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Kids Day Columbia Finlay Park Friday, April 3: 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Saturday, April 4: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. The festival begins with a movie in the park, amusement rides, and fun foods for the entire family. Saturday’s lineup includes exhibits, Karaoke, and live performances. Ride tickets must be purchased.

June 20 - August 15 at Finlay Park


Saturday evenings: 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. The Summer Concert Series showcases the talents of some of South Carolina’s best bands for FREE! Concessions are available, including non-alcoholic beverages. This year, a local band will open each main stage act! What a great way to see up-and-coming musicians before they hit it big! Opening acts will begin take the stage at 6 p.m. The headliner begins at 7 p.m. and plays until 10 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets. And dancing shoes! Please no pets, glass containers, or alcohol.

Columbia Action Council Ɣ 1932 Calhoun Street Columbia South Carolina 29201 Ɣ phone 803.545.3111 fax 803.343.8744 click on Parks and Recreation

events schedule

Sizzlin’ Summer Concert Series

Administration Complex/Arts Center (Central Office)

Eau Claire Print Building

Isaac McClinton Park

Owens Field Park

3907 Ensor Avenue, 401-8876

1003 Howe Street

1351 Jim Hamilton Blvd.

1932 Calhoun Street, 545-3100

*rental space

*picnic table, playground

*soccer, skateboard and inline hockey

Arts Center

Elmwood/Roy Lynch Park

Keenan House

1932 Calhoun Street, 545-3091

Lincoln and Abbeville Streets

801 Wildwood Avenue,

*pottery classes for teens & adults

*picnic tables, playground, spray pool


Pacific Park

*rental space

200 Wayne Street, 733-8448

Anna Mae Dickson Mini-Park

Emily Douglas Park

1313 Liberty Hill Avenue,

2500 Wheat Street, 733-8531

Martin Luther King Park


*neighborhood center, spray pool,

2300 Greene Street, 733-8452

*neighborhood center, playground

outdoor basketball court

Pinehurst Park

Frye and Eddy Streets

Lester Bates Park

*neighborhood center

*picnic tables & playground

Wando & Gardenia Avenues

930 Laurel Street, 545-3100

Lincoln Park

*playground, walking/jogging trails, large

Johnson Avenue

2611 Grant Street, 255-8161

event space


*theater, cultural arts programs

Golf Center “The First Tee”

Lorick Park

Ben Arnold Center

2091 Slighs Avenue, 255-8920

1600 Lorick Avenue

1100 S. Holly Street, 343-8753

*golf driving range, putting greens


100 Catawba Street

Boyd Plaza

*walking trails

Hampton & Main Streets

Greenview Park

*urban green space

6700 David Street, 754-5223

*community center, little league baseball field, indoor courts, outdoor basketball court, spray pool, playground


Katheryn M. Bellfield/Booker Washington Heights Cultural Arts Center

Granby Park

basketball, spray pool, playground

2315 Pinehurst Road, 733-8449

Fairwold Park


*neighborhood center, softball field,

community center, softball field, indoor

Arsenal Hill Center

*community center, indoor court,

trails, disk golf

court, picnic tables, playground

1800 Lincoln Street, 733-8439

Finlay Park

rink, little league baseball field, walking

*community center, ball field, indoor

Realtors Park Blossom & Gregg Street

*green space

Riverfront Park 312 Laurel Street

*jogging/walking trails, amphitheater

Rosewood Park

courts, playground, picnic tables,

901 South Holly Street

spray pool

*softball field, outdoor basketball court,

Marshall Park

jogging trails

Lincoln & Union Streets

*picnic tables, playground

playground, picnic tables, walking/

South East Park & Tennis Center

Capital City Stadium

*community center, 2 little league base-

500 South Assembly Street,

ball fields, indoor courts, outdoor pool,

T.S. Martin Park


9 tennis courts, playground, picnic

1810 Germany Street, 733-8294

4 soft and 12 hard courts, primitive


tables, walking trails

*2 softball fields, playground


Columbia Tennis Center

Hampton Park

Maxcy Gregg Park

St. Anna’s Park

117 Brandon Avenue, 776-9082

1806 Blossom Street

1315 Liberty Hill Avenue,

*neighborhood center, little league

Cancer Survivor’s Garden,


baseball field, outdoor basketball court,

*green space

*spray pool, picnic tables, playground,

Maxcy Gregg Pool

outdoor basketball court

1635 Whaley Street, 733-8440

*14 lighted hard courts

Doggie Park

2 tennis courts, playground, picnic

127 ? Humane Lane

tables, walking/jogging trails

*dog-friendly park

Heathwood Park

Sims Park


3500 Duncan Street, 733-8451

800 Abelia Road, 733-8446

2101 Walker Solomon Way,

*neighborhood center, 2 tennis courts,

Mays Park


outdoor basketball court, playground,

4100 Trenholm Road, 733-8596

*fitness/wellness center

spray pool

*neighborhood center, playground, 2 tennis courts, spray pool

Earlewood Park

Hollywood Park

1111 Parkside Drive, 733-8444

300 S. Gregg Street

*neighborhood center, 3 baseball/softball

*picnic tables, playground

shelters, disc golf, spray pool, amphitheater, walking/jogging trail

1500 Fairview Road, 733-8493

*neighborhood center, spray pool, outdoor basketball court, playground,

950 Jackson Avenue, 733-8445

picnic tables

E.B. Sessions Park

ball fields, indoor courts, outdoor bas-

3200 Beaumont Avenue

ketball court, picnic tables, playground

*playground, outdoor basketball court

Melrose Park

Hyatt Park *community center, 2 little league base-

*62 acres wilderness/nature site,

1650 Park Circle, 733-8447

Charles R. Drew Wellness Center

fields, tennis, 4 tennis courts, 2 picnic

951 Hazelwood

Memorial Park 700 Hampton Street

*military honors

*Denotes rental facility. Call 545-3100 for reservation information and for details about parks listed. For specific directions see map on pages 26 and 27.

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

Drew Splash Park and Fountain South Edisto Court Discovery Park 1914 Wiley Street

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


For more information contact Karen Kustafik at 803.545.3117 or

Second Annual Rocky Shoals Spider Lily Festival, Riverfront Park: May 30, 3 p.m. to 9p.m. Fee: $5 Good times for a good cause! Come to the river for afternoon tours with natural history experts, hop in a kayak to view these unusual flowers up close, and then unwind in the evening with music beside the river. Once again, we will have educational exhibits along with art and photographs and plants for sale. Proceeds benefit ongoing restoration efforts for this rare imperiled beauty. Guided Walks with the Park Rangers! Fee: Free. Meet at the Riverfront Park Visitor’s Center Saturday Walks at 9 a.m. Perhaps you always wanted hike in the great outdoors, but have been hesitant to venture into the unfamiliar. Maybe you would like to learn the names of those beautiful birds you noticed, or you’re curious about the alligator signs posted in the park. Our rangers have the answers, and are here to help you enjoy the great outdoors in good company. Fridays at the Fish Passage Friday afternoons in March and April Fee: Free Rangers will be on site to share their knowledge of our river with you, opening the viewing window in the passage for observation. The north end of Riverfront Park is the place to be when spring beckons---as fish begin their annual run, all of nature converges at the diversion dam. The fish passage, constructed to aid the seasonal spawning migration for American Shad, is one happening place. Fishing and wading birds fill the sky and shoreline, providing a panorama of prey/predator relationships in action. Bring binoculars or your camera. On the Horizon: • Photography Clinics with Sparkle Clark • Spring and Summer Kayak Trips on the Broad River • Custom Programs for School and Scout Groups Visit; click Parks & Recreation, then Outdoors for schedules

Conservation in the Confluence

Rocky Shoals Spider Lily, Hymenocallis Coronaria, Courtesy of Sparkle Clark


For more information contact Jeff Kefalos at 803.733.8440 or

As tennis thrives in the Midlands, the Columbia Tennis Center is at the heart of the action offering concentrated tennis activities for the entire family. The Tennis Center is open seven days a week, year round except for City of Columbia holidays. There are 14 plexipave courts lighted for evening play. The Tennis Center located in the Wheeler Hill neighborhood features a pro shop with individual and group lessons available for beginners, intermediate and advanced players. In addition to lessons offered at the center, the staff provides group lessons at other city parks throughout the year. The Columbia Tennis Center sponsors various programs coordinated to meet the needs of the community: Recreational Play Tournaments Day Camps USTA Men’s/Women Leagues Special Events

Court fees Day singles $4 per hour Day doubles $8 per hour

Reservations Court reservations should be made three days in advance by calling the Tennis Center to avoid scheduling Columbia’s Parks and Recreation maintains a total of 55 tennis courts at the following locations: (see the park directory on page 2 for addresses and phone numbers)

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

James E. Clyburn Golf Center The James E. Clyburn Golf Center located 2091 Slighs Avenue is open year round to the general public. The Golf Center has a driving range, chipping/putting practice area, green with a bunker, instruction area with an additional putting green, and classroom for educational sessions.

T h e F i r s t T e e o f Co l u m b i a The James E. Clyburn Golf Center is also home of 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 through the game of golf. First Tee sessions are held on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. for ages 5 to 7; and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for ages 8-18. *Golf ball sales end one hour before closing. Chipping and putting greens will be open for “short game� practice for adults. GOLF CENTER PROGRAMS Ladies Day Golf Program 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. Adult Instruction The James E. Clyburn Golf Center is fully equipped to handle group and individual instructional sessions. The highly qualified staff is experienced In all areas of golf instruction. GOLF CENTER RULES: %

Take practice swings and hit range balls only in areas designed by yellow ropes.


Leave all balls and tees forward of yellow ropes for Golf Center staff to retrieve.


Wear appropriate attire: soft spikes or tennis shoes, no tank tops, no cut-offs, no short shorts or bare midriffs. Shirts shall remain tucked inside pants or shorts.


Pants shall be worn at waist level and be secured by a belt when necessary.


Observe good golf etiquette and safety.


No profanity or horseplay will be allowed.


Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult

For more information contact Robert Parker at 803.255.8920 or

GOLF DRIVING RANGE HOURS OF OPERATION Spring/Summer .April 6 - November 1

Mon - Fri Saturday Sunday Holiday

Fall/Winter November 2 - April 5

Mon-Fri Saturday Sunday Holiday

11 a.m. - 9 p.m. 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Closed Closed 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Closed Closed

Recreation Centers Ben Arnold Center – 1100 S. Holly Street – 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. Any child between the ages of 6 and 18 who lives within walking distance (3-miles) of the Ben Arnold Center can receive a Community Membership for $5 per calendar year. This provides access to Boys and Girls Clubs programs during regular operating hours. Parents must sign a release waiver allowing their child to come and go at will. Spring Break & Summer Day Camp

After School Care $50 per week Daily rate $17

Spring Break and Summer Day Camp provides a full day of fun. Children are grouped by age and are able to select for more than 30 programs daily. ƒ ƒ ƒ ƒ ƒ

Prices from $60 - $125 per week Financial assistance is available based on household income ABC Vouchers are accepted Military Discounts are available (ASYPN, AYPYN programs) Payment is due in advance of services

Emily Douglas Park - 2500 Wheat Street - 733.8531 Teen Movie Nights 1st & 3rd Fri 4pm-6pm Free Bring your popcorn and enjoy. Teen Spade Club League Mon & Thurs 4pm-6pm Ages 13-18 Enjoy playing spades. Teen After School Camp Mon-Fri 2pm-6pm $45 per week Extreme Teen Club Tues 5pm-6pm Self expression through various activities.

Mother’s Day Card Making nd 2 Fri in May 4pm-5pm Make special gift for mom. Father’s Day Mug Decorating rd 3 Fri in June 4pm-5pm Give dad a gift he’ll enjoy.

Recreation Centers Greenview Park - 6700 David Street – 754.5223 Easter Egg Hunt Apr 11 11am-2pm Ages 1-4, 5-12 Free Old school fun! Spring Ceramic Show Apr 11 10am-2pm All Ages Free Annual ceramic club show. Line Dancing Workshop Apr 18 11am2pm Ages 55+ Free Learn basic movements. Senior Spring Social Apr 25 6pm-9pm $5 per person Ages 50+ Enjoy a night out dancing and food. Table Tennis Tournament May 23 1pm-3pm Ages 10-14 Free Friendly fun competition! Cheerleader Registration June 1-20 Ages 6-12 $55 per person Learn basic cheerleading moves. Father’s Day Cookout June 20 2pm-4pm Ages 18+ Free Football Registration July 6-Aug 7 Ages 8-12 $55 per person Home of the Greenview Vikings. Season begins in September.

Citywide Basketball Registration May 1-June 1 $20 per person Ages 9, 11, 13, 15, 17 and under Learn the fundamentals of basketball. Mother’s Day Dinner May 9 12pm-2pm Ages 18+ Free Sports Knowledge Bowl May 16 2pm-3:30pm All Ages Free st Compete for 1 place bragging rights. Game Day- Board Games July 17 6pm-7pm Ages 6-12 Free Enjoy your favorite board and card games. Summer Camp Picnic July 25 10am- 4pm All Ages Free Games and prizes! Beginning Chess Aug 28 6pm-8pm Ages 9-13 Free Learn the basic skills to this enjoyable game. Bingo Games Sept-May th Every 4 Tues 11:30pm-2pm Ages 18+ $2 per person Meet new friends! Lunch served. Teen Spades Tournament Sept 18 Fridays 6pm-8pm Ages: 13-16 Free .

Recreation Centers Hampton Park - 1117 Brandon Avenue - 776.9082 Easter Egg Dying Apr 9 2pm-5pm All Ages Free Decorate eggs in your favorite color.

After School Camp

Mother’s Day Card Making May 6-7 3pm-5:30pm All Ages Free Make your mom a one of a kind card.

Extended school care is available from

. Father’s Day Card Making

June 17-18 2pm-5:30pm All Ages Free Make a special card for your dad.

Aug-May Ages 6-12 $25 per week 2pm-6pm

2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Emily Douglas, Heathwood, St. Anna’s, Sims, and Woodland Parks. Students enrolled in after school camps are provided with snacks, opportunities to complete homework, and a variety of supervised activities. Summer programs begin when school ends adding continuity to the lives of the students we serve.

Heathwood Park - 800 Albelia Road – 733.8446 After School Camp Aug-May Mon-Fri 2pm-6pm $25 per week Ages 6-12

Mother’s Day Vase Making May 7 4pm-6pm Ages 6-12 Free Make mom a flower vase decorated with love.

Reading Club Mon-Thurs 4pm-4:30pm Ages 6-12 Free Reading is fun!

Father’s Day Gift Making June 19 3pm-5pm Free Do something special for dad!

Fabulous Fun Friday Every Fri 3pm-6pm Ages 6-12 Free Movies, popcorn, bingo and prizes. Easter Egg Hunt Apr 9 3pm-4pm Ages 6-12 Free Have fun searching for hidden eggs.

End of School Year Celebration May 28 4pm-5pm Ages 6-12 Free Celebrate the start of summer with us!

Recreation Centers Hyatt Park - 950 Jackson Avenue - 733.8445 Aerobic Expressions Apr-Sept Tues & Thurs 5pm-5:45pm Free Workout with Michelle to improve your health. Senior Aerobics Expressions Apr-June Wed 10am-11am Free Increase mobility and coordination. A minimum of 5 participants required. Bridge Apr-June Every Fri 11am-3pm Adults Only Free A minimum of 4 participants required. Ladies of Leisure Apr-Sept Second Fri of the month 9:30am-12pm Seniors Free Enjoy meeting new friends and going places. “Girls Only” Basketball Club July (Date TBA) 10am-12pm All Ages Free Skills taught by USC Lady Gamecocks. Open Gym Badminton Mar-May Mon & Wed 5pm-6pm All Ages Free Improve your hand and eye coordination. Senior Bingo Apr-Sept Mon 10:30am-12pm $1 per person You could get lucky.

Self Defense Class Apr-Sept Wed 7pm-8:30pm Spring Soccer Mar-May Tues Ages 4-12 6pm-7:30pm $20per person Summer League Basketball Registration Apr-May Mon-Fri 2pm-9pm Ages 6-17 $20per person Flag Football Registration July-Sept Mon- Fri 2pm-9pm Ages 6-17 $20per person Basketball Fundamentals Mar-May Sat 10am-12pm Ages 8-12 Free First Annual One-Day Football Camp Aug Date TBA Ages 7-12 Learn football skills from former college players Adult Ping Pong Tournament July Date TBA 21 years and older Free Sign ups start in June; ten people maximum.

Recreation Centers Lorick Park - 1600 Lorick Avenue – 691.9339 Homework Hustlers Mon-Thurs 2:30pm-4pm Free Seniors Bingo Thurs 10am-12pm Free Prizes awarded. Adult Casual Gaming Thurs 6pm-9pm Free Favorite games played.

Skills and Thrills Wed 4pm-5pm Free Join us in this arts and crafts class.

Flag Football Registration Aug Mon-Fri 2pm-9pm $20 per person

Unique Dance Krew Mon & Wed 7pm-8:30pm Free Learn the latest dance steps.

Soccer Registration July Mon-Fri 2pm-9pm Ages 4-13 $20 per person

Summer League Basketball Registration Apr-May Mon-Fri 2pm-9pm Ages 6-17 $20per person

MM aratrin inignP -2 Lu tin rK Prakrk - 320300G0 rGereeneenS LtuhtehreK ga e tSrtereete-t 733.8452 Aerobics with Loraine Low key exercise/ male and female Apr-Nov Tues & Thurs 6pm-7m $30 per month or $66 for 3 months Egg Coloring Tips Apr 9 4pm-6pm Free Egg Hunt Apr 11 10am-1pm Free Volleyball Workouts Thurs 7pm-until Free Middle and high school girls.

Full Court Men’s Basketball Mon & Wed 7pm-until Free Walking Club Wed 5pm Free Walk your way to better health. Soccer Wed 5pm Ages 4-7 Citywide youth soccer practice. Step Team Practice Elementary Tues 6pm-7:30pm $20 registration per person

Step Team Practice Middle School Thurs 5pm-6:30pm Ages 6-12, 13-16 $20 per person The Friendly Bunch Tues 10am-1pm Free ML King Neighborhood seniors meet to plan activities and fellowship. Cheerleader Practice Mon 5pm-7pm Ages 4-14 $20 registration per person

Recreation Centers Pinehurst Park - 2300 Pinehurst Road - 733.8449 After School Camp Aug-May Mon-Thurs 3pm-5:30pm Ages 6-12 $25 per week Family Fest Apr 11 10am-3pm All Ages A day of food, music, and games. Adult Bingo rd 3 Tues of each month 6pm-8pm $3 per person Win prizes and meet new people. Men’s Pool League Tues 6pm-9pm Ages15 and up Free First 10 to sign up!

Urban Dairies Mon in Apr Ages 9-18 Free Build language and social skills.

Cooking Class Apr-May Fri Ages 8-15 4pm-7pm Free

G.I.R.L. Society Growing into Responsible Ladies Sun Ages 9-13 Free Exciting topics about growing up!

Night Out Aug 4 6pm-8pm Free A great night with the neighbors!

Summer League Basketball Registration Apr-May Mon-Fri 2pm-9pm Ages 6 - 17 $20per person Easter Egg Hunt Apr 11 11am Ages 1 to 12 Free Find the golden egg!

Father’s Day Card Making All ages Begins June 15 Free Come make a card for your dad. Spades League Registration begins Sept 1 League begins Oct 1 Free

St. Anna Park - 1313 Liberty Hill Avenue - 733.8450 Easter Egg Hunt Apr 9 4pm-6pm Prizes will be given out Free Summer League Basketball Registration Apr-May Mon-Fri 2pm-9pm Ages 6 - 17 $20 per person Cheerleader Tryouts May 4 Mon-Fri 4:30pm-6pm Free

End of School Year Bash May 29 4pm-8pm Free Summer Cookout June 5 2pm-6pm Free Bring summer in with a bang! th

Pre-July 4 Celebration July 2 2pm-6pm Free Food, fireworks and water war.

School Supply Give-Away Aug 28 4pm-6pm Free Seniors’ Club Sept-May Free Go places and meet people! After School Camp Aug-May Mon-Fri 2pm-6pm $25 per week Ages 6-12

Recreation Centers Sims Park - 3500 Duncan Street - 733.8451 Earth Day April 22 5pm-6pm Free Celebrate green living! Mother’s Day Arts & Crafts May 6 5pm-6pm Free Make something special for mom.

Father’s Day Arts & Crafts June 19 5pm-6pm Free Create a gift to show your appreciation.

After School Camp Aug-May Mon-Fri 2:30pm-6pm $25 per week Ages 6-12


Pre-4 of July Celebration July 2 5pm-6pm Free Make colorful crafts to reflect your independence.

Woodland Park - 6500 Old Knight Park Way - 776.1096 After School Camp Aug-May Mon-Fri 2:30pm-6pm $25 per week Ages 6-12 Green Grass Egg Hunt Apr 8 3:30pm-4:30pm Ages 6-12 The hunt continues until the last egg is found! Mr. and Miss Woodland Park Pageant Apr 25 4pm Ages 6-12 Enjoy an evening of elegance and talent.

Mums for Mom May 4-8 4pm-5pm Present mom with a flower you create. Father’s Day Card Making June 19 3pm- 6pm Ages 6-12 Free

Woodland Park’s Fall Girls Softball Registration Aug 15-Sept 10 Mon- Fri 3pm-6pm Ages 9-12 $50 per person Work on basics while having fun. Cool Friday Fun Back To School - Let’s Go Bowling Sept 25 Ages 6-12 $10 per person Have fun till the pins fall down.

Each “FUN DAY” will feature: ƒ Entertainment

Pinehurst Park

April 11th

ƒ Bounce

Hyatt Park

April 18th

Lorick Park

April 25th

Booker Washington Heights

May 9th

M.L. King Park

May 30th

Houses ƒ Hands-On Activities ƒ Games ƒ Face Painting ƒ Exhibitors ƒ Community Health Fair ƒ Karaoke

Sponsored in part by

Contest For more information, contact Kim Mitchell 803.545.3117

Waves of Summer Fun Recreation Swim Fees: $2/ages 12 and under; $3/ages 13 and older

Season: May 23 - September 7 Columbia Parks and Recreation maintains 2 outdoor pools, all of which are open from Memorial Day through Labor Day, and a year-round indoor pool at the Charles R. Drew Wellness Center.

Learn to Swim Cost: $30 per person per eight week session/ If you are a serious lap swimmer, a fan of splashing around or both, you will find plenty of sparkling fun to 45 minute bi-weekly classes Maxcy Gregg Pool • 733.8447* dive in to this summer! Columbia‘s Parks and Recreation Session 1 Monday - Thursday 1 p.m. - 7 p.m. offers families and community members many healthy, Maxcy Gregg June 8 - 18 affordable and safe aquatic activities at three public Greenview Pool • 735.1602* Greenview June 9 - 19 Tuesday - Friday 1 p.m. - 6 p.m. Session 2 * Seasonal phones will be activated May 23. Maxcy Gregg June 22 - July 2 Weekend Public Lap/Lap Swim both sites Greenview June 23 - July 3 Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Sunday 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. Session 3 Maxcy Gregg July 13 - 23 Drew Wellness Center Greenview July 14 - 24 Monday - Thursday 5:30 a.m. - 10 p.m. Friday 5:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. Session 4 Saturday 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Sunday 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. Maxcy Gregg July 27 - August 6 July 28 - August 7 Greenview

Certification Courses Courses scheduled throughout the year for Lifeguard Training, CPR, Water Safety Instructor and Swim Coach Certification at the Charles R. Drew Wellness Center. Call Nathaniel Stevenson at 803.545.3200.for more information. Inclement Weather Lightning’s behavior is random and unpredictable. Preparedness and quick responses are the best defense toward lightening hazards The National Lightning Safety Institute’s regulations will be adhered to and included the following swimming pool safety procedures: • • •

When lightning is observed or thunder is heard near the pool, staff will immediately direct patrons out of the pool to a safe location. Staff will continue to monitor weather conditions for changes and keep patrons in a safe location. Pool activities shall remain suspended until 30 minutes after the last thunder is heard.

Pool Equipment and Rules Only U.S. Coast Guard approved floatation devices are permitted. Water wings, inflatable toys, and artificial swimming aids are prohibited. Profanity, vulgar language and improper behavior will not be tolerated. No playing shall be permitted on the steps, the pool ladders, or lifeguard stands. No running or horseplay on the pool deck. This is a partial list of pool rules. Check at the pool office for a complete listing of rules at each site.

Buy a pass and save! Youth Individual Pass $80 • Youth Group Pass $75/50 visits Adult Individual Pass $120 • Adult Group Pass $75/50 visits

Drew Splash Park And Fountain Open to the public: May 23 - September 7 Cool off this summer at the Drew Park Splash Park adjacent to the Charles R. Drew Wellness Center in the Celia Saxon neighborhood. The concrete spray park has a series of jets that shoot water out of the ground at different intervals. So, you can choose to get soaked or stay dry. Pool rules apply to the spray park. No admission fees.

Green Technology at Work The Drew Park Spray Park will open for play during summer months. At night and in the off season, the spray park will double as a fountain illuminated with LED lighting similar to the Five Points Fountain on Green Street. In addition to energy efficient lighting, the spray park features a recycling water system that runs through a filter making it possible to conserve city water.

Swim Team and Swim Meets Register April 6 - May 18 Fee: $20 per person Boys and girls ages 6 - 18 Meets begin June 8 Home meets at Greenview Practices held at Greenview and Maxcy Gregg.


For more information contact Bobby O. Goodwin 803.545.3100 or

At the City of Columbia Department of Parks and Recreation, young athletes are exposed to a range of sports from basketball to golf. Our coaches offer a balance of games, sports instruction, and competitive play in citywide tournaments.


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 and includes the jersey, award and insurance. Soccer Registration: July 1 - August 7 Ages: 4-13 Season Begins: September 5 Site: Owens Field Complex Flag Football Registration: July 27 - August 28 Instructional: 6-10 Divisions: 11-12, 13-15 Season Begins: September 14 Sites: Lorick and Greenview Basketball Registration: April 27 - May 28 League Play Begins: June 8 Season Begins: September 14 Sites: Lorick, Greenview, Hyatt, King, Pinehurst and Woodland

Robert McCray V. practices his long jump during track and field week.

Double Dutch Tournament Schedule April 18

Regional Tournament, Charleston

May 2

State Tournament, Beaufort

June 19-20

World Tournament, Sumter

June 25-28 National Tournament, Dallas Texas

Double Dutch Forces in Aruba.

Instructional Clinics Begin September 10 at M.L. King Park

Sports Camp Sports Camp $45 $45 per per week week

June June11--August August14 14 7:30 a.m. 6 p.m. 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. Ages Ages6-12 6-12 Martin MartinLuther LutherKing KingPark Park

Basic skills taught by the World and National Champions Double Dutch Forces Boys and Girls Ages 4 & up Thursday and Friday 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm Saturday and Sunday 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm


For more information contact Bobby O. Goodwin 803.545.3100 or

Citywide Adult Leagues are scheduled throughout the year for ages 18 years and above. Teams will play an eight to 10 game regular season and a tournament. Awards are presented to the regular season and tournament champions depending on the sport.

Spring Adult Co-Ed Kickball Registration: July 6 - August 7 League Play Begins: August 19 Fee: $300 per team Site: Earlewood & Pacific Park Adult Summer Basketball League Registration: June 1 - June 26 League Play Begins: July 13, Fee: $225 per team Site: Greenview and ML King Divisions: Men’s, Women’s, Open & Business

Fall 2008 Kickball Champions, E=MC Hammered

Winter 2009 Basketball participants, Pure Ballers

“tthe positive difference” Because everyone needs a PAL! Your support is needed to help develop our young athletes and teach them about sportsmanship, teamwork, and leadership!

10 & under Winter Basketball Champions, Lorick Park

Columbia Parks and Recreation recently expanded its youth outreach through - the Columbia Police Athletic League, a volunteer driven program. PAL makes it possible for all youth to participate in structured programs.

Mentor Opportunities: Columbia’s Parks and Recreation Department has opportunities available for volunteer coaches, assistant coaches, team parents, and scorekeepers. Call Sgt. Vandell McCary, Sr. at 803.545.3530 or Terry Dozier at 803.545.3097 to become a PAL mentor.


Adult Fall Softball Registration: July 6 - August 7 League Play Begins: August 25 Fee: $300 per team Divisions: Men’s, Women’s and Co-ed Sites: TS Martin & Earlewood Park

VISUAL ARTS CENTER 1932 Calhoun Street For more information contact Steven Hewitt at 803.545.3091 or The Arts are an integral part of Columbia’s Parks and Recreation program. From classes and shows to specials events, we sponsor a variety of activities. Steve Hewitt, Visual Arts Supervisor operates a program designed to provide activities for folks 6 - 90+ years old. The Arts Center serves as a hub for pottery enthusiasts, and well as classes in jewelry making and sculpture. Minimum enrollment: 5 Maximum: 12 unless otherwise noted.

Open Studio

Two month sessions $60 includes use of studio during all open hours, use of equipment (firings) and glazes. Fee does not include any instruction, and students must provide own tools. Clay is available for purchase. Hours of operation are: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday nights until 9 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Sessions are for ages 14 and older that have a prior course in pottery. Maximum enrollment: 40


Session III/May 1- June 30

Session IV/July 1 - August 31 Session V/September 1 - October 31

For those who want to register for a year in advance: Discount enrollment available. Six sessions cost $360 if paid per session. Sign up for a year and save: costs reduced to $330 and $175 for 3 sessions. Fees can be pro-rated depending on your start date.

Introduction to Pottery

Students will make their own works using the coil method, slab method and the potter's wheel. Basic instruction in glazing and the workings of the studio will be provided. Dates: Monday evenings for six weeks, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

May 4 - June 15 Instructor Tim Graham July 6 - August 10 Instructor Jessica Glenn Hall September 14 - October 19 Instructor Jessica Glenn Hall Pre-registration fee: $25 Fees for instruction: $50 does not cover cost of tools, clay provided

Intermediate Pottery

Students will meet with instructor to set up goals for course work. Emphasis will be on increasing throwing skill, decoration techniques, and glazing techniques. Mondays/six weeks, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. May 4 - June 15 Instructor Tim Graham July 6 - August 10 Instructor Jessica G. Hall September 14 - October 19 Instructor Jessica G. Hall Pre-registration fee: $25 Fees for instruction: $50 does not cover cost of tools, clay provided

Studio Open House Saturday, May 2: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday, May 3: Noon - 4 p.m.


Visit the Arts Center and meet potters and painters, see a live Raku firing, and other demonstrations throughout the weekend. It's free, fun, and exciting for the whole family. While at the studio, you can sign up for classes or upcoming studio sessions. There will be plenty of items for sale!

VISUAL ARTS CENTER 1932 Calhoun Street For more information contact Steven Hewitt at 803.545.3091 or

Enroll your child in the city of Columbia’s Summer Art Classes for an experience they will talk about all year. Arts Supervisor Steve Hewitt will host three camps this summer - two Warm Glass Courses and one Pottery Course. Classes meet from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Arts Center. Extended care is not available. Children may arrive 15 minutes before class and must be picked up by 11:30 a.m.

We will make sun catchers, model clay and make a mold to be filled with crushed glass, and experiment with glass powders, frits, stringers, and glass sheets to make paintings in glass. A code of conduct will be discussed at the start of class to ensure everyone’s safety. Dates: June 15 - 19 Cost: $65 Pre-register by May 29

Introduction to Warm Glass ages 12 - 15 We will make a necklace, model clay and make a mold to be filled with crushed glass, and experiment with glass powders, frits, stringers, glass sheets to make paintings in glass. Dates: July 13 - 17 Cost: $65 Pre-register by June 5

Introduction to Handbuilding Techniques ages 6 -12 We are going to have a great time in class making pottery, sculpture and fun containers. We’ll be using a slab roller, extruders, and coils to make our projects. Be prepared to get messy and have a fun time. Dates: June 22 - 26 Cost: $65 Pre-register by June 5 Get a $25 discount for more than one child

Parks and Recreation Summer Day Camps are about community, relationships, learning, and FUN! See page 23 for a list of camp sites.


Introduction to Warm Glass ages 6 - 11

City of Columbia Department of Parks and Recreation Facility Reservations 1932 Calhoun Street ƒ 803.545.3100

Have Your Event With Us! Columbia Parks and Recreation operates many community and neighborhood centers, baseball/softball fields, shelters and greenways that can be reserved for public or private use by your family, business, church and other organizations for various events.

Reservation Procedures •

All reservations must be made at the 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 to see if a facility is available on the date you wish to rent.

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

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.

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

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

Reservations must be made at least 15 day in advance.

Reservations for Finlay and Riverfront must be made in writing at least 60 days in advance. Other rental facilities not shown: Arsenal Hill Center, Earlewood Park, and Mays Park.

City of Columbia Department of Parks and Recreation

It Starts in Parks!

Summer Grand Opening.‌ Gem of a Park!

S o u t h E d i st o C o u r t D i sc o ve r y P a r k

Dig up some Fun!

C ol um bia’s newest park is convenie ntly l ocated at 1914 Wiley Street. The park neighbors t he Rose w ood Hills developme nt off of Rosew ood Drive. Call Wanda Sam uels at 255.8161 for pr ogram i nf or mation.

Katheryn M. Bellfield Booker Washington Heights Cultural Arts Center 2611 Grant Street For more information contact Tracy Chatman at 803.255.8161 or

Katheryn M. Bellfield Booker Washington Heights Cultural Arts Center is a full service cultural arts center that brings visual and performing arts to the Columbia area through ongoing programs, projects, and special events. We strive to enrich lives and nurture community awareness of a variety of arts by encouraging the involvement of youth, teens, adults, and seniors. Local art groups can call to schedule rehearsal and performance space.


Hours: Monday -Thursday 2:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Friday 2:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

. Arts-In-Education Program In collaboration with the Renaissance Foundation the following classes will be offered at no charge. Instructors: Varies Music Classes: Tuesday - Thursday 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. .

Saturday 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Beginner Dance Classes: Monday & Wednesday 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Literary Arts: Tuesday & Thursday: 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Visual Arts:

Alvin Ailey's Ailey II

Monday, Wednesday & Friday: 4 p.m. 5:30 p.m.

Dance Class Instructor: Quewanda Middleton Fee: $35 per month/ child The students will learn different techniques for tap and ballet, jazz, and modern Saturdays: 10 a.m. - 11a.m. (ages 5-7); 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (ages 8-12) African Drumming and Dance Class Instructor: Nyah Drummers & Dancers Wednesdays 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. African drumming and dancing is fun, energizing and inspirational to people of different ages, backgrounds and abilities. Playing the drums and dancing improves co-ordination and motor skills. African drumming and dancing encourages creativity and self expression.

Piano Lessons Instructor: Brandis White Fee: $35 per month/ child This class is for beginners to intermediate students ages 6 and up. Sessions will begin Saturday, September 6: 12 p.m. - 1p.m. Performing Arts Class Instructor: Instructor: Leasharn Leasharn Hopkins Hopkins Classes are held on Mondays and Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Drama Drama classes classes are are designed designed to to help help each each student student develop develop his his or or her her potential potential for for self-expression self-expression and and communication; communication; to to help help each each student student understand understand and and appreciate appreciate the the art art of of theatre. theatre. These These classes classes help help students students increase increase their their ability ability to to communicate communicate verbally verbally and and physically, physically, to to think think imaginatively, imaginatively, to to concentrate, concentrate, to to feel feel and and understand understand emotions, emotions, to to co-operate co-operate in in groups, groups, and and to to seek seek solutions. solutions. Students Students will will learn learn the the origins origins of of theater, theater, improvisation, acting and dance.

Katheryn M. Bellfield Booker Washington Heights Cultural Arts Center 2611 Grant Street For more information contact Tracy Chatman at 803.255.8161 or

ACADEMICS After School Program ages 6-13. Instructor: Mattie Haynes, Bethlehem Community Center Monday - Friday 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. The after school program offers tutorial, Spanish, arts and crafts, American History, and mentorship. For more information call Mattie Haynes at (803) 931.8023.

SENIORS Bingo Brunch 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Come out and win some great prizes and enjoy delicious refreshment. Bingo Brunch will be held on the3rd Thursday of each month.




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Teen Summit ages 12-19

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Saturday, September 12 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.











This year’s summit will focus on health and wellness. Breakout sessions will be available for teens and parents. Registration is required. Call 803.255.8161 to sign up TODAY!



Math Tutorial Instructor: David Bookman Thursdays 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. Math assistance is offered for students in elementary and middle school. We cover basic math to algebra. Help will be available for students who need to strengthen their math skills.

June 1st - August 14th Ages 6 - 12

Monday - Friday: 7:30AM - 6:00PM

Sign-up at the park TODAY! Space is limited. Emily Douglas Park

Greenview Park

Hampton Park

Heathwood Park

Hyatt Park

Lorick Park

M.L. King Park (Sports)

Melrose Park

Pinehurst Park

Sims Park

St. Anna’s Park

Woodland Park









Camp Horizons is much more than a traditional summer camp for youth ages 13 to 16. This powerful summer camp is designed to promote tolerance, respect, leadership, selfconfidence, self-esteem and community involvement. We help guide teens towards a positive and productive future by providing them with the skills to make positive life choices.





For more information contact Kim Mitchell at 803.545.3117 or


August 8th

August 15th

Booker Washington Heights

Lorick Park

Greenview Park

Pinehurst Park M.L. King Park

Hyatt Park

12 p.m m. - 4 p.m m. School supplies giveaway, health screenings, entertainment, games, special guests, music & more!

For more information contact the park staff (see the directory on page 2) or call 545.3117.

Everyone Could Use A

PAL! “the positive difference” In The


The goal of this partnership between city police and parks and recreation is to keep good kids good and to help troubled youth in times of need.

Leadership Training for


PAL is a nonprofit police/youth organization based on promoting trust and understanding among law enforcement and youth. Programs emphasize: • • • • •

Career opportunities Life skills Service learning Character education Leadership

Call Sgt. Vandell McCary, Sr. at 803.545.3530 or Terry Dozier at 803.545.3097 to enroll your son or daughter.


For more information contact Paula Woodberry Davis at 803.733.8510 or email:

Senior Olympics Athletes share a commitment to fitness and fun Midlands’ Senior Games September 21 - 24 Olympic style events offered at both city and county Parks culminate in an awards luncheon at the Capital Senior Center in Maxcy Gregg Park. This 4-day event features bowling, swimming, golf, tennis, 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!

May 19 - HOOTENANNY ‘A Senior Celebration’ This annual event at Riverfront Park (Laurel and Huger Streets) is a must do for everyone over 50! The fun starts at 10 a.m., bingo 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Door prizes will be given away all day long. Entertainment and information booths designed with seniors in minds. Admission is free! May 30 - The Gullah Festival Join us for this day trip to Beaufort to experience food, arts and crafts and entertainment inspired by Africans who settled on the coast and became known for their unique Gullah language, foods, basket making and dance. Cost: TBA September 30, Apple Trip to Hendersonville, NC Join us on our annual day trip to pick or purchase apples in North Carolina. Travel in a trailways style motor coach, for fun, fellowship and the best apples right off the tree! Join us on a charter bus tour to an apple farm, Farmer’s Market and lunch in lovely Asheville. Cost: $30 per person. Seats are limited so register early!


March 25 - Keenan House Tea Party Wednesday afternoon on the lawn of the historic Keenan House. 12:30 p.m. until 2 p.m. A cup of tea, tea cakes, beautiful hats, and jazz music for all to enjoy! If you like, bring your favorite tea cup!

Senior Clubs are a great way to stay active! Most groups meet between 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Contact your local park to find out what is going on for seniors in your neighborhood!

Springmaid Springmaid Beach Beach Senior Senior Retreat Retreat Oct. 5 Oct. 5 - 8 8 days // 3 44days 3 nights nights Limited seating! Limited seating!

Here’s to your best self yet. We’re with you every step of the way. Community Wellness Weekend September 5 - 6 This free event is open to the public.

Lifestyle, Exercise, Attitude, and Nutrition Get LEAN is a 12-week medically-based weight management plan that includes weight loss techniques, meal plans, exercise and behavior modification.

Diabetes, Exercise, Attitude, and Nutrition Get on the DEAN’s list TODAY!

Healthy Helpings 4-week cooking classes feature low-fat tasty recipes you can prepare at home. Recipes approved for diabetics. Join us at the Charles R. Drew Wellness Center, 2101 Walker Solomon Way for an indoor water experience that includes water aerobics, lap swimming, swimming lessons, and public swim. For information about individual or corporate memberships

Parklife Spring/Summer 2009  
Parklife Spring/Summer 2009  

Park Life Magazine, a six-month recreation guide, has everything you need to plan to an outdoor adventure or indoor leisure journey.