The City of Columbia unveiled a historical marker at Riverwalk Park last Saturday to recognize the importance Pillow Park has served in the city’s history.
Pillow Park, located on the banks of the Duck River, was established in 1914 by the Pillow Athletic Park Association. In 1935, Dr. Robert Pillow deeded the park to the City of Columbia. In 2010, the sports complex was redesigned as a passive community park as part of the city’s Duck River Walk Project. The park features a basketball court, splash pad, two pavilions and paved walkways.
Since its establishment the park has hosted many events, such as greyhound racing, baseball leagues, and football and softball games. The park has also been the host of community organizations, including the Horseman’s Association and the Riverside Walk.
In a press release, City Manager Tony Massey spoke on the importance the park has on Columbia’s history.
“Pillow Park has been an important part of Columbia’s history since the park opened in 1935,” he said. “The number of sporting and community events the park hosted over the years are too numerous to count. It’s very important for the City of Columbia to recognize this piece of our history.”