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Parks & Recreation

Neighborhood Parks

Yoctangee Park
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Yoctangee Park is 48 acres located downtown adjacent to the Historic First Capital District.  This is a community park for both active and passive enjoyment.  Amenities include: softball and baseball fields, tennis courts, pickleball courts, basketball courts, shelter houses, restroom facilities, picnic areas, handicap accessible playground, bike path access, fishing, and frisbee golf.  Yoctangee Park is also home to the restored Municipal Water Plant built in 1882, which now serves as the Pump House Center for the Arts

Yoctangee Park restrooms will be open seven days a week, 8:00am to 8:00pm.

Patrick Park
Patrick ParkPatrick Park opened on October 19th, 2023. This project was made possible by the generous property donation of former City Councilwoman, Patricia Patrick, and her family. The property was cleared and greened with a grant secured by Ross County Land Bank to prepare for the development and creation of the park. Additional partnerships and support through grant funding were provided by the Ross County Health District’s Creating Healthy Communities program as well as AARP’s Community Challenge program. The “Patrick Park” playground design was chosen by the community with votes coming from Chillicothe Pre-K and Primary Schools, YMCA Latchkey, Chillicothe and Ross County Public Library’s Bookworm groups, and an ice cream social voting event held at the park’s location in the Spring of 2023.

Yoctangee Park Annex
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Yoctangee Park Annex is contiguous with Yoctangee Park separated by the city’s floodwall protection levy and Pedestrian/Bikeway Corridor.  Yoctangee Annex is the community’s largest athletic recreational area (40+ acres).  The Annex is home to 10 softball fields,  a shelter house, restroom facilities, tree groves, green space, and a boat ramp that provides access to the Scioto River and public fishing along the river’s banks.

Yoctangee Park Annex restrooms are open weekdays 4:00pm to 8:00pm, and weekends 9:00am to 4:00pm.

The Catherine and Holden Corzine Memorial Dog Park
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The Catherine and Holden Corzine Memorial Dog Park opened on October 3rd, 2019.  The first dog park in Chillicothe's history, this park features a small dog park (25lbs and under) and all dog park. This 1 acre off-leash area is open to all of Chillicothe's residents and visitors. Amenities/Features include an ADA compliant parking area with sidewalks leading in to our unleashing area, bike path access, 6 foot high fences to ensure even the largest leapers stay inside the park, water fountains for dogs and their handlers, dog waste stations (bags provided), benches, and plenty of tennis balls! Before visiting with your pup, please read through the Rules and Etiquette. Also check out our Facebook Page or email dogpark@chillicotheoh.gov for additional information.

Poland Park
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Poland Park is 3.2 acres located on the corner of Hickory and  West Fifth Streets. This is a neighborhood park with 2 full size basketball courts, restroom facilities, playground equipment, grill, and a shelter house with electricity.

Poland Park restrooms will be open on the weekends, from 9:00am to 6:00pm.

Manor Park
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Manor Park is 1.1 acres located in the Chillicothe Manor subdivision off North Bridge Street.  This is a neighborhood park with playground equipment, shelter house with electricity, full size basketball court, and a designated parking area. Manor Park is adjacent to Triple Crown Sports, the Hampton Inn and Suites, the Comfort Inn, and the Christopher Inn, allowing guests of the hotels easy access to a recreational area

Strawser Park
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Strawser Park is 2 acres located near the end of the Pedestrian/Bikeway Corridor on East Riverside Street.  This park has a shelter house, playground equipment, green field space, and a restroom facility, which serves the park as well as bikeway traffic.

Veterans Memorial Park
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Veterans Memorial Park previously known as Park St. Park is now home to the community’s first and only World War II Memorial.  This park honors citizens of the Chillicothe-Ross County area who have served in foreign wars.  Construction was completed in the summer of 2004.  Chillicothe Veterans’ Memorials, Inc. raised approximately $80,000 to support the bulk of construction.

Pine Street Park
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Pine Street Park is a 1 acre park that was recently renovated as part of the Westerly Bikeway extension.  A paved parking area was constructed and landscaping and signage were added as well as access to the westerly bikeway.

Southern Playground
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Southern Playground is 1.1 acres located on the corner of Seventh St. and Walnut St.  This is a neighborhood park with a shelter house with electricity, play equipment, full size basketball court and restroom facility.

Southern Playground restrooms will be open on the weekends, from 9:00am to 6:00pm.

Millennium Grove

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In 2000 the U.S. Department of Agriculture gave every state 100 trees, with ancestors of historical significance, to celebrate the new millennium 2001.  Chillicothe was chosen as the only city in Ohio to receive all 100 trees due to the exceptional urban forestry program in place, the existence of a tree care ordinance, and the continued hard work of the Chillicothe Tree Commission.  After two years of growth and care in the Western View Nursery, all 100 trees were planted in the grove in the fall of 2003. The Millennium Grove is a 7 acre park with over 100 trees that have ancestors connected with historical people, places or events. The trees are laid out in chronological order in seven glades that group the trees that are associated with Ohio, American History, Civil War - North, Civil War - South, Presidents, Famous Women, and Famous Men. In the Ohio glade, there is a descendant of the national champion Kentucky coffeetree (over 300 years old, in Lake County, Ohio); and trees connected to Harriet Beecher Stowe; the wife of President Taft; the Wright Brothers; Neil Armstrong; and the state tree Ohio buckeye. Beside each tree, there is a sign holding a faceplate that details the species name (common and scientific), a date, and information on the history associated with that tree. The signs are numbered and color-coded to facilitate self-guided tours. There are 40 different species of trees on the tour. To get to the Grove while driving on Bridge Street, turn between the Roosters restaurant and the BP gas station; at the stop sign turn left. At the next stop sign the Grove can be seen ahead - turn left down the driveway and park. Walk through the double line of flowering Japanese cherry trees and you have arrived! Literature is available at the Visitors Bureau at 45 East Main Street (740.702.7677).

Coppel Athletic Complex
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Coppel Athletic Complex is 42 acres located on US 50 West, just before Slate Mills and bordered by North Fork Creek. This land was donated to the city by Sunrush LLC. Coppel has a modest-sized playground. The park is predominantly used for youth league soccer but is often used for walking/running.

Western View Park
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Western View Park is located on the corner of the Western View Tree Nursery. Western View Park is 2.4 acres and home to the city’s first tree nursery. This nursery was originally home to over two hundred trees planted in the spring of 1996. Most of the trees from this nursery have been planted in Yoctangee Park, Yoctangee Annex, Poland Park, and University Drive and as street trees throughout the city. The park now has play equipment and green field space.

Bicentennial Park
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Bicentennial Park is located inside Yoctangee Park.  A scenic path contiguous with Lake Yoctangee that includes informational plaques about Chillicothe's storied history.

Paint Creek Recreational Trail
Pedestrian/Bikeway Corridor is a 4.0 mile handicap accessible paved trail. The trail bisects the city from the northwest corporation limit to th eeastern most edge. Better than 2/3 of the trail is located on top of th ecity's floodwall protection levy, which provides beutiful views of the scenic Scioto River. Construction of a connector under the Bridge Street Bridge was completed in 2003, so users of the bike path will no longer have to brave traffic on Bridge Street.

Shawnee Wetlands Preserve
Shawnee Wetlands Preserve is a scenic 30-acre urban wetland preserve located behind Shawnee Square shopping center.  

Goldie A. Gunlock Memorial Park
Goldie A. Gunlock Memorial Park is 49 acres, donated to the city in 1996, by the Gunlock family. 



35 S. Paint St. Chillicothe, OH 45601


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