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160 S High St
Columbus, OH 43215
If you are new to Columbus, or visiting for the first time, the fact that there is a large span of gorgeously groomed green grass smack dab in the middle of downtown may not come as a shock to you. However, to us who have been around for more than a few years, it's quite the change up. Columbus Commons is a brand new addition to the Central Ohio metropolis, sitting exactly where a once booming shopping mall called City Center once stood.
The park is certainly set to revitalize the businesses in the area, which is evident through the new addition of MoJoe Lounge, and the nearby Scioto Mile. The park is intended to be a great spot for families to spend time, complete with a concession stand selling local foods, live music nights every Thursday from 5:30-9:00 PM, and a very special and unique "outdoor reading room." The reading room is comprised of carts of books donated by the Friends of the Columbus Metropolitan Library and includes both adult and childrens books, as well as shaded tables and free Wi-Fi.
Perhaps one of the biggest stand-outs at Columbus Commons is its carousel! At just $1 a ride, kids can have the time of their lives hopping on top of a frog, fish, horse, giraffe, dragon, or other fun carousel animals! Handcrafted by Mansfield's Carousel Works, it gives the park a great deal of charm having this ride available. Parents ride for free alongside their kids, which is an added treat!
Admittingly, this is not my favorite type of park, as I more enjoy parks that have more active lifestyle amentities, such as hiking and biking trails. However, many people use Columbus Commons to play sports in their open fields or to run around its perimeter (especially those who need somewhere to go during their lunch break). Additionally, there is a Fit Club Kickboxing class free to the public on Wednesday nights from 5:30-6:30 PM.
Overall, I enjoy any place that beautifies the city and promotes getting outdoors and having fun! The park is just getting started, as it has only been open to the public for a few brief months. I am excited to see what all is in store for Columbus Commons in months to come!