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Schiller Park, Columbus

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Schiller Park is a 23.45acre municipal park located in German Village, an historic neighborhood in Columbus, Ohio. The park is bounded by Reinhard Avenue to the north, Jaeger Street to the east, East Deshler Avenue to the south, and City Park Avenue to the west.During the nineteenth century, the land was originally owned by Frances Stewart and was known as "Stewart's Grove." It had been the area's center for festivals and neighborhood activities since the 1800s, including the Independence Day celebration of 1830 and Ohio State Fairs of 1864 and 1865. By 1866, David W. Deshler, his son William G. Deshler, and Allen G. Thurman purchased the property with the aim of having it permanently serve the public. Shortly afterwards, the City of Columbus purchased the park in April 1867 for $15,000 from the Deshlers and Thurman. Upon purchase, the park was renamed "The City Park" and is ranked as the second oldest park in the city following Goodale Park.Between the middle and end of the nineteenth century, the area surrounding "City Park" became increasingly populated by German immigrants. On July 4, 1891 during a Fourth of July celebration, a statue of Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller (1759–1805) was dedicated to the park by the German-born residents. Friedrich von Schiller was a famous German poet, philosopher, historian, and playwright. The statue in German Village is a second casting of the original statue in Munich, Germany. The original statue was designed and executed by Max von Widnmann and unveiled in Munich on May 9, 1863, an anniversary of Friedrich von Schiller's death. The Columbus City Council passed Ordinance No. 22,233 on April 3, 1905 to rename "The City Park" to "Schiller Park" as a namesake.
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Because Columbus serves as one of the country's major convention centers, its downtown offers comfortable rooms at all price levels. Hotels in the central part of town not only keep you close to all of the city's major attractions, but also provide you with modern amenities that include 24-hour room service, fitness centers, spa services, and on-site restaurants and bars. To stay in the city for a fraction of the price, consider an inn or motel near the Interstate exits.
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  • Schiller Park is one of the gems operated by the Columbus Department of Recreation and Parks. It is an oasis in the heart of German Village and includes 20+ acres of beautiful, mature trees and beauti...  more »
  • A beautiful large park that are surrounded by the homes of German Village. On summer weekends, the Actors' Theatre of Columbus preform some of the classics of Shakespeare, which are well received by a...  more »
  • Great place to get your exercise! Wonderful selection of classes offered in a safe, friendly environment.  more »
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  • There are quite a few things to do. There is a picnic and cookout area. A playground for small and bigger kids. There is a pond that you can sit by or fishing for kids and adults. There are places to walk for enjoyment or exercise. Its a very nice place to take your kids and family for a day of fun in the sun.
  • Good sized park in a nice community. Lots of green space and water. Tons of wildlife (ducks and geese) and a bridge that's great for some casual wedding photos.
  • Clean, well landscaped/maintained. Saw a cute play called 'Pride and Predudice' there's a pond, good lighting and parking. Very pretty area
  • Beautiful park located in the heart of German Village. Perfect for picnics with plenty of tall trees to provide shade. Beautiful fountains around the park set a tranquil mood.
  • It's a beautiful park! Great for kids, and dogs. Also the prices to put kids into a sport are very reasonable compared to other places!