Answers to Your Questions About the Scioto Mile
Whether it’s park rules, directions or event policies, we want visitors to understand the Scioto Mile and everything it has to offer. Take a look at some of our most frequently asked questions to learn more about this amazing public space.
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 May through September.
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 are 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. Experience renowned performances during Rhythm on the River, join us at the Jazz & Rib Fest for renowned jazz music and sizzling barbeque, and celebrate the holidays at WinterFest. But whatever you do, don’t forget your swimsuit and towel to splash in the largest fountain in Central Ohio!
WHAT IS THE WEATHER POLICY FOR SCIOTO MILE EVENTS?
All Scioto Mile programs and performances produced by the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department are held rain or shine. However, if the weather becomes a safety issue for the performers or audience, programs will be postponed or canceled depending on the duration and severity of the weather. Check the Scioto Mile Facebook page for updates.
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. Restroom hours are as follows:
- May 1 – October 1: 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
- October 2 – November 30: 11:30 a.m.-5:45 p.m.
- December 1 – December 31: 11:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
- January 1 – April 30: Closed
Closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas day. Hours may vary on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.
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 ages 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?
Visit our Connect page for more information.
IS THERE A SMOKING POLICY FOR THE PARK?
No person shall use any form of tobacco within the created zones in city parks and facilities including the restrooms, spectator and concession areas, playgrounds, swimming pools, spraygrounds/splash pads, athletic fields/courts, marinas, and special event venues.
WHAT ARE THE PARK RULES?
The following policies have been established by Columbus Recreation and Parks Department to ensure all park patrons have a safe and enjoyable experience at the Scioto Mile. We thank you in advance for your cooperation.
- Clean up after your pets
- Pets under direct control
- Dispose of litter properly
- Alcohol is prohibited (except when purchased or permitted during special events)
City of Columbus codes Chapter 919 are enforced at all parks along the Scioto Mile. Call 614-645-4545 to report illegal activity.
- Motorized vehicles are prohibited on all trail ways on the Scioto Mile.
- Dogs must be on a leash on trails and owners must clean up after pets.
- Bikers must yield to pedestrians and give an audible warning when passing other trail users. Ride and skate at a safe speed and slow down to form a single file line in congested areas, reduced visibility and other hazardous conditions.
Pedestrians must stay to the right side of the trail except when otherwise designated. Be alert when running or walking and listen for audible signals when others are passing to ensure trail safety.
- Toys of any kind are not permitted in the fountain as they may damage its internal workings.
- Children under 8 years old must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
- Pets are not permitted in any of the fountains or water features on the Scioto Mile.
- Any children playing in the water who are not potty trained must wear swim diapers.
- Please walk, do not run in the fountain.
- Fountain water is re-circulated; avoid getting water in your mouth.
- Diaper changing in public restrooms only.
- Refrain from playing in the fountain if you are ill or have had diarrhea in the past 2 weeks.
PROHIBITED AT THE SCIOTO MILE
- Smoking and any other form of tobacco
- Unauthorized vehicles on sidewalks or in the parks
- Commercial activities, including soliciting and/or vending without permission from Recreation and Parks
- Cooking grills or open fires
- Feeding the geese or other wildlife
- Illegal drug use
- Illegal weapons
- Alcohol (except that purchased or permitted during special events)
- Glass containers
- Unleashed pets/animals or pets/animals in the fountains
- Large shade structures including tents and patio umbrellas
- Staking of any type