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News Date: February 15, 2021

Columbus Recreation and Parks Department Prepares for Winter Storm, Closes Community Centers for Tuesday, Feb. 16

Columbus Recreation and Parks Department Prepares for Winter Storm, Closes Community Centers for Tuesday, Feb. 16

COLUMBUS, OH – Significant snow accumulation is expected throughout central Ohio this evening and into the early morning hours. In anticipation of challenging weather, Columbus Recreation and Parks Department’s staff will focus on essential services and community centers will remain closed on Tuesday, Feb. 16.

“The safety of Columbus residents and our employees remains a top priority,” said Paul Rakosky, interim director of Columbus Recreation and Parks Department. “By shifting our focus to emergency services during this winter storm, we can keep Columbus safe.”

In addition to stewarding the city’s urban forest, the department manages the city’s 220 miles of street trees. During inclement weather, the maintenance and forestry division are responsible for tree care and snow removal.

During the weather closure, all community center programs and classes are canceled. A complete list of centers, their locations and contact information can be found online at  

While community centers are closed, select athletic facilities will remain open for evening league and tournament play. Athletic facilities include the following:

  • Lou Berliner Athletic Complex, 1300 Deckenbach Rd.
  • Big Run Athletic Complex, 4205 Clime Rd.
  • Bill McDonald Athletic Complex, 4990 Olentangy River Rd.
  • Cleo Dumaree Athletic Complex, 276 S. Nelson Rd.
  • Willis Athletic Complex, 2520 Mock Rd. 

Call 614-645-3366 or visit for updates. 

To stay healthy and safe in extremely cold weather, Columbus Public Health suggests:

  • Try to stay indoors. If you must go outdoors, make trips brief, dress in several layers of loose clothing and wear a hat and gloves.
  • Stay dry and out of the wind.
  • Cover your mouth to protect your lungs from extreme cold.
  • Watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia such as slurred speech, confusion, uncontrollable shivering, stumbling, drowsiness and body temperature of less than 95°. Get immediate medical attention if you think someone has frostbite or hypothermia.
  • Keep emergency supplies in your car.
  • Check on elderly family, friends and neighbors.
  • Bring pets indoors.

For a full list of department-related updates and closures, visit