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Parks

Battelle Green Space

The Battelle Green Space is private property at the corner of West Third Avenue and Perry Street that Battelle generously allows the community to use. Tag footballers, frisbee throwers, and kite flyers can often be found on the green space enjoying the day. It includes a public walkway connecting Perry Street to the Olentangy Recreation Trail.

Goodale Park

Located in Victorian Village and surrounded by historic Victorian homes, the 32.71-acre Goodale Park is the oldest park in Columbus. It is bounded by West Goodale Street, Dennison Avenue, Buttles Avenue, and Park Street. For more than three decades, it has hosted the Community Festival—ComFest—the largest volunteer-run music and art festival in the United States. In addition, the park hosts the annual summer Goodale Park Music Series featuring free live music at the gazebo. Other park features include:

  • drop off bins for recyclables including newspaper, glass and plastic (in the Dennison Avenue parking lot)
  • baseball diamonds
  • a basketball court
  • six tennis courts
  • gardens and floral displays
  • a gazebo
  • a pond and sculptural fountain
  • picnic benches
  • a playground
  • an enclosed, reservable shelterhouse
  • an open-air shelter
  • a 0.9-mile, lighted, outdoor walking trail

Harrison Park

The newest park in Harrison West, Harrison West Park is located on Harrison Park Place between West First and West Second avenues. Among it’s notable features are:

  • a segment of the Olentangy Recreation Trail
  • a one-mile course around the park beginning where West Second Avenue meets the Olentangy Recreation Trail, running south along the trail to Quality Place, east to Perry Street, north to West First Avenue, west to Harrison Park Place, north to West Second Avenue and back to the intersection of West Second and the Olentangy Recreation Trail
  • park benches, refuse cans and attractive lighting along the Olentangy Recreation Trail
  • wrought iron picnic tables with benches, including one handicap-accessible table
  • an outstanding, handicap-accessible gazebo designed to host celebratory events such as concerts and weddings
  • a playground including an area for older children and Funk-ee-Town, a fenced area sporting a safety surface, designed specifically for younger children and named in memory of Mary Funk, a long-time Harrison West resident, advocate and activist
  • four public art pieces designed by Columbus College of Art & Design students and chosen through community-wide votes
  • fantastic river views
  • open grass fields perfect for picnics, games, relaxing in the sun and reading a good book

Harrison West Park

Harrison West Park PhotoLocated in the northern half of Harrison West on Oregon Street at Fourth Avenue, Harrison West Park is the oldest park in the the neighborhood. It is conveniently tucked into the neighborhood one block east of the Battelle green space and is surrounded by homes. It includes:

  • 10 park benches
  • picnic tables
  • fencing
  • a playground for young children
  • toddler swings

Olentangy Recreation Trail

The Olentangy Recreation Trail runs from Worthington Hills Park near I-270 in Worthington south to Confluence Park in downtown Columbus and generally follows the Olentangy River. Harrison West is the only neighborhood in Columbus where the trail runs along both banks of the Olentangy. The 18.4-mile trail crosses the Olentangy via an under-bridge path at West Third Avenue, one block west of Perry Street. The west leg of the trail passes through downtown while the east leg currently stops south of Harrison Park. An extension of the east leg to Goodale Street is planned for 2012. When complete, the extension will provide a second location where riders can cross the Olentangy and SR-315.

Side by Side Park

Side by Side Park Harrison West

A serene weigh station along the Olentangy Recreation Trail, Side by Side Park is nestled between residences on the south side of West Third Avenue and the Olentangy River. Overlooking the Olentangy River, this 0.19-acre park is the gateway from Harrison West to the 20-mile, scenic Olentangy Recreation Trail. Due to the combined efforts of the Harrison West Society and the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department, Side by Side Park features beautiful floral gardens, park benches, paved walkways and an artistic centerpiece sculpted by Charlotte Lees of Solon, Ohio.

Wheeler Dog Park

Wheeler Park is tucked into the south half of Harrison West one block west of Neil Avenue on Thurber Drive West. It is entirely enclosed by fencing designed specially to protect dogs of all sizes and is open from 8 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. It has been such a success that after its first year, the park lawn had to be reseeded! With active dogs in mind, the 1.5-acre Wheeler Park was designed with the following features:

  • a water pump
  • ample lighting
  • walking paths
  • benches for human companions
  • easily-accessible street parking