Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Can you tell me what events are happening in Columbus?
A: The Columbus Recreation and Parks Department is involved in many of the city's festivals and events. Below are a few links that can help you learn more...
Recreation and Parks Event Listing
Columbus Event Listing
Get Active Columbus
Q: Are there any city campground sites available?
A: Unfortunately, we no longer operate any public campgrounds.
Q: What is the distance of my local walking path near my neighborhood?
A: Click the link below to check out the distance (in miles) of each of our paths...
Walking Path Information
Q: Can you give me information about a metro park?
A: The City of Columbus Recreation and Parks Department and The Franklin County Metro Parks are two seperate organizations. The Park you may have questions about may be a Metro Park. If you suspect this is the case, a great contact number is (614) 891-0700.
Q: I think I may have the next "Jack Nicklaus, Archie Griffin, or Katie Smith!" Who can I contact to get my child signed up for a local sports league?
A: Call our Community Recreation Office at (614) 645-3334, They will be glad to refer you to one of our own recreation center leagues. Or perhaps they will recommend an athletic organization that offers programs in your neighborhood.
Q: How old do I need to be to participate at a senior center?
A: You must be 50 or older take part in our senior (50+) center programming.
Q: Do I have to be a resident of Columbus to participate in programs?
A: You do not, in fact, there is no residency requirement to participate. Everyone is welcome!
Q: How do I rent a shelterhouse, plan my wedding in a park, or have a block party?
A: The Columbus Recreation and Parks Department's permit office handles rental of department facilities such as gyms, shelterhouses and rooms. The office also issues special permits for block parties and popular wedding sites in our parks. Please call (614) 645-3337 for more information, or click one the helpful links below...
Block Party Permits
Q: How do I get more information about programs offered within the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department?
A: If you would like additional information, please call (614) 645-3300 and our receptionist will help direct you in the proper direction. Additionally, the related links below may help...
Q: Who can I call to find out if my softball game or other sporting activity has been rained out?
A: With over 50,000 people playing softball in our department's leagues, this is one of our most frequently asked questions! That is why we've given this one question its own phone number: (614) 645-RAIN (7246). If you call after 4:30 PM on your game day, the recording will tell you which games have been cancelled. Or you can check out the game day cancellations here...