The Commons

The Commons The Commons The Commons is a community gathering place in the heart of downtown Columbus. Building on the strong foundation of the original structure, The Commons opened in April 2011 as a 21st century model for public gatherings and use by the community.

The new structure features an expanded indoor playground, complete with a Luckey climber, expanded Miller-Tangeman Lobby featuring Chaos, a Jean Tinguely sculpture created for the original Commons, the Nugent-Custer Performance Hall, The Patio and the Xenia Miller Conference Room (free for not-for-profit organizations to use). For information about rentals of any of The Commons areas, contact The Commons at (812) 376-2681.

Operating as usual

Breakfast with Santa is right around the corner! Join us on Saturday, December 5 from 8-10am for a warm breakfast sandwi...
11/06/2020

Breakfast with Santa is right around the corner! Join us on Saturday, December 5 from 8-10am for a warm breakfast sandwich from Waffle House, and a jolly good time with Santa!
You will also get to make a family ornament with an instant picture taken that same day. Get in the Christmas spirit with crafts, music, trivia and more!

Cost: $15 per person
Register Soon, Limited seats are available!
812.376.2680 or www.columbusparksandrec.com
Registration deadline: November 25, 5PM
Children ages 2 and under are free, highchairs will not be provided.

Tonight!
11/05/2020

Tonight!

Last day to reserve your booth!The Fall Community Cast-A-Ways Garage Sale will be on Saturday, November 14 from 9am-1pm ...
11/05/2020

Last day to reserve your booth!

The Fall Community Cast-A-Ways Garage Sale will be on Saturday, November 14 from 9am-1pm at The Commons on Washington Street. This is a great place to shop for that special treasure that you have always been looking for!

Interested in being a vendor? $30/ per space. Reserve your spot by November 5th at 5pm. Visit Donner Center or call (812) 376-2680, or register online at www.columbusparksandrec.com
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Columbus Parks needs your help! All it takes is one like! The Indiana Park & Recreation Association asked park departmen...
11/04/2020

Columbus Parks needs your help! All it takes is one like!
The Indiana Park & Recreation Association asked park departments in Indiana to submit photos that captured the essence of the department and how it serves the community. This was our favorite!
Click the photo and give it a “Like” or "Share" to help us win the contest!
#ColumbusINParks

Getting down and dirty, Sensory play!

Reserve your booth today!The Fall Community Cast-A-Ways Garage Sale will be on Saturday, November 14 from 9am-1pm at The...
11/04/2020

Reserve your booth today!

The Fall Community Cast-A-Ways Garage Sale will be on Saturday, November 14 from 9am-1pm at The Commons on Washington Street. This is a great place to shop for that special treasure that you have always been looking for!

Interested in being a vendor? $30/ per space. Reserve your spot by November 5th at 5pm. Visit Donner Center or call (812) 376-2680, or register online at www.columbusparksandrec.com
https://fb.me/e/34td7lf0b

Reserve your booth today!The Fall Community Cast-A-Ways Garage Sale will be on Saturday, November 14 from 9am-1pm at The...
11/03/2020

Reserve your booth today!

The Fall Community Cast-A-Ways Garage Sale will be on Saturday, November 14 from 9am-1pm at The Commons on Washington Street. This is a great place to shop for that special treasure that you have always been looking for!

Interested in being a vendor? $30/ per space. Reserve your spot by November 5th at 5pm. Visit Donner Center or call (812) 376-2680, or register online at www.columbusparksandrec.com
https://fb.me/e/34td7lf0b

Reserve your booth today!The Fall Community Cast-A-Ways Garage Sale will be on Saturday, November 14 from 9am-1pm at The...
11/02/2020

Reserve your booth today!

The Fall Community Cast-A-Ways Garage Sale will be on Saturday, November 14 from 9am-1pm at The Commons on Washington Street. This is a great place to shop for that special treasure that you have always been looking for!

Interested in being a vendor? $30/ per space. Reserve your spot by November 5th at 5pm. Visit Donner Center or call (812) 376-2680, or register online at www.columbusparksandrec.com
https://fb.me/e/34td7lf0b

FINALLY!   Some sunshine!!! ☀️
10/30/2020

FINALLY! Some sunshine!!! ☀️

Dress up your furry friend and join us on Saturday, October 24 from 5-8pm at Donner Park for our first ever Halloween Fa...
10/24/2020

Dress up your furry friend and join us on Saturday, October 24 from 5-8pm at Donner Park for our first ever Halloween Fall Fest!

There will be prizes for the top 3 furry friends who look the best strutting their stuff during the pet parade.
Agenda:
4:30 registration begins
5:00 pet parade begins.

There will also be Trick-or-Treating down our spooky Donner Trail as well as our annual Costume contest for the kids.
Judging: Ages 0-5 at 6pm | Ages 6-12 at 7pm
We hope to see you there!

Our October coloring contest is up and running. You can download the Halloween coloring page by visiting:columbusparksan...
10/23/2020

Our October coloring contest is up and running. You can download the Halloween coloring page by visiting:
columbusparksandrec.com/monthly-coloring-contest/

You can also pick one up at Donner Center or this Friday at the Halloween Fall Fest!

There will be one winner from each age group: 0-5 years and 6-12 years. Winners will be announced and shared on Facebook on October 28 at 3pm and will receive a Parks Prize Pack. Don’t delay—get your picture in as soon as possible—deadline is Tuesday, October 27, at 5 p.m.! Please submit to Donner Center, 739 22nd St, between the hours of 8am-5pm.

A giggle for your Thursday!  😄
10/22/2020

A giggle for your Thursday! 😄

Our October coloring contest is up and running. You can download the Halloween coloring page by visiting:columbusparksan...
10/21/2020

Our October coloring contest is up and running. You can download the Halloween coloring page by visiting:
columbusparksandrec.com/monthly-coloring-contest/

You can also pick one up at Donner Center or this Friday at the Halloween Fall Fest!

There will be one winner from each age group: 0-5 years and 6-12 years. Winners will be announced and shared on Facebook on October 28 at 3pm and will receive a Parks Prize Pack. Don’t delay—get your picture in as soon as possible—deadline is Tuesday, October 27, at 5 p.m.! Please submit to Donner Center, 739 22nd St, between the hours of 8am-5pm.

Dress up your furry friend and join us on Saturday, October 24 from 5-8pm at Donner Park for our first ever Halloween Fa...
10/20/2020

Dress up your furry friend and join us on Saturday, October 24 from 5-8pm at Donner Park for our first ever Halloween Fall Fest!

There will be prizes for the top 3 furry friends who look the best strutting their stuff during the pet parade.
Agenda:
4:30 registration begins
5:00 pet parade begins.

There will also be Trick-or-Treating down our spooky Donner Trail as well as our annual Costume contest for the kids.
Judging: Ages 0-5 at 6pm | Ages 6-12 at 7pm
We hope to see you there!

Have you ever made a tent at home? Well sign up for the Great Columbus CampIN and we will provide the framework for a te...
10/11/2020

Have you ever made a tent at home? Well sign up for the Great Columbus CampIN and we will provide the framework for a tent! You can then customize it and make it your own using sheets, blankets, and stickers.

Don't miss out on a fun fill family weekend! Boxes are limited so reserve your box today!

You may have camped out but have you ever camped IN? Join us for our annual Great Columbus Campout, but with a twist, this year we are camping IN! This year’s Great Columbus CampIN will be IN a box. These boxes contain everything you need for a fun and educational outdoor focused family weekend. Inside each box, we have prepared instructions, materials, and meals. We have compiled engaging, educational and fun outdoor-themed activities for the whole family, prepackaged ingredients for campfire “hobo meals” and interactive videos that will be posted at Columbus, IN Parks and Recreation on Facebook.

CampIN Themes
Art • Science • Physical Activity • Exploration
Engineering • Culinary Arts • Survivalist

CAMPIN Dates: October 17 & 18
Registration Dates: Now – October 14, 5pm.
Registration Fees: $50 per box (Family of 4)
$10 additional per person

Use the Chuck Wilt Youth Scholarship Program to pay for this great family program!

Recipients of the Chuck Wilt Youth Scholarship Program can be
approved for $140.00 per child per calendar year.
Check out more information about the Chuck Wilt Youth Scholarship program by visiting our website:
https://columbusparksandrec.com/scholarship-opportunities/

#GreatColumbusCampIN
#ColumbusINParks

Join us for our first ever Halloween Fall Fest! Trick-or-Treat on our spooky Donner Trail! or competeCostume Contest Jud...
10/09/2020

Join us for our first ever Halloween Fall Fest!
Trick-or-Treat on our spooky Donner Trail! or compete
Costume Contest Judging: Ages 0-5 at 6pm | Ages 6-12 at 7pm

If your business is interested in participating in the Halloween Fall Fest Trick-or-Treat, please confirm with us by October 16th. There is no fee to participate, we only ask that you provide enough candy for 200 children in addition to any of your promo materials.
For more info or to sign up as a partner, email [email protected].

Add it to your Facebook event calendar: https://fb.me/e/1AgMnuEtZ

Great news! We have extended registration for the Great Columbus CampIN! We have 5 CampIN boxes still available! Don't m...
10/08/2020

Great news! We have extended registration for the Great Columbus CampIN! We have 5 CampIN boxes still available! Don't miss out on a fun fill family weekend! Reserve your box today!

You may have camped out but have you ever camped IN? Join us for our annual Great Columbus Campout, but with a twist, this year we are camping IN! This year’s Great Columbus CampIN will be IN a box. These boxes contain everything you need for a fun and educational outdoor focused family weekend. Inside each box, we have prepared instructions, materials, and meals. We have compiled engaging, educational and fun outdoor-themed activities for the whole family, prepackaged ingredients for campfire “hobo meals” and interactive videos that will be posted at Columbus, IN Parks and Recreation on Facebook.

CampIN Themes
Art • Science • Physical Activity • Exploration
Engineering • Culinary Arts • Survivalist

CAMPIN Dates: October 17 & 18
Registration Dates: Now – October 14, 5pm.
Registration Fees: $50 per box (Family of 4)
$10 additional per person

Use the Chuck Wilt Youth Scholarship Program to pay for this great family program!

Recipients of the Chuck Wilt Youth Scholarship Program can be
approved for $140.00 per child per calendar year.
Check out more information about the Chuck Wilt Youth Scholarship program by visiting our website:
https://columbusparksandrec.com/scholarship-opportunities/

#GreatColumbusCampIN
#ColumbusINParks

10/01/2020
Great Columbus Camp IN

You may have camped out but have you ever camped IN? Join us for our annual Great Columbus Campout, but with a twist, this year we are camping IN! This year’s Great Columbus CampIN will be IN a box. These boxes contain everything you need for a fun and educational outdoor focused family weekend. Inside each box, we have prepared instructions, materials, and meals. We have compiled engaging, educational and fun outdoor-themed activities for the whole family, prepackaged ingredients for campfire “hobo meals” and interactive videos that will be posted at Columbus, IN Parks and Recreation on Facebook.

CampIN Themes
Art • Science • Physical Activity • Exploration
Engineering • Culinary Arts • Survivalist

Dates: October 17-18
Box Delivery: Friday, October 16
Registration Dates: Now – October 7, 11:59pm
Refund Deadline: October 7, 5pm
Registration Fees: $50 per box (Family of 4) | $10 additional per person
Register by visiting www.columbusparksandrec.com

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KunQH3hsMhg

You may have camped out but have you ever camped IN? Join us for our annual Great Columbus Campout, but with a twist, this year we are camping IN! This year’...

You may have camped out but have you ever camped IN? Join us for our annual Great Columbus Campout, but with a twist, th...
09/30/2020

You may have camped out but have you ever camped IN? Join us for our annual Great Columbus Campout, but with a twist, this year we are camping IN! This year’s Great Columbus CampIN will be IN a box. These boxes contain everything you need for a fun and educational outdoor focused family weekend. Inside each box, we have prepared instructions, materials, and meals. We have compiled engaging, educational and fun outdoor-themed activities for the whole family, prepackaged ingredients for campfire “hobo meals” and interactive videos that will be posted at Columbus, IN Parks and Recreation on Facebook.

CampIN Themes
Art • Science • Physical Activity • Exploration
Engineering • Culinary Arts • Survivalist

Registration Dates: Now – October 7, 11:59pm
Refund Deadline: October 7, 5pm
Registration Fees: $50 per box (Family of 4) | $10 additional per person
Register by visiting www.columbusparksandrec.com

Friendly reminder that we are closed in observance of the holiday.Happy Labor Day!
09/07/2020

Friendly reminder that we are closed in observance of the holiday.
Happy Labor Day!

You may have camped out but have you ever camped IN? Join us for our annual Great Columbus Campout, but with a twist, th...
09/02/2020

You may have camped out but have you ever camped IN? Join us for our annual Great Columbus Campout, but with a twist, this year we are camping IN! This year’s Great Columbus CampIN will be IN a box. These boxes contain everything you need for a fun and educational outdoor focused family weekend. Inside each box, we have prepared instructions, materials, and meals. We have compiled engaging, educational and fun outdoor-themed activities for the whole family, prepackaged ingredients for campfire “hobo meals” and interactive videos that will be posted at Columbus, IN Parks and Recreation on Facebook.

CampIN Themes
Art • Science • Physical Activity • Exploration
Engineering • Culinary Arts • Survivalist

Registration Dates: Now – October 7, 11:59pm
Refund Deadline: October 7, 5pm
Registration Fees: $50 per box (Family of 4) | $10 additional per person
Register by visiting www.columbusparksandrec.com

Share your voice!Let us know what ideas YOU have for the Columbus Area Bicentennial Celebration in 2021!Text the word "c...
09/02/2020

Share your voice!
Let us know what ideas YOU have for the Columbus Area Bicentennial Celebration in 2021!

Text the word "columbus200" to 31996 to recieve the community survey and Bicentennial updates right to your mobile device.

You can also visit https://www.columbus.in.gov/bicentennial/

There will be many exciting opportunities for your participation. Stay tuned.

Share your voice!Let us know what ideas YOU have for the Columbus Area Bicentennial Celebration in 2021!Text the word "c...
08/29/2020

Share your voice!
Let us know what ideas YOU have for the Columbus Area Bicentennial Celebration in 2021!

Text the word "columbus200" to 31996 to recieve the community survey and Bicentennial updates right to your mobile device.

You can also visit https://www.columbus.in.gov/bicentennial/

There will be many exciting opportunities for your participation. Stay tuned.

Share your voice!Let us know what ideas YOU have for the Columbus Area Bicentennial Celebration in 2021!Text the word "c...
08/27/2020

Share your voice!
Let us know what ideas YOU have for the Columbus Area Bicentennial Celebration in 2021!

Text the word "columbus200" to 31996 to recieve the community survey and Bicentennial updates right to your mobile device.

You can also visit https://www.columbus.in.gov/bicentennial/

There will be many exciting opportunities for your participation. Stay tuned.

Reminder!Call up your friends and join us at The Commons on August 15 and learn how to shake, serve, and savor stunning,...
08/12/2020

Reminder!

Call up your friends and join us at The Commons on August 15 and learn how to shake, serve, and savor stunning, delicious craft cocktails with Hard Truth Distilling Company’s Mixology Class. In this session, you can explore the world of White Rum Cocktails as you master bartending techniques, learn about cocktailing tools, and build great drinks. Over the course of 60-Minutes you’ll make learn how to make three cocktails--the final one guests will make themselves. Price includes a cocktail shaker kit, two cocktail samples, and one complete cocktail.

Ages 21+ | August 15 | 6:30pm | The Commons | $45
Registration ends: August 12, 5pm | 438000-1A

Call up your friends and join us at The Commons on August 15 and learn how to shake, serve, and savor stunning, deliciou...
08/10/2020

Call up your friends and join us at The Commons on August 15 and learn how to shake, serve, and savor stunning, delicious craft cocktails with Hard Truth Distilling Company’s Mixology Class. In this session, you can explore the world of White Rum Cocktails as you master bartending techniques, learn about cocktailing tools, and build great drinks. Over the course of 60-Minutes you’ll make learn how to make three cocktails--the final one guests will make themselves. Price includes a cocktail shaker kit, two cocktail samples, and one complete cocktail.

Ages 21+ | August 15 | 6:30pm | The Commons | $45
Registration ends: August 12, 5pm | 438000-1A

Call up your friends and join us at The Commons on August 15 and learn how to shake, serve, and savor stunning, deliciou...
08/10/2020

Call up your friends and join us at The Commons on August 15 and learn how to shake, serve, and savor stunning, delicious craft cocktails with Hard Truth Distilling Company’s Mixology Class. In this session, you can explore the world of White Rum Cocktails as you master bartending techniques, learn about cocktailing tools, and build great drinks. Over the course of 60-Minutes you’ll make learn how to make three cocktails--the final one guests will make themselves. Price includes a cocktail shaker kit, two cocktail samples, and one complete cocktail.

Ages 21+ | August 15 | 6:30pm | The Commons | $45
Registration ends: August 12, 5pm | 438000-1A

Call up your friends and join us at The Commons on August 15 and learn how to shake, serve, and savor stunning, deliciou...
08/04/2020

Call up your friends and join us at The Commons on August 15 and learn how to shake, serve, and savor stunning, delicious craft cocktails with Hard Truth Distilling Company’s Mixology Class. In this session, you can explore the world of White Rum Cocktails as you master bartending techniques, learn about cocktailing tools, and build great drinks. Over the course of 60-Minutes you’ll make learn how to make three cocktails--the final one guests will make themselves. Price includes a cocktail shaker kit, two cocktail samples, and one complete cocktail.

Ages 21+ | August 15 | 6:30pm | The Commons | $45
Registration ends: August 12, 5pm | 438000-1A

Make sure to pre-register for the Tour de Trails - Run/Walk by end of the day Sunday and you could win this mug!  8K Run...
08/01/2020

Make sure to pre-register for the Tour de Trails - Run/Walk by end of the day Sunday and you could win this mug! 8K Run, 5K Run and 5K Walk options are available.
Saturday, August 8 - Hawcreek Trail, Lincoln Park
Register Online - http://ow.ly/UMMH50ABnwO

Call up your friends and join us at The Commons on August 15 and learn how to shake, serve, and savor stunning, deliciou...
07/30/2020

Call up your friends and join us at The Commons on August 15 and learn how to shake, serve, and savor stunning, delicious craft cocktails with Hard Truth Distilling Company’s Mixology Class. In this session, you can explore the world of White Rum Cocktails as you master bartending techniques, learn about cocktailing tools, and build great drinks. Over the course of 60-Minutes you’ll make learn how to make three cocktails--the final one guests will make themselves. Price includes a cocktail shaker kit, two cocktail samples, and one complete cocktail.

Ages 21+ | August 15 | 6:30pm | The Commons | $45
Registration ends: August 12, 5pm | 438000-1A

July 26, 2020Columbus Parks and Recreation Facilities, Activities, and Program UpdateCOVID-19 Reopening schedule by visi...
07/27/2020

July 26, 2020

Columbus Parks and Recreation Facilities, Activities, and Program Update

COVID-19 Reopening schedule by visiting the link below.
https://columbusparksandrec.com/covid-19-resources/covid-reopening-schedule/

Please keep in mind that the stages are subject to change based on CDC guidelines and other new information. Additionally, specific modifications will be applied to each stage and each activity or program based on further guidance. These modifications can be found by visiting the link below.
https://columbusparksandrec.com/covid-19-resources/covid-19-rules-modifications/

For continued updates, please visit our COVID-19 Resources page can be found by visiting the link below.
https://columbusparksandrec.com/covid-19-resources/

This information is up to date as of July 26, 2020 and is subject to change. Thank you and please continue to stay safe.

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300 Washington St
Columbus, IN
47201

Opening Hours

Monday 07:00 - 21:00
Tuesday 07:00 - 21:00
Wednesday 07:00 - 21:00
Thursday 07:00 - 21:00
Friday 07:00 - 22:00
Saturday 07:00 - 22:00
Sunday 10:00 - 20:00

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(812) 376-2681

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Is the playground still closed?
I am an assistant recruiter with the Federal Census Bureau. The Census Bureau is hiring local people for various positions for the 2020 Census. We would be grateful if you could include our on line job application: 2020census.gov/jobs for your members or community in any periodical that may be distributed. Thanks again.
Need some repairs and a cleaning BADLY! This step is sharp as razor blades!!!
I am not sure who is supposed to clean this play ground but, it is absolutely disgusting. From the looks it has never been cleaned. Babies come here and crawl around on compleye filth.
Thank you for the opportunity to be a part of your "International Women's Day" celebration today The Commons! Just Friends Adult Day Services is grateful to have community "friends" that help support us in this way. It was a great venue for awareness.
I have a rant! I strongly believe that the rules for the play area need to be inforced! Parents are dropping their kids off there with no supervision, and other parents are there just sitting on their phones not paying attention to their kids. Especially the older kids definetly do not follow the rules. I saw maybe a couple 12-13 year olds jumping off the red walls and knocking smaller kids to the ground. A mother approached them and told them one of the rules is to not jump off the walls and they just rolled their eyes at her and ended up knocking her kid to the ground. They were also running and not paying attention to anything they were doing. I took my kids and left and not sure if I will be back. I have also saw kids kick the windows out in the red walls and damage other property while parents just sit back and talk or play on their phones. No I'm not a perfect parent but I always watch my kids when I take them there and make sure they follow the rules.
Will the playground be open tomorrow, December 30th?