Columbia Parks and Recreation
Creating Community through People, Parks and Programs
Events are free, unless otherwise noted (click here for printable schedule):
|Saturday, May 11|
ABC's of On-Road Cycling
9am – 12pm, Armory Sports Center, 701 East Ash
Want to ride your bicycle more often? Boost your rider confidence for on-road cycling. Learn basic safety skills for riding with traffic, helpful tips (clothing, maintenance and routes) and state laws pertaining to cyclists. Format will include classroom discussion and parking lot demonstrations. Free bike tail light to the first 25 participants who RSVP by email to email@example.com or call 441-5495. All participants will be entered to win a free two hour 1:1 bike instruction session. Classes are taught by League Certified Bicycle Instructors.
Skateboarding for Transportation and Skatepark Safety
10am–11am, Columbia Skate Park, Cosmo Park, 1615 Business Loop 70 W.
This workshop is designed for beginner level skaters wanting to pursue skateboarding for transportation as well as safe use of skateparks. Workshop topics will include equipment, drop-in and braking techniques, rules of the Columbia Skate Park and interpretation of traffic laws related to skateboarding.Workshop will be taught by Chris Bailey, Bicycle and Pedestrian Commissioner, Parkside Skateshop owner and 25 –year skateboard enthusiast.Participants 15 years and under must wear a helmet.Registration is not required.For more information call 874-7460.
Kids Bike Safety
10am-Noon, Shelter Insurance, 1817 West Broadway
Enter to win a prize after completing six skills stations. Helmets required.
|Sunday, May 12|
Bike or Hike to Church Sunday!
nspire your congregation to use active transportation.
Mother’s Day Cyclofemme Ride – We Ride Together!
3:00 pm Scott Blvd Trailhead, 3662 Scott Blvd.
Join GetAbout Columbia in celebrating Mother's Day and the nationwide celebration of CycloFemme -- inspiring women of all ages to ride. Women cyclists are invited to meet at the MKT Trail Scott Blvd access, for a slow-paced (10-12 mph) ride of approximately 19 miles. A shorter route of 15 miles will also be offered. You'll see highlights of Columbia's trail system, including the MKT Trail, MU Recreation Trail, Greenbriar connector, Hinkson Creek Trail (including a sneak peek at the Old Hwy 63 Pedway improvements) and the County House Branch Trail.
Plan to ride on a mix of paved and hard-packed gravel trails. Helmets are required and always a good idea! Return time will be about 4:45 pm. Call us for more information and register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The first 100 females to register will receive a "KNOG" bike tail light. All registered riders will be entered in a drawing to win one of two bicycles and bike shop gift certificates--thanks to Walt's, Cyclextreme and Tryathletics.
|Monday, May 13|
Bike is Your Ticket on Columbia Transit All Week
Bicyclists ride the city buses for FREE all week! All buses have a bike rack on the front.
GetAbout Columbia Open House
Columbia Parks and Recreation, Gentry Building, 1 S. 7th St, 8am – 5pm
Stop by for trail maps, on-road guides, transit system information and helpful tips to help plan your active commute.
Walking Public Art Tour
6pm, Flat Branch Park, 101 South 4th Street (meet at the Marathoners art sculpture)
Chris Stevens from the Office of Cultural Affairs will lead a walking tour of public art throughout downtown. For more information, call Office of Cultural Affairs at 874.6386.
|Tuesday, May 14|
MKT and County House Branch Secret Access Trail Ride
6:00pm, Flat Branch Park Gazebo, corner of 4th and Cherry
Thirteen-mile, round trip bicycle ride. Helmets are required.
|Wednesday, May 15|
Family Fun Fest: Fitness is Fun!
6:00-8:00pm at Flat Branch Park, 101 South 4th Street
Celebrate Bike, Walk & Wheel Week and learn ways to stay fit. Join us for fun demonstrations and hands on activities.
|Thursday, May 16|
Try Transit Day
Everybody rides free, all day long! Bus schedules and routes are available at www.gocolumbiamo.com. Interested in a customized transit seminar for your workplace or organization? Call Christa Holtzclaw at 874-7250.
Walk the Course for $3 discount
7am-dark, L.A. Nickell and Lake of Woods Golf Courses
Receive $3 discount if you walk instead of ride one of the city’s golf courses. For more information, call L.A. Nickell at 445.4213, Lake of Woods at 474-7011.
Bike Maintenance Workshop
6:30-7:45pm, Walt’s Bicycle Fitness & Wilderness Co, 1217 Rogers Street
Learn basic bicycle maintenance, like how to repair or replace a tire tube or make cable and brake adjustments. For more information, call 886.9258.
|Friday, May 17|
Breakfast Station Day ~ National Bike to Work Day
7-9am at various locations around Columbia
Everyone is invited! Stop by and enjoy a free breakfast as you bike, walk or wheel about town.
|Saturday, May 18|
Trails Day; 5K Walk/Run & 10K Bike Event
5K Walk/Run & 10K Bike Ride from 9-10am
MKT Trail Access, 800 S. Stadium Blvd (MLK Jr. Memorial)
Run, walk or bike on the MKT Trail to celebrate Columbia’s trails! Free, untimed event; participants get a free t-shirt while supplies last. No registration is required.
Trilogy of Trails Family Bike Ride
10:00am, MKT Stadium Blvd Trailhead, 800 S. Stadium Blvd (MLK Jr. Memorial)
Join us for a slow paced, eleven-mile, round trip ride on the MKT, MU Recreation, and Hinkson Creek Trails. Trail ride will showcase the NEW Greenbriar access trail leading to residences near Green Meadows Rd. Helmets required.
Story Book Trail
Dusk to Dawn, Forum Nature Area
Head out to the Forum Nature Area and read a storybook as you walk the trail. Book trail will be available until the end of May. Pages from the book, Big Bear Hug, by Nicholas Oldland, will be spaced along the trail for you and your children to enjoy while you hike.
Columbia’s Wheelchair Accessible Environment
Throughout the week, educational video highlighting Columbia’s Wheelchair Accessible Environment will foster discussions and a better understanding of the accessibility landscape that community members face day to day. Click here for the the City Channel video. For more information, contact Sara Snodderley with Services for Independent Living at 874-1646.