An introduction to Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks

Your 20 Metro Parks provide endless opportunities for you to connect with nature and have fun in the outdoors. With more than 28,000 acres of land and water to explore and 230 miles of trails to traverse, there’s plenty of space for everyone to enjoy the wonder and majesty of nature in Metro Parks. We’re free and only open every day for your enjoyment.

The mission of Metro Parks is to conserve open spaces, while providing places and opportunities that encourage people to discover and experience nature.

Our History

Created on August 14, 1945, Metro Parks is an independent political subdivision of the state of Ohio organized under Ohio Revised Code Section 1545 to conserve natural resources and provide natural area parks for people to enjoy. Metro Parks is a separate subdivision of the state of Ohio and is not under the administration of any other governmental unit.

The tremendous growth and enduring popularity of Metro Parks is due to the strong support of the community – as voters, as volunteers and as visitors. Metro Parks’ primary funding source is the 10-year, 0.95 mill levy approved by Franklin County voters in November 2018. The levy provides a sound financial base for operating and improving existing parks as well as acquiring additional land for future preservation.

Metro Parks has three designated categories of revenue: public sources (taxes, local government funds and government grants), operational fees (earned income) and other revenue (donations, interest income, etc).

Girl on climbing wall at Scioto Audubon
Photo: Larry Hamill

Our Future

We continually work to responsibly manage our resources, while enhancing visitor experiences. We are dedicated to meeting taxpayer expectations while fulfilling our mission’s mandate.

Photo: Dave Jolley

News & Upcoming Events

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Blendon Woods Metro Park marks 70 years of connecting people to the great outdoors

Seventy years ago, Blendon Woods Metro Park opened to the public, making it the second park of what would, today, become one of the best park systems in the country. …Read More

Fall brings colorful changes in your Metro Parks

TINA FRONK Social Media Specialist Fall offers crisp morning air, bright blue skies and breathtaking vistas bursting with brilliant colors. It’s the perfect time to lace up your hiking boots …Read More

Metro Parks will offer two lottery hunts for the 2021 deer hunting season

Clear Creek Metro Park and Fairfield and Hocking counties Managing wildlife and habitats is of utmost importance to resource managers in Metro Parks. Keeping wildlife populations in balance allows all …Read More

Planning and design interns reflect on enchanting time with Metro Parks

EMILY LOOMIS AND BRAD REUSCHLING Planning and Design Interns Spending the summer with the planning and design team as interns has been anything but slow or stagnant. We’ve worked on …Read More

Get Outside, It’s Your Nature!