CLOSINGS/CANCELLATIONS STATEMENT: During this unprecedented time, we want to ensure that we are able to keep our parks open to our community. As a Parks Department, we have always understood the mental, physical and emotional benefits of our parks and know that at a time like this, the value cannot be understated. However, for this to be the case, we need for our community to ensure they are respecting guidance put forth by our Governor, Mayor, the CDC and WHO. Parks across the US are closing to the public, restricting total access, due to individuals not following proper COVID-19 and state protocols. We do not want to join them! You might notice though, some changes to our closures below. These changes are a result of us monitoring our parks closely to determine safety risks with how the parks are being used by the public. Our actions are a direct result of our department trying to do our best to protect the community and all of the residents in it. The items detailed below are also best practices being done across the US, we are working hard to stay up on current solutions with other professional organizations. We appreciate your understanding during this time and hope you and yours are safe and healthy.
The following Parks and Recreation facilities are closed to the public:
- The Commons
- Donner Center
- Columbus Gymnastics Center
- Park Operations Service Center
- Jolie Crider Memorial Skatepark
- Tennis Courts – Lincoln Park, Donner Park, Harrison Ridge
- Pickleball Courts – Donner Park, Richards
- Sports Fields – Soccer fields, Baseball and Softball diamonds
- All Park Playgrounds & Restrooms
These facilities will reopen Friday, May 1. If you or your child are signed up for a Parks and Recreation program that occurs during this time, you will receive a separate communication from a Parks staff member.
Park green spaces are open, however, the following amenities are unavailable at this time:
- Basketball rims have been removed
- Picnic tables have been removed from shelters
- Volleyball nets have been removed
- Soccer, baseball and softball fields
- Handball courts
Greenbelt and Rocky Ford Par 3 Golf Courses are open with modifications to the way we run the program. The clubhouses are closed, therefore please call (812) 376-2684 for additional information on these modifications which are in place through April 7. Click here for Greenbelt modifications, including hours of operation. Click here for Par 3 modifications including hours of operation.