The City Recreation Department was established on July 15, 1910 to find ways to beautify streets, alleys, boulevards, parks and public grounds. On January 2, 1972, the City Recreation Department merged with the Division of Forestry and Parks to become the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department.
The Department has grown from six to 215 developed parks on 10,000 acres and established 30 community centers, seven golf courses, 51 miles of trails and programs for residents from toddlers to age 50 plus.
Use this search tool to find specific Columbus metro parks near you including dog parks, bike-friendly parks, floral gardens, nature preserves, skate parks and more.
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Use this search tool to find park facilities including administrative offices, community recreation centers, indoor athletics, marinas and docks, shelter houses and wedding sites.
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Locate trails, walking paths and future paths, as well as trail etiquette and construction alerts.
Columbus Recreation and Parks has a variety of programs for all ages and interests including sports, the arts, youth camps, community recreation, adults over 50 and more.
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Learn more about the many facilities the parks in Columbus, Ohio, make available for public rental and required permits. You're sure to find the perfect space for your next special event.
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