Westerville is situated in the midst of 6,000 acres of parkland, which includes city parks, metro parks and a Columbus Reservoir. Whatever outdoor activities you enjoy, you’ll find them in one of our beautiful nature areas.

Westerville Parks & Recreation


Westerville Parks and Recreation Department
Carrie Swineheart
350 N. Cleveland Ave.
Westerville, OH 43082
Phone: (614) 901-6500
Email: carrie.swinehart@westerville.org

Quality facilities, programs and services and preserving/developing natural areas.

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.

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.

Community CenterCommunity Center
350 N. Cleveland Ave.
Westerville, OH 43082
Phone: (614) 901-6500
For four years straight the Westerville Community Center has been voted “Best Recreation Center” from Columbus Parent Best of Columbus and offers fitness equipment, indoor track, zero-depth pool, lap pool and lazy river as well as a climbing wall, indoor playground and meeting space.

Highlands Park Aquatic Center
245 S. Spring Road
Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: (614) 901-POOL
Stay cool by the pool in Westerville. The aquatic center is open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend and features a slide tower with both a speed slide and body slide, a zero entry toddler and leisure pool with a children’s slide, a spray playground, lazy river, and an eight-lane 25-meter pool with a diving well.

Legacy Train DepotLegacy Train Depot
115 E. Park St.
Westerville, OH 43081
The Westerville Legacy Train Depot. The Train Depot is located at Hanby Park in the Uptown Historic District behind the Westerville Library and Anti-Saloon League Museum and is adjacent to the 325-mile continuous on- and off-road Ohio to Erie Trail that connects Cleveland to Cincinnati. Resembling a typical train station from years gone by, it serves trail users with trail head parking, year round family restrooms and a fireplace.

Millstone Creek Park
745 N. Spring Rd.
Westerville, OH 43082
This inclusive park offers a nature play area, sports fields, a shelter with family restrooms, access to the Westerville Bike & Walkway and a boundless playground that accommodates different physical limitations.

Ohio to Erie TrailOhio To Erie Trail Logo
The Ohio to Erie trail is approximately 330 miles, spanning from Cincinnati to Cleveland and runs through fourteen counties using local trails.  Currently, two hundred sixty miles are on trails while seventy miles are on road. By the end of summer 2016, the on road mileage will decrease to forty five with the addition of twenty five trail 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
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
Inniswood Metro Gardens was once the 37-acre estate of sisters Grace and Mary Innis. Today, Inniswood is a 121-acre scenic botanical garden and nature preserve 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.

Hoover Reservoir and Nature Preserve

Operated by the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department and Columbus Watershed Division

Hoover Bike PathHoover Reservoir Park
Columbus Recreation and Parks
1111 E. Broad St.
Columbus, OH 43205
Phone: (614) 645-3300
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.