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Recreation and Parks Floral Gardens

Flowers are beautiful things, and we are happy to operate floral gardens throughout the city.  Check out one of these beautiful parks and take in the beautiful sights and smells that flowers provide.


Side by Side Park Floral Garden

This small park is located at the southeast corner of the Third Avenue Bridge over the Olentangy River. It has become a key part of the Riverfront Vision Plan and is the location of a Public Art Project, Side by Side. The Harrison West Society, along with Columbus Recreation and Parks Department, was instrumental in accomplishing this project. 

Now, the park has become a stunning place to sit, relax, and take in the sites of the gorgeous floral gardens. Another impressive feature of the park is the sculpture for which Side by Side Park was named. The “Side by Side” sculpture was created by Charlotte Lees of Solon, Ohio.


Schiller Park Floral Garden

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 (one diamond used by neighborhood), fishing pond and stage for the Actor's Summer Theater, not to mention the beautifully landscaped Huntington Perennial Garden and Umbrella Girl Garden, make Schiller Park the jewel of German Village.


Park of Roses Floral Garden