Free Columbus and Central Ohio Splash Pads and Fountains

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These Central Ohio and Columbus splash pads are easy ways to cool off in the summer and a safer alternative for young kids who don’t yet know how to swim!

All of these splash pads are free to enter and most are open Memorial Day through Labor Day. It’s always a good idea to check the link for dates and hours of operation! You may want to read: 25 Things to Pack for a Successful Trip to the Splash Pad before you go!

Free Columbus and Central Ohio Splash Pads and Fountains

1. Bicentennial Park

233 S. Civic Center Dr., Columbus, OH 43215

fountain at Bicentennial Park

Bicentennial Park on the Scioto Mile

2. North Bank Park

311 W. Long St., Columbus, OH 43215

  • The splash pad is behind the pavilion at the end of Neil Ave.

3. Hilliard’s Station Park

4021 Main St., Hilliard, OH 43026

Splash pad at Hilliard's Station Park

Hilliard’s Station Park

4. Easton Town Center Fountains

160 Easton Square Pl, Columbus, OH 43219

Fountain at Easton Town Center

Easton Town Center

5. Grove City Splash Pad

3600 Discovery Dr., Grove City, OH 43123

6. Ballantrae Community Park Spray Fountains

6350 Woerner Temple Rd., Dublin, OH 43016

Fountains at Ballantrae Park in Dublin, Ohio

Ballantrae Park

7. Powell Splash Pad

47 Hall St., Powell, OH 43065

Splash Pad in Powell, Ohio

Powell Splash Pad

8. Hanby Park

115 E Park St., Westerville, OH 43081

9. Fountain at Polaris Fashion Place

1500 Polaris Pkwy., Columbus, OH 43240

fountain at Polaris Fashion Place

Polaris Fashion Place

10. Partners Park

125 E 6th St., Marysville, OH 43040here

11. Spray and Play at Veterans Park

1121 South Houk Rd., Delaware, OH 43015

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Veteran’s Park

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Easterseals Recommended Accessible Parks, Playgrounds and Trails in Central Ohio and Surrounding Area

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I’m excited to collaborate with Easterseals Central and Southeast Ohio to share this list of accessible parks, playgrounds and trails around Central Ohio!

Accessible Playgrounds

Emerald Fields – 4040 Wyandotte Woods Blvd, Dublin, OH 43016

Darree Fields Park – 6259 Cosgray Rd., Dublin, OH 43016

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Windsor Park Dream Field, Photo Credit: Nikki Seeley

Windsor Park Dream Field – 3400 Ventura Boulevard, Grove City, OH 43123

Tanglebrook Park – behind Fire Station 201 off Grove City Road.

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Millstone Creek Park

Millstone Creek Park – 745 N Spring Rd., Westerville, OH 43082

Liberty Township Boundless Playground – 2507 Home Rd., Powell, OH 43065

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Carriage Place Park

Carriage Place Park – 4900 Sawmill Rd., Columbus, OH 43235

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Homestead Metro Park

Homestead Metro Park – 4675 Cosgray Road, Hilliard, OH 43026

Slate Run Park – 1375 SR 674 N. Canal Winchester, OH 43103

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Fryer Park

Fryer Park – 3899 Orders Rd., Grove City, OH, 43123

John Bishop Memorial Park – 4815 Etna Road, Whitehall, OH 43213

Rotary Park – 929 Sharon Valley Rd., Newark, OH 43055

Columbus Recreation and Parks Department Parks with ADA swings:

  • Flint Road Park – 8008 Flint Rd., 43235
  • Milo Grogan Park and Community Center – 862 E. 2nd Ave. 43201
  • Cremeans Park – 3146 Maize Rd., 43224
  • Franklin Park – 1755 E Broad St., 43203
  • Marion Franklin Park and Community Center – 2801 Lockbourne Rd., 43207
  • Fairwood Park – 1372 Fairwood Ave., 43206
  • Sycamore Fields Park at Three Creeks – 2748 Spangler Rd., 43207
  • Alumcrest Park – 2575 S. Cassady Ave., 43207

Additionally, ADA swings will be available soon at the following locations:

  • Saunders Park – 1380 Acheson St., 43203
  • Harrison Smith Park – 2646 Gatgewood Rd., 43219
  • Freedom Park – 5757 Westdale Park, 43119
  • Goodale Park – 120 W. Goodale St., 43215
  • Wynstone Park – 9280 S. Old State Rd., 43035

See a complete list of Columbus Recreation and Parks Department Parks here.

Wheelchair Accessible Trails

Foor Leisure Path
Blacklick Creek Greenway Trail
Ohio to Erie Trail
Camp Chase Trail
Heritage Rail Trail
Canal Winchester Trail System
Scioto Greenway Trail
Alum Creek Greenway Trail
Westerville B & W
Genoa Trail
Olentangy Trail

Wheelchair Accessible Trails at Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks

Big Meadows Path and Scenic River at Highbanks Metro Park
Darby Creek Greenway at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park
All six trails at Blacklick Woods Metro Park
Marsh Hawk and Ironweed Trails at Glacier Ridge Metro Park
Edward S. Thomas and Multipurpose Trails at Sharon Woods Metro Park

Helpful Links

Accessible Ohio State Park Facilities
Ohio Wheelchair Accessible Trails and Maps
Ohio Accessible Playground Directory
Accessible Nature

Thanks to Easterseals Central and Southeast Ohio for collaborating on this post!

*Please be aware,  information is gathered from multiple community sources. Please call ahead or check links to confirm the best fit for your child.  Enjoy what you do today!*


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6 Columbus Area Parks for Toddlers

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These 6 Columbus area parks are great for toddlers!

Maybe it’s just me, but sometimes taking young kids to the park can be a frightening experience.  You look away for 5 seconds and all of a sudden your toddler is standing at the top of a climbing wall looking over a 10 foot drop off to the pavement below.  I like to take my toddlers to parks where they can roam freely without a lot of worry that their lack of impulse control (or balance) is going to send us on a trip to the ER.  But that’s just me.

I suppose I should make a disclaimer that most (all?) of the younger kids’ areas in the parks I’ve been to have signs saying the equipment is designed for ages 2-5.  I don’t know anyone who has waited until their kid was 2 to take them to a park, so that being said, I have chosen 6 parks with particularly toddler-friendly play areas:

1. Funk-ee-Town, Harrison Park, Harrison West

995 Harrison Park Pl., Columbus, OH 43201
No Restrooms Available

Harrison Park

Harrison Park

GREAT toddler area here!  No crazy heights, the small slide is enclosed at the top, and lots of opportunities for imaginative play – on the ground!  My kids love the snack shack and the house with the blue roof has drums and a xylophone to play on inside, as well as a steering wheel. While you’re in the area, check out some of these kid-friendly options in the Short North!

2.  Jeffrey Mansion and Park, Bexley

165 N. Parkview Ave, Bexley, OH 43209
Seasonal Restrooms Available

Jeffrey Mansion Park, Bexley

Jefferey Mansion Park, Bexley, Ohio

The toddler area here is fenced in, making it a perfect little play area just for the younger crowd!  There is tunnel to crawl through, a dinosaur slide and a play house.  As a bonus, the grounds here are beautiful and if you follow the path into the woods behind the park, you will encounter a boardwalk along Alum Creek! If you’re in Bexley, add a stop at Kittie’s or Gramercy Books to complete the morning!

3.  Schiller Park, German Village

1069 Jaeger St., Columbus, OH 43206
Restrooms Available

Train at Schiller Park, German Village

Slide at Schiller Park, German Village

This side of the playground at Schiller park is very toddler friendly.  Kids love these trains, and the play area behind it, seen in the picture, is specifically made for the toddler set.  It’s completely closed in, there’s a ramp and the slides are so slow my 4 year old got stuck.  😉 There are several baby/toddler swings here as well. Nearby, check out Winans for great coffee and chocolate!

4. Pingree Park, Worthington

374 Pingree Dr., Worthington, OH 43085
No Restrooms Available

Pingree Park, Worthington, OH

Pingree Park, Worthington, Ohio

Pingree Park, Worthington, Ohio

My kids had a lot of fun at this park!  There’s a toddler play set, infant/toddler swings and a small path around the park that does not cross a road or parking lot.  There are a couple of picnic tables and benches here that are convenient for snacking or eating a packed lunch.

Both of my kids, including my toddler, actually really had fun on the tunnel slide, though it specifically says for ages 5 and up.  They specifically enjoyed yelling “Paw Patrol!” from the top and then pretending to slide down into their respective vehicles.  So yes, I did basically yell out jobs for them for at least 20 minutes: “Marshall, I need you and your firetruck to go rescue a kitty from a tree . . .” and so on . . . It was fun. (Sarcasm font.)

5.  Discovery Frontier, Fryer Park, Grove City

3899 Orders Rd., Grove City, OH 43123
Restrooms Available

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Fryer Park, Grove City, Ohio

This park is toddler friendly because it is more about space than height.  And yes, I mean that literally and figuratively.  This space-themed park has a lot of area to run, hills to climb and also sand to play in.  My kids love running through the tunnel and up the hill that is the moon. While you’re in Grove City, check out their awesome library!

There are several toddler-sized structures to play on.  It’s hard to say exactly what space-themed things they are supposed to be, but none of them are very high off the ground, and that’s what matters.  At this park, there is also a pond with a path to walk. There are several toddler swings here and they are under umbrella cover for shade – another bonus!

6. Alum Creek Park North, Westerville

221 W. Main St., Westerville, OH 43081
Restrooms Available

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Alum Creek Park North

Most of this park is geared toward older kids, but there are two things in particular make this park toddler-friendly and worth a visit.  One is the train, which is mainly at ground level with a tunnel to crawl through, benches to sit on inside and a small slide.  The second thing is the large sand pit.  I said it was toddler friendly, I didn’t promise your kids would stay clean.  😉 This park was one stop during our Playdate in Uptown Westerville – make sure to read to find out where we got donuts before hand! 😉

I have personally tried all of these parks with a toddler and lived to see another day!  I hope you and your little ones enjoy exploring a new park!  If you’re planning to pick up coffee on the way to the park, I featured two of these parks in my post Coffee+Park: 3 Parks Within Walking Distance of a Coffee Shop!

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