The Big Walnut Creek Parkland is the newest addition to the Metro Parks. This 98-acre natural area was acquired on January 31, 2017. The site is dominated by old growth Oak-Maple forest, ravine topography and 90+ ft bluffs that overlook Big Walnut Creek.
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Natural Play Area – Blendon Woods
We are now installing additional play features in the 20-acre Blendon Woods Natural Play Area. The area will reopen later this spring for all the children who want to zip over a stream, climb a tree, balance on a log or otherwise be free to dare in the outdoors. Special thanks to 5-year-old Maris Leigh Zugaro and her family as well as REI CO-OP for their help with this project and to the voters of Franklin County for their continued support of park levies that help fund these tremendous endeavors.
River Bluff – Highbanks
The River Bluff development is situated on the west side of the Olentangy State Scenic River at Highbanks Metro Park. The site is dominated by floodplain, new growth sycamores and boasts impressive views of the 100-foot shale bluffs across the river. The River Bluff area will open in 2017 and will include parking, canoe/kayak access and a nature trail.