Columbians invited to sample facilities

The Columbia Association will open its recreational and community facilities for free use Sunday to all Columbia residents to "let them see what's out there," said Karen A. Kuecker, chairwoman of the association's board of directors.

Celebrate Columbia is scheduled from noon to 5 p.m. at the association's membership recreational facilities, its art and teen centers, the Historic Oakland meeting house, Lake Elkhorn and Town Center's Lakefront. All facilities except the Hobbit's Glen Golf Course will be open to members and nonmembers.


"The council wants to communicate and let people know what we're doing," Ms. Kuecker said. "We try hard, and so often we don't hear back. We want people to be as enthused about the facilities as we are."

The directors' board came up with the idea as a way for members and association staff to increase contact with residents and allow exploration of the array of association offerings.


Pam Mack, the association's director of community relations, said Celebrate Columbia was not created as a marketing tool to increase business at facilities that charge fees.

"That's really not the purpose here," she said. "In the end, what we really hope is that people feel good about Columbia and all the things offered here. We want to encourage people to be as proud of the things we do as we are."

These facilities will be open:

* Columbia Art Center, Long Reach Village Center, noon to 3 p.m.

* Columbia Athletic Club, 5435 Beaverkill Road, Harper's Choice village, noon to 3 p.m.

* Columbia Horse Center, 10400 Gorman Road, noon to 3 p.m.

* Columbia Ice Rink, Oakland Mills Village Center, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. A skate rental fee will be charged.

* Columbia Swim Center, Wilde Lake Village Green, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.


* Columbia Teen Center, noon to 3 p.m.

* Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road, Town Center, noon to 3 p.m.

* Supreme Sports Club, Deepage Drive, Owen Brown village, noon to 3 p.m., with roller skating from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

* Owen Brown and Wilde Lake tennis clubs, noon to 3 p.m.