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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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  • August 10, 2017
    Well kept park, nice place to take children and walk around. Pretty nice playground. Very clean and not very crowded most of the time.  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    Goodale Park is not horrible. It's one of the oldest parks in the area, and a lot of the paths and fountains are originals. However, it's not in the greatest area. I would not recommend being there in...  more »
  • July 24, 2017
    Maybe this is a given, but this is a sketchy place to be at night. My friend and I were waiting here for a ride home after a concert and were approached by a very abrasive man. He kept asking us for m...  more »
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  • June 25, 2017
    So how can you not like Goodale park? And I went during Comfest too, which is always great for people watching. However, I would enjoy Goodale park without a festival. Wide grassy places and walking areas. Peace in the middle of the city.
  • July 1, 2017
    Goodale Park lends itself to Community Festival every year. I remember when it was not that way so thankful that Comfest has such a wonderful space. Beautiful gardens, walking paths and play grounds make this park wonderful year round.
  • May 28, 2017
    Was there for my daughter's graduation party. Very nice park.. We actually used the club house that was there. Very accommodating.It holds about 75 people. We had enough space for a DJ, dance floor, 3 food tables, and 13 other tables for guests. The staff was very nice and helpful. Whatever we needed, they were right there to assist us. They had a kitchen and restrooms, but there was no stove on the kitchen. Overall, it was perfect for the occasion. A Rainbow appeared over the park for about 5 minutes. Beautiful!
  • April 29, 2017
    Very pretty park, with a nice pond and fountain. Cute gazebo. Plenty of space for kids or dogs to run around and a playground. *Update: the playground area is under construction now.* Especially great, considering its proximity to busy areas such as High St in Short North and the Arena District.
  • June 30, 2017
    Attended Comfest at Goodale Park - held once a year. This is an awesome festival. Great people watching! Tons of vendors and very affordable prices.

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