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Academy Park

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250 S. Nelson Rd.
Columbus, OH 43205
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Academy Park is adjacent to Wolfe Park , and just a short drive from Franklin Park This fine green space includes Clowson field. The baseball diamonds located here are leased, and not available for public use. The Cleo Dumaree Athletic Complex is located on the North side of this park, and provides an indoor space for athletic programs and rental opportunities.

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Albany Crossing Park

Eden Valley Dr.
Westerville, OH 43081
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Albany Crossing is a neighborhood park.

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Alexander AEP Park

199 W. Long St.
Columbus, OH 43215
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Named in memory of former City Council President Arvin J. Alexander and donated by American Electric Power, Alexander AEP Park spans the distance between Battelle Riverfront Park and North Bank Park. Features include:

A plaque marking the location of Columbus’ first cabin, built by pioneer John Brickell in 1797.

The Arvin J. Alexander Memorial sculpted by Carl Faehnle and erected in 1991.

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Alkire Woods Park

3695 Alkire Lakes Dr.
Grove City, OH 43123
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This community park provides facilities for child and family friendly activities, as well as playground equipment.

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Alum Crest Park

2575 S. Cassady Ave.
Columbus, OH 43207
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Alum Crest is a neighborhood park that contains a 0.3 mile asphalt walking loop that borders its interior.

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American Addition Park

1659 E. 12th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43219
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American Addition is a 4.67 acre neighborhood park that includes a grassy baseball diamond is perfect for a game of kickball, and large grassy field that is ideal for soccer, flag football, or ultimate Frisbee.

American Additional Area Improvements Public Meeting - October 11, 2016

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Amvet Village Park

1560 Vendome Dr. South
Columbus, OH 43219
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Amvet Village Park is primarily a wetland-type park, with an overlook. The area does include parking, and the neighboring  Brentnell Community Center  is just a short drive south of this park.

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Anheuser Busch Sports Park

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4990 Olentangy River Rd. 
Columbus, OH 43214
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The Anheuser Busch Sports park is is a 56.70 acre green-space that includes eight regulation ball diamonds. With ample parking, this sports park acts as a host to many local and national tournaments. Additionally, you can also find the  Bill McDonald Athletic Complex  on the North side of this park, which can help your event to stay out of the heat or cold.

If you have a sporting event planned at this location, and need additional information, please see the phone numbers below:  

Adult Sports: (614) 645-3366
Rain Line: (614) 645-7246

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Antrim Park

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5800 Olentangy River Rd.
Columbus, OH 43085
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Antrim is a nearly 120 acre park surrounded by a quarried lake and the Olentangy Greenway Trail , great for running, walking, biking or skating. Antrim Park is a popular place for fishing, which can be done off the banks or from the large accessible dock. The lake is stocked once a year with Rainbow Trout by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. No boats or swimming are permitted in the lake however. Antrim Park was acquired in 1970 as a gift from the Antrim family and dedicated to John C. Antrim.  Mr. Antrim was the owner of the Olentangy Corporation that quarried the property.

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Argus Park

1542 Argus Rd.
Columbus, OH 43227
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Argus is a 1.72 acre (mowed) has open lot park. This community park provides facilities for child and family friendly activities.

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Audubon Park

2770 Audubon Rd. 
Columbus, OH 43211
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Audubon Park contains athletic fields, a basketball court, picnicking areas, a playground and a non-reservable shelterhouse.

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Avalon Park

633 N. Nelson Rd.
Columbus, OH 43219
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Avalon is a 1.95 acre (mowed) neighborhood park. This community park provides facilities for child and family friendly activities.

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Barnett Park

1184 Barnett Rd.
Columbus, OH 43227
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This community park provides facilities for child and family friendly activities.

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Battelle Riverfront Park

25 Marconi Blvd.
Columbus, OH 43215
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Battelle Riverfront Park, named in honor of Ohio industrialist Gordon Battelle and funded through the Battelle Memorial Institute, is located on the eastern bank of the Scioto River, across the street from City Hall.  The park is home to numerous monuments and memorials, including:

 

City of Columbus Firefighters Memorial - Erected in 1958, the eternal flame atop Greek columns honors firefighters who died in the line of duty. 

 

Freedom - This sculpture was a gift to the City of Columbus from renowned artist Alfred Tibor in 1985.  A Holocaust survivor and Columbus resident, Tibor created the sculpture in appreciation of the freedoms and opportunities afforded him after immigrating to the United States in 1957.

 

James W. Barney Pickaweekee Story Grove - Amid the trees, whimsical bronze statues by internationally-renowned sculptor Jack Greaves illustrate the story of Pickaweekee, a Native American boy from a Scioto Valley tribe who embarks on a mythical journey of discovery.  Donor plaques line the sidewalk along the grove.
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Spanish American War Memorial - Presented by the National Auxiliary United Spanish War Veterans in 1937.

 

Their Spirits Circle the Earth - Designed by the children of Columbus, this memorial honors the courage and pioneering spirit of the seven astronauts who perished aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger on January 28, 1986.

 

To Honor the Immigrants - This sculpture by Gary Ross was commissioned by the Columbus Italian Club in 1992.

 

Workers Memorial - A joint effort of the Columbus-Franklin County AFL-CIO, the Buckeye Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects and the City of Columbus, Workers Memorial honors Franklin County workers who have died on the job since 1992.

 

Following an extensive renovation in 2015 as part of the larger Scioto Greenways project, the park now features expanded multi-purpose trails and river access for small, hand-powered watercraft.

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Beatty Park

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247 N. Ohio Ave.
Columbus, OH 43203
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This community park provides facilities (including an outdoor fitness facility) for child and family friendly activities.

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Beechcroft Park

5950 Beechcroft Rd.
Columbus, OH 43229
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This community park provides facilities for child and family friendly activities.

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Beechwold Park

31 W. Beechwold Blvd.
Columbus, OH 43214
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Beechwold Park provides facilities for child and family friendly activities. 8.75 acre (mowed) open lot park.

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Berliner Sports Park

 

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325 Greenlawn Ave.
Columbus, OH 43223
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This athletic park is currently the nation's largest softball complex with both open fields for the public and reserved fields for organized leagues. Many flag football leagues also use the Berliner Sports Complex's multiple football fields to play. All athletes are welcome to enjoy one of the many courts, fields or cages. Berliner Sports Complex also has a lot to offer those who do not participate in the sporting events. There is a pavilion area available for picnicking, trails for walking and a playground for children.

If you have a sporting event planned at this location, and need additional information, please see the phone numbers below:

Adult Sports: (614) 645-3366
Rain Line: (614) 645-7246

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Berwick Park

2975 Wessex Ct.
Columbus, OH 43227
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Berwick Park provides facilities for child and family friendly activities. 4.30 acre (mowed) open lot park.

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Bicentennial Park

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233 Civic Center Dr.
Columbus, OH 43215
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Historically, one of Columbus' most popular parks, Bicentennial Park has been transformed to a downtown destination with the addition of a one-of-kind fountain, park restaurant and eye-catching performance pavilion. From flower gardens to fountain play and concerts to culinary delights, the park offers something for everyone.

Promenade

The Promenade, a grand boulevard that stretches along Civic Center Drive from Broad Street to Rich Street, connects Battelle Riverfront Park with the John W. Galbreath Bicentennial Park. The Promenade features a stone colonnade with swings, gardens, water canals and table seating for a game of chess or dominoes. Lined with trees and seasonal flowers, the stone-paved pedestrian walk provides a canopy of shade during hot summer days.

The Huntington Plaza fountains, in the center of the promenade, feature unique bronze fish playfully spouting water. The Town Street Prow, located at the site of the former Town Street Bridge, provides a scenic overlook of the Scioto River. Free Wi-Fi service, provided by Time Warner Cable, is available along the Promenade and throughout the Scioto Mile.

Scioto Mile Fountain presented by the American Electric Power Foundation

The American Electric Power Foundation Fountain is the centerpiece of Bicentennial Park. The stunning 15,000 square-foot fountain has more than 1,000 jets of water that take on a multitude of forms and shapes. The fountain has interactive features with access for children of all ages, as well as a 75-foot towering jet of water. At night the fountain experience is enhanced by unique lighting and fog effects that form a backdrop for artistic light projections. Fountain shows will take place daily throughout the summer.

The Fountain within Bicentennial Park is now closed for season. We'll see you in 2017!

Fountain Rules

  • Children under 8-years-old must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
  • Pets are not permitted in any of the fountains at any time.
  • Children not potty-trained must wear swim diapers in the fountains.
  • Please walk and do not run.
  • Fountain water is re-circulated, so please avoid getting water in your mouth.
  • Please stay out of the fountain if you are ill.
  • Diaper changing permitted only in the public restrooms.
  • Please wash hands after using the restroom or changing a diaper.

Milestone 229 Park Restaurant

Overlooking the park is a state-of-the-art, glass-enclosed restaurant with a covered outdoor dining terrace. Offering panoramic views of the fountain and riverfront, the restaurant is open daily for lunch and dinner. An architectural icon along the riverfront, the building design includes roof-top solar panels to help power the fountain and restaurant. Popular downtown restaurant operator, Columbus Brewing Company, will bring a new dining concept to the park. Official Website

Bicentennial Park Pavilion

Designed to enhance downtown arts and cultural experiences, Bicentennial Park is home to a brand new performance pavilion. The venue will host free music, dance and theatrical performances presented by the Recreation and Parks Department, as well as offer rental opportunities for other community events.

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Big Run Park

4201 Clime Rd.
Columbus, OH 43228
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The Big Run Park is one of the largest parks in our system that is heavily wooded and contains wetlands. The Big Run Park holds soap box derby events on one of the few non-roadway derby hills in the country.

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Big Walnut Park

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5000 E. Livingston Ave.
Columbus, OH 43227
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Blackburn Park

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263 Carpenter St. 
Columbus, OH 43205
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This community park provides facilities for child and family friendly activities. Parking lot access and entrance from 18th Street.

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Brandywine Park

2901 Chimney Point Dr.
Columbus, OH 43231
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Brandywine Park provides facilities for child and family friendly activities. 0.63 acre (mowed) open lot park.

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Brentnell Park

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1280 Brentnell Ave.
Columbus, OH 43219
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This community park provides facilities for child and family friendly activities.

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Brevoort Park

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3545 Indianola Ave.
Columbus, OH 43214
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This community park provides facilities for child and family friendly activities, as well as playground equipment.

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Brookside Woods Park

2227 Aspenwood Ln.
Columbus, OH 43235
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This community park provides facilities for child and family friendly activities.

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Canini Park

3940 Bexvie Ave
Columbus, OH 43227
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This community park provides facilities for child and family friendly activities.

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Carriage Place Park

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4900 Sawmill Rd.
Columbus, OH 43235
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This community park provides facilities for child and family friendly activities.

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Cassady Park

741 Parkview Blvd.
Columbus, OH 43219
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This community park provides facilities for child and family friendly activities.

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Casto Park

5550 Westerville Rd.
Westerville, OH 43081
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This community park provides facilities for child and family friendly activities.

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Cedar Run Park

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651 Cedar Run Dr.
Blacklick, OH 43004
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Cedar Run Park is a neighborhood park located within the community of Cedar Run in Blacklick, OH. This park was built in 2013, and features an open air shelterhouse, plenty of green space and playground equipment.

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Chaseland Park

959 E. Lincoln Ave.
Columbus, OH 43229
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This community park provides facilities for child and family friendly activities.

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Cherry Bottom Park (South)

4343 Appian Way Rd.
Columbus, OH 43230
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This community park provides facilities for child and family friendly activities.

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City Gate Park

3100 Baylor Ave.
Columbus, OH 43219
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This community park provides facilities for child and family friendly activities.

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Clinton-Como Park

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301 W. Pacemont Rd.
Columbus, OH 43202
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The recently renovated Clinton-Como Park (19.50 acres) borders the East bank of the Olentangy River, just South of North Broadway Ave. The park, which has two sections, (north and south) contains a section of the Olentangy Greenway Trail  running along the river. A bridge over the river at the South end of the park allows bikers and walkers to cross over into The Ohio State University wetlands area, and to continue South on the trail to downtown Columbus. Parking is provided in a small lot in north section, accessed from West end of Lakeview Ave. Additionally, this park features an updated shelter, half-court basketball/ Pickle Ball court and playground.

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Clintonville Park

2730 N. High St.
Columbus, OH 43214
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The Clintonville Park is a "portal" mini-park at the South entrance of Clintonville and the north entrance to the University District (Old North Columbus). It is located at NE corner of N. High St. and Arcadia Ave. The shady areas with benches and picnic tables are enjoyed by patrons of nearby restaurants and bus stops. This park is open from sunrise to sunset.

A sign faces High St. welcoming drivers and pedestrians to Clintonville. The park was constructed in 1982, and has received the cities "Beautiful Award" from the Columbus Visitor & Convention Bureau in 1982. 

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Cody Park

106 Brehl Ave.
Columbus, OH 43222
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Cody (.29 acre) is a (mowed) neighborhood park that features a playground with benches.

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Conner Park

3257 Williams Rd.
Columbus, OH 43207
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Conner Park is within Madison Mills Park. (same address)This 16 acre park has trail access to the Three Creeks Park. The park also contains a pond.

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Cooke Park

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3911 Dresden Ave.
Columbus, OH 43224
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This community park provides facilities for child and family friendly activities.

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Cooper Park

5740 Cooper Rd.
Westerville, OH 43081
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Cooper Park is a large, (35.89 acre) area that includes a basketball court, playground equipment and athletic fields.  In fact, the athletic fields are leased to out to the Central Ohio Soccer Association for use on an annual basis.

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Crawford Farms Park

351 Grandlin Park Dr.
Blacklick, OH 43004
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Crawford Farms Park is located in the suburb of Blacklick. This neighborhood park is 3.60 acres and includes playground equipment and large open spaces. 

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Cremeans Park

3146 Maize Rd.
Columbus, OH 43224
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Cremeans Park, (formerly Pontiac Village Park) was renamed in August of 2005 in honor of lifelong resident Jerry W. Cremeans Sr. Mr. Cremeans was the co-founder of the Northern Independent Athletic Association (NIAA), and served as a mentor and coach of the youth in the area for many years.

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Deaf School Park (Topiary Garden)

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480 E. Town St.
Columbus, OH 43215
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Situated in downtown Discovery District, the Topiary Garden Park sits on the remnants of the Old Deaf School Park.  Though it has become affectionately known as the Topiary Garden Park, the park land actually dates back to the early 19th century, when it was a dormitory and campus for the adjacent Deaf School.  Today, the Topiary Garden in Old Deaf School Park is the only public park of its kind, not only in Ohio, but in the world as well. The garden is a living recreation of Georges Seurat's famous post-Impressionist painting, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of LaGrande Jatte. 

The idea for the topiary garden was conceived and sculpted in 1989 by Columbus artist James T. Mason and his wife Elaine, also an artist.  The pond is meant to represent the River Seine was installed in late 1989, as were the artificial hills.  In the years since its creation, the Topiary Garden has appeared in a multitude of magazines, periodicals, books, and documentaries including Life, National Geographic, The Wall Street Journal, and programs aired on the BBC.

The Topiary Garden Park is open daily from dawn until dusk, and admission is free to all visitors.  April through November is the recommended time for viewing the garden, as the park is blooming in full. Don't forget to stop at the point of "As He Saw It," the marked location that represents how Seurat saw the scene as he was painting it.

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Deshler Park

1368 E. Deshler Ave.
Columbus, OH 43206
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This community park provides facilities for child and family friendly activities.

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Devonshire Park

6324 Ambleside Dr.
Columbus, OH 43229
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Devonshire is a (5.69 acre) neighborhood park, that includes playground equipment and picnicking areas.

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Dexter Falls Park

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5091 Dexter Falls Rd.
Columbus, OH 43221
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Dexter Falls is a (10.10 acre) neighborhood park located on the cusp of the Hilliard suburb very near Dublin. The park includes a basketball court, playground equipment and an ample walking trail.  

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Dodge Park

667 Sullivant Ave.
Columbus, OH 43215
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This community park provides facilities for child and family friendly activities.

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Dodge Skate Park

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667 Sullivant Ave.
Columbus, OH 43215
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Located in central Columbus, Dodge Skate Park is sixteen acres of extreme outdoor fun.  Designed by Frank Hawk, father to famous skateboarder Tony Hawk, the park has three different drop-in bowls and a snake run.  Needless to say, there is never a dull moment at this park. 

The three all concrete bowls are different sizes, 3 feet deep, 4 feet deep, and 6 feet deep.  The 4 foot bowl can function as a half-pipe, while the 6 foot bowl has intense "verte".   

BMX, skateboarders, and rollerbladers are welcome to the park.  Dodge Skate Park is free to the public, but is unsupervised ( SKATE AT YOUR OWN RISK ).   

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Driving Park

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1100 Rhoads Ave.
Columbus, OH 43206
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This community park provides facilities for child and family friendly activities.

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Duranceau Park

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3100 Thoburn Rd.
Columbus, OH 43221
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Duranceau is a (17 acre) park located on the cusp of the Hilliard suburb very near Dublin. (Westside of the Scioto River, close to Griggs Dam.) The park includes a picnicking areas, playground equipment and a shelterhouse.

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Easthaven Park

2360 Garnet Pl. 
Columbus, OH 43232
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Easthaven is a (5.31 acre) neighborhood park just north of Refugee Rd on the cities near East side.

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Elk Run Park

3600 Hendron Rd.
Columbus, OH 43125
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Elk Run is a  (30.69 acre) neighborhood park that runs along Big Walnut Creek.

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English Park

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1277 Bryden Rd.
Columbus, OH 43205
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English Park is home to the Kwanzaa Playground. The Kwanzaa playground was developed in 1995 as a joint effort between the community and the City of Columbus. Seven local artists and sculptors contributed the design and construction. The park is designed in the shape of a human which represents a first ancestor. The park focuses on positive African-American images based around the concept that "It takes a whole village to raise a child." The park is also know in the community as the Children's Africentric Playground. The park was renovated in 2014 with new play equipment and art restoration as well as a new portal by artist Queen Brooks.

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Fairwood Park

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1372 Fairwood Ave.
Columbus, OH 43206
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Fairwood is a (26.54 acre) passive park that contains a large amount of mature trees and a walking trail. This park also includes an outdoor fitness facility.

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Flint Park

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8008 Flint Rd.
Columbus, OH 43235
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Flint is a (6.27 acre) neighborhood park located in the suburb of Worthington. A new playground is slated to be installed by Spring 2016. 

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Forest Park East Park

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1711 Penworth Dr.
Columbus, OH 43229
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This community park provides facilities for child and family friendly activities.

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Frank Fetch Memorial Park

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228 E. Beck St.
Columbus, OH 43206
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This small floral park located in German Village was designed to resemble one of the "Social Gartens of Munich". Formerly known as Beck Square and was renamed in 1985 in recognition of Frank Fetch "The Father of German Village." 

The stylistic design of the park was meant to resemble that of a German "bier garten" with red brick and wrought-iron throughout the park. With a variety of blooming plantlife, Frank Fetch Park is a great resource for gardeners and a beautiful site to relax. 

Today, the park is maintained by the German Village Garten Club, The German Village Society , and Friend's of Frank Fetch Park. These organizations have helped make this park an enjoyable area to dine, read, walk, or learn about the flora. 


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Beautiful floral displays, benches and picnic tables, flower planters, gas lamps, brick walkways, wrought-iron fences and a pergola.

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Franklin Park

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1755 E. Broad St.
Columbus, OH 43203
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Located just east of downtown Columbus, Franklin Park is the place for year round fun in Central Ohio.  The 100 acre shared park is a popular destination for community events and provides a tranquil and beautiful site for a wedding ceremony.  The park is also home to the  Franklin Park Conservatory , which is a cherished gem of the city and is run by Joint Recreational District/Conservatory.  During the winter months visitors come to the park to view the snow-capped trees, and to warm up inside the lush environments of the conservatory. 

NOTICE: Franklin Park Cascades are not functioning properly and are currently under study for repair/renovation. We apologize for any inconvenience while we search for solutions to these issues. (6/2016)

History
In 1852, an eight acre county fairground - The Franklin County Agricultural Society Grounds, opened on what was to become Franklin Park.  Fairs were held here for 30 years as the grounds were expanded to 100 acres.  Urbanization of surrounding lands forced the County to abandon the land in 1884 and establish new fairgrounds at a more remote site.  The Ohio General Assembly passed a resolution in 1885 that permitted use of the land as a public park to be administered by the City of Columbus. 

In 1894, the City of Columbus commissioned a local architect, J.M. Freese, to design a facility to be built in the park similar to a mammoth glass palace featured at the 1883 Columbian Exposition in Chicago.  The Chicago "glass palace" was inspired by London's Crystal Palace built in 1850.  In 1895 the Franklin Park Conservatory was built (Nat. registry of Historic Places 1974).  The Conservatory housed zoo animals for many years until 1925 when the zoo changed its location to the O'Shaughnessy Reservoir.  Ameriflora, an international horticultural exhibition was held in the park in 1992 as part of the Columbus Quincentennial; the exhibition cost $95 million to produce and attracted 5.5 million visitors.  Some features from Ameriflora still remain in the park, including the lake with a fountain and waterfalls, floral gardens and a sculpture near the conservatory, walkways, and conservatory expansions.  After Ameriflora, a Joint Recreational Conservatory District formed - 27.96 acres within the park to contain the Conservatory and the surrounding gardens.  In 2009, a vast community garden area in the SE corner of the park opened that will allow food and gardening classes for all ages.

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Franks Park

3003 Frazell Rd.
Hilliard, OH 43026
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Franks is a (54.38 acre) park that borders the Clover Groff Preserve. This park lies on the outskirts of Franklin County to the West.

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Freedom Park

5757 Westdale Park
Galloway, OH 43119
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Freedom is a (8 acre) neighborhood park located near the suburb of Galloway. The park was formerly known as Hall-Norton Park.

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Galloway Ridge Park

207 Ridgeland Dr.
Galloway, OH 43119
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Galloway Ridge is a (4.33 acre) neighborhood park located in the heart of the westside suburb of Galloway.

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Genoa Park

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303 W. Broad St. 
Columbus, OH 43215
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Genoa Park is located on the western bank of the Scioto River between Rich Street and Broad Street. The park is named after the Italian city of Genoa – one of Columbus’ ten international sister cities and the birthplace of city’s namesake Christopher Columbus.

Park features include:

Riverfront Amphitheater - With stunning views of the downtown skyline, the amphitheater attracts thousands of visitors for concerts and events each year.

Genoa Park Lighting - This dynamic LED lighting feature is installed within the steps and seating area of the Riverfront Amphitheater and programmed to display a variety of multi-colored designs throughout the year.
Columbus Police Memorial | This monument bears the names of Columbus Police Officers who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to the public. (UPDATE: 5/6/2016 - As of April 28, 2016 the Genoa Park amphitheater lighting has been turned off due to a sizable failure rate on some of the light fixtures. Replacement of all fixtures is required due to manufacturer defect. Contractors are planning to begin replacing all fixtures on May 23, and assuming there are no issues, plan to turn over operation back to the Recreation and Parks Department on May 27.)

Lucas Sullivant Statue - Erected in 2000, the statue was commissioned by the Franklinton Historical Society and created by local artist Michael Foley.  Lucas Sullivant was a surveyor and early American frontiersman who founded Franklinton in 1797.  Named in honor of Benjamin Franklin, Franklinton is Columbus’ oldest neighborhood and was the first settlement in the Scioto Valley north of Chillicothe.

Scioto Lounge Deer Sculptures - Genoa Park is home to two whimsical bronze sculptures of “humanized” deer (a third sculpture in this series is located on the Rich Street Bridge).  Country music singer and acclaimed visual artist Terry Allen came up with the concept after visiting the city and learning that the Scioto River takes its name from the Shawnee Indian word for “hairy water.”  According to local legend, when the Shawnee first migrated to Scioto River valley from the Carolinas, they found deer hair floating in the river.

Genoa Park Fountains - Located at the top of the Riverfront Amphitheater, the fountains are comprised of 24 bronze basins housed in 12 stone pedestals along Washington Boulevard.

Adjacent to Genoa Park and across the street from the Riverfront Amphitheater is the Center of Science and Industry (COSI) – a dynamic hands-on science museum and one of downtown Columbus’ most popular attractions.  During COSI’s 1999 move to the riverfront’s west side, the historic façade of the old Central High School (built in 1924) was preserved and incorporated into Arata Isozaki’s architectural design for the museum’s new facility.

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Georgian Heights Park

784 Georgian Dr.
Columbus, OH 43228
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Georgian Heights is a (10.70 acre) neighborhood park located on the cities southwest side.

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Glen Echo Park

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510 Cliffside Dr.
Columbus, OH 43202
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This park is one of several ravine parks in Clintonville and University Area. It runs from the north end of Fourth St., southwest to Indianola Ave. Steep wooded banks drop to a meandering creek. The banks of the creek have been recently naturalized with sloping edges and plantings of native plant material. A walkway runs through the park along the creek.

Pedestrians may access the park on stairs from Cliffside Dr., or on service road at Fourth St. You may also walk into park from south end from the dead-end of Glen Echo Ave. under the Indianola Ave bridge. It is great park for bird watching, leisurely, quiet strolls and picnicking, far away from from the street noise above.

Clintonville History: Glen Echo Park was initially dedicated to the City of Columbus, Ohio, "for public park purposes forever."  by the Columbus Real estate and Improvement Co. by Plat dated June 24, 1912.

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Glenview Park

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1 Glenview Blvd.
Columbus, OH 43204
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Glenview is a (3.71 acre) park that allows access to the Sullivant Trace boardwalk. This path connects to Holton-Rhodes Park. 

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Glenwood Park

1888 Fairmont Ave.
Columbus, OH 43223
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History of Glenwood Park

  • The park was private property until 1911, when it was purchased by The Society for the Prevention and Cure of Tuberculosis  as a site for an "open air" school. Protests by the people of that section led to its purchase by the city, and thus its conversion into Glenwood Park the following year. (History of City of Columbus by Osman C. Hooper, 1921)
  • On May 11, 1914 the ordinance 28024 was set in place to provide for issuance of bonds to pay for the expense associated with the erection of the new recreation center building. Within that same calendar year, (December 1, 1914 and April 1, 1915) both $15,000 and $10,000 park bonds were issued.
  • On July 14, 1914  the cornerstone laying ceremony took place at the new $25,000 Glenwood Park recreation center and shelterhouse.
  • On December 14, 1916 the Glenwood Park recreation center and shelterhouse was officially opened and dedicated to the public.
  • Some years later, 1972 to be specific, the community pool was put in place.
  • On July 4, 1992 the M.E. "Jack" Sensenbrenner landmark sculpture was unveiled. This sculpture was erected to honor the former Mayor of Columbus. It was erected in the park by Greater Hilltop Community Development Corporation  and The Hilltop '92 Celebration Commission . The statue proudly stands on a hill that faces downtown Columbus.

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Glick Park (O'Shaughnessy Dam Overlook)

1 Glick Rd.
Dublin, OH 43065
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This community park provides facilities for child and family friendly activities.

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Godown Road Park

6099 Godown Rd.
Columbus, OH 43085
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Godown Road Park is a family friendly park, which is also combined with a dog park.

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Goodale Park

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120 W. Goodale St.
Columbus, OH 43215
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Goodale Park is surrounded by Victorian Village, a cluster of homes with charming architectural features. It is the oldest park in Columbus and among the oldest in the United States.

Although Goodale Park contains an expansive playground and tennis courts, the park's main attraction is its view of the Columbus skyline and the serenity offered alongside a scenic pond and the charm of the gazebo and of its historic park shelter. A walk through Goodale Park is a refreshing experience. 

The Friends of Goodale Park, a volunteer group that works to improve the park conducted a tree inventory of the park. The park boasts a very impressive tree collection, in terms of numbers, 650+ trees, and species represented, 169, not including various cultivars. The inventory took more than 2 years to complete, but was well worth the effort and the Friends are happy to share the knowledge of the jewels of the park with others. 

History
Dr. Lincoln Goodale, prominent and charitable pioneer, and the community's first physician in his later years. He died May 1, 1868. He donated the 40 acre site July 14, 1851 to be forever kept as a public park or pleasure resort for the inhabitants of City. If appropriated for any other use or purpose, park is to revert to heirs of Lincoln Goodale.. A bronze bust of Dr. Goodale was placed in the park in 1888. It was sculpted by J.G.A. Ward. Dr. Lincoln Goodale Monument is listed on National Register of Historic Places.

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Granville Park

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5468 Aqua St.
Columbus, OH 43229
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This community park provides facilities for child and family friendly activities, as well as playground equipment.

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Greene Countrie Park

460 Branding Iron Dr. 
Galloway, OH 43119
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This community park provides facilities for child and family friendly activities.

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Griggs Reservoir Park

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2933 Riverside Dr.
Columbus, OH 43221
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Griggs Reservoir Park runs from the dam to the North down to Lane Ave. on the East side of reservoir. The park offers both bike and driving trails (about 2.25 miles) along the river. The boat launch area is just South of Fishinger Rd. bridge. While Griggs Reservoir Park contains nature preserves, boating, and a disc golf course , this park is ideal for sunbathers, hikers, athletes, picnickers and children. Parking areas and picnic tables are located throughout park with several access points from Riverside Drive. 

The dam was dedicated in 1905, named in honor of Julian Griggs, who was chief engineer for the City of Columbus for many years. Mr. Griggs died in 1922. 

Griggs Reservoir Boating Limitations

  • Unlimited Horsepower Permitted
  • 40 MPH Zone
  • Minimum Boat Length - 8 Ft.
  • Maximum Boat Length - 22 Ft.
  • No Personal Watercraft or Tubing Permitted
  • No Sailing

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Hamilton and Spring Portal Park

713 E. Spring St.
Columbus, OH 43203

A "Portal Park" to the Mt. Vernon Area, built in 1998. Contains lawn with trees, plants and flowers, brick walks, benches, park sign. Pedestrian access only.

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Hanford Village Park

800 Alum Creek Dr.
Columbus, OH 43205
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This community park provides facilities for child and family friendly activities.

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Hard Road Park

1250 Hard Rd.
Columbus, OH 43235
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This community park provides facilities for child and family friendly activities.

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Harrison Park

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995 Harrison Park Pl.
Columbus, OH 43201
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This community park provides facilities for child and family friendly activities.

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Harrison Smith Park

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2646 Gatewood Rd.
Columbus, OH 43219
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Harrison Smith Park (formally known as Somerset Park) is a (20 acre) neighborhood park that holds a beautiful wooded wetland. One can enjoy the wetlands by using the constructed boardwalk system throughout. Additionally, this park contains an outdoor fitness facility.

Update: A large amount of vandalism performed within the park recently. Nearly 100 to 150’ of the wooden boardwalk has been burnt to the ground. The vandalism took place on November 12th or 13th. There is an onsite meeting scheduled for mid-December (2015) to discuss the next steps.

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Harrison West Park

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447 W. 4th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43201
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Improvement coming your way! Much appreciation to HarrisonWest.org for this great article regarding upcoming park improvements! (9/2/2015)

Harrison West is a (.35 acre) small corner park that includes a playground, benches, pincnic tables, walkways, fencing, and plants.

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Hauntz Park

480 Columbian Ave. 
Columbus, OH 43223
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This community park provides facilities for child and family friendly activities.

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Hayden Falls Park

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4326 Hayden Run Rd.
Dublin, OH 43017
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Hayden Falls Park is located on the West side of the Scioto River, just along Hayden Run Road, West of Griggs Reservoir bridge. A boardwalk, steps and an overlook were constructed in 2006 to aid in accessibility of the community viewers, but as to protect the natural ecosystem as well. There are a few picnic tables are on upper level and a small parking lot is also available. This park includes a unique gorge habitat that only occurs along the western shore of the Scioto River. This ecosystem is home to a beautiful 35-foot waterfall and also rare and endangered plants.

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Hayden Park

900 N. Nelson Rd.
Columbus, OH 43219

This community park provides facilities for child and family friendly activities.

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Haydens Crossing Park

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5330 Winters Run Rd. 

Dublin, OH 43016
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Haydens Crossing Park is a neighborhood park located within the community of Haydens Crossing in Dublin, OH. This park was established in 2014, and features an open air shelterhouse, plenty of green space and playground equipment.

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Heer Park

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125 Williams Rd. 
Columbus, OH 43207
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Heer is a (8.91 acre) park that was named in memory of Walter Heer who passed in 1983. Mr. Heer was a prominent South side resident and community activist. Heer Park park is very unique in that it features Columbus' largest dirt BMX track, which is currently being leased to the Central Ohio Bicycle Association Inc. (COBRA)

UPDATE: A track rebuild ,and park updates, have been planned for Heer Park. Visit the C.O.M.B.O. website above for additional details.

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Hellbranch Park

150 Alton Rd.
Galloway, OH 43119

This community park provides facilities for child and family friendly activities.

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Helsel Park

3205 S. Hamilton Rd.
Columbus, OH 43232
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This community park provides facilities for child and family friendly activities.

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Highbluffs Park

8200 N. High St.
Columbus, OH 43235

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This community park provides facilities for child and family friendly activities. 

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Hilliard Green Park

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4915 Dori Park Dr.
Hilliard, OH 43026
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Hilliard Green is a (16.89 acre) neighborhood park, located just east or Hilliard-Rome Rd within the suburb of Hilliard.

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Hilltonia Park

2345 W. Mound St.
Columbus, OH 43204
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This community park provides facilities for child and family friendly activities.

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Holton Park

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303 N. Eureka Ave.
Columbus, OH 43204
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This community park provides facilities for child and family friendly activities.

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Hoover Reservoir Park

 

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7701 Sunbury Rd.
Westerville, OH 43081
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The Hoover Reservoir Park (area) offers over 4,700 acres of peaceful and serene landscape just North of Columbus. The park and lake provide guests with a range of recreational activities from picnicking, hiking, boating and fishing. For the bird watching enthusiasts, the park offers a wide variety of bird types ranging from common to rare. This includes frequent sightings of the American Bald Eagle throughout the year. The reservoir is an important feature for tourism, but also for the water it provides to the city of Columbus. 

1/11/2016 - The boardwalk at Hoover Reservoir near Galena was closed last year due to ice damage and high water levels delayed the repairs. We are proud to report that the boardwalk has been fully repaired and will be able to withstand any further ice damage and will continue to allow our residents to enjoy bird-watching and serene landscape for years to come!

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Huy Road Park

1545 Huy Rd.  
Columbus, OH 43224
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This community park provides facilities for child and family friendly activities.

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Independence Village Park

3075 Arrowsmith Dr.
Reynoldsburg, OH 43068
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This community park provides facilities for child and family friendly activities.

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Indian Mound Park

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3901 Parsons Ave.
Columbus, OH 43207
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This community park provides facilities (including an outdoor fitness facility) for child and family friendly activities.

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Indianola Park

1501 Indianola Ave.
Columbus, OH 43201
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Indianola is a (2 acre) neighborhood park located in the cities "Short North." The park sits just southeast of The Ohio State University. 

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Innis Park

3000 Innis Rd.
Columbus, OH 43224
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This community park provides facilities for child and family friendly activities.

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Italian Village Park

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55 E. Hubbard Ave.
Columbus, OH 43215
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Italian Village is a (.8 acre) community park dedicated in memory to the life of Columbus native Carl Proto. The park underwent a significant renovation in 2009. 

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Iuka Park

2057 Iuka Ave.
Columbus, OH 43201
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Iuka (4 acres) is one of city's oldest park areas, having been platted to the city as a "park" in 1892. Iuka Park runs north of Iuka Ave from Fourth Street to Indianola Avenue. The park is consistantly mowed, and contains many trees and offers picnic tables and benches.

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Jefferson Woods Park

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8473 Old Ivory Way
Blacklick, OH 43004
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Jefferson is a neighborhood park, located within the suburb of Blacklick.

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Jeffrey Scioto Park

9300 State Route 745
Dublin, OH 43065

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This community park provides facilities for child and family friendly activities. 

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Joan Park

1927 Myrtle Ave.
Columbus, OH 43211
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Joan is a (3.63 acre) neighborhood park surrounded by residential lots. Pedestestrian access to the park from Myrtle Ave, Delbert Rd, and Taylor Ave. The park was dedicated to the city "for public use" in 1941. "Joan Park" was name of the park on original plot.

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Karns Park

1295 S. Champion Ave.
Columbus, OH 43206
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Karns is a (2.12 acre) neighborhood park named after Frank C. Karns who acted as a Columbus city councilman from 1929 - 1937.

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Keller Park

1083 S. Front St. 
Columbus, OH 43206

Keller is a (mowed) open lot park. The park is a narrow strip of lawn running from Greenlawn Avenue north along the west side of Front Street, above the railroad tracks. Keller Park is also know to some in the community as Front Street Park.

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Kelley Park

1252 Noe-Bixby Rd.
Columbus, OH 43232
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This community park provides facilities for child and family friendly activities.

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Kenlawn Park

1679 E. Brighton Rd.
Columbus, OH 43224
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This community park provides facilities for child and family friendly activities. Additionally, it was renovated in 2014 with an updated playground, shelter and half-court basketball court.

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Kenney Park

5201 Delawanda Ave.
Columbus, OH 43214
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Kenney Park (formally known as Delawanda Park)is located along the Olentangy River at the west end of Graceland Shopping Center. Access to the park is from the parking area west of the new Kroger Market Place. (Located behind large building at west end of center.) Park has well maintained ball diamonds and a soccer field with a large wooded area along the river. 

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Kingsrowe Park

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2850 Petzinger Rd.
Columbus, OH 43227
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Kingsrowe Park is home to the Petzinger Playground. 

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Kirkwood Park

3695 Kirkwood Rd.
Columbus, OH 43227
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Kirkwood (also known as Courtright Park) is simply a mowed only, open lot neighborhood park. This community park provides facilities for child and family friendly activities.

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Kobacker Park

570 Kossuth St.
Columbus, OH 43206
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Kobacker is a (.34 acre) neighborhood, open lot park. This park is open from sunrise to sunset.  

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Kraner Park

1801 Noe-Bixby Rd.
Columbus, OH 43232
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Kraner is a (7.76 acre) park that runs along Big Walnut Creek. The park is used primarily for youth league sporting activities. Kraner offers wooded areas along its creek beds and picnic tables are also provided.

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Krumm Park

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854 Alton Ave. 
Columbus, OH 43219
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Krumm Park is home to the Willam H. Adams Community Center and the state famous Columbus Blue Jackets Playground.

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Lazelle Woods Park

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575 Lazelle Rd.
Westerville, OH 43081
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Constructed in 2001, Lazelle Woods Park provides the neighborhood with recreation facilities including a playground area, picnic shelter, soccer and ball fields. A one mile walking/jogging trail circles this park. A large parking area can be accessed from Lazelle Road.

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Lehman Estates Park

5768 Abraham Dr.
Canal Winchester, OH 43110
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This community park provides facilities for child and family friendly activities, as well as playground equipment.

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Lincoln Park

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580 E. Woodrow Ave.
Columbus, OH 43207
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This community park provides facilities for child and family friendly activities.

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Lindbergh Park

2634 Briggs Rd.
Columbus, OH 43223
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The site for Lindbergh Park was acquired in 1960 and developed in 1967 by the City of Columbus. The park sits adjacent to Lindberg Elementary School,  and across Briggs Road from Briggs High School.

2016 Arbor Day Event
Since 1979, The Columbus Recreation and Parks Department has celebrated Arbor Day and been a part of Tree City USA.  On Friday, April 29, at 11:00am, The Columbus Recreation and Parks Department, Mayor Andrew J. Ginther, Councilmember Page and Columbus Recreation and Parks Commissioners will observe this annual event by planting trees at Lindbergh Park.  Helping with the morning activities, will be the fourth graders from Lindbergh Elementary. 

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Linden Park

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1254 Briarwood Ave.
Columbus, OH 43211
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Linden is a (19.68 acre) neighborhood park that features the Linden Community Center, which serves the surrounding community. This park also includes an outdoor fitness facility.

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Linwood Park

473 Linwood Ave.
Columbus, OH 43205
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Linwood is a half acre "mini-park" that has a paved path with a bench and planters. The park is maintained by the its community.

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Liv Moor Park

3366 E. Deshler Ave.
Columbus, OH 43232

This community park provides facilities for child and family friendly activities. 

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Livingston Park

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760 E. Livingston Ave.
Columbus, OH 43205
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History
The property was purchased by the City of Columbus in 1839 from Matthew King, for a mere $1,125.00. From the time of the purchase through 1850, it was used as a graveyard. The graves were eventually moved to the Greenlawn Cemetery. In 1885 however, the city transformed the site into a park. Livingston Park is the oldest piece of park property in the City of Columbus. (Whereas Goodale Park is the oldest "developed" park.) Additionally, this park features a new trellis and educational signage in the park depicting the culture and history of the Livingston Avenue neighborhood. (Installed in 2012)  

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Lower Scioto Park

301 W. Whittier St.
Columbus, OH 43215
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This park runs along the East bank of the Scioto River from the Main Street Bridge, south to the Greenlawn Dam. This park contains a section of the Scioto Greenway Trail. It is a scenic portion of trail with opportunities for bird watching and views of river. The lower portion of park contains a trailer boat launch, and parking area for small boats.(Area North of the Greenlawn dam to the Main Street dam). Parking for access to bike trail is at the marina area which is accessed from Whittier Street, West of Front St and the railroad tracks.

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Madison Mills Park

3257 Williams Rd.
Columbus, OH 43207
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Madison Mills acts as a branch of the "Three Creeks Parks."

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Maloney Park

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1701 Joyce Ave.
Columbus, OH 43219
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Maloney Park was dedicated after John Maloney, who acted as a City of Columbus councilman in 1987. This park is active with adjacent St. Stephens Community Facility.

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Marion Franklin Park

Marion Franklin Park

2801 Lockbourne Rd.
Columbus, OH 43207
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Marion Franklin is a (24 acre) park that includes a fitness course as its main feature. 

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Martin Luther King Park

240 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Columbus, OH 43203
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Martin Luther King Park is actually located within Mayme Moore Park. It helps make up this historic area associated with the King Arts Complex. 

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Martin Park

950 Wagner St.
Columbus, OH 43206

Martin is a (mowed) open lot park located on the city's near East side.

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Maybury Park

5026 Lindora Dr.
Columbus, OH 43232
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This community park provides facilities for child and family friendly activities.

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Mayme Moore Park

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240 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
Columbus, OH 43203
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The Amos Lynch Plaza is located adjacent to this park and is utilized by The King Arts Center who is leased by The Garfield School. This park is used heavily as a neighborhood park, and an area for community gatherings, activities and celebrations. A pavilion (gazebo) named The Otto Beatty Pavilion, is in honor of Otto Beatty Jr, a local State representative and community activist. The plaza was named after Amos Lynch, local resident active in community.

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Maynard & Summit Park

2327 Summit St. 
Columbus, OH 43201
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This community park provides facilities for child and family friendly activities.

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McCoy Park

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600 Stimmel Rd.
Columbus, OH 43223
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McCoy is a (21.30 acre) park that acts as the home to the Columbus State Cougars baseball team.

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McFerson Commons Park

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218 West St.
Columbus, OH 43215
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McFerson Commons (Park) is also known to many as "Arch Park." This is because the focal point of the park is the entry arch from the Old Union Train Station. This arch was the main portal to the train station that once stood along High St. (Current location of the Columbus Converntion Center.) The Union Train Station was originally designed by Daniel Burnham & Co. in 1893, however this entire train station was demolished in the 1970's, with the exception of this arch which is now seen at the the McFerson Commons Park. This park overlooks Nationwide Arena to the north, and the new North Bank Park to the South. The large open lawn is commonly used for kickball, flag football, and other special events such as the Columbus Jazz & Ribfest. McFerson Commons is dedicated to Dimon R. McFerson, the former chairman and CEO of Nationwide Insurance, who served from 1992-2000.

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McKinley Park

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1453 McKinley Ave.
Columbus, OH 43222
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McKinley is a (6.95 acre) park that was acquired by the City of Columbus in 1929. The site featured temporary war-time housing from 1947 through 1960. (Removed sometime around 1963.) The remainder of park was used as playground for residents during this time, with a wading pool, a basketball hoop, a softball field, and a badminton court. After the war-time housing was removed, the parking for the housing remained. Additional baseball fields were added, along with expanded play area. Unfortunately, the wading pool was removed in 1970's as well. However a stone shelter was constructed in 1970.

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Mifflin Park

2475 Agler Rd. 
Columbus, OH 43230
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This community park provides facilities for child and family friendly activities.

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Millbrook Park

1691 Smith Rd. 
Columbus, OH 43207
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This community park provides facilities for child and family friendly activities.

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Milo Grogan Park

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862 E. 2nd Ave.
Columbus, OH 43201
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This community park is located just behind the newly renovated Milo Grogan Community Center. 

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Mock Park

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2520 Mock Rd. 
Columbus, OH 43219
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This community park features a walking loop, playground equipment, basketball and tennis courts. Additionally, this park acts as home to the Willis Athletic Complex.

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Moeller Park

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281 Hanford St.
Columbus, OH 43206
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Small neighborhood park. This community park provides facilities for child and family friendly activities.

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Nafzger Park

2845 Noe Bixby Rd.
Columbus, OH 43232
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This community park provides facilities for child and family friendly activities. View the full park page for more information on the facilities that this neighborhood park provides.

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Nelson Park

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430 N. Nelson Rd. 
Columbus, OH 43219
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Nelson Park was given to the City of Columbus in 1911 by Anne Eliza, Mary F., Howard B. and Ada Ella W. Nelson, in memory of David Nelson. The park area includes a lot on the North end where a historic house was once erected and removed. Property also includes location of an old mill plaque. Additionally, the parks land stretches north to the old water tank and out to Nelson Road.

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New Beginnings Park

1130 St. Clair Ave.
Columbus, OH 43201

New Beginnings is a (.74 acre) neighborhood mini-park that was erected with the "Urban Infrastructure Development Funds" in 2010.

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Noe Bixby Park

2000 Nathaniel Blvd.
Columbus, OH 43232
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Noe-Bixby is a  (8.79 acre) park that is located just north of neighboring Nafzger Park along Big Walnut Creek.

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North Bank Park

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311 W. Long St.
Columbus, OH 43215
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North Bank Park is located along the Scioto River in downtown Columbus, just North of downtown and in front of the Arena and Pen West Districts. The median strip between Spring and Long Streets is also incorporated into the park. The park provides a site for hosting special events, boating opportunities (dock and river access) and trails for walkers, cyclists, joggers and skaters along the river. These trails connect the park to the Olentangy and Scioto Greenway Trails to the north and Battelle, Avenue of Flags and Bicentennial Parks to the south. 

The park has a large expanse of lawn and a glass pavilion for public rentals.The upper level plaza will include an interactive fountain that will encourage children to play. There is a large patio areafor tables and chairs as well as amphitheater lawn seating facing the river providing views of the river and downtown skyline. Signs are placed throughout the central portion of the park with stories of Columbus history. The stone veneer on the park walls are actual stone from the Ohio Penitentiary that once stood north of the park. Parking (meters) is available along Long and Spring Streets next to park, as well as parking lots and garages in the area. There is convenient and easy access from the Arena District. 

History
Broke ground July 24, 2003. Park dedicated 7/16/2005. Twelve acre park constructed at a cost of $15M. Park is northern anchor for of the Scioto Mile (park). Funding for park came from the state of Ohio's ($8.75M) and city of Columbus ($5M) capital budgets. In addition, AEP donated land for the project. Park is located on site of old pumphouse for the Ohio Penitentiary which was located north of site across Spring Street.

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North East Park

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2505 N. Cassady Ave. 
Columbus, OH 43219
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The North East park is associated with the Howard Community Recreation Center. This community center was renamed January 2004 in honor of Bruce Howard, the former inspirational coach at Brookhaven High School.

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Northcrest Park

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5095 Reed Rd. 
Columbus, OH 43220
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Northcrest is a (18.35 acre) park that contains tennis courts, athletic fields, a playground and baseball diamonds. The baseball diamonds are occasionally used by The Wellington School for practices and games.

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Northern Woods Park

2727 Blendon Woods Blvd.
Columbus, OH 43231
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Northern Woods is a (1.90 acre) wooded park that contains a ravine with a trail.

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Northgate Park

6700 Lisa Marie Rd. 
Columbus, OH 43229
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This community park provides facilities for child and family friendly activities.

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Northmoor Park

3601 Olentangy Blvd.
Columbus, OH 43214
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Northmoor is a (9.30 acre) park that contains a stone revetment and a trail head for a bike path.

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Northtowne Park

4778 Heatherton Dr. 
Columbus, OH 43229
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This community park provides facilities for child and family friendly activities.

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O' Shaughnessy Reservoir Park

10545 Riverside Dr. 
Dublin, OH 43065
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This community park provides facilities for child and family friendly activities.

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Olde Sawmill Park

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2500 Sutter Pkwy. 
Dublin, OH 43016
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Olde Sawmill Park is located in Northwest Columbus, just north of 1-270 off of Sawmill Rd. The park features a playground, paved walking paths, a basketball court, a shelter house, picnic tables, and plenty of open space for outdoor activities. In late 2013, the existing wood Discovery Playground is scheduled to be removed due to age and ongoing maintenance concerns. The installation of a new playground is scheduled for same location in 2014. The new playground has been selected to meet current safety and accessibility standards and will provide a fun and safe place for kids to play for many years to come. The existing north playground, near Saltergate Drive, will remain open throughout the demolition and replacement process.       

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Overbrook Ravine Park

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100 Overbrook Dr.
Columbus, OH 43214
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Overbrook is a (10.8 acre) scenic ravine park that runs along Adena Brook and Overbrook Drive. (Between High St. and Indianola Ave.)

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Palsgrove Park

1415 Kent St. 
Columbus, OH 43205

Palsgrove Park was named after Clarence Palsgrove, who was the first Columbus soldier killed in the Korean War.

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Park of Roses (Whetstone Park)

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3923 N. High St. 
Columbus, OH 43214
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Park of Roses 2016 Fall Press Release

Located in Clintonville, the Park of Roses is one of the most unique and renown parks in the state of Ohio.  In existence since 1953, visiting the park during the Rose Festival has become a time honored tradition for Ohioans statewide. The Columbus Park of Roses is a 13-acre plot in Whetstone Park that showcases 11,000 total roses consisting of more than 350 different types.  In addition to visually stunning roses, the park features many gardens: the Main Rose Garden, the Heritage Garden with turn of the century roses, the Earth-Kind Rose Garden, the Herb Garden, and the Perennial Garden.  Throughout the past 56 years, the Columbus Rose Park has garnered many honors, including being one of 133 All American Rose Selection gardens, selected as one of USA Today's 10 Places to Admire the Bloom on the Rose in 2006, and being one of Columbus' top wedding venues. The park is open daily from dawn until dusk, and admission to all visitors is free.  The best time to view the roses is during their full bloom which begins in mid-June and lasts through mid-September. For more information about seasonal changes in the park, volunteer opportunities and blog topics, visit www.parkofroses.org

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Parkridge Park

3460 Morse Rd.
Columbus, OH 43231
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This community park provides facilities for child and family friendly activities.

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Pingue Park

7300 Oakmeadows Dr.
Columbus, OH 43085
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Pingue is a (5 acre) park located within the suburb of Worthington. The parks name, (Pingue) was derived from the developer Joseph Pingue, who donated half the value of the park.

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Portman Park

7211 Motts Place Rd.
Canal Winchester, OH 43110
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Portman is a 65.21 acre park that was dedicated on May 27, 1988 in honor of Maurey Portman who was a City of Columbus councilman for many years.

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Prestwick Commons Park

9100 Misty Dawn Dr.
Columbus, OH 43240
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Prestwick is a (5.06 acre) neighborhood park located north of the 270 outer belt, near the Polaris area.

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Pride Park

2511 Cleveland Ave.
Columbus, OH 43211

This community park provides facilities for child and family friendly activities.

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Pump House Park

2081 E. Main St.
Columbus, OH 43205
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This park was formerly named "Main Alum Park," and is currently maintained by City of Bexley. It is the site of a water pumping station for City of Columbus. Once the site of the Norwood Amusement Park, which was a small amusement park that once graced the West bank of Alum Creek along East Main St. The park may be the last amusement park to be lost from the Columbus area, ending in the late 1950's.

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Pumphrey Park

1417 E. Brighton Rd.
Columbus, OH 43224
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Pumphrey is a (.69 acre) neighborhood park. The land for the park was donated by the Pumphrey family of Columbus.

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Redick Park

1301 N. Hague Ave.
Columbus, OH 43204
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Redick is a 24 acre park. Half of the land was donated by Columbus native Ruth E. Redick. The park is open from sunrise to sunset.

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Reynolds Crossing Park

1 Reynolds Crossing Drive
Blacklick, OH 43004
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This community park provides facilities for child and family friendly activities.

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Rhodes Park

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1900 W. Broad St. 
Columbus, OH 43223
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Leased from the State of Ohio, this park was named after Mayor and Governor James A. Rhodes.  This large park contains ball fields,  a quarter mile (cinder) walking & jogging track, parking, open air shelterhouse, picnic tables, playground and playing field for people with disabilities. The "ADA Sports Pad" was renamed in 2008 in honor of Ken Campbell.  This ADA Sports Pad was developed in 1999 was the first of its kind in the Midwest and used since as the template throughout the country.

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Richter Worker's Memorial Park

73 W. Long St.
Columbus, OH 43215
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As of March, 2014 the Richter Worker's Memorial Park is closed due to the Scioto Greenways construction project. 

The Richter Worker's Memorial Park (.27 acres) was named after Harry E. Richter, who was a long time member of Recreation and Parks Commission. The mini-park contains a walkway, benches, flowers, and memorial wall with plaque for Mr. Richter. The park was dedicated on May 13, 2000 to the lives and in the memory of our brothers and sisters in Franklin County who became victims of workplace injuries and disease.

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Rickenbacker Park

679 W. Spring St. 
Columbus, OH 43215

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Rickenbacker Park is an area leased to "The Boat House" Restaurant. 

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Riverbend Park

1609 Bluhm Rd. 
Columbus, OH 43223
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Riverbend is a (4.55 acre) wooded neighborhood park. This park is located in far Southwest Columbus.

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Riverside Green Park

6650 Canaan Circle
Columbus, OH 43017
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This community park provides facilities for child and family friendly activities.

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Riverway Kiwanis Park

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6345 Riverside Dr.
Dublin, OH 43017
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The Riverway Kiwanis Park is located along the East shore of the Scioto River, at the north end of Griggs Reservoir. This park provides a boardwalk nature-trail through the wetlands along the river,  providing opportunities for viewing of birds and flora. Funding for park was provided by the Kiwanis Club. The Dublin Parks and Recreation Department assists in the maintenance and managing of the this park area.

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Roosevelt Park

1046 Studer Ave.
Columbus, OH 43206
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Roosevelt is a (2.91 acre) neighborhood park that includes picnic tables, looping walking path and play equipment for children.

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Sader Park

117 Price Ave. 
Columbus, OH 43201

Sader is a (1 acre) mini-park that has brick walls, benches, planters, and a memorial plaque to Margaret Sader. Mrs. Sader was active in restoration of Victorian Village.

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Sancus Park

7761 Sancus Blvd. 
Columbus, OH 43085
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This community park provides facilities for child and family friendly activities.

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Saunders Park

1380 Atcheson St.
Columbus, OH 43203
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Saunders is an (14.45 acre) open lot park that was originally named "Maryland Park." Maryland Park (and thus Saunders Park) opened in 1921. The Columbus Dispatch donated the funds to build the first public swimming pool here in 1929.This park was dedicated in 1989 to James Edward "Eddie" Saunders. Mr Saunders was a local, African-American, radio personality for 40 years. Mr. Saunders lived until he was 90 years old and passed on April 17, 1999.

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Sawyer Park

1056 Atcheson St. 
Columbus, OH 43203
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This community park provides facilities for child and family friendly activities.

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Schiller Park

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1069 Jaeger St. 
Columbus, OH 43206
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Schiller Park is the second oldest park in the City of Columbus, runner up to only Goodale Park, established in 1857. Schiller Park was obtained in April 1867 for $15,000. Originally called Stewart's Grove by the early settlers, the city bought these 23.5 acres in 1867 and Stewart's Grove became City Park. In 1891, it was renamed Schiller park after the famous German poet, Friedrich von Schiller. An impressive statue of Schiller decorates the center of the park.

During World War I, American sentiment turned against all things German and Schiller Park was renamed Washington Park. Several of the German Street names in the area also were changed. After the war, the park's name was changed back to Schiller, although most of the streets did not revert to their pre-war names (German Village Society, 1992).

The park is now a well-kept central location of German Village life. The recreation center, picnic areas, softball diamonds, fishing pond and stage for the Actor's Summer Theater, not to mention the beautifully landscaped gardens, make Schiller Park the jewel of German Village.

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Scioto Greenlawn Dam Park

321 Scioto Blvd. 
Columbus, OH 43215

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This community park provides facilities for child and family activities. 

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Scioto Trail Park

2951 S. High St.  
Columbus, OH 43207
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The Scioto Trail is a 7.39 acre park that is leased from the Columbus Board of Education.  This community park provides facilities for child and family friendly activities.

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Scioto Woods Park

1605 Bendelow Dr.
Columbus, OH 43228
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This community park provides facilities for child and family friendly activities.

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Sensenbrenner Park

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300 N. High St.
Columbus, OH 43215
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Sensenbrenner is a downtown corner park, with flower gardens, a fountain, picnic tables, benches, and shade trees. Special events and weddings are often held here during summer months.  The dedication took place on September 18, 1980 in honor of M.E. "Jack" Sensenbrenner, the former mayor of the City of Columbus. The colorful and sometimes controversial Sensenbrenner led this city from 1954 to 1959, and again from 1964 to 1971. He was once quoted as saying his town had "one of the greatest futures of any city in America."

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Shady Lane Park

1291 Marble Dr.
Columbus, OH 43227
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This community park provides facilities for child and family friendly activities.

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Sharon Meadows Park

5400 Foster Ave. 
Columbus, OH 43214

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This community park provides facilities for child and family friendly activities. 

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Shepard Park

746 N. Nelson Rd.
Columbus, OH 43219
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Shepard is a (3.30 acre) neighbhorhood park located within the northwest Columbus area.

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Side By Side Park

579 E. 3rd Ave.
Columbus, OH 43201
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This attractive mini-park is located at the S.E. corner of the Third Ave bridge over the Olentangy River. It features paved walks, benches, perennial floral and planting displays and sculpture.This park, a key part of the Riverfront Vision Plan, is the location of a Public Art Project, Side by Side.

Features sculptures named "Side by Side", created by Charlotte Lees from Solon, Ohio. Harrison West Society was instrumental in accomplishing this project along with Columbus Recreation and Parks Department.

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Sills Park

2877 Groveport Rd.
Columbus, Oh 43207
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Sills is a (21.90 acre) special use facilities park, (by permit or league only) located just south of the Marion Franklin Community Recreation Center. Please call (614) 497-0941 to gain a permit for access to the park. 

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Smith Road Park

1249 Smith Rd.
Columbus, OH 43207
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This community park provides facilities for child and family friendly activities.

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South Side Settlement Heritage Park

310 E. Innis Ave.
Columbus, OH 43207
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The South Side Settlement Heritage Park is a joint effort with Columbus Department of Public Utilities in relation to the "BluePrint Columbus" initiative.

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Southeast Lions Park

185 E. Barthman Ave.
Columbus, Oh 43207
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This community park provides facilities for child and family friendly activities.

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Southgate Park

940 Obetz Rd.
Columbus, OH 43207
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This community park provides facilities for child and family friendly activities.

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Southwood Mileusnich Park

181 Southwood Ave.
Columbus, OH 43207
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Southwood-Mileusnich is a (1.32 acre) park that was named after the adjacent "Southwood" school. In 1999, however the "Mileusnich" was added to the parks name. Mr. Mike Mileusnich (an area resident) was a large supporter of all of the local youth sports programs located on the southside of Columbus.

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Spindler Road Park

2121 Spindler Rd. 
Hilliard OH, 43026
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Spindler Park is located in the suburb of Hilliard and is often used as a youth soccer facility.

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Stephen Drive Park

915 W. Stephen Dr. 
Columbus, OH 43204
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Stephen Drive is a (.9 acre) mini-park that is consistantly mowed and located behind a set of residences. Pedestrian access can be gained from Stephen Dr. and Michael Ct.

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Stockbridge Park

3055 Lockbourne Rd.
Columbus, OH 43207
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This community park provides facilities for child and family friendly activities.

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Stoneridge Park

2500 McZand Blvd.
Grove City, OH 43123
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Stoneridge is a 23.04 acre park that was donated to the City by Columbus by The Southern Electric Co in 1983.

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Strawberry Farms Park

3591 Watt Rd.
Columbus, OH 43230
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Strawberry Farms is a small (23.40 acre) neighborhood park. The park is open sunrise to sunset.

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Summitview Park

8420 Sawmill Rd. 
Dublin, OH 43065
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Summitview is a small (9.52 acre) neighborhood park that contains a playground, a picnic shelter, picnic tables, a walking path, a wooded area, a parking area and open lot grass areas. The park is adjacent to Chapman Elementary School. (Access from entry road to school.)

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Sycamore Hills Park

5540 Rockport Rd.
Columbus, OH 43235
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This community park provides facilities for child and family friendly activities.

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Tanager Woods Park

3781 Mount Hood Ct. 
Columbus, OH 43230
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This community park provides facilities for child and family friendly activities.

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The Promenade (Scioto Mile)

79 Civic Center Dr.
Columbus, OH 43215
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The Promenade stretches along the east bank of the Scioto River, connecting Battelle Riverfront Park and Bicentennial Park. Built upon the former site of the Avenue of Flags, the Promenade features a stone colonnade with shaded swings, park benches, beautiful gardens, and tables designed for card games or chess.  The historic carved limestone balustrade, originally built as part of the 1920s floodwall project, has been fully restored to its original condition.

Huntington Plaza
Located in the center of the Promenade across from the Thomas J. Moyer Ohio Judicial Center, Huntington Plaza features seasonal flowers and three infinity-style fountains with 44 beautifully-sculpted, bronze fish spouting streams of water.

Coleman’s Pointe
Named in honor of Michael B. Coleman, Columbus’s longest serving mayor, Coleman’s Pointe extends outward from the Huntington Plaza.  This scenic overlook offers stunning views of the downtown riverfront and is the best vantage point for the Genoa Park Lighting across the river.

Lower River Walk
Along the water’s edge below Coleman’s Pointe, the Lower River Walk offers panoramic views of the Scioto Mile and downtown skyline.  The expansive walkway can host a variety of activities — from jogging and cycling to a casual stroll.  Built-in stone seating provides the perfect location to sit back and relax while enjoying the revitalized riverfront.

The Prow
Accented by a grove of birch trees, unique lantern lighting and stone benches, the Prow is a scenic riverfront overlook built on the east point of the former Town Street Bridge (1917-2009). The Prow gets its name from the nautical term for the forward-most part of a ship's bow.

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Thompson Park

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1189 Dennison Ave. 
Columbus, OH 43201
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This community park provides facilities for child and family friendly activities.

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Three Creeks Park

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3860 Bixby Rd.
Groveport, OH 43125
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Three Creeks Park is an over 400 acre area that was leased to Metro Parks for management and development since 1998. It is the confluence of the three local creeks: Alum, Big Walnut, and Blacklick.

Three Creeks Park Areas

  • Bandy Pond (North of Watkins along St. Rt. 33) 
  • Heron Pond (3400 Williams Rd.)
  • Smith Farm (2748 Spangler Rd.)
  • Sycamore Fields (2748 Spangler Rd.)

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Thurber Park

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58 Jefferson Ave.
Columbus, OH 43215
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Thurber is a half acre street island park that was originally acquired by the City of Columbus back in 1870. The small area contains a gazebo, walkways, sculptures, trees and lights. Thurber is often used for special events. The park was named in honor of James Thurber, the world renown author, who once lived in house next to park.

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Topiary Garden (Deaf School Park)

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480 E. Town St.
Columbus, OH 43215
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Situated in downtown Discovery District, the Topiary Garden Park sits on the remnants of the Old Deaf School Park.  Though it has become affectionately known as the Topiary Garden Park, the park land actually dates back to the early 19th century, when it was a dormitory and campus for the adjacent Deaf School.  Today, the Topiary Garden in Old Deaf School Park is the only public park of its kind, not only in Ohio, but in the world as well. The Topiary Garden is a living recreation of Georges Seurat's famous post-Impressionist painting, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of LaGrande Jatte. 

The idea for the topiary garden was conceived and sculpted in 1989 by Columbus artist James T. Mason and his wife Elaine, also an artist.  The pond is meant to represent the River Seine was installed in late 1989, as were the artificial hills.  In the years since its creation, the Topiary Garden has appeared in a multitude of magazines, periodicals, books, and documentaries including Life, National Geographic, The Wall Street Journal, and programs aired on the BBC.

The Topiary Garden Park is open daily from dawn until dusk, and admission is free to all visitors.  April through November is the recommended time for viewing the garden, as the park is blooming in full. Don't forget to stop at the point of "As He Saw It," the marked location that represents how Seurat saw the scene as he was painting it.

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Trabue Woods Park

1300 Tenagra Way
Columbus, OH 43228

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This community park provides facilities for child and family friendly activities. 

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Tuttle Park

240 W. Oakland Ave. 
Columbus, OH 43201
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Tuttle is a 43.88 acre park that was named after George C. Tuttle, the sports writer.  This park sits just north of The Ohio State University.

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Walden Park

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1935 Brookfield Rd.
Columbus, OH 43229
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This community park provides facilities for child and family friendly activities, as well as playground equipment.

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Walnut Hill Park

6001 E. Livingston Ave.
Columbus, OH 43232
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Walnut Hills was once a golf course maintained by the City of Columbus. Closed in 2011, this area now acts as an open space park for the surrounding communities.  

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Walnut View Park

2818 Barrows Rd. 
Columbus, OH 43232

This community park provides facilities for child and family friendly activities.

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Waltham Woods Park

2941 Wallcrest Blvd.
Columbus, OH 43231
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Webster Park

230 Webster Park Ave. 
Columbus, OH 43214
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Webster is a (1.40 acre) neighborhood park, located just South of Whetstone Park that acts as a wildlife area and bird sanctuary.

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Weinland Park

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1280 Summit St.
Columbus, OH 43224
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Weinland is a 3.92 acre park that was named after the City of Columbus councilman, Edgar L. Weinland.

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Westchester Park

5833 O'Reily Dr.
Galloway, OH 43119
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Westchester is a (1.51 acre) wooded neighborhood park that sits within West outskirts of Columbus, in the suburb of Galloway. 

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Westgate Park

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455 S. Westgate Ave. 
Columbus, OH 43204
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Westgate Park is a landmark to the historic Westgate community and home to the popular summertime event, the Hilltop Bean Dinner. The park established in 1925 and in 2009 a Mural was painted and dedicated on the handball court wall to depict Camp Chase history for the West side. Westgate Park is committed to keeping the Columbus community fit and healthy with a walking trail.  Also in the park, is a "Rain Garden," which is the first of its kind in a city park on the West side.

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Westmoor Park

3015 Valleyview Dr. 
Columbus, OH 43204
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Westmoor is a (17.03 acre) neighborhood park that contains a playground, benches, picnic tables, and a walking wooded area.

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Wexford Green Park

6050 Wexford Park Dr.
Columbus, OH 43228
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This community park provides facilities for child and family friendly activities, as well as playground equipment.

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Wheeler Memorial Park

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725 Thurber Dr. W.
Columbus, OH 43215
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We will be opening one of the two sides on May 9, 2016. We will then start rotating the open side every month. There will be one side open and one side closed all summer 2016. 

Wheeler Park Closure - Frequently Asked Questions (2/17/2016)

Named after Jimmie Wheeler who worked for three years as a Student Worker and Playground Director for the Godman Guild. The Guild was located not far from this parks current location which was formerly called "Fly Town" at Goodale and Pennsylvania Avenues. Mr. Wheeler was promoted to Head Resident, Director, from 1908 to 1931. In the year of his death Eva Wheeler, his wife, took over from 1932 to 1949 at that time in history it was unusual for a woman to be a director.

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Whetstone Park

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3923 N. High St.
Columbus, OH 43214
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Whetstone Park, located just north of The Ohio State University, is a community park and landmark for the Clintonville neighborhood that encompasses over 136 acres for both active and passive use. Originally a family farm in the early 1800's, the land was purchase by Columbus mayor James A. Rhodes in 1944 and converted into a park for Victory Gardens during World War II.  Over 500 Victory Gardens were planted throughout the duration of the war, and on Memorial Day 1950, the land was christened Whetstone Park. Today, Whetstone Park is a community park that combines natural beauty, native Ohio prairie, and community amenities. The park has a large community center that provides classes from tots to seniors, meeting rooms and free space. The park has youth and adult sports leagues, fishing, trails, playgrounds and natural areas. The Park of Roses is a park within the park, a 13 acre rose garden that showcases over 350 varieties of roses, and 11,000 total roses.  A recent addition, the Whetstone Prairie, planted in May 2004, converted 5.1 acres of Whetstone Park into native Ohio prairie with vernal pools and woodland buffer.  This site is used as a key educational and demonstration site that includes walking trails, viewing stations, information signage and an educational program.

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Williams Creek Park

3869 Pendent Ln.
Columbus, OH 43207
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Williams Creek is a  (6.4 acre) small neighborhood park that has a childrens playground. Open from sunrise to sunset.

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Willis Park

4977 Teddy Dr. 
Columbus, OH 43227
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Willow Creek Park

2285 Hardy Parkway St. 
Grove City, OH 43123
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Wilson Avenue Park

368 Wilson Ave. 
Columbus, OH 43205

This community park provides facilities for child and family friendly activities. 

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Winchester Meadows Park

7200 Oliver Winchester Dr.
Canal Winchester, OH 43110
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This community park provides facilities for child and family friendly activities.

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Winding Creek Park

1 Foxcroft Ct.
Columbus, OH 43232
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Winding Creek is a (2.85 acre) neighborhood park that provides facilities for child and family friendly activities.

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Windsor Park

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1300 Windsor Ave.
Columbus, OH 43211
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Windsor Park is home to the Douglas Community Center, named after Lula Pearl Douglas, mother of heavyweight champion James "Buster" Douglas. This park has a basketball court, picnic tables, playground, open-air shelter, and a swimming pool.

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Wolfe Park

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105 Park Dr.
Columbus, OH 43209
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Wolfe Park was donated by a deed in the amount of $1 to the City of Columbus by Robert F. Wolfe and his wife Della M. Wolfe. According to the documentation, the wording in the deed states "...in consideration of the good will which we bear toward the people of the said City of Columbus..." 

A suspension bridge was constructed across Alum Creek in 1922 to connect Franklin Park and is in use today as a bike path and pedestrain crossing. A shelterhouse was constructed in 1935. Also the park is used for baseball/softball, tennis, and other recreation activities. Alum Creek bikeway passes through this park along the creek.

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Woodbridge Green Park

1700 Hard Rd. 
Powell, OH 43065
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Woodward Park

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5147 Karl Rd. 
Columbus, OH 43229
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Woodward is a 49.92 acre park that was built in the name of C.H. Woodward in 1960. Mr. Woodward donated the land and funds to develop this park. Additionally, this park also contains an outdoor fitness facility

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Worthington Hills Park

7740 Olentangy River Rd. 
Worthington, OH 43085
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This community park provides facilities for child and family friendly activities.

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Wrexham Park

160 Wrexham Ave. 
Columbus, OH 43223
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This community park provides facilities for child and family friendly activities.

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Wynstone Park

9280 S. Old State Rd.
Lewis Center, OH 43035
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This community park provides facilities for child and family friendly activities.

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