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Schiller Park, Columbus

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Schiller Park is a 23.45acre municipal park located in German Village, a 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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  • I really enjoy spending time here. It's a happy spot for me here in Columbus. The park is very well taken care of and always feels safe. Lots of good photo ops too. There is a small pond, bridge and a...  more »
  • Surrounded by a good atmosphere lined with brick-making houses, it was a very soothing atmosphere. It is still a cold season, but it will be more beautiful in spring.
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  • Completely tame, level walk... Check out the badly translated wisdom on the sidewalk approaching the statue of Schiller. Good stuff. Close to some great restaurants, Old Mohawk and Roosters recommended highly, with some nice playground facilities - at least it looked like the kids were having fun. Water feature, lots of trees and in the heart of Gernan village.
  • Great Park for walk, run or bike. The landscaping is well groomed by a few different organizations including the city & German Village Singer's groups. There is some great history there as well, so don't just blaze by and cut yourself short. The historic homes around it add to the atmosphere there as well. There is an outdoor amphitheatre that has plays throughout the summer. Which is great for a family or date night picnic that isn't going to cost more than your supplies and a voluntary donation to help support the actors group. There is also a community center as well that you can look up hours for, with a gym and various classes depending on time of year. Take a moment, appreciate the beauty and tranquility of this little park, I'm pretty aure you'll be glad you did. Also when you're walking home or back to your car check out some of the flower beds or window boxes of the houses as German Village takes great pride in maintaining its beauty there as well.

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