The tree- and garden-filled park is a hub for all sorts of classes and Shakespearian performances—not to mention a rec center, basketball court, fishing ponds and a playground. There’s also a lot of art, including two traditional sculptures, as well as a few more that are out there, err, up there (explanation below) for you to enjoy a sensory-stimulating run through the second-oldest park in Columbus.
Let’s start with a run around the exterior of the square-shaped park that’s bordered by Reinhard Avenue (north), Jaeger Street (east), East Deshler Avenue (south) and the aptly named City Park Avenue (west). It’s about 0.6 miles around, and you can run on the cement path, or the grass next to it, and admire the ornate, red-brick Italianate architecture that lines these four streets as you breeze by.
And then, explore! Zigzag around the paths that crisscross the park. Break in the shade of the ash and elms, and soak in the beauty of the Huntington Perennial Garden.
Make sure to look for the girl with the copper umbrella, a statue in a fountain on the west side of the park. There’s also a massive statue of Friedrich von Schiller, the famous (in his day) German poet. The park was named in his honor, unveiled on July 4, 1891 before a crowd of 50,000. (During World War I, anti-German sentiment was running high and the park was renamed Washington Park, reverting back to its original name in 1930.) Make sure to look up as you run with an eye for the whimsical, gravity-defying sculptures of Jerzy Kedziora. They’re not actually floating in space; if you look closely, you can see their suspension wires.