Columbia Parks and Recreation
Creating Community through People, Parks and Programs
Columbia Cosmopolitan Recreation Area
Cost: Free of charge
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Columbia, Missouri, is home to an outdoor facility for skateboarders and inline skaters recognized nationwide by the skating community and its press. Completed in 1999, the park has an elaborate street course designed to entertain and challenge skaters, whether they are beginners or experienced. The 28,000 sq. ft. course was designed by park planning staff and skaters. The skaters who participated in the design process ranged in age from 12-24 years old. Construction was accomplished in-house by the Parks and Recreation construction staff.
The Skate Park is located at the north end of Columbia Cosmopolitan Recreation Center, also known as Cosmo Park and CCRA. Cosmo Park is designated as a regional park, encompassing 533 acres, and home to Antimi Sports Complex, Rainbow Softball Center, soccer and football fields, and L.A. Nickell Golf Course. The Skate Park is not staffed and is open to skaters year round (weather permitting) with no admission fee. Skaters from all over the country and even some outside its borders have come to visit Columbia Skate Park.
Although the Skate Park is unlighted at this time, conduit was laid during construction in anticipation that funding for lights might become available in the future.
Columbia Parks and Recreation usually hosts a Shred Fest event in June to celebrate National Skateboarding Day. Check out the month of June on the Special Events Calendar for the event date.
Check the Parks and Recreation calendar of events for any other upcoming scheduled Skate Park events hosted by the Parks and Recreation Department.
The project was constructed in 1999 by Parks and Recreation staff. The project budget was $64,000 and only included the construction materials used to build the skate park. (Labor costs are not charged against a development project when in-house labor is used.) Another source of funding was used to construct the 101 car parking lot that serves the Skate Park.