Scioto Audubon Metro Park

Designers: Kinzelman Kline Gossman, LLC | City: Columbus, OH | Project Type: wetlands, habitat
Date Visited: 09.29.12

Location: 400 W. Whittier Street Columbus, Ohio 43215
Size: 120 acres

You might have figured from the name already, but this park is for the birds. Though people also migrate in flocks to the 120-acre downtown oasis for recreational activities like fishing and hiking as well, birds really do make up the majority at Scioto Audubon Metro Park, from wetland birds to birds of prey.

Connected to the Scioto/Olentangy bike trail, this Scioto Audobon Metro Park is easily accessible by foot or bicycle. It’s also a local favorite and it’s not hard to see why when the park offers amazing amenities such as the largest, free climbing wall in the U.S., free wi-fi, a LEED-certified nature center, dog park, indoor playground…the list really does go on. And in 2010, the project was awarded the coveted Ohio ASLA Award of Excellence to Kinzelman Kline Gossman, LLC, a firm that has since merged with MSI Design to form MKSK, “represent one of the most significant landscape architecture firms in the Midwest.”

This is what the jury had to say about the project:

“The region’s first Audubon nature center, located on 80 acres of the Whittier Peninsula, was once a blighted, industrial brownfield site. Today, the urban park space serves a dual role: supporting nature-education experiences and reinforcing the concept of conservation through sustainable development. The design team and the Metro Park developed a plan to reclaim, redevelop, and revitalize this area, and together the facility, the site and a network of boardwalks and wetlands offer a dynamic learning lab for inner-city youth programs, school groups, and Columbus residents.” — 2010 OCASLA Awards

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