SAVE THE DATES | 2016 Summer Program Dates Announced

Imagine – the sun is shining, a warm breeze blows, and you dip your toes in the Scioto Mile Fountain before laying a blanket in the grass at Bicentennial Park to enjoy live music beneath a summer sunset. Warmer weather is on its way to Columbus and it’s time to mark your calendars for FREE downtown summer activities on the Scioto Mile.


Rhythm on the River features an eclectic array of touring artists, local musicians and arts organizations on select Fridays throughout the summer. Highlighting everything from bluegrass to blues to ballet and more, Rhythm on the River is the perfect way to spend summer evenings with family and friends. Stay tuned for a full performance schedule!

Returning this year is Movies on the Mile. On select dates throughout the summer, Movies on the Mile will feature fun, family-friendly films following Rhythm on the River, just after dark. A schedule of dates and films is coming soon!


FountainSide presented by Sunny 95 (94.7 FM) offers free children’s activities in and around the interactive Scioto Mile Fountain on select Wednesdays throughout the summer from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The series offers fun and educational programs encompassing arts, crafts, music, dance, healthy living and physical fitness. Attendees enjoy free frozen treats courtesy of the Sunny 95/Meijer Treat Truck. Check back soon for activity details!


Hungry for more? The 37th annual Jazz & Rib Fest will take place July 22, 23 and 24. Get ready for a weekend full of hot ribs and cool jazz in downtown Columbus. In the meantime, stay up-to-date by joining the Jazz & Rib Fest mailing list HERE!

Until then, we’ll be dreaming of June!


Information on Canada Geese

Canada geese are common in much of North America. Unfortunately, they have proven to be extremely adaptable and highly persistent throughout the country especially in urban areas where there are few predators, prohibitions on hunting, and a dependable year-round supply of food and water. Though pleasant for city dwellers, more lawns, golf courses, and parks offer Canada geese a reliable habitat that encourages them to stay year-round instead of migrating.

Preventative Measures
The Scioto Mile’s project planners were aware of the potential issue and took measures to mitigate the geese from the earliest days of design and construction, including:

– Grasses and shrubs were planted to create a barrier between geese and lawn grass, which is their main source of nutrition. These plants may take some time to mature into an effective prevention tool since they have been recently planted.
– Trees have been planted and as they grow larger they will become more of a deterrent to the geese direct line of flight from the river to grassy areas.
– Shrubs, aquatic plants, and closely spaced groups of trees were strategically placed to block the birds’ pathways to grazing areas and safety, and reduce the birds’ sight lines to 30 feet which rouses their fear of confinement.

Discouraging Food Supply
Our team at Columbus Recreation and Parks will continue to do our best to keep the geese at bay while adhering to the terms of the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act and Ohio state law protecting waterfowl, but we need your help to discourage their presence on the Scioto Mile.

First and foremost, please DO NOT feed the geese. Waterfowl have amazing survival skills, but feeding them can cause issues such as food dependency, aggressive behavior, disease, delayed migration, and many other cumulative problems.

We want you to enjoy the park, so we ask that you please dispose of trash. It may be hard to imagine, but that stray French fry or leftover sandwich crumbs add to the problem. Compound that with another visitor’s abandoned food waste and it becomes a major issue for both the geese and park visitors.

Cleaning Up After Geese
Columbus Recreation and Parks recognize that cohabitating with Canada geese can be a nuisance and we’re working diligently to limit their effect on the Scioto Mile. While paths are swept multiple times per week to clear the droppings, we recognize that the geese return to the area creating a continual issue for park guests. (A single goose can defecate every 20 minutes up to 1.5 pounds each day.) The Columbus Recreation and Parks Department is working to make best use of our resources to address ongoing clean-up.

For more information on the Canada goose:
National Geographic: Canada Goose
Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife: Living with Wildlife
The Humane Society of the United States: Solving Problems with Canada Geese