Department of Public Works


The City of Columbus has an extensive park system with Fireman's Park being the largest. The city's park system has been designed to allow for both organized as well as passive recreational activities. The following is a list of parks and their amenities.


Located on Park Avenue in the western quadrant of the city this park is the largest park within the city's system. The Park is blessed with such historic structures as the Fireman's Park Pavilion, the Scout Cabin and the Rest Haven. The parks open and inviting tree lined green space is a popular home to passive recreational activities such as walking and bicycling. This facility also hosts the largest of athletic fields within the system which hosts a number of events among them high school and semi-pro baseball, adult recreational softball and both high school and recreational football.

Each spring, Fireman's Park is proud to be the host of the Columbus Carriage Classic, an equestrian event with national representation. This event has grown steadily over the past few years and has proven to be both enjoyable and educational to children and adults alike.

The park is also the longtime host to the areas largest 4 th of July event. The event is a weeklong celebration that includes a carnival, nightly entertainment and a delightful array of vendors in the food court. The celebration is highlighted with a parade which ends in the park and is arguably the largest in the region.

Fireman's Park is home to the Deer Pen where these animals can be viewed in natural habitat, The Columbus Area Aquatic Center, Tennis Courts and Playground Equipment as well as walking paths and picnic shelters.


Located on Ludington Street at Fuller this park offers a delightful respite from everyday stresses. The abundant shade trees invite visitors to sit and relax and listen to the birds and the children playing on the playground equipment.


Located on the North side of the city at the intersection of Ludington and Middleton Streets this park is host to organized recreational activities such as baseball, soccer and adult recreation on its fields. The Lions Club of Columbus also operates a popular refreshment stand within the park. Installed in 2001, this park also has the latest improvements in playground equipment thanks to a generous donation from the Columbus Lions Club.


Located across Ludington Street from Meister Park , Rotary Park offers many water activities such as canoeing, fishing and ice-skating at this park, as this facility fronts the Crawfish River Mill Pond. While not officially within the corporate limits of the city thanks to the generosity of the Columbus Rotary Club which underwrites maintenance costs, this park is an absolute treasure to residents to utilize and enjoy.


Located in the 200 block of East School Street this park is used mainly for baseball and softball activities organized through the city's Recreation Department it also hosts high school and special athletic events. Many improvements to this park have been made through the funds generously donated by the Columbus Kiwanis Club who also operates a well-stocked refreshment stand that adds to the enjoyment of visitors to this facility.


One of our newer parks is located at 611 Avalon Road between State Highway 89 and State Highway 73. This park was developed in memory of Michelle Vick with the joint effort from the City of Columbus and donanted funds. The park is divided by a stream with volleyball and basketball courts on one side and a shelter with restrooms for golfers and playground equipment for children on the other side. Avalon Park is a wonderful place to host any of your group outings.


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