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This Blog to Shut Down — Sign Up For News Updates at CA’s New Website!

Now that Columbia Association’s new and improved website has been launched, this CA Today blog will be shutting down.

But don’t worry — you can now find all of your CA-related news at ColumbiaAssociation.org, and you can even sign up for news updates by going to ColumbiaAssociation.org/notify, scrolling down to “News,” and then clicking on which news updates you would like to receive.

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Columbia Association Supports the Community in Healing

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We at Columbia Association remain heartbroken by the tragedy that transpired last weekend at The Mall in Columbia, but we have been heartened to see the outpouring of warmth and unity that has been seen in our community in the aftermath of such a harrowing event.

Please continue to keep the victims and those who knew and loved them in your thoughts during this difficult time. The Mall in Columbia is holding a candlelight vigil on Thursday, Jan. 30, at 5 p.m. at the outdoor memorial outside of Starbucks. Candles will be available for attendees.

CA is committed to the safety of its employees, members and the overall community. During the police response on Saturday, CA monitored the situation and placed its Membership Service Center and Columbia Swim Center on modified lockdown. CA will review its response and examine whether there are any lessons that can be learned and if any adjustments can be made to its plans.

CA also has general security measures in place in its buildings and facilities, has consulted outside experts when the need arises, and has a strong partnership with the Howard County Government and its emergency services.

Warmest regards,
Phil Nelson
President, Columbia Association

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Columbia Association Offers Relief to Customers Affected by Government Furlough

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In an effort to assist members and customers affected by the recent government shutdown, Columbia Association (CA) is offering assistance to furloughed government employees.

For CA members who have their monthly membership dues automatically deducted from their accounts, CA will reduce October’s payment to $25, to be withdrawn Oct. 18. Requests must be received by CA on or before Oct. 11. Should the shutdown continue, we will re-evaluate for the November and December payments.

For participants in the School Age Services program, we will waive the two-week withdrawal notice and the re-enrollment fee, and hold your child’s space. Requests will be made effective on the date they are received by CA.

To take advantage of this assistance, please submit official documentation of your furlough status and a written request in person, via email to Dale.Wasmus@ColumbiaAssociation.org or by mail to Columbia Association, 10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia MD 20144.

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Update on Columbia Association’s Dog Park

Columbia Association (CA) has received approval from the Howard County Government for its planned dog park in the village of Harper’s Choice. The dog park is now set to come before the CA Board of Directors for the remainder of the funding necessary to complete construction. The first reading will be on Thursday, July 25.

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Get Your Columbia Card Today!

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Wondering if you’re a member, non-member or Columbia Association (CA) resident? If you live on CA-assessed property but do not have a CA membership, you are a CA resident. As a CA resident, the Columbia Card offers you the ability to get reduced, pay-as-you-go daily admission rates to CA facilities and programs without a membership.

Want a CA Columbia Card? Come to the Columbia Association Membership Service Center with valid state ID and, if applicable, your dependent children’s birth certificates. CA staff will get you registered and snap a photo of you. When you want to work out at the gym or go swimming at one of the local pools, just show the front desk attendant your Columbia Card, pay the appropriate fees and you are good to go!

For more information on the Columbia Card, please call 410-730-1801.

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Speak Up and Get Inspired

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What inspires you to live in this community? What ideas do you have to shape the future of Columbia? Share your thoughts, ideas and suggestions on Columbia Association’s (CA) new community engagement site, InspireColumbia.com.

Inspire Columbia is designed to give community members a new way to contribute to the conversation about shaping the future of Columbia. Understanding that residents lead busy lives, CA has developed this platform to allow community members to post ideas, comments and feedback from the comfort of their own homes any time of the day.

Each month, CA team members will post questions to solicit feedback from residents on specific topics, including amenities, programs, facilities and projects related to CA and the Columbia villages. The site is designed to be interactive, so community members can not only add their ideas to a specific topic question, but also comment and rate the ideas of others. CA will monitor the ideas generated and provide feedback to let members know how their ideas are moving forward in the organization.

As an incentive to keep sharing and collaborating, CA has also included a Rewards Store on InspireColumbia.com. The more you share, comment and rate, the more points you earn. Once you earn enough points, you can cash them in for rewards that range from T-shirts to pool passes to umbrellas.

We want to hear your opinions and ideas about how to maintain and enhance our community’s quality of living, on topics such as the environment, cultural offerings, recreational activities, facilities and programs. Help be a part of the solution by joining the conversation.

Signing up is simple, fast and easy. Just visit InspireColumbia.com and set up your log-in information using your email address, Facebook username, LinkedIn username or Google username. From there, just click on a topic question and start contributing your ideas and comments.

This is your community — get inspired and let us know your desires for Columbia! Sign up and start adding your ideas to the mix at InspireColumbia.com.

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CA Board Approves Inner Arbor Concept Plan for Symphony Woods

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The Columbia Association (CA) board of directors voted Feb. 14 to move forward with the Inner Arbor concept plan for Symphony Woods, a proposal that would potentially turn the park into more of a destination — while still respecting and even incorporating the trees that define it.

The proposal passed by an 8-2 vote, and also included establishing a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit entity that would implement the plan.

CA will now be able to begin the site development plan part (also known as steps 9 through 16) of the county government approval process for phase one of the park. CA President Phil Nelson said after the meeting that he hopes to start that part of the approval process “as soon as possible.”

As for the future phases of the Inner Arbor Plan, CA would begin at step one of the 16-part approval process, which provides numerous opportunities for public input. CA staff will be meeting with county government officials about moving forward with that, according to Nelson.

The Inner Arbor concept plan proposes several new amenities for Symphony Woods, incorporating elements intended to turn the 36-acre park into something more than a place that is barely and rarely used — excepting people walking through the park while en route to concerts at Merriweather Post Pavilion, as well as annual events such as Wine in the Woods.

New features potentially would include a dinner theater, a children’s theater, a ballroom venue, an iconic sculpture, a treehouse amphitheater, an elevated tree canopy walk, a sculpture garden, a restaurant and cafes, a fountain plaza, meandering paths and CA headquarters.

A 1,750-space parking garage would be nearby, outside of the park where Toby’s Dinner Theatre is presently located.

For more information, go to ColumbiaAssociation.org/SymphonyWoodsPark.

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