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City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department seeks community input to develop 10-Year Master Plan

Coulmbia, South Carolina – The City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department is embarking on a project to shape the future of the city’s recreational spaces. As part of this initiative, the department has announced the development of a 10-Year Master Plan aimed at enhancing and expanding the community’s parks, greenways, and recreational facilities. To ensure the plan aligns with the needs and desires of Columbia’s residents, the department is seeking extensive community input.

Community Engagement

Recognizing the importance of community involvement, the Parks and Recreation Department has scheduled a series of community input meetings. These sessions are designed to gather feedback, ideas, and suggestions directly from residents about what they envision for the future of their recreational spaces. The department emphasizes that these meetings are critical in identifying both current and future needs for recreation programming and facilities.

Residents have multiple opportunities to participate in these discussions, with meetings arranged across various city council districts:

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  • Community Input Meeting 1: Leroy Moss Community Center at Hyatt Park, 950 Jackson Avenue, on Tuesday, April 23, 2024, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m..
  • Community Input Meeting 2: Woodland Park Community Recreation Center, 6500 Olde Knight Pkwy, on Thursday, April 25, 2024, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m..
  • Community Input Meeting 3: Charles R. Drew Wellness Center, 2101 Walker Solomon Way, on Tuesday, May 14, 2024, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m..
  • Community Input Meeting 4: Ben Arnold Community Recreation Center, 1100 S. Holly Street, on Thursday, May 16, 2024, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m..

For those unable to attend the meetings in person, the department encourages participation by leaving questions or suggestions for the planning committee. This ensures that all residents have the opportunity to contribute to the planning process, even if they cannot be there physically.

Contact Information

Residents looking for more information can contact Kenya Bryant at Kenya.Bryant@columbiasc.gov. The Parks and Recreation Department is committed to making this process as inclusive and comprehensive as possible, hoping to meet the diverse needs of Columbia’s growing population.

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