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The Commons PLAYGROUND HOURS:
Mon - Thurs 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Fri - Sat 7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sun 10:00AM - 8:00PM

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 sc

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 sc

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Happy New Year! Thank you to all those who supported us in 2022.We can't wait to share all the new things to come this y...
01/01/2023

Happy New Year! Thank you to all those who supported us in 2022.

We can't wait to share all the new things to come this year!

Thank you to everyone who joined us to support the Columbus park Foundation! Your support this holiday season and throug...
01/01/2023

Thank you to everyone who joined us to support the Columbus park Foundation! Your support this holiday season and throughout the year make sure our community can make memories through activities, programs, trails, playgrounds, parks, facilities, and more!

Still looking for something to do tonight?If you are a 7th -12th grade student, join us for a fun night that takes you b...
12/31/2022

Still looking for something to do tonight?
If you are a 7th -12th grade student, join us for a fun night that takes you back to the 80s! Come on out to Hamilton Community Center & Ice Arena for a fun party with your friends, where you can enjoy music, games, ice skating, and video games! Food and drinks are provided all night long and you get to document the night with our photo booth! Prize giveaways will be up for grabs throughout the night so don’t miss out! Back to the 80s! Teen Night
December 31-January 1 | 8pm-1am | Hamilton Community Center & Ice Arena | FREE
Register for free today - https://bit.ly/3zyZKQl

Today is your last day to help us reach our goal of $40,000 for the year!Your donation makes sure our community is able ...
12/31/2022

Today is your last day to help us reach our goal of $40,000 for the year!

Your donation makes sure our community is able to make memories through activities, programs, trail, playgrounds, parks, facilities, and more!

Donate now https://p2p.onecause.com/donate22

Time is running out for you to help us reach our $40,000 goal!Your donation directly supports Columbus Parks and Recreat...
12/30/2022

Time is running out for you to help us reach our $40,000 goal!

Your donation directly supports Columbus Parks and Recreation, creating a better community for you, your family, your friends, and your neighbors.

Donate now https://p2p.onecause.com/donate22

Back to the 80s! Teen NightDecember 31-January 1 | 8pm-1am | Hamilton Community Center & Ice Arena | FREEIf you are a 7t...
12/29/2022

Back to the 80s! Teen Night
December 31-January 1 | 8pm-1am | Hamilton Community Center & Ice Arena | FREE
If you are a 7th -12th grade student, join us for a fun night that takes you back to the 80s! Come on out to Hamilton Community Center & Ice Arena for a fun party with your friends, where you can enjoy music, games, ice skating, and video games! Food and drinks are provided all night long and you get to document the night with our photo booth! Prize giveaways will be up for grabs throughout the night so don’t miss out! Register for free today - https://bit.ly/3zyZKQl

Just a couple more days to donate to the Columbus Park Foundation to help us reach our goal of $40,000!Your donation dir...
12/29/2022

Just a couple more days to donate to the Columbus Park Foundation to help us reach our goal of $40,000!

Your donation directly supports free and low-cost programming, parks, playgrounds, trails, and facilities for our community.

Donate now http://ow.ly/mgcc50M18Fc

Registration is now open for our Paint & Skate on December 30th! This event will be full of frosty fun for kids ages 6 -...
12/28/2022

Registration is now open for our Paint & Skate on December 30th! This event will be full of frosty fun for kids ages 6 -12 and costs $25 per attendee. Don't miss out! Register today: https://bit.ly/PaintAndSkate

With your help we are supporting free and low-cost programming, parks, trails, playgrounds, and facilities! We still nee...
12/28/2022

With your help we are supporting free and low-cost programming, parks, trails, playgrounds, and facilities! We still need your help to reach our goal of $40,000 before the end of the year.

Donate now http://ow.ly/ae8Q50M18b0

Registration for Columbus Parks and Recreation Youth Soccer League is open! Cost for registration is $66 per child. Regi...
12/27/2022

Registration for Columbus Parks and Recreation Youth Soccer League is open!

Cost for registration is $66 per child. Register before January 13th and save $10! Register here: https://cbusinparks.com/2023SpringYouthSoccer

Want to stay in the loop on the latest parks and rec news, events, and updates? Sign up for our newsletter here: https://cbusinparks.com/Updates

Fun costs funds! If you would like to support your local parks, consider making a donation at: https://cbusinparks.com/Funds4Fun22

This year has held tremendous growth for Columbus Parks and Recreation Department! We wanted to share just a few of the ...
12/27/2022

This year has held tremendous growth for Columbus Parks and Recreation Department! We wanted to share just a few of the many highlights from 2022:
Our Adaptive Sports Programming launched with Buddy Baseball and Soccer Buddies. Sports tournaments and events generated over $2.5 million dollars in economic impact.
The Commons reopened the redesigned James A. Henderson Playground to the public.
Girls Hockey experienced significant growth and played games in Ohio and Illinois, alongside hosting games with teams from Chicago and Louisville.
Our Park of the Living Dead won the 2022 IPR Creative Event Award.
Our Free, Come Out and Play Summer Playground Program was revamped to incorporate educational elements (like financial literacy) and featured updated recreational equipment, as well as a new centralized location at Donner Park.
Columbus Gymnastics Center implemented both safety and gymnastics coaching training for employees to improve the expertise and efficiency of our teachers.
The Fieldhouse and the Community Center (including the new Parks administrative area) are under construction at Nexus Park! We estimate construction to be finished at the end of 2023.

Thank you for supporting the Columbus Park Foundation! Your donation directly supports free and low-cost programming, tr...
12/27/2022

Thank you for supporting the Columbus Park Foundation! Your donation directly supports free and low-cost programming, trails, parks, playgrounds, and facilities to help our community create memories together.

With your help, we have raised funds to support Columbus Parks and Recreation, but we still need your help to reach our goal of $40,000!

Donate now http://ow.ly/SOPU50M14w0

12/26/2022

Do you remember taking your children to the playground at The Commons? Biking around town on the People Trail? Throwing pie in the face of Park staff members during free Fun Days?

All these activities, programs, trails, playgrounds, parks, facilities, and more are supported by the Columbus Park Foundation so you, your family, your friends, your neighbors, and your community are able to create these memories and more. Join us this holiday season to help us keep providing opportunities for our community to make memories that they will have forever.

https://p2p.onecause.com/donate22

Happy Holidays from our Parks family to yours!
12/25/2022

Happy Holidays from our Parks family to yours!

Looking for the perfect gift for the little slugger in your life? How about a summer full of their favorite sport!Regist...
12/24/2022

Looking for the perfect gift for the little slugger in your life? How about a summer full of their favorite sport!

Registration for our Spring Little League is now open! Register before February 10th and save $10. Register here:
https://cbusinparks.com/YouthBaseball2023

Want to stay in the loop on the latest parks and rec news, events, and updates? Sign up for our newsletter here: https://cbusinparks.com/Updates

Fun costs funds! If you would like to support your local parks, consider making a donation at: https://cbusinparks.com/Funds4Fun22

Join the Columbus Indiana Disc Golf Club and Columbus Parks and Recreation for a FREE 8-week indoor disc golf putting le...
12/24/2022

Join the Columbus Indiana Disc Golf Club and Columbus Parks and Recreation for a FREE 8-week indoor disc golf putting league. Are you looking to improve your short game, or are you new to the sport of disc golf and would like to learn more and improve your game, all while getting connected with a great community of fellow players? Drop into Donner Center on Thursday evenings from 6 pm- 8 pm during January and February for 3 rounds of putting practice and friendly competition. Participants can come to any or all of the putting nights, and prizes will be awarded to the top scorers. The league is divided into two four-week sessions, and scores will be tracked through the sessions. Bring five of your favorite putters, or if you are a beginner, you are welcome to use loaner discs provided by the club. Register Here: cbusinparks.com/DiscGolf
All Ages | Thursdays, January 5 – February 23 | 6-8 pm | Doors open at 5:30 pm
Donner Center | FREE

Want to stay in the loop on the latest parks and rec news, events, and updates? Sign up for our newsletter here: cbusinparks.com/Updates

Fun costs funds! If you would like to support your local parks, consider making a donation at: cbusinparks.com/Funds4Fun22

Bump, Set, and Spike! We have extended our deadline for Winter Volleyball! Get your friends together for some fun!Play b...
12/23/2022

Bump, Set, and Spike! We have extended our deadline for Winter Volleyball! Get your friends together for some fun!
Play begins week of Jan. 9
Columbus Armory | $170/Team
• Game Night(s): Mondays
• 6 Weeks of play and a single elimination tournament
Registration ends: December 29, 5pm
You can find the roster form on our website: https://cbusinparks.com/WinterVolleyball

12/23/2022

❄️Upcoming Holiday Hours❄️
Friday, 12/23 Building open 10AM - 10PM, Office Closed
Saturday, 12/24 Building open 10AM - 6PM
Sunday, 12/25 Building Closed

Registration is open for our Jr. Mill Race Players and Acting Up Theatre Workshops! Register Here: cbusinparks.com/Sprin...
12/22/2022

Registration is open for our Jr. Mill Race Players and Acting Up Theatre Workshops! Register Here: cbusinparks.com/SpringTheatre

Join us for two intense and fun Saturdays of Drama. We will put together a full-stage performance from start to finish starting Saturday, January 28, picking back up on February 4 and finishing with a live performance in the afternoon on February 4. Look in the sky! Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No! It’s Superheroes learning how to interact with humans. Being a superhero is amazing! You can fly, have super strength or turn invisible, but just like regular powered humans, it is always great to develop good social skills. Join us for a two-Saturday drama camp where we will dawn the role of heroes and put together a full-stage performance from start to finish. All actors MUST be able to attend the camp for the full time both Saturdays. Snack will be provided.

Registration for Columbus Parks and Recreation Youth Soccer League is OFFICIALLY OPEN! Cost for registration is $66 per ...
12/22/2022

Registration for Columbus Parks and Recreation Youth Soccer League is OFFICIALLY OPEN!

Cost for registration is $66 per child. Register before January 13th and save $10! Register here: https://cbusinparks.com/2023SpringYouthSoccer

Want to stay in the loop on the latest parks and rec news, events, and updates? Sign up for our newsletter here: https://cbusinparks.com/Updates

Fun costs funds! If you would like to support your local parks, consider making a donation at: https://cbusinparks.com/Funds4Fun22

12/22/2022

❄️Upcoming Holiday Hours❄️
Friday, 12/23 Building open 7AM - 10PM, Office Closed
Saturday, 12/24 Building open 10AM - 6PM
Sunday, 12/25 Building Closed

Severe Winter Weather Update – December 23-26: columbus.in.gov/severe-winter-weather-update-december-23-26/With severe w...
12/21/2022

Severe Winter Weather Update – December 23-26: columbus.in.gov/severe-winter-weather-update-december-23-26/

With severe winter weather expected to hit our area over the next several days, below are resources to assist City of Columbus residents with finding warming shelters and other resources.

Please stay safe and utilize these resources as needed.

For the latest updates on weather and road conditions, visit the Bartholomew County Emergency Management page.

City Facilities
Friday, December 23:
Donner Center – Closed
Hamilton Center – Open 6:30 am – 3:30 pm
The Commons – Open 7:00 am – 10:00 pm
FFY – Open 10:00 am – 6:30 pm
Nexus Park – Open 6:00 am – 7:00 pm

Saturday, December 24
Donner Center – Closed
Hamilton Center – Closed
The Commons – Open 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
FFY – Closed
Nexus Park – Open 6:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sunday, December 25
ALL FACILITIES CLOSED

Monday, December 26
Donner Center – Closed
Hamilton Center – Open 6:30 am – 3:30 pm
The Commons – Open 7:00 am – 9:00 pm
(playground 10:00 am – 9:00 pm)
FFY – Closed
Nexus Park – Open 6:00 am – 7:00 pm

City Bus Schedule
Friday, December 23
City Bus Schedule 9:00 am – 5:00 pm



Brighter Days
Saturday, December 24: City bus coming to transport to Commons and back again to Brighter Days at 6:00 pm.

A meal will be served at the shelter on Friday evening, Saturday evening, and all 3 meals on Sunday.

Normal hours for Brighter Days are 6:00 pm – 8:00 am

Friday, December 23: Shelter adding 1 hour in morning –leaving at 9:00 am

Saturday, December 24: Shelter adding 2 hours in morning – leaving at 10:00 am

Sunday, December 25: Shelter staying open all day long

Monday, December 26: Shelter adding 1 hour in morning – leaving at 9:00 am

Bump, Set, and Spike! We have extended our deadline for Winter Volleyball! Get your friends together for some fun!Play b...
12/21/2022

Bump, Set, and Spike! We have extended our deadline for Winter Volleyball! Get your friends together for some fun!
Play begins week of Jan. 9
Columbus Armory | $170/Team
• Game Night(s): Mondays
• 6 Weeks of play and a single elimination tournament
Registration ends: December 29, 5pm
You can find the roster form on our website: https://cbusinparks.com/WinterVolleyball

Your support of the Columbus Park Foundation helps you, your friends, and your community members create lasting memories...
12/21/2022

Your support of the Columbus Park Foundation helps you, your friends, and your community members create lasting memories! Families can make memories together by purchasing fruits and vegetables together at the Columbus Farmer's Market through our Power of Produce Program. The Power of Produce Program gives children in our community vouchers to purchase produce at the Farmer's Market and learn about the farmers that grow the produce.

Your gift to the Columbus Park Foundation this holiday season helps make sure we can keep providing opportunities like the Power of Produce Program for our community to make memories that they will have forever through free and low-cost programs, free trails, free playgrounds, free parks to our community and providing scholarships to children in our community to make sure they can participate in all of our programs.

http://ow.ly/ikGu50M0WkN

Registration is now open for our Paint & Skate on December 30th! This event will be full of frosty fun for kids ages 6 -...
12/20/2022

Registration is now open for our Paint & Skate on December 30th! This event will be full of frosty fun for kids ages 6 -12 and costs $25 per attendee. Don't miss out! Register today: https://bit.ly/PaintAndSkate

Tuesday Night is Trivia night! Be sure to join us tomorrow December 20 on the Columbus, Indiana Parks and Recreation Dep...
12/19/2022

Tuesday Night is Trivia night! Be sure to join us tomorrow December 20 on the Columbus, Indiana Parks and Recreation Department page at 6:30pm for some an online interactive Trivia on a variety of topics! A gift card is up for grabs so share with your friends and join in the fun!

Tuesday Night is Trivia night! Be sure to join us tonight December 20 on the Columbus, Indiana Parks and Recreation Depa...
12/19/2022

Tuesday Night is Trivia night! Be sure to join us tonight December 20 on the Columbus, Indiana Parks and Recreation Department page at 6:30pm for some an online interactive Trivia on a variety of topics! A gift card is up for grabs so share with your friends and join in the fun!

Tuesday Night is Trivia night! Be sure to join us tonightDecember 20 on the Columbus, Indiana Parks and Recreation Depar...
12/19/2022

Tuesday Night is Trivia night! Be sure to join us tonightDecember 20 on the Columbus, Indiana Parks and Recreation Department page at 6:30pm for some an online interactive Trivia on a variety of topics! A gift card is up for grabs so share with your friends and join in the fun!

You don't have to wait until spring to start swinging for the fences! Registration for our Spring Little League is OFFIC...
12/19/2022

You don't have to wait until spring to start swinging for the fences! Registration for our Spring Little League is OFFICIALLY OPEN! Register before February 10th and save $10. Register here: https://cbusinparks.com/YouthBaseball2023

Want to stay in the loop on the latest parks and rec news, events, and updates? Sign up for our newsletter here: https://cbusinparks.com/Updates

Fun costs funds! If you would like to support your local parks, consider making a donation at: https://cbusinparks.com/Funds4Fun22

Registration for Columbus Parks and Recreation Youth Soccer League is OFFICIALLY OPEN! Register here: https://cbusinpark...
12/19/2022

Registration for Columbus Parks and Recreation Youth Soccer League is OFFICIALLY OPEN! Register here: https://cbusinparks.com/2023SpringYouthSoccer

Cost for registration is $66 per child. Register before January 13th and save $10!

Want to stay in the loop on the latest parks and rec news, events, and updates? Sign up for our newsletter here: https://cbusinparks.com/Updates

Fun costs funds! If you would like to support your local parks, consider making a donation at: https://cbusinparks.com/Funds4Fun22

Thank you for supporting the Columbus Park Foundation! Every dollar you donate goes directly to supporting free and low-...
12/19/2022

Thank you for supporting the Columbus Park Foundation! Every dollar you donate goes directly to supporting free and low-cost programming, parks, playgrounds, trails, and facilities, helping our community members make cherished memories throughout the year.

With your help, we are raising $40,000 this year to support Columbus Parks and Recreation. Donate here https://p2p.onecause.com/donate22

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12/16/2022

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🛑 IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

Due to weather concerns for Friday, our Christmas Eve of Eve gathering has been moved to Thursday, December 22nd, at 6:30PM at The Commons.

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🎄 Bring your family and friends to join us at the Commons for our Christmas Eve of Eve of Eve Service on Thursday, December 22nd, at 6:30 PM.

This family-style service will feature music, candlelight, and a message of hope and joy as we consider the person and presence of Jesus Christ. After the service, stay for our Christmas Party, where we will enjoy all kinds of Holiday treats and refreshments.

We hope to see you there as we celebrate the birth of Jesus and the joy of the holiday season. Merry Christmas!

The Columbus Park Foundation supports Columbus Parks and Recreation to ensure facilities are available to our community....
12/16/2022

The Columbus Park Foundation supports Columbus Parks and Recreation to ensure facilities are available to our community. When an emergency happens, the Columbus Park Foundation steps in to help with the repairs, like when the sound system went out at Hamilton Ice Arena before the Spring Ice Show. The Columbus Park Foundation helped with the repairs of the sound system so the Ice Show could happen and children could make special memories participating in the Ice Show.

Your support of the Columbus Park Foundation this holiday season ensures that the Foundation has the funds available when emergencies like these pop up to keep all our facilities running and available for our community.

Donate here http://ow.ly/JeuO50M0UBj

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Tuesday 7am - 9pm
Wednesday 7am - 9pm
Thursday 7am - 9pm
Friday 7am - 10pm
Saturday 7am - 10pm
Sunday 10am - 8pm

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The Cabaret at the Commons series continues Thursday, April 7. This time, Morgan James brings her jaw-dropping voice to The Commons stage. Morgan's talent crosses multiple genres including Soul, R&B, Jazz and Motown. On Broadway, she has performed in Frank Wildhorn's "Wonderland", "The Addams Family" and the revival of "Godspell." For tickets and show time, click here. https://tockify.com/visitorscenter/detail/4430/1649374200000
On Friday, Apr. 1, First Fridays for Families presents Cinderella's story, as performed by Dancers Studio Inc. of Columbus at The Commons. This is a family-fun way to introduce your children to the performing arts, thanks to the Columbus Area Arts Council. Free and open to all! For further information and hours, click here. https://tockify.com/visitorscenter/detail/4425/1648850400000
ICYMI: The Commons free indoor playground in Columbus has reopened!
After months of construction, TODAY IS THE DAY! The James A. Henderson Playground at The Commons is now open. Check out all the new features and enhancements. Good news - the Luckey Climber is back. Still free with family-friendly hours to match everyone's schedule. Learn more. https://thecommonscolumbus.com/james-a-henderson-playground/
We're so excited to celebrate, along with The Commons, the grand reopening for the newly renovated James A. Henderson Playground TOMORROW, Tuesday, March 8 at 10am.

We hope everyone in the community has the opportunity to play like Tracy Souza and James A. Henderson on the Luckey Climber!
The March 10th Cabaret at The Commons will showcase Broadway's Eden Espinosa. You may know her from her performances in "RENT", "Wicked" or "Falsettos". During her performance, she will share an intimate evening of songs and stories. For time and tickets, click here. https://tockify.com/visitorscenter/detail/4429/1646958600000
To Introduce young audiences to the performing arts, the Columbus Area Arts Council presents the series, First Fridays for Families at The Commons. The March 4 immersive presentation celebrates the folk tale traditions of Africa. These energetic and inspiring stories will be accompanied by African music. For hours and further information, click here. https://tockify.com/visitorscenter/detail/4424/1646434800000
First Fridays for Families returns this spring!

Join us at The Commons on March 4 for Bright Star Theatre: African Folktales!
Doors open at 5:30 pm | Show starts at 6:00 pm.

From the desert lands of the Sahara to the plains of the Serengeti to Mount Kilimanjaro and beyond – join a variety of characters from a wide range of cultures in stories that celebrate the folk tale traditions of the continent of Africa. African music helps to set the stage for these energetic stories. Bright Star’s stories include Anansi, pourquoi tales, and many facts and figures about this incredible continent.

First Fridays for Families introduces young audiences to a wide variety of performing arts in a fun and informal setting at The Commons.

First Fridays are made possible by the Nugent Foundation and the Custer Foundation, with additional support from the City of Columbus.Thanks to our generous sponsors, this program is free and open to everyone!

Read more about the series at www.artsincolumbus.org/first-fridays
The next Cabaret at The Commons is Thursday, Dec. 9 and features Ana Gasteyer. You may recognize her from her six seasons on SNL. Since that time, she has performed on Broadway. To Columbus, she brings a collection of original and classic Holiday songs. Click here for show time and tickets. https://tockify.com/visitorscenter/detail/3562/1639096200000
We are excited to share a Youth Arts Activity highlighting art and architecture in downtown Columbus: “Inside/Outside the Lines: The Commons Coloring Pages”, designed by Jenni Kiesler of Keywords Co.!

Pick up your pages tonight during A Not So Silent Night, 4–8 pm at The Commons or Viewpoint Books, and during regular hours from these locations as well as the Bartholomew County Public Library Children’s Department.

Pages are also available to download at artsincolumbus.org/commons-coloring-pages.

Share your pages and tag us ! We can't wait to see what you imagine!
The Cabaret comes to The Commons on Thursday, Nov. 18. See Beth Leavel before she stars in Elton John's Broadway adaptation of The Devil Wear Prada. Don't miss this Tony winner for an evening of songs and storytelling. Click here for times and tickets. https://tockify.com/visitorscenter/detail/3561/1637281800000
Another incentive to Visit Columbus, Indiana as Saturday, November 13th shapes up to be a day when our historic downtown will be filled with activity! Déjà Vu Art and Fine Craft Show at The Commons...one block away will be The BFG&A Christmas Preview & Open House and we will be ready to start the busy part of the holiday season! Several other stores downtown including Pollert Design Associates Inc. will be having similar events and it is the final couple weeks to come see Exhibit Columbus.
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