The Blue Jackets Winter Park is back


The Blue Jackets Winter Park is returning for 2017! From February 3 to February 26, McFerson Commons will house a NHL-sized ice skating rink, children’s slide and host community events.

Community Outdoor Ice Rink

Join your fellow skate enthusiasts in the rink for a $5 fee (including skate rental). Prefer to watch the skating instead? The rink is equipped with bleachers and a heated tent for spectators. Private skating sessions are also available upon request. Open skate times are listed here.

Pro Tip: Skate passes at Winter Park are cash only. Nationwide Arena box office accepts cash and credit for skate passes.

Community Events

To kick off the winter park, the Blue Jackets are scheduled to hold a public team practice on Friday, February 10 at 12:00 p.m. at the outdoor rink. The practice will be free and open to the public.

The 5th Line 5K will take place on Sunday, February 5 at 10:00 a.m. The race is unfortunately sold out, but that doesn’t mean you can’t cheer on the runners and walkers! The race starts and ends at Nationwide Arena looping around the river, offering stunning views of the Scioto Mile. Head to the 5th Line 5K website for more information.

Mad River Mountain Kids’ Slide

A kid-friendly 6’ tall 2-lane snow slide is located on the north end of the park. The slide is open Monday – Friday from 4:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday from 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Fulfill your New Year’s Resolutions with Columbus Recreation and Parks!


Do you have trouble committing to your New Year’s resolutions? Here are 5 ways you can take advantage of our parks, events and programs to keep you on track throughout the year…

1. Live a Healthier Lifestyle

Using the cities’ bike paths and parklands, you can walk, skate, jog or bike while observing the striking scenery. The Columbus Recreation and Parks Department also has multiple Community Centers, athletic complexes, pools and golf courses throughout the city that offer a variety of fitness opportunities.

2. Spend Quality Time with Family and Friends

The Scioto Mile hosts many summer festivals that are free to attend and family friendly. Be sure to check our calendar frequently to see what’s happening from week to week. Events you won’t want to miss include:

And for a fun date night or a unique outing with friends, Milestone 229 has amazing food and panoramic views of the river and the Scioto Mile Fountain.

3. Experience More Art

The Rhythm on the River series at Bicentennial Park Performing Arts Pavilion features a diverse range of free music and dance performers on select Friday evenings in the summer. It’s a nice way to end the work week and enjoy local and touring artists.

4. Learn a New Skill

The Cultural Arts Center has classes year round teaching a variety of skills from jewelry making to bronze casting to screen printing. Check The Cultural Art Center’s website to learn more about when classes are offered.

5. Save Money

The Recreation and Parks Department’s parks, programs, events and services are provided for free or at a low-cost for the community. Whatever your goals are, we have many economical ways to make a positive impact on your life. You don’t have to spend a lot to make 2017 a great year!