50+ Program

Columbia Parks & Rec's Hillcrest Community Center

What we do:

Columbia Parks and Recreation's 50+ Program offers a variety of recreational opportunities for those 50 years and older. The Waters-Moss Memorial Wildlife Memorial Area is home to the 50+ Program. The Hillcrest Community Center, Moss Building and Water's House are programmed for weekday use for the 50+ Program and the Osher Lifelong Learning Program. In the evenings, Life Enrichment classes are offered for all ages and on weekends the Moss and Water's House are available for rent.

We will be offering a limited number of 50+ activities, while maintaining room capacity limitations and social distancing of 6 feet, as required by Health Order 2020-06. Activities that aren’t able to meet these requirements will not be offered at this time. Listed in the newsletter are those that can work if we keep a 6 foot distance. The programs we cannot offer at this time include Potlucks, games/cards/puzzles and Explorer Trips.

Your safety is very important to us. Our staff will be sanitizing common surfaces and touch points throughout the day. Below are the guidelines we are following and ask you to follow.

For our patrons’ and staff safety, the following guidelines will be in place:

  • Daily visitors will be asked to provide their name and contact information.

  • Please wash your hands with provided soap and water frequently, or use hand sanitizer.

  • Program participants should not share personal supplies. Please bring your own water bottle/beverage.

  • No congregating in common areas, please maintain 6 feet of social distance with others outside of your immediate household.

  • Please watch the hallways for others. If someone is in the hallway, wait until they have cleared before proceeding.

  • Staff will be sanitizing common touch points throughout the day. Deep cleaning will take place each night.

  • Please wipe equipment before and after use.

  • Patrons entering the facility will be denied access if any of these symptoms have been present within last 72 hours:

    • Temperature of 100.4 degrees or greater

    • Coughing

    • Shortness of breath

    • Chills

    • Repeated shaking with chills

    • Muscle pain

    • Headache

    • Sore throat

    • New loss of taste or smell

Hillcrest Community Center (HCC)

HCC is located at 1907 Hillcrest Dr. Columbia, MO 65201.


Office hours: 8:30 am-4:30 pm, Monday-Friday

Recreation Staff at HCC:

Specialists: Courtney Deters, Cassie Brandt, and Sarah Bowman

Office: Jennifer Meeks

Osher@Mizzou Staff:

Jennifer Erickson-Senior Coordinator

Walker Perkins-Educational Program Associate

Check out the website at osher.missouri.edu

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Face masks are required...

And smiles are encouraged!!!!

February 2021 Activities:

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Pokeno Friday

Is it bingo, poker, or blackjack?! There are several ways to play, so come find out on Fridays at 1 pm. Learn how to play Pokeno and have a chance to win a practical prize.

Tuesday Bingo

Join us every Tuesday to play bingo for practical prizes. Come early to socialize (at a distance!) and meet new friends. Bingo games begin at 1 pm.


Come sing your heart out on the first and third Fridays of the month, 7-10 pm. Fee is $3.00 for non 50+ members. To distance properly, only 20 people will be allowed. Each person MUST sign up in advance with Columbia Parks & Recreation (you will be turned away if you are not signed up), a mask must be worn, and no shared snack allowed. Also, please have your song choices ready when signing up.

Puzzle Library

Come by Hillcrest Community Center (1907 Hillcrest Drive, CoMo 65201) and check out all of the puzzles to borrow. There is no fee for 50+ members and a $2 fee for non-members. Borrow the puzzle for one month, return it and try another one! There is a variety of puzzles to choose ranging from 200 pieces up to 1000 pieces.

Knitters unite!

Hillcrest is hosting knitting groups on Tuesdays and Fridays, 1 pm-4 pm. Bring your projects and join in the camaraderie. Other needlework projects are welcome!

Membership Information

Payment can be made in person at the front desk or by mail with check payable to Columbia Parks and Rec. (Membership fee includes activities unless otherwise noted). Payments for the upcoming year will not be due until the end of February 2021.

$25/Person Parks & Recreation Membership includes 50+ Programs at Hillcrest Facility-Music groups, Karaoke, Bingo, Potlucks, Painting groups, rug hooking, knitting, Mah Jongg groups, games,cards, jigsaw puzzles and Explorer trips.


$40/Person Parks & Rec/Osher@Mizzou Combo includes all of the above plus Brown Bag seminars, This Week @ Osher weekly email of upcoming events, and Osher Saturday Morning Book Talks, and clubs (Travel, Spanish, Osher Sings, and Diversity Book Club).