If you live in the Columbus area you undoubtedly have been to one of the enumerable parks and playgrounds that dot our fair city’s landscape.
KaBOOM!, a national non-profit dedicated to building and renovating playgrounds, and the USA Weekend magazine that reaches 49.5 million readers in 800 newspapers recently drew up the list of their 2011 playful cities and communities. Of 151 cities recognized there were 5 given top honors and Columbus had the honor of being one of those 5.
Columbus shares the “playful city distinction” with cities from corner to corner of the continental U.S.: Auburn, Wash., Hartford, Conn., San Francisco, Calif. and Orlando, Fla.
With 46 walking/ biking paths, 228 parks, 18 public pools, 3 major dog parks, 8 nature preserves, a 16 acre skate park, and 4 floral gardens including the Whetstone Park of Roses featuring over 11,000 total roses and the Topiary Garden Park (a living recreation of Georges Seuaat’s A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of LaGrande Jatte). Columbus is well deserving of this honor.
Columbus is clearly a great place to work and play, Here are a few fantastic examples of programs and activities going on in the play department right now.
An ongoing glassblowing workshop at Franklin Park Conservatory.
Various camp opportunities for youth.
Sellect Fridays, Rhythm on the River at Bicentennial Park.
September 18th, Annual Community Open House FREE day At COSI!
For those wanting to know more about individual parks check out the Columbus Parks and Recreation site.
To find a park near you check out this link to the Parks and Recreation interactive map page!
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