Metro Parks will celebrate the grand opening of Scioto Grove, its newest park on May 6 at 10 a.m. The public is invited to attend this free event which will begin with a ceremonial ribbon cutting followed by tours and fun activities. The park is located at 5172 Jackson Pike in Grove City.
After the ribbon cutting, visitors can take a naturalist led hike along the river or tour the park by tram. Instructors from the REI Outdoor School will conduct map reading and land navigation sessions, knot tying and other fun family outdoor activities.
“This park became a reality thanks to Franklin County voters’ passage of the 2009 parks levy, donation of land from Grove City and our great outdoor partner REI CO-OP,” said Tim Moloney, Metro Parks executive director. “We would not be able to undertake so many wonderful initiatives, programs, activities and parks like Scioto Grove without such great partners.”
Scioto Grove Metro Park is a 620-acre park with mature forests and scenic bluffs overlooking the river. It features more than seven miles of trails, two picnic areas with shelters, tables and grills, a kids play area and several river overlook decks. The park is located along a scenic bend in the Scioto River and is a great destination for canoeists, kayakers, anglers and people wanting to see waterfowl and other wildlife.
Dogs on leashes are welcome throughout the park.
Thanks to a donation of 193 acres of land from the city of Grove City, funds from the state of Ohio Clean Ohio Program, and passage of a property tax levy by Franklin County voters, Metro Parks has developed this park for people of all ages and abilities to experience nature and enjoy quality time with family and friends. Additional support came from outdoor retailer REI to construct a backpack trail along the river for those just getting into the sport, as well as those seasoned backpackers who want a quick overnight without having to journey several hours.
For more information, visit metroparks.net.