Columbus is home to 600 acres of park land, ranked best in the country by the National Recreation and Park Association for cities the size of Columbus. The City Parks & Recreation Department has completed over $20 million in development projects, including the nationally recognized $8 million Mill Race Park and over 19 miles of biking/walking “People Trails”. Parks feature unique facilities such as an indoor ice skating rink, a skateboard park, an observation tower, as well as fishing, hiking, sporting, and golf activities. Speaking of golf, Bartholomew County is home to multiple golf courses, including the nationally recognized Otter Creek Golf Course.
Given our community’s convenient location, amenities, and sports facilities, Columbus, Indiana is also often chosen as destination for regional and national tournaments, recently including softball, swimming, tennis, soccer, and in July 2013, the American Junior Golf Association “Under Armour/Jeff Overton Championship”.
When you are ready to take a break from all the fun you’re having in Columbus, you might enjoy heading 45 minutes north to Indianapolis to catch some of the best professional sporting events in the world.
The Indianapolis Colts (NFL) and Indiana Pacers (NBA) call Indy home, and the world over has heard of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” – the Indianapolis 500, held each Memorial Day weekend at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The other big race held at the IMS each year is NASCAR’s Brickyard 400, and local residents love to cheer on Columbus’ own, three-time Sprint Cup Champion, Tony Stewart.