, NC September 14 $28 Registration deadline: August 26

The Senior Spring Fling offers a variety of activities for the mature adult to include a health fair, screenings, safety seminars, exhibitors, entertainment, door prizes and BINGO BASH finale! for details call Kim Mitchell, 545.3117.

The Black Cowboy Rodeo Rembert, SC May 7 $24 includes transportation and rodeo admission Registration deadline: April 22

Senior Beach Retreat, Myrtle Beach, SC October 3-6 Fees TBD Registration deadline: TBA


SAVANNAH, GA June 21 $25 transportation Registration deadline: May 27

SENIOR SPRING FLING May 17 11am–2pm Hyatt Park Community Center

These 4-day Olympic styled events feature bowling, swimming, golf, tennis, and track and field events. Activities are grouped by age brackets of 5 years. All skill levels welcome! These games are sanctioned. Winners advance to the State games in May, and possibly Nationals. Registration covers a t-shirt, gift bag, closing banquet and medals for winners. Registration begins in July!

Airlines Unclaimed Baggage Center NE Alabama July 20 $64 transportation Deadline to register: Friday, June 24

MLK Freedom Trail, Atlanta, GA For more information call Joan Sorensen, August 23. $38 Registration deadline: July 22 545.3091.

Southern Christmas Show, Charlotte, NC December 15 $30 includes bus and entrance fee Registration deadline: November 18 HOLIDAY FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS, Charleston, SC December 6 and December 8 $20 Registration deadline: November 18 For more information call Joan Sorensen or email


Let’s Move! Excercise Creativity Art Studio and Backman Gallery 1932 Calhoun Street

Introduction to Clay

Summer Art Camp

Six-weeks, Monday 7pm-9pm

ages 10-14; drawing Session II: July 18-22; 9 am -12 pm; ages 6-10; clay art

(teen to adult)

Class introduces students to basic hand building and wheel throwing techniques. This program provides access to clay art for the community and serves as a bridge for persons with little or no experience in clay art to prepare them for participation in the Open Studio Program. Sessions: March 7 – April 11; May 2 – June 13 (day off for Memorial Day) July 11 – August 15; September 12 – October 10

Intermediate Pottery (teen to adult)

Thursday evenings 7pm-9 pm

Session I: June 20-24; 9 am – 12 pm;

Introduction to Throwing – Pottery Class (ages 11-17) Tuesdays 3pm–5pm;

participants should have experience with clay. Sessions: March 1– April 5; May 3–June 7; September 6– October 11 We are pleased to be able to offer a variety of programs through partnerships. •

Explore the Arts – Mini Class in Clay: Hyatt Park; Mondays 5-7 pm; April 4, 11, 18 and 25; Ages 12 to adults

Explore the Arts – Mini Class in Drawing: Woodland Park; Tuesdays 5-7 pm; April 5, 12, 19 and 26; ages 6 to 12

This is a short 4-week course repeated throughout the year; Friday1pm-3 pm. Sessions: March 11–April 1; May 13–June 3; July 1–July 29; September 2–September 23

Arts in the Parks: This is a volunteer program that brings art into area neighborhoods through the park systems. Activities will be offered at the following sites: Pinehurst, Lorick, Martin Luther King and St. Anna’s Parks

Home School – Clay Beginnings

Explore the Arts – Mini Class in Water Color: A 4-week class for adults on Fridays from 1pm to 3 pm

This class is for students who have completed Introduction to Clay and/or have some basic skills and want to enhance their skill level. Sessions: March 10-April 14; May 5–June 9; July 7–August 11; September 1–October 6

Seniors Can Do Clay

(ages 10+)

Mondays 10am-12pm: Several approaches and methods of hand building with clay will be explored. Traditional techniques of hand building, and slab construction techniques to make useful and decorative projects will be covered. Sessions: March 7–April 11; May 2–June 13 (skip memorial day); September 12–October 17

Home School Art (ages 5-9) Wednesdays 9am-10am;

Students will develop new skills and coordination through a variety of processes to produce pieces of art. Many different materials will be used such as crayons, clay, paint, pencil and other mediums as they learn about texture, pattern and repetition and discover their creativity. Sessions: March 9 – April 13; May 4 –June 8; September 7–October 12

Home School Pottery (teens) Wednesdays 10:30am–12:30 pm;


this class is for those who have some experience with clay and are ready to expand their talents. Sculpture and other advanced methods will be explored. Sessions: March 9–April 13; May 4–June 8; September 7–October 12

Open House: May 6 from 5 pm to 9 pm includes Raku demonstration and May 7 from 10am to 6pm sales and gallery show.

Backman Gallery Exhibits and Shows April –Partnership with Benedict College to display art reminiscent of Harlem depression era May – Solo exhibit by Margaret Arial June – Solo exhibit by Connie Cashwell For more information call Brenda Oliver, Cultural Arts Coordinator at 545.3093.

Let’s Move! On the Court, In the Green


Improve your game and have a blast! Court fees apply only Columbia Tennis Center Day singles $6 per hour Day doubles $12 per hour Columbia Tennis Center         14 lighted hard courts             Earlewood Park         2 hard courts     Greenview Park 9 lighted hard courts            Hampton Park                        2 lighted hard courts                 Heathwood Park         2 tennis courts             Mays Park 2 lighted hard courts  South East Park & Tennis Center                               4 soft and 12 lighted hard courts                                   Woodland Park 8 hard courts Reservations: Court reservations should be made three days in advance by calling the Columbia Tennis Center at 733.8440 to avoid scheduling conflicts.

James E. Clyburn Golf Center The James E. Clyburn Golf Center located 2091 Slighs Avenue is open year round to the general public. Spring/Summer Hours:

(closed Sunday and holidays) Monday-Friday 11a.m.-9p.m. Saturday     10a.m.-6p.m. Closed Sunday and holidays (ball sales end one hour before closing)

The First Tee of Columbia

Our mission is to impact the lives of young people by providing affordable learning facilities and education that promotes Character Development and Life Enhancing values. First Tee sessions are held Saturday, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. for ages 5 to 7; and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for ages 8-18. Chipping and putting greens will be open for “short game” practice for adults.

Outdoor Environmental Programs Our Park Rangers offer outdoor education programs that are designed to meet South Carolina Science Standards. Our program includes an outdoor classroom, interactive hands-on lessons and a guided nature walk. Email Jay Robinson, to reserve your summer camp field trip. We also offer Wetland Ecology and Ornithology programs for all ages/grades. Programs are facilitated at Riverfront Park and Historic Canal, Granby Park and Southeast Park.

Reservations All programs must be reserved in advance. We expect April and May to be peak months so email early!

Tuesday is Ladies Day from 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. This free program is designed to assist ladies of all ages with the complete development of their golf game.


Membership Fee Schedule

Let’s Move! Columbia

Join the Charles R. Drew Wellness Center and make personal fitness your way of life!



Adult (18-49)



Senior (50+)













Whether you’re looking to spice up your walks or crave flat abs, we’ve got the workout for you. Join us! Our approach to fitness is straightforward:

12 months


6 months

For more information, call 803.545.3200.

Swim lessons (2- week sessions) Monday - Thursday, 6:00pm - 6:45pm Adults; Children ages 5 and up ($15 Members, $30 Non-Members)

Monthly Adult



Water Aerobics/Arthritis Aerobics




12 Months



6 Months






*Extra Children



Daily Membership



Monday - Friday, 12:30-1:30pm Saturday, 8:00am - 9:00am

Group Exercise Classes

The Charles R. Drew Wellness Center offers some of today’s hottest exercise programs - Spinning, Kickboxing, Cardiofusion, Tai Chi and Zumba. Visit and click on the Drew Wellness Center link to download the class schedule.

Community Wellness Weekend

Let’s Move! Columbia Escape your daily routine with this three day pass June 10 – 12. We will provide different kinds of exercise activities for all fitness levels each day.


*Dependent up to age 23 claimed on a primary member’s income tax or insurance. Children age 5 and under must be accompanied by parent or guardian at all times.

H o u rs of O p e ration

Monday-Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

5:30-10:00 pm 5:30-10:00 pm 8:00-6:00 pm 2:00 pm-6:00 pm

C harl e s R . D r e w W e lln e ss C e nt e r • 2101 W alk e r S olomon W ay • www. col u mbiasc . n e t

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