Goodale Park

Front St. and Goodale Ave.
Columbus, OH

Submitted by: Mark Young

This 35-acre park, the oldest park in Columbus and among the oldest in the U.S., is a favorite spot for locals.

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Why It Works

The first park in Columbus, Goodale Park just celebrated its 150th birthday, making it one of the oldest urban parks in the nation. This 35 acre green space on the city's near northside is treasured by urban dwellers and is enjoyed by visitors from all over the world. It is graced by some of the most regal trees in Columbus.

What Makes Goodale Park a Great Place?

Goodale Park is surrounded by Victorian Village, a cluster of homes with charming architectural features.

Goodale Park is fortunate to have a multitude of custodians and stewards - a strong Friends of the Park group and the many visitors who make this an immaculate park - because each sees Goodale as their own.

Although Goodale Park contains an expansive playground and tennis courts, the park's main attraction is its view of the Columbus skyline and the serenity offered alongside a scenic pond and the charm of the gazebo and of its historic park shelter. A walk through Goodale Park is a true re-creating experience.

Goodale Park connects with the Columbus community in many ways. It is an oasis in a rapidly growing urban area, and it provides an ideal "place" to rest, reflect and re-create.

History & Background

Founded in 1850 with the grant of land from Dr. Lincoln Goodale.

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Columbus Recreation and Parks

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