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.Use our Columbus trip itinerary planning website to visit Schiller Park on your trip to Columbus, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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.
Schiller Park Reviews
Very nice park with paved walking paths, fountains, cute aerial statues, ponds and a bridge. Lots of people out with their dogs; apparently you can have your dogs off-leash here. more »
This super cute park is well maintained. It has a nice fountain along with other things to look at and decent bathrooms. It’s perfect for doing yoga, relaxing and picnicking. There are beautiful..... more »
Great park. There is a small playground here for the kids. It is not very shaded so bring suntan lotion. The rest of the park is pretty shaded. Plenty of tables and benches to sit at. Nice little pond to watch ducks and geese. There is a sports building as well as tennis courts outside. There is even a little theater there where they do plays. very nice park in German village.
This park is awesome! I'm pretty sure that if you joh the perimeter it is one mile. It has a nice little park for kids to play. The duck pond is adorable and reminds me of a piece of the country right in the middle of the city. The flowers and foliage are beautifully kept and it's a great friendly atmosphere. Doggies are welcome!
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