Westerville Parks & Recreation
www.westerville.org/parks

Explore the natural beauty of Westerville among a variety of parks and 44 miles of recreational trails. If you are looking for more structured activities, the Westerville Parks and Recreation Department offers more than 2,500 recreation and leisure programs annually to residents and visitors of all ages and abilities. The Department boasts impressive facilities too, with a premier community center, eco-friendly aquatic center and a historic barn to host gatherings. To learn more about the award-winning department and available amenities, visit www.westerville.org/parks.

Westerville Community Center
350 N. Cleveland Ave.
614-901-6500
www.westerville.org/centerexpansion

For more than 16 years, the 96,000 sq. ft. Westerville Community Center has provided a destination for fitness, community and fun for many thousands of patrons. The facility became so popular that expansion became vital to continue to provide quality programs and services for all. Construction is now underway to significantly expand and improve the existing space. The building will remain open during 2019 with some partial closures depending on the time of year. With completion in early 2020, the end result will be a state-of-the-art facility with more fitness and gym space, a warm water therapy pool, integration of the Older Adult Center and much more.

Alum Creek Park North
221 W. Main St.
Westerville, OH 43081
Alum Creek Park North is the City’s first park, dedicated in 1936. It includes an amphitheater, shelter house, cabin for the Boy Scouts, basketball courts, sand volleyball and a playground.

Alum Creek Park South
535 Park Meadow Rd.

The addition of an outdoor, inline hockey rink has brought a new buzz to Alum Creek Park South. The Thomas James Knox Rink now offers the Westerville community a space to learn the sport and sharpen their skills through affordable, instructional classes and games. A large sledding hill is in the works and will be open for the public to use in the winter 2019. If you’re looking for a little adventure, the park also has skate ramps, a BMX track, a climbing component and more.

Boyer Nature Preserve
452 E. Park St.
Westerville, OH 43081
Boyer is a unique site that has so much to explore in its diverse and natural habitat. It is rare to find wetlands in the middle of a suburban neighborhood.

Highlands Park Aquatic Center (highlands-pool-2) Gary Gardiner photo credit
245 S. Spring Rd.
614-901-POOL

Stay cool this summer at Highlands Park Aquatic Center. The pool features an interactive slide tower, a zero entry toddler and leisure pool, a sprayground, lazy river and an eight-lane, 25-meter pool with a diving well. The facility was created with a natural, relaxing environment in mind for those wanting some fun in the sun. This design mimics the Aquatic Center’s surroundings, where you can stop by and look for local wildlife in the adjacent wetlands.

Millstone Creek Park
745 N. Spring Rd.

Millstone Creek Park is a unique, inclusive park offering a boundless playground, nature play area, sports fields, a shelter with family restrooms and connection to the extensive trail system. The all-access park layout gives everyone the ability to enjoy the space. From ramps to hard-framed swings and a structure called the AeroGlider, there are many elements placed specially to accommodate different limitations.

Ohio to Erie Trail
Ohio To Erie Trail Logo

A primarily off-street recreational trail from the Ohio River to Lake Erie, the Ohio to Erie Trail spans the state of Ohio from Cincinnati to Cleveland for the most part following lands formerly occupied by railroads and canals. The collection of regional trails connects four of Ohio’s metropolitan cities, a dozen large towns, including Westerville, and numerous small villages – all done on easily accessible, paved trails that are primarily separated from highways and automobiles.  The entire Route 1 is complete. The total distance as of  June, 2017 is 326 miles.

Otterbein Lake
Along Alum Creek leisure path near Main St. and Collegeview
Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: (614) 794-0401
Waterfowl and many species of turtles are just some of the wildlife you might see as you follow the bike path until it crosses Alum Creek via an historic iron truss bridge.

Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks in the Westerville Area

Sharon Woods Metro Park
6911 Cleveland Ave.
Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: (614) 891-0700
www.metroparks.net

With 761 acres of forests and open fields, Sharon Woods is a place of quiet beauty on Westerville’s western border. Families will enjoy the playground areas and picnic shelters. Bicyclists and joggers will enjoy the park’s four miles of paved trails. Those seeking a quieter walk can explore the 320-acre Edward S. Thomas State Nature Preserve or loop around the 11-acre Schrock Lake on nearly 3 miles of gravel nature trails. Numerous seasonal pools associated with the swamp forest communities are present and provide critical spring breeding habitat for amphibians and other wildlife.

Inniswood Metro GardensInniswood Metro Gardens
940 S. Hempstead Rd.
Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: (614) 895-6216
www.inniswood.org

Inniswood Metro Gardens was once the 37-acre estate of sisters Grace and Mary Innis. Today, Inniswood is a 123-acre scenic botanical garden that is a continual source of inspiration for central Ohioans of all ages.  Streams and woodlands filled with wildflowers and wildlife provide a majestic backdrop to the beautifully landscaped gardens and lawns.  Inniswood Metro Gardens is free and open daily throughout the year from 7am to dark.  Visitors will enjoy the seasonal beauty of the gardens and natural areas as they stroll along the trails and paved pathways.

Blendon Woods Metro Park
4265 E. Dublin-Granville Road
Westerville, OH 43081
614-891-0700
www.metroparks.net

Blendon Woods contains spectacular stream-cut ravines with exposed ripple rock sandstone and open fields surrounded by beech-maple and oak-hickory forests. The 653-acre park is a great place to see a variety of songbirds, waterfowl and other wildlife, especially the flock of wild turkeys meandering about in search of food. The 118-acre Walden Waterfowl Refuge with its 11-acre Thoreau Lake provides a sanctuary for hundreds of birds, ducks and other wildlife. Open year-round, it features two elevated observation shelters with spotting scopes for viewing waterfowl.  Visit the Nature Center, and have a picnic at one of the reservable or first-come first served picnic shelters.  Winter activities include a skating pond, a cross-country ski trail, and a kid’s sled hill.

Rocky Fork Metro Park
7180 Walnut Street
Westerville, OH 43081
614-891-0700
www.metroparks.net

Rocky Fork Metro Park opened in August 2015, and features more than 3 miles of walking trails that wind through woods and fields. There is a bridle trail, dog park, an off-leash trail for dogs, a play area for kids, and a large shelter for family picnics. Enjoy sitting in the big wooden chairs as you look for wildlife in the open fields.

Operated by Columbus Recreation and Parks, Columbus Division of Water and the Nature Preserve Advisory Council
Hoover Reservoir and Nature Preserve
7701 Sunbury Rd.
Westerville, OH 43081
(614) 645-3300
www.columbus.gov/recreationandparks/

 

Hoover Reservoir Park offers over 4,700 acres of peaceful and serene landscape on the eastern edge of Westerville. The park and lake provide guests with a range of recreational activities including picnicking, hiking, boating and fishing. For the bird watching enthusiasts, the park offers a wide variety of bird types ranging from common to rare. This includes frequent sightings throughout the year of the American Bald Eagle. The park also features the 27-hole Brent Hambrick memorial Disk Golf Course. Hoover was the City of Columbus’ first Nature Preserve adopted in 1987 and is part of the only city nature preserve program in the state of Ohio.

Hoover Reservoir has one of four marinas operated by the City of Columbus. Reservations are accepted Monday through Friday from 8 a.m., to 4 p.m. on a first come, first served basis up to one year in advance by calling (614) 645-3337. For more information visit www.Columbus.gov/crpdrentals.

But Wait! There’s More!
Westerville is just 5 miles from Char-Mar Ridge Park, one of the Preservation Parks of Delaware County, where you’ll find excellent birdwatching opportunities and a Natural Play Area. For more information, call 740.524.8600.