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Guide to Parks Downtown

  • Columbus Commons
    • 151 S High St
    • The urban backdrop for the things you love. The Columbus Commons serves as an urban oasis packed with programming. This park does double duty as a respite for office workers and residents who need a break during the day. With two cafes – Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams and Tortilla Street Food – grab a bite to eat and get your steps in at this premier urban park. Be sure to check out their event calendar for the latest happenings.  
    • Try: Setting up your mobile office outdoors thanks to free WIFI from the Columbus Metropolitan Library 
  • Scioto Mile
    • 233 S Civic Center Drive
    • With lush green banks, miles of multiuse paths, swings situated along a picturesque promenade, and of course a one-of-a-kind fountain and splash pad, there are endless ways to spend some time on the Scioto Mile, whether you have a half-hour or a whole day.
    • Try: Bring the whole family for a day of splashin’ fun at the Scioto Mile Fountain (opening May 2024).
  • Topiary Park
    • 480 E Town Street
    • Take a walk through Topiary Park to be transported back to old-world Europe. A green recreation of Georges Seurat’s famous painting A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, immerse yourself in a treasured piece of Columbus’ history.  
    • Try: Grabbing a book from the Main Library next door and enjoy reading in the open air.
    • Bonus: In the market for a new place to live in the urban core? Check out Topiary Park Crossing for your next home. 
  • Dorrian Green
    • 50 S Belle Street 
    • Packed full of features this park has something for the young and young at heart alike. Explore the pollinator garden, architectural playground, musical garden, colorful chaise chairs and more. Stop by on your way to COSI or before a stroll on the Scioto Mile. Plus, parking is a breeze with 600+ spots directly underneath the park.  
    • Try: Bringing the kids to the next Dorrian Days! Face painting, inflatables, balloon animals — oh, my!
  • McFerson Commons
    • 218 West Street 
    • Right across from Nationwide Arena, this park is at the nexus of Columbus’ sports. Stop by before a game or enjoy lunch outdoors on one of the low walls around the park. Lined with beautiful trees and surrounded by office and residential buildings, you’ll feel like you’ve escaped to the big city without leaving your hometown.  
    • Try: Posing for a photo under the iconic arch
  •  Sensenbrenner Park
    • 300 N. High St. 
    • A small pocket park clocking in at less than an acre, but with beautiful flora and a scenic water feature, it’s a mini oasis in the city. Perfect for a quick jaunt when you need to break up the day or are just searching for a change of scenery.
    • Try: Bringing lunch and enjoying a bite on a bench
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