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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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TripAdvisor
  • Beautiful lake with lovely landscapes and gazebo available for public use. Parking available. The trees were Beautiful colors this Halloween. 
  • We took my daughter there for her senior pictures...it is so beautiful! They keep the park very clean and it's so close to downtown! 
  • Went there quite recently for first time on my own. Very peaceful and relaxing. Felt quite safe on my own and plenty of space to walk around or bring a blanket and lay on the grass really enjoyed it 
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  • Very pretty park, with a nice pond and fountain. Cute gazebo. Plenty of space for kids or dogs to run around, and to play grounds. Especially great, considering its proximity to busy areas such as High St in Short North and the Arena District.
  • Rented the shelterhouse for a party. The staff on hand that day was Britain and he was amazingly helpful with setting up and clean up after our event. He as well kept the reserved parking spaces for us as it was the Greek festival and there were many trying to take those spots. The space was great and there was a patio for grilling (you have to bring your own grill) and enclosed restrooms inside the shelterhouse for guests.
  • Spacious park with a nice little lake Pokemon Go players have a gym and many stops at this location. Be careful visiting at night.
  • It is a park for radical progressives at Comfest. Conservative evangelical Christians are NOT welcome at Comfest and the Hot Mix festival the week before. Other times OK
  • Goodale is a big park adjacent to Short North entertainment district. I like to walk my dog here or spend a few hours reading a book. It's big, quiet and there's lots of room. It also has playgrounds, a pond and walking/running trails. Nice park!