FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ) 

Where is the Scioto Mile?
Located in the heart of downtown Columbus, the Scioto Mile is an urban oasis comprised of more than 145 acres of lush parkland. Stretching along riverfront from the vibrant Arena District to the natural beauty of the Whittier Peninsula, the Scioto Mile connects downtown to the Scioto River through an integrated system of parks, boulevards, bikeways and pedestrian paths.

When is the Scioto Mile open?
The Scioto Mile is open year round, including the Promenade, Bicentennial Park and surrounding parks on the Mile. All Parks are open daily from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. The AEP Fountain located in Bicentennial Park operates seasonally from April through October.

What are the hours of the AEP Fountain?
Hours of Operation:
Sunday through Wednesday: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Thursday through Saturday: 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Please be advised that the fountain operates weather-permitting and at times will need to be shut down unexpectedly due to conditions such as high winds or lightning, or for emergency maintenance. Our best efforts will be made to post fountain closure updates to the Scioto Mile Facebook page.

How much does it cost to visit the Scioto Mile?
The Scioto Mile is comprised of 145 acres of public parkland. All parks and fountains are free and open to the public.

Where is the closest parking?
There is ample meter parking, surface lots, and parking garages located in the area. Recommend parking is located on the southeast corner of Front St. and Rich St. or in the Columbus Commons parking garage located at the Southwest corner of Third St. and Rich St. Garages offer hourly, daily, and monthly rates that vary depending on location and daily activities.

What events are held at the park?

Each week brings new and exciting events to the downtown riverfront all season long. Join in all the arts, crafts and charades at FountainSide; experience renowned performances during Rhythm on the River; and celebrate the holidays at the Grand Illumination. But whatever you do, don’t forget your swimsuit and towel to splash in the largest fountain in Central Ohio!

How can I host my event at the Scioto Mile?
Visit Plan an Event to find out more about hosting an event on the Scioto Mile.

Are there public restrooms on the Scioto Mile?
Yes, large restrooms and changing facilities are located in Bicentennial Park.

Is Wi-Fi available in the park?
Yes, Complimentary wi-fi is provided courtesy of Time Warner Cable along the Promenade and in Bicentennial Park. No passwords are required to join the network.

Is food available along the Scioto Mile?
Yes, Milestone 229, located in Bicentennial Park, is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week. Additionally, during special events, you will be able to choose from various local food vendors located along the walkways in Bicentennial Park.

Can I bring my dog to the Scioto Mile?
Yes, dogs are welcome along the Scioto Mile! However, pets are strictly prohibited from being in or around the fountain and must remain on a leash at all times for the safety of everyone enjoying the parks.

How old do I have to be to play in the fountains?
The fountain was built to be enjoyed by people of all ages. Children age eight and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Do I have to wear a swimsuit in the fountains?
Swimsuits are not required; however, children playing in the fountain who are not potty trained are required to wear swim diapers. Changing stations are available in all public restroom facilities and diapers are only to be changed in these locations.

Is the fountain water safe to drink?
The water in the fountain is chlorinated and re-circulated, so avoid getting water in your mouth.

How do I become a vendor at the Scioto Mile?