Welcome to the NEW Hickory Woods Park. Enjoy trails, a catch-and-release pond and sledding hill when the conditions are right. Leashed dogs are permitted on the trails.
The former agricultural fields on this 115-acre site have been transformed into wetlands and prairies, and reforested with oak and hickory trees. This park will expand habitat for a variety of wildlife that call this site home, such as cottontail rabbits, red foxes, grey tree frogs and spring peepers. An extensive trail system provides both gravel and primitive trail surfaces that will lead visitors through the park for exploration and discovery.
The next phase of construction, and central to the park, will be a four-season picnic shelter that will allow for year-round use for programming and can be rented by the public. A picnic area, sled hill, and natural and traditional play areas will be located adjacent to the picnic shelter.
The theme for this new park is “Inspiring Outdoor Exploration.” Its topography, vegetation, previous land uses and proximity to residential neighborhoods means that the park will lend itself to activities that will appeal to a wide range of visitors: small children using the play areas and sledding hill; teens fishing in the pond; adults running the hills; and seniors hiking through the woodlands enjoying the wildlife. Proximity to the Olentangy River allows for future programming opportunities but is not otherwise accessible.
This rendering imagines the look of the core section of this new park, which stretches between Pollock and Berlin Station roads. For a full-size rendering Click Here
For a list of flora and fauna found during a 24-hour BioBlitz in 2014, click HERE