Columbus Parks & Recreation Department Sports Tournaments (Calendar of Events)
The department is very fortunate to have first-class facilities and crew, and as such, are able to run first-class tournaments each year in cooperation with our professional Tournament Directors! As a department we host and hold tournaments for baseball, softball, soccer, lacrosse and rugby. While the benefits to the department, City of Columbus, and Bartholomew County (in addition to surrounding counties) are countless, we wanted to share some highlights with you!
- National Exposure – Teams travel from all over to participate in our events annually not just because of our facilities but also the welcoming environment of the City of Columbus. (Sports Planning Guide Article)
- Economic Impact – In 2016, there was a direct spending impact to Bartholomew County of over $10 million dollars. Of that $10 million dollars, $5.5 million of that was generated as a result of sports events hosted by our department. Our events brought in almost 65,000 visitors to Bartholomew County. This all translates to an increase in business to our hotels, restaurants and businesses in the community.
- Recognition – The Lincoln Park Complex was recognized by both the National Softball Association (NSA) and USSSA, as complex of the year. Each year, staff is recognized for their efforts in diamond and turf management and is continually told by tournament directors that their efforts are second to none across the state of Indiana.
Discover Columbus Pickleball Tournament
Join us for our second Discover Columbus Pickleball Tournament co-hosted by the Columbus Pickleball Club and the Columbus Parks & Recreation Department! This non-sanctioned, outdoor tournament is a fundraiser to help grow the sport of Pickleball in Columbus with proceeds going towards the expansion of Pickleball courts at Donner Park. Friday, September 14th beginning at 5pm we will hold an open play evening social at the Donner Park Burnett Tennis Courts. Come out for a light bite to eat and meet your fellow competitors! The tournament will be in a round robin pool play format followed by single elimination bracket (dependent upon number of participants).