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, basketball courts, shelter houses, restroom facilities, picnic areas, and one of the best handicap accessible playgrounds in Southern Ohio. 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
. Be sure to stop by this beautiful park on your next visit to Chillicothe.
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, and a boat ramp that provides access to the Scioto River and public fishing along the river’s banks.
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.
Manor Park is 1.1 acres located in the Chillicothe Manor subdivision off North Bridge Street. Major renovations were completed in 2002. Through grants, donations, and the cooperation of several city departments, this park now rivals Poland and Yoctangee Park as one of the most beautiful in the city. New play equipment was added along with a shelter house, full size basketball court, parking area and landscaping. This neighborhood 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 is 2 acres located near the end of the Pedestrian/Bikeway Corridor on East Riverside Street. This park has a shelter house, some play equipment, and a restroom facility, which serves the park as well as bikeway traffic.
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 served in the world’s greatest conflict. 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 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 is 1.1 acres located on the corner of Seventh and Walnut Streets. This is a neighborhood park with a shelter house with electricity, play equipment, full size basketball court and restroom facility. A new sidewalk and the addition of a tree lawn were recently completed.
Pedestrian/Bikeway Corridor is a 4.0 mile handicap accessible paved trail. The trail bisects the city from the northwest corporation limit to the eastern most edge. Better than 2/3 of the trail is located on top of the city’s floodwall protection levy, which provides beautiful vistas 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 is a scenic 30-acre urban wetlands preserve located behind Shawnee Square shopping center.
Goldie A. Gunlock Memorial Park is 49 acres, donated to the city in 1996, by the Gunlock family. The area has undergone a restoration of approximately 13 acres of wetlands and the enhancement of the existing wetland. The restored wetland areas will incorporate several diverse wetland communities in order to promote environmental education at the site. Goldie Gunlock parking lot.
Millennium Grove is 7 acres located on North Bridge Street behind Manor Park and Triple Crown Sports facility. North Bridge Street Development donated this parcel of land to the city in 2003. 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. These trees are divided into seven glades to denote their ancestral significance. They are: Ohio History, American History, Civil War North, Civil War South, Presidents, Famous Women, and Famous Men. There are more than forty species of trees in the Grove.
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 from 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 Tree Nursery 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 some play equipment and a large field for recreational use.