Keep It Clean

    Hoover Crop  

Simple steps you can take at home to  prevent water pollution .

Take a Tour

Watershed Signage

Signage installed at Griggs, O'Shaughnessy & Hoover Reservoirs invites park visitors to  take a self-guided tour along the shoreline & learn about the green infrastructure installed there.

Rain gardens, porous pavement & more can improve the quality of storm water entering the reservoirs that supply our drinking water.

Non-point Source Pollution

Stormwater Runoff

Protect our Waterways
Illustration Courtesy of NCDENR

Sledding & Outdoor Activities

seasonal topics As winter weather descends upon central Ohio and school-aged children hope for a "snow day," we would like to remind residents in the Hoover Reservoir area that downhill sledding, snowboarding or skiing is not permitted on the city-owned sloped land around the reservoir or dam due to safety reasons.

The Blendon Township Police Department will be assisting the City of Columbus in enforcing the rule beginning this winter in order to avoid injuries. Signage was recently installed in areas where sledding and other winter recreational activities have occurred in the past, sometimes resulting in injuries.

Pulling children along in sleds and cross country skiing on non-sloped areas is still permitted at the Hoover Reservoir.

Westerville area residents are encouraged to instead pursue winter recreational activities at the following parks in northeast Franklin County, where sledding is allowed:

  • Sharon Woods Metro Park
  • Blendon Woods Metro Park (kiddie hill for children 8 and under)
  • Highbanks Metro Park
    NOTE: There are also sledding hills at Battelle Darby Creek in Galloway
For questions, residents should contact Metro Parks and can call 491-0700
Mon- Fri, 8am - 4 pm to check conditions.
  • Metro Parks also offer Skating Ponds (open 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.):
  • Battelle Darby Creek 614-370-6254
  • Blendon Woods 614-620-1861
    Call ahead to check if ponds are open for skating.
  • and Cross-country Skiing at: 
  • Battelle Darby Creek
  • Blacklick Woods & Golf Courses
  • Blendon Woods
  • Chestnut Ridge
  • Clear Creek
  • Glacier Ridge
  • Heritage Trail
  • Highbanks
  • Prairie Oaks
  • Slate Run
  • Three Creeks
and a Winter Hikes program - check the schedule for Program Category "Winter Hikes."