Master Plans
The purpose of a master plan is to provide a vision and framework that allows us to fulfill our physical and programmatic needs as we grow our community in a way that creates a unified department character and identify. A master plan should provide achievable, flexible,and fiscally responsible development plans that will help to ensure we can accommodate future activity levels, support our mission statement and forge forward striving to achieve world-class parks, programs, and facilities.

Master Plan Reports
Want to learn more about Columbus Parks & Recreation Department? Download our Master Plan Reports below. You may also check-out a copy of the current plan at the front office of Donner Center to read while on premises (Mon – Fri 8am-5pm).

2007 – 2011 Master Plan (PDF)
2012 – 2016 Master Plan (PDF)
2017 – 2021 Master Plan (PDF)
2017 – 2021 Master Plan Appendices (PDF)

Fair Oaks Mall/Donner Center Master Plan
The FOCDC has contracted MKSK to conduct a Master Plan of the Fair Oaks Mall and Donner Center. Throughout the planning process, we will be requesting input from the public as to how we can expand health and wellness, and reimagine Fair Oaks Mall and Donner Center. MKSK will host a project website that will provide project updates and inform as to community engagement and input opportunities.

  • Visit the project website for detailed information on the project, updates, newsletters, survey links and information about upcoming public input sessions.
  • Public Engagement Session #1 – July 11, 6pm-8pm, Fair Oaks Mall

Annual Reports
Want to learn more about Columbus Parks & Recreation Department? Download our Annual Reports below.

2017 Annual Report (PDF)
2016 Annual Report (PDF)
2014 Annual Report
2013 Annual Report (PDF)
2012 Annual Report (PDF)
2011 Annual Report (PDF)
2010 Annual Report (PDF)
2009 Annual Report (PDF)
2008 Annual Report (PDF)
2007 Annual Report (PDF)

For more information about the Department, please call (812) 376-2680.

The Commons Playground Public Input & Design Study
The Commons Playground Public Input & Design Study will evaluate public input and summarize a vision for the future development and redesign of The Commons Playground. Columbus Parks and Recreation has engaged Hitchcock Design Group to lead a public input and design study for The Commons Playground. The design team will be gathering feedback from stakeholders and playground users through an online survey and public input meetings. This information will inform design concepts that will be presented to the public for comments. The final deliverable will be a preferred design that will be used to guide future development at The Commons Playground.

Help us envision the future of The Commons Playground by giving us your input.

Fun Guide
Columbus knows how to have fun! The Fun Guide is published once a year (early April). It is a listing of options for youth and adult seasonal recreation leagues, activities and community events offered by Columbus Parks & Recreation. The Fun Guide is mailed to all residences inside the city limits and individuals living outside of the city limits who are registered past participants. Individuals may pick up a copy of the Fun Guide at any Columbus Parks and Recreation facility site or view the PDF version online.

Spring 2019- Early 2020 Fun Guide (PDF)