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Goodale Park, Columbus

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Goodale Park is a public park in the Victorian Village area of Columbus, Ohio. It was donated to the city in 1851 by Lincoln Goodale. For a few months during the Civil War, it was a staging area for Union troops known as Camp Jackson. ComFest, a large, free, non-corporate, music and arts annual festival, is held in the park in June.Located immediately north of downtown Columbus, the park is bordered by Goodale Street on the South, Park Street on the East, Buttles Avenue on the North, and Dennison Avenue on the West.Camp Jackson During Civil WarFrom April to June 1861, the park was used as a staging area for new recruits for the Union Army. The camp started in April when Governor William Dennison, at the urging of President Lincoln, called on Ohio communities to revive their militias and send them to Columbus.A high picket fence is erected around the camp, and the curious public mills around all day. Few visitors are allowed in. There are reports that the troops eat very well while in the camp.The Governor’s Guards, a corps of soldiers stationed at the camp, marched through Columbus on a Saturday morning to urge the local people to show their patriotism and enlist in the cause. A Captain Morrow was so successful that his company grew so large with new recruits that he had to start a second company of troops and that one was nearly full. "Any young man interested in enlisting in this company, “B” of the 3rd Regiment, is told to call at Camp Jackson at an early hour."
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  • Goodale is a nice park for the part of this part of the country, but the real advantage is the festivals. Especially comfest, where you really get to see all the different people living in a city of b...  more »
  • The park, quite large, is just off High Street in downtown. Plenty of walking paths, a pond, trees... A nice place to relax and unwind. Tons of ducks in the pond. And believe it or not, three or four ...  more »
  • Nice little complement to the hustle bustle eating/shopping of the adjacent Short North. We parked here at the meters ($1 in quarters for 90 minutes I think) and walked 1 block east on Russell to High...  more »
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  • Goodale Park is always gorgeous and a wonderful place to spend a day. I've seen groups painting, lots of dogs running around, and because it's so close to the Short North, you can make staying in Columbus an all day event. Lovely food options are around, art galleries, fun shops like Flower Child and Rocket Fizz, lovely dessert options, and so on. I highly recommend this park, I believe there is free parking within the park (only if you're at the park,) and there are tons of meters around the block.
  • Nice green space in the short north area. Many people bring their pets and let them off leash. Fountain and pond is constantly being repaired. Local rec leagues play various sports here. Tennis courts, play ground equipment are my favorite parts. Free Parking is lacking but plenty of metered spots. Avoid during local festivals
  • The absolute must be in town. I truly absolutely admire everything about this part and what it has to offer its very very clean for the most part it's safe and overall in the summer and during the winter and depending on when you're there you can catch the most amazing photography
  • Lots of homeless.enjoy this park leaving plenty of.garbage and associated beer bottles and cans. Regularly find syringes and used condoms on our evening walks. Would not recommend this park after dark
  • Very nice and clean park. Good place to take your dog

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