Historically, one of Columbus’ most popular parks, Bicentennial Park has been transformed to a downtown destination with the addition of a one-of-kind fountain, park restaurant and eye-catching performance pavilion. From flower gardens to fountain play and concerts to culinary delights, the park offers something for everyone.
The Promenade, a grand boulevard that stretches along Civic Center Drive from Broad Street to Rich Street, connects Battelle Riverfront Park with the John W. Galbreath Bicentennial Park. The Promenade features a stone colonnade with swings, gardens, water canals and table seating for a game of chess or dominoes. Lined with trees and seasonal flowers, the stone-paved pedestrian walk provides a canopy of shade during hot summer days.
The Huntington Plaza fountains, in the center of the promenade, feature unique bronze fish playfully spouting water. The Town Street Prow, located at the site of the former Town Street Bridge, provides a scenic overlook of the Scioto River. Free Wi-Fi service, provided by Time Warner Cable, is available along the Promenade and throughout the Scioto Mile.
Scioto Mile Fountain presented by the American Electric Power Foundation
The American Electric Power Foundation Fountain is the centerpiece of Bicentennial Park.
The stunning 15,000 square-foot fountain has more than 1,000 jets of water that take on a multitude of forms and shapes. The fountain has interactive features with access for children of all ages, as well as a 75-foot towering jet of water. At night the fountain experience is enhanced by unique lighting and fog effects that form a backdrop for artistic light projections. Fountain shows will take place daily throughout the summer.
- Children under 8-years-old must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
- Pets are not permitted in any of the fountains at any time.
- Children not potty-trained must wear swim diapers in the fountains.
- Please walk and do not run.
- Fountain water is re-circulated, so please avoid getting water in your mouth.
- Please stay out of the fountain if you are ill.
- Diaper changing permitted only in the public restrooms.
- Please wash hands after using the restroom or changing a diaper.
Milestone 229 Park Restaurant
Overlooking the park is a state-of-the-art, glass-enclosed restaurant with a covered outdoor dining terrace. Offering panoramic views of the fountain and riverfront, the restaurant is open daily for lunch and dinner. An architectural icon along the riverfront, the building design includes roof-top solar panels to help power the fountain and restaurant. Popular downtown restaurant operator, Columbus Brewing Company, will bring a new dining concept to the park.
Bicentennial Park Pavilion
Designed to enhance downtown arts and cultural experiences, Bicentennial Park is home to a brand new performance pavilion. The venue will host free music, dance and theatrical performances presented by the Recreation and Parks Department, as well as offer rental opportunities for other community events.