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City of Columbia announces reopening dates for parks, sports fields, gymnasiums and more


COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) – On Thursday, the City of Columbia released its timeline and plan for reopening parks and park facilities.

On May 12, greenways, green spaces and trails were opened to the public, but parks and their facilities remain closed for the time being.

While some things will start to reopen, the pools will remain closed until further notice. Additionally, special events, summer camps, and park facility rentals are canceled until further notice.

  • Phase 1 — Outdoor Greenways and Open Spaces — May 12, 2020
  • Phase 2 — Tennis courts and sports fields — May 25, 2020
  • Phase 3 — Park improvements — June 8, 2020
  • Phase 4 — Recreational Facilities/Gyms/Wellness — June 22, 2020
  • Phase 5 — Tournaments/League Play — August 3, 2020

Visitors should adhere to the following guidelines to protect public health:

  • Maintain a social distance of 6 feet at all times
  • Visits by citizens to park facilities will be limited based on our ability to maintain social distancing requirements
  • Follow the Governor’s Executive Order Regarding Gatherings, “Congregation or gatherings of people in groups of three or more are prohibited”
  • Park staff reserve the right to disband gatherings and/or seek local law enforcement support if necessary

Here is a detailed overview of the parks and facilities reopening plan:

Currently, the greenways and trails are open from sunrise to sunset. The city previously provided the following list of places that have walking trails:

  • Busby Street Community Center, 1135 Busby St.
  • Drew Wellness Center, 2101 Walker Solomon Road
  • Earlewood Park, 1111 Recreation Drive
  • EC session, 3304 Beaumont Ave.
  • Elmwood/Roy Lynch, 2120 Lincoln Street
  • Finlay Park, 930 Laurel St.
  • Granby Park, 100 Catawba Street
  • Hamptons Park, 1117 Brandon Ave.
  • MLK Park, 2300 Greene Street
  • Pinehurst Park, 2300 Pinehurst Road
  • Riverside Park (south), 312 Laurel Street
  • Riverside Park (north), 4122 River Drive
  • Rosewood Park, 915 Elm Ave.
  • Southeast Park, 951 Hazelwood Road
  • South Edisto Park, 1914 Wiley Street
  • Sainte-Anne Park, 1315 Liberty Hill Ave
  • Greenway Vista, 841 Taylor Street

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