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Enjoy Our Parks

Columbus’ 401 parks are a great place for residents to connect with each other, enjoy nature and stay active. These are the community’s parks, and it takes all of us to ensure they are a safe and enjoyable place for everyone.

Let’s be good neighbors! Here are some ways you can help ensure our parks are safe and enjoyable for all:

  • Clean up after yourself. Don’t litter, and dispose of your trash in receptacles. More people are visiting our parks, which leads to more trash. When possible, take your trash with you.
  • Protect your parks. Take care to prevent damage to park amenities including playgrounds, benches, shelterhouses and fields.
  • Keep to the pavement. Drive and park all vehicles on paved areas only.
  • Be courteous of your fellow park visitors. Share park space and park amenities, and practice respectful behavior.
  • Observe all posted park rules, including park hours. Most parks are open 7 a.m.-11 p.m.
  • Report safety concerns to Columbus Division of Police. Call 614-645-4545 for non-emergency situations, or 911 for emergencies.


Some larger gatherings require permits to ensure the safety of residents and that necessary amenities and supports are available. Every situation is different, but here are some things that may indicate you need a permit:

  • Using amplified sound
  • Serving concessions and/or alcohol
  • Charging admission
  • Erecting structures, including tents and bounce houses
  • Securing permits from other City departments

More information about permits is available online: https://www.columbus.gov/EventPlanningGuide/.

Our City of Columbus parks are a place of joy and connection. Working together, we can ensure our parks are safe and enjoyable for all!