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Frequently Asked Questions

Why are you closing some programs and not others?

We are at a critical point in the fight against COVID-19 and it’s important we are doing all we can to stop the spread of the coronavirus. We are canceling non-essential programs to align with Mayor Ginther’s Stay at Home advisory while still meeting critical community needs.

Will you reopen programming when the Mayor’s Stay at Home advisory is over?
We know our programs and services are a vital lifeline for many residents, and it’s not an easy decision to close programs and facilities. We will closely monitor the situation and reopen programs and facilities as soon as possible.

What’s open?
For the next month, Columbus Recreation and Parks will focus on essential services to ensure residents have access to vital resources. Those include:
• Free mobile produce markets. The produce markets will continue through Dec. 18. Visit or visit the department’s social media channels for a current schedule.
• Mobile Thanksgiving meals. The department is distributing 3,000 hot Thanksgiving meals at community centers with the highest need.
• Educational services at community centers, including Active Learning Sites and Capital Kids programming. All participants must register in advance; for more information, visit
• Parks and trails continue to serve as a safe and accessible way for residents to get outdoors. Although the weather is getting chilly, it is important residents follow all safety protocols – practice social distancing, clean your hands often with soap and water or hand sanitizer and stay home if you’re not feeling well.
• Golf courses remain open because they facilitate social distancing. It is important residents follow all safety protocols – only golf with members of your own household, practice social distancing, and clean your hands often with soap and water or hand sanitizer and stay home if you’re not feeling well.

What’s closed?
Programs and facilities that will be closed for the next four weeks include recreational programming at community centers, sports leagues, fitness rooms, the Columbus Aquatics Center and the Cultural Arts Center. If you have questions about whether or not your program is open please contact your local community center.

How do I register my child for an Active Learning Site?
For more information about Active Learning Sites, visit Register via Activenet at
I am registered for programming – will those be continued?
The only recreational programs that will be offered are Active Learning Points and Capital Kids programs.

Will I receive a refund for the weeks programming is canceled?
We are working through the details and will contact residents who are eligible for a refund.

Is it safe for staff to work?
Yes. We have developed strong safety protocols to keep staff and residents safe. We continue to monitor guidance as well as our work processes to ensure our protocols are up to date and staff are following them.

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