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Columbus Community Center

Columbus Community Center FrontThe Columbus Community Center is a pillar in our community. This unique Spanish-style building was built in 1918 and served as an elementary school for over 80 years before becoming the city’s first community/recreation center in 2000.

The Center hosts several important community services and partners. These include: the Salt Lake County Library - Columbus Branch, the Salt Lake County Columbus Senior Center, our City Recreation Department, the Best Buy Teen Tech Center and the Hser Ner Moo Promise SSL center.

Additionally, the center provides room and outdoor rental options for anyone hosting a meeting, club or event.

Columbus Senior Center Columus Senior Center

The Columbus Senior Center will remain closed during the COVID-19 opening phases. Meal programs will still be available. More information

The Columbus Senior Center is a great place for those 60 years and older. Residents can have fun and meet new friends while participating in a wide variety of classes and social activities. Lunch is served Monday through Friday at Noon.

Columbus Senior Center, in partnership with Meals on Wheels. will be providing both delivery and pickup meals for elderly residents. For either service, please call 385.468.3340 the day before you would like to receive your meal.

For additional information, please contact Jayme Haight at Jhaight@slco.org or 385.468.3338. Transportation is available for those who live in the City.

Columbus Senior Center is a joint venture between South Salt Lake and Salt Lake County.

Columbus Library

The County Library has decided to decommission the Columbus Library Branch, effective immediately. 

This decision was reached by the Library Board for several reasons:

  • All South Salt Lake buildings remain closed to the public as city staff continue to build a cache of supplies to protect employees and the public.
  • Low utilization of curbside services at the Columbus Branch.
  • The square footage doesn't allow for more than 2 patrons in the facility at a time with social distancing (w/ 2 employees present).
  • The uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic and the anticipated closure of the Columbus Library planned for late spring/early summer to move services to the Granite Library.   

We have been advised that library staff will be utilized at other locations. The new Granite Branch is under construction and anticipated to open in summer 2021.

To find a library branch near you visit: https://www.slcolibrary.org/locations/locations

The Salt Lake County Library - Columbus Branch offers a wide selection of material for both children and adults. Enjoy the work of local artists as you browse a wide assortment of books, DVDs, CDs and recorded books. The library also sponsors book talks, storytimes, and other programs.

The South Salt Lake Recreation Department

South Salt Lake's Recreation Department is housed in the Columbus Center.

Hours- Monday-Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

  • The City’s Recreation Department operates out of the Columbus Center and leads classes, camps and leagues for all ages and interests
  • Open gym is held in the gymnasium next to the Recreation Department

Best Buy Teen Tech CenterBBTTC

Hours- Tuesday-Friday: 3:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m., Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Promise SSL’s fun and free technology lab where youth can experiment and innovate with a range of advanced tech, including Microsoft Studio computers, a 3D printer and a recording studio.

Hser Ner Moo Promise South Salt Lake Program

Fall and Spring Hours: Monday - Thursday 4:00 - 7:00 p.m., Friday 2:30 - 5:30 p.m.; Summer Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

This Promise SSL youth center is named after a young refugee girl who had settled in South Salt Lake from Thailand. The center offers help with reading, math, science and ESL, as well as fun clubs and sports activities for students K-12.

The Center also works with community partners to offer ESL classes, parenting support and more!

Rental Options

Auditorium

The Columbus Center is not currently renting due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation. We will post updates as the situation progresses.

To learn more about our rental options, please call 801.412.3217. To learn more about rates, or if you’re ready to rent, check out our rental application!

Spaces available for rent:

  • Auditorium
  • Gym (for sports)
  • Gym (for events)
  • Outdoor Patio
  • Meeting rooms (different sizes and rates)

To Note:

There is a second “Columbus Center” in South Salt Lake, which serves people with developmental disabilities. This organization formerly occupied the Columbus Center building, but is now located at 3495 S. West Temple.

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Columbus Community Center

2531 S. 400 E.
South Salt Lake, UT

O 801.412.3217
F 801.412.3220