Columbia Parks and Recreation
Creating Community through People, Parks and Programs
PLAYGROUND CONSTRUCTION UPDATE
Steinberg Playground is under renovation. Renovations are moving along quickly, as the first new feature, the rocket ship, was installed and open to the public. The new rocket ship play feature can be accessed from all three shelters near the playground. Park users should utilize the north half of the perimeter walkway around the playground only (between the playground and parking lot), as the south side is under construction and used by construction vehicles. Parks & Recreation continues to strive for a safe work area and playgound, so please do not enter or let children wander into the construction area. Renovations of the remainder of the playground will continue through most of the summer. Park staff will continue to update the construction progress here and through social media.
For more information on the renovation project, see the Capital Improvement Project: Cosmo Playground Renovation web page.
Dedicated on June 29, 1997, Steinberg Playground is the largest playground area in Columbia's park system, covering approximately 400 ft x 280 ft. Designed in-house by park planning staff, this unique playground includes three playstructures, an elevated deck and walkways that provide access to three slides, a tire climbing area, spring animals, sand play areas, swings, one 25' tube slide, two 30' tube slides, and other play features.
The playground project was funded by a donation from the Columbia Cosmopolitan Luncheon Club and the City's Capital Improvement Fund. The playground is officially named S.C. "Si" Steinberg Playground after Si Steinberg, who was a Charter Member of the Cosmopolitan Luncheon Club. A commemorative plaque has been placed at the playground.
At the time of the playground dedication, Si had been a Charter Member of the Cosmopolitan Luncheon Club for fifty years. Si was president of the Luncheon Club in 1949 and was instrumental in developing Cosmo Park. Si has been involved in the betterment of the community for over 50 years. Some of his activities and accomplishments during the years include: