The mission of the Columbia Heights Recreation Department is to provide recreational and service opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds. The Recreation Department offers vast, year-round, comprehensive programs that strive to meet the needs of the whole community. These programs include Youth Athletics/Programs, Traveling Athletics, Youth Enrichment Programs, Adult Athletics, Senior Citizens Center, Senior Citizen Outings, Special Events, John P. Murzyn Hall management, Community Garden Plot Rentals, Neighborhood Event Wagon Rentals, Park Scheduling, and Hylander Gym and Fitness Center management. With the support of the Mayor, City Council, Park and Recreation Commission, City Manager, and the many civic and community organizations, the high quality delivery of services and opportunities are provided through the dedicated work of the Recreation staff and our numerous volunteers.
The Recreation Department is OPEN, with restrictions. Visit online registration for a list of upcoming activities.
The CH Recreation Department has moved to a new registration system. To register for activities you will be required to set up a new account. NOTE: When logging in type columbiaheightsmn.recdesk.com with NO www. before the address.
If you have problems signing up for programs feel free to call our office, Monday through Friday, 8am to 4:30pm. Thank you for your patience as we improve the way forward.
Spotlight on Recreation Happenings:
Girls Softball! Click here to sign up now.
Heights Hikers with Beverly: Adults. Tuesdays-Thursdays. Call 763-571-7502 to inquire further and sign up.
Story Strolls: FREE Spring Family Activity! Gather your family to explore our parks and read a story together. Large story pages are placed throughout featured parks. Please be mindful of social distancing. When and where:
July 7-8 Ramsdell Park
July 21-22 Prestemon Park
August 4-5 LaBelle Park
August 18-19 Keyes Park
The Recreation Department provides a wide variety of social, educational, and recreational programs for youth and, adults and seniors. Current Recreation Brochure Recreation Facebook Page
Youth: ENCORE community learning programs, dance, theater, youth enrichment, sports programs, family yoga, and more.
Adults: exercise for all adult ages, crochet, 50+ art classes.
50+ and Seniors: art classes (no experience required), movies, exercise classes, bingo, mini-bus outings, social groups, and much more. To view the "Active Agers" monthly newsletter visit our Senior Center page.
John P. Murzyn Hall & Hylander Center
The City of Columbia Heights operates a variety of facilities for use by residents and the general public.
(near City Hall) is available for weddings, receptions, banquets, meetings, events, and more. Call 763-706-3730 for details and availability.
Hylander Center (adjacent to the Columbia Heights High School): gym and fitness room.
Due to COVID-19, the Hylander Center will be closed until further notice.
Staff Contact Information
Keith Windschitl, Recreation Director
Phone: (763) 706-3732 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Delynn Mulligan, Senior Citizen Coordinator
Phone: (763) 706-3735 | Email: email@example.com
Katie Holznagel, Recreation Coordinator
Phone: (763) 706-3733 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deanna Saefke, Recreation Secretary - Murzyn Hall Coordinator
Phone: (763) 706-3734 | Email: email@example.com
Paula Haynus, Recreation Clerk
Phone: (763) 706-3730 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org