Owens Field Park presentation

The Columbia Parks and Recreation Department has scheduled a meeting on Thursday, March 9, from 6pm to 8pm to present plans for Owens Field Park after hearing from the neighborhood in December. Proposed plans include a Miracle League field and a dog park. The plans address parking, storm water, and YMCA programs.

The meeting will be held in the Hamilton-Owens Field Airport conference room, 1400 Jim Hamilton Blvd. [Map] For more information, call (803) 545-3100.

Owens Field Park Master Plan Meeting

The Columbia Parks and Recreation Department has scheduled a meeting on Wednesday, December 3rd, from 6pm to 8pm to hear feedback from neighbors and park users about the future plans for Owens Field Park. The meeting will be held in the Hamilton-Owens Field Airport conference room, 1400 Jim Hamilton Blvd. This meeting is an opportunity for the community to provide input on current issues in the park, including parking, storm water, safety, YMCA programs, a proposed Miracle League field, and a proposed dog park. For more information, call (803) 545-3100.

April 17, 2014 meeting minutes

Jenna Stephens began the meeting with introductions.  Officer Alex Broder of the City of Columbia Police Department discussed the reorganization of the department’s Pro-Active Community Enforcement (PACE) team.  The PACE team has been decentralized but will continue to be active in the city’s communities.  The south region PACE team will report to a regional captain and have three officers dedicated to the region, in addition to Officer Broder.  Officer Broder encouraged residents to continue to be watchful and vigilant and to report any suspicious behavior they see.

Residents can view local crime statistics using the RAIDS Online website and may contact Officer Broder at (803) 315-9143 or asbroder@columbiasc.net.

Andy Whitfield of the Columbia Tree and Appearance Commission, which serves as an advisory board to the city, discussed the Commission’s request to have the city begin to bury power lines.  The Commission is asking local organizations to adopt its utility resolution, which encourages the city to route power and utility cables underground for safety reasons and aesthetic appearance.  Because it did not have a quorum at the meeting, RCC was unable to take a vote on the resolution but will put forth a vote via e-mail.

Karen Kuse of the Montessori School of Columbia provided an update to the school’s plans.  The school is currently renovating the home at 413 S. Maple St.  It also has a contract on 411 S. Maple, which it plans to renovate for offices, and it intends to eventually tear down the home at 415 S. Maple and build a new classroom building.  The school has also received the title to the street for the block of Oceola between S. Maple and Howard and will close that block to vehicular traffic.  The school had a strategic planning meeting in Feb. 2014 where it solidified its plans for growth.  The school plans to grow to no more than 108 students (87 currently) so that it can maintain small classrooms with personal interaction with students and their families.

Jenna stated that some members of the community have expressed concerns about the overuse and appearance of Owens Field Park.  In addition to the YMCA’s soccer league and the use of the Dreher High School track, a Miracle Field is planned for the park. Mike Miller, vice president of RCC, plans to send a letter to the city’s parks department formally asking the department to assess the use of the park.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:30.

Community Orchard at Owens Field Park

Rosewood is home to a fruit orchard near the track at Owens Field Park. In 2011, the Corporation for Economic Opportunity (CEO) was awarded a grant for a community orchard from Edy’s Fruit Bars and the Tree Planting Foundation. Owens Field Park in Rosewood was chosen as the location to plant the orchard. We owe a big thank you to CEO and Edy’s, everyone who voted for Columbia to win, and the volunteers who helped plant the orchard!

Planting day, November 2011

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Updates on the orchard: April 2013

In the year and a half since the orchard was planted, the fruit trees have grown into a healthy and thriving orchard.

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Owens Field Park Cleanup

Rosewood Elementary School is hosting a 5K run around Owens Field Park and through Rosewood on April 13. Let’s make sure the neighborhood is sparkling clean!

Please join us the weekend before the race, to clean up the roads around the park. We’ll meet at the skate park at Owens Field Park at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, April 6. Bring gloves if you have them.

You can RSVP on Facebook. Please share this information with anyone you know who may be interested. Thanks and see you Saturday!

Owens Field Park Bioblitz

The A.C. Moore Herbarium at the University of South Carolina and the Rosewood Community Council will partner to conduct a BioBlitz at the Owens Field Park in the Rosewood Community on Saturday, March 9. Citizen scientists and interested community members are invited to take part in the survey, which will document the plant species along the Park’s trail system. A team of botanists affiliated with the A.C. Moore Herbarium will lead the study.

This BioBlitz will provide important information about environmental quality and land use changes in the Rosewood area. Documenting the Park’s botanical diversity will also allow for a better understanding of the natural plant communities that once occurred throughout the Rosewood area and will foster a greater appreciation for the community’s remaining natural areas.

Owens Field Park is a recreational area used by the public. Improvements to the Park’s trail system are being funded by the Richland County Conservation Commission.

The BioBlitz is open to the public. Participants should meet at the parking lot on the corner of South Holly Street and Airport Blvd adjacent to Memorial Stadium at 10 am on Saturday, March 9. Maps, data sheets and instructions will be provided; participants may bring garden gloves, digital cameras, and/or handheld GPS devices. No prior experience is required. Dress appropriately for outside work (closed toed shoes recommended) and bring a water bottle. The BioBlitz will be rescheduled in the event of inclement weather.

For more information about the BioBlitz, contact Herrick Brown at the A.C. Moore Herbarium at 803-777-8175.

Botanists Needed for Owens Field Park

Are you an amateur or aspiring botanist? Herrick Brown, a botanist with the Department of Natural Resources, has begun to catalog the plants at Owens Field Park. Please join Herrick for an introductory meeting on February 10 at 4 pm at the Hamilton-Owens Field airport conference room to learn how you can help identify, photograph, or catalog the species in the park. No prior knowledge needed. Herrick will provide a primer on commonly found plants.

The content you help create will be featured here. RSVP by emailing Jenna Stephens at jenna@rosewoodcommunity.com.

National Night Out Postponed to August 14

Please join us on Tuesday, August 4, at Owens Field Park [map] to meet your neighbors and local police officers. This community safety-awareness event begins at 6 p.m. and will include:

This neighborhood event is for kids of all ages. Hope to see you there!

RSVP on Facebook.

Rosewood’s National Night Out is sponsored by Rosewood Community Council, Central Rosewood, South Kilbourne, and Edisto Court Communities, and the Columbia Council of Neighborhoods.