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For Immediate Release
News Date: October 22, 2020

Columbus Recreation and Parks Department Continues Fall Programming Options for Columbus Residents

COLUMBUS, OH – Registration for the next round of Columbus Recreation and Parks Department’s fall programming kicks off Saturday, Oct. 24 at 8:30 a.m. for the Cultural Arts Center and Monday, Oct. 26 at 9:30 a.m. for all other programs. Classes take place Nov. 2 through Dec. 12. Interested participants of all ages can register for programming such as arts, education, sports and wellness classes.

In addition to offering its standard recreation programming, the department is partnering with Columbus City Schools to serve as a Learning Extension Center (LEC). As a LEC, the department will provide multiple community center-based Active Learning Points, which serve as safe, fun, adult-supervised spaces for youth to engage in remote learning while school buildings remain closed.

The department’s Active Learning Points will continue to operate after children return to in-school instruction, supporting families with the ongoing need for safe, out-of-school alternatives.

“I am excited that we are able to continue providing safe, engaging spaces for children in our community to learn, remain active and stay on track for academic success,” said Mayor Andrew J. Ginther. “We remain committed to ensuring all youth in our community have access to the resources needed to support learning during these unprecedented times.”

Columbus Recreation and Parks’ Active Learning Points are located at 15 community centers, including Barnett, Brentnell, Dodge, Far East, Lazelle Woods, Milo Grogan, Schiller and Scioto Southland.

Students can bring their laptops or tablets or access a computer onsite, if needed, to complete and get assistance with schoolwork. The department also offers youth sports, enrichment activities and arts instruction to support artistic and athletic needs.

The City of Columbus prioritizes keeping residents safe and healthy during the public health emergency, especially the city’s youth. Necessary safety protocols and adjusted formats for programming will remain, including reduced group sizes, advanced registration for all programs and facilities and a face covering requirement.

“We continue to experience success with our safety protocols, which ensure the safety of residents and keep our facilities open for public use and enjoyment,” said Paul Rakosky, interim director of Columbus Recreation and Parks Department. “We remain focused on doing everything we can to provide uninterrupted access to programs and services that are valuable to this community, for free or little cost, in neighborhoods throughout the city.”

Residents can register online for Active Learning Points, regular center programming and more, including:

  • The Columbus Aquatics Center – Swim lessons, lap swim, open swim and water fitness. 
  • Outdoor Recreation – Hiking, canoeing and fishing.
  • The Cultural Arts Center – Adult and senior arts programming, along with exhibitions in both galleries.
  • Get Active Fitness – Fitness rooms, exercise equipment, group fitness classes and yoga.
  • Seniors (50+) – Line and ballroom dance, Tai Chi and senior fitness.

In accordance with increased safety protocols, residents will need to register in advance for all activities, including fitness room use, and open swim and lap swim. More information, including program schedules and registration details, is available on the department’s website.

For a full list of department-related programs and activities, visit For additional resources and information about COVID-19 safety, visit Columbus Public Health, Ohio Department of Health or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Additionally, Ohio residents with specific questions related to COVID-19 can also call 833-4-ASK-ODH (833-427-5634).