parks

Parks

The Scioto Mile Parks

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. Part of the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department, the Scioto Mile includes:

Bicentennial Park

A 4.7 acre park featuring a stunning 15,000-square foot interactive water fountain, casual dining restaurant, and state-of-the-art Performing Arts Pavilion.

Promenade and Prow

A grand boulevard complete with gardens, fountains, and swings along the east bank of the Scioto River that connects Battelle Riverfront Park with Bicentennial Park.

Genoa Park and Riverfront Amphitheater

A Gateway to COSI and home of the Columbus Police Memorial, known for hosting some of Columbus’ most notable events.

Battelle Riverfront Park

This peaceful park, located between North Bank Park and Bicentennial Park, is the home of the Santa Maria replica and Columbus Fire Memorial.

North Bank Park

Just north of downtown, this 9-acre park between Spring and Long Streets provides beautiful panoramic views of the downtown skyline and Scioto River.

McFerson Commons

2.2 acres in the Arena District where visitors can relax near the old Union Station arch or enjoy kickball, flag football and other special events on the open lawn.

Scioto Audubon

A 120 acre wildlife oasis situated on the Whittier Peninsula that is home to the country’s largest free outdoor climbing wall and other recreational resources, including wetlands and boat launches. It is also home to the Grange Insurance Audubon Center, a stopover for thousands of birds that migrate north from Central and South America.