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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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  • It was beautiful. The trees are budding and flowering. There are spring flowers coming up. Happy fat grey squirrels bouncing around. Calm ducks cruising across the pond in pairs. Some trees are labeled as to what they are, nice. Plenty of places to sit and rest. Clean no litter or dog mess. A nice Oasis in Short North.
  • Took grandchildren to historical Goodale Park. We were 8n the play area. But the entire park is beautiful and relaxing. Dogs are welcome. I grew up in Victorian Village when it was in inner city. We use to walk to this park to play.
  • Since my grandma across the street from here I used to come here very often. The park has gotten a lot better over the years I must say due to the renovations. I've always loved this park and it holds a special place in my heart. From walks in the part, walking around the pond, and the newer playgrounds this is a great place to go for all age people.
  • This park is beautiful and full of friendly people. It's easy to find parking as long as there isn't a major event. The paths are well taken care of and th scenery is lovely. You can also easily walk to several restaurants and events.
  • If you want to take your dog for a walk or have a picnic have a game of frisbee catch Shakespeare in the park play it's one of my favorite parks flowers trees doggies bridge over a pond should check it out at least once
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