Preventive Measures for
Coronavirus and Flu
At this time, no cases have been confirmed in South Carolina, according to South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. Coronavirus was first identified in the city of Wuhan, China. Cases have been confirmed in several other countries, including the United States. 

As South Carolina public health officials continue to monitor the emerging outbreak of a novel coronavirus, now referred to as COVID-19. Here are some quick facts to help you with the best preventative measures.

To stay updated with the latest information, please visit  scdhec.gov/COVID19  to learn more about the virus. 
Tykes on a Hike
First Monday of every month at 10:15– 11:00 a.m.

Ages 2-5 with their guardian/adult chaperone are invited to sing a song, read a story, and go on a guided adventure of Riverfront Park.
Meet at the Red Schoolhouse at the entrance of Riverfront Park, 312 Laurel St.
Registration Open for City’s Summer Camp Program
Teen, Art, Sports & Weekly Camps Offered for Children
Registration for the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department’s Summer Camp Program, which includes weekly camps and a variety of specialty camps, is open for children ages 5 and up.

Weekly summer camps will be held from Monday, June 8 through Friday, August 7, 2020.
The Summer Camp program focuses on education through recreation, team building and leadership, creativity and self-expression, physical fitness and decision making. Camps are open to both city residents and non-city residents. 

In the Weekly Camps , children will participate in a variety of theme-related crafts and activities. The cost is $55 per week. A one-time activity fee of $55 is due upon registration for weekly camps.
Weekly camps are held from 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. for children ages 5-12 (as of June 1) at the following parks:
·          Emily Douglas-2500 Wheat St., 803-733-8531
·          Greenview Park- 6700 David St., 803-754-5223
·          Hampton Park-1111 Brandon Ave., 803-776-9082
·          Heathwood Park- 800 Abelia Rd., 803-733-8446
·          Hyatt Park- 950 Jackson Ave., 803-733-8445
·          Lorick Park- 1600 Lorick Ave., 803-691-9339
·          Martin Luther King, Jr. Park- 2300 Greene St., 803-733-8452
·          Melrose Park- 1500 Fairview Rd., 803-733-8493
·          Pinehurst Park- 2300 Pinehurst Rd., 803-733-8449
·          St. Anna’s Park- 1315 Liberty Hill Rd., 803-733-8450
·          Sims Park- 3500 Duncan St., 803-733-8451
·          South Edisto (Edisto Discovery Center) Park, 1914 Wiley Street, 803-255-8103
·          Woodland Park- 6500 Olde Knight Highway, 803-776-1096

Teen Camp

The Parks and Recreation Department offers a Teen Camp for children ages 13-17 at the KMB Booker Washington Heights Community Center located at 2611 Grant Avenue.
The camp runs from June 10 to August 9, Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. The cost is $55 per week. A one-time activity fee of $55 is due upon registration.

Sports Camp

Children in grades K-6 can participate in a summer Sports Camp held at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, 2300 Greene Street. The camp is held from 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday from June 10 to August 9. The cost is $55 per week. A one-time activity fee of $55 is due upon registration.

Tennis Camp

The Columbia Tennis Center located at 1635 Whaley Street, is hosting a summer Tennis Camp for children ages 6-14. The camp will focus on stroke production and techniques, drills, match competition and more.

The camp will be held on the following dates from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.:

·          June 8-12
·          June 22-26
·          July 6-10
·          July 20-24
The cost of the camp is $55 per week. Applications are available at the Columbia Tennis Center. Registrations will be taken until the first day of camp.

For more information, contact the tennis center at 803-733-8440.

Golf Camp

The James E. Clyburn Golf Center is hosting a summer golf camp for children ages 8-14 who are interested in improving their golf skills or learning the fundamentals of the game, etiquette and course management. The camp is open to new, intermediate and experienced golfers.
No equipment is needed. The fee to participate is $55 per week.
The camp will be held at the golf center located at 2901 Slighs Avenue from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (drop-off starts at 8 a.m.) on the following dates:
·          June 22-26
·          July 20-24
For more information about the summer golf program, contact the Clyburn Golf Center at 803-255-8920.

Art Camp

Let your child explore their creative side through painting, drawing, pottery and more at the Art Center’s summer Art Camp. The camp will be held from June 10 through August 16 for ages 5-16. Sessions will be held at the Art Center, located at 1227 Taylor St., Ste. C. The camp costs $90 per session. Camp is held Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon.

Registration is limited to 10 participants per session. 
Sessions for ages 5-9
·          Session 1:  June 8-12: Carnival and Celebrations
·          Session 2:  June 15-19: Nature Abounds
·          Session 5: July 13-17: Pirates Ahoy
·          Session 7:  July 27-31: How We Move
·          Session 8:  August 3-7: Around the Corner, Underwater & Outer Space
Sessions for ages 10-16
·          Session 4:  June 6-10: Pottery Explorations
·          Session 6:  July 20-24: Pottery Explorations
·          Session 9: August 10-14: Outside the Box
Sessions for ages 8-13
·          Session 3:  June 22-26: Mix It Up: Recycled Art Camp

For more information, contact the Art Center at 803-545-3093.

For more information about the Parks and Recreation Department’s summer programs, call 803-545-3100 or visit the Parks and Recreation Department’s “Summer Camp” page online.
Drew Wellness Exercise Schedule
Upcoming Events
Columbia to Host National Youth
Violence Prevention Week
Divine Conversations
Sunday -March 29 – 4:00pm – 6:00pm                   
Earlewood Community Center
                                                               
                         Court – Consequences – Correction
Speakers will be Councilwoman Mrs. Devine; Lester Young Jr.-JLUSA, Department of Juvenile Justice students “Insider Program”
A dinner for families to come out and take part in conversations about the consequences of a split second decision.  How it not only affects them, but also victims as well as their families.



Monday-March 30 – April 2         Social Media campaign Start with Hello
See Someone Alone:  recognize the signs of loneliness and social isolation
Reach Out and Help: help others feel included
Start with Hello: how to break the ice and strike up a conversation
Start with Hello teaches students how to create a culture of inclusion in their school and community. 



Friday-April 3 8:00pm – 10:00pm               Spring Fling Party
Charles R. Drew Wellness Center
A party to wrap up the week and kick off Spring Break. 
Juvenile Justice Jeopardy
·         Pool Party
·         Basketball and other games in the gym
Senior Bingo Social
The Columbia Parks & Recreation Department will host free Bingo Senior Socials on the second Thursday of each month from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the
Busby Street Community Center, 1735 Busby Street. 

Join us for fun, games and surprises!

For more information, call Parks & Recreation at 803-545-3100.
News in Review
2020 Winter Youth Basketball Championships (Photo Gallery)
Photo caption:
Top Photo- group photo of all ages
Below left and right- 10 and under championship game
Large photo (third row)- 10 and under champions
Below left and right- Crowd participating during the games, 10 and under runner-ups
Large Photo (5th row)- 14 and under champions
Below left and right- 14 and under championship game
Bottom photo (last)- 12 and under champions
Mayor Benjamin Partners with Columbia Parks and Recreation and Public Safety Agencies for Black History Month Basketball Tournament
On Sunday, February 16th at 2 p.m., Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin, Columbia Parks & Recreation and several public safety agencies joined together for the Black History Month Basketball Tournament in a regional approach to build strong, lasting relationships with youth and the community.

Members with the Columbia Parks & Recreation Department, Columbia Police Department, Columbia Fire Department, Richland County Sheriff’s Department and the SC Highway Patrol competed in a friendly game of basketball. The event also featured a Hot Shot competition with youth.  
Safety Committee Awards
(Drew Wellness Center Recognition)
3 rd Annual Black History Heritage Ball
The Columbia Parks and Recreation Department invited the public to celebrate Black History Month at its 3 rd Annual Black History Heritage Ball on Sunday, February 23 from 4-7 pm at Greenview Park. The event included live entertainment and dinner.
Park of the Month
Katheryn M. Bellfield
Booker Washington Heights Cultural Arts Center
Parks and Recreation provides many opportunities for friends, families and visitors to enjoy themselves by offering exercise, entertainment and relaxation while visiting and enjoying our wonderful parks and facilities all around the city.

Where : 2611 Grant St, Columbia, SC 29203

Contact : 803-255-8161

Hours :
Monday through Friday : 9 am-8 pm,
Saturday : 10am-6 pm
Sunday : Closed