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If You Don’t Know Minerva Park, Well, You Probably Should

Inside an under-the-radar but spectacular Columbus neighborhood

November 26, 2019

Minerva Park Municipal Pool (Courtesy Village of Minerva Park)

Even many Columbus residents are unfamiliar with Minerva Park. But the tiny neighborhood of only 1,300 residents in the northeast part of the city is a hidden gem.

The independent, mostly residential village is set within four bustling corridors: East Dublin Granville Road (State Route 161) and Morse Road running east and west, and Cleveland Avenue and Westerville Road running north and south. Minerva Park also has easy access to I-270 and I-71, so the community is just a quick drive from Downtown Columbus, Uptown Westerville, and other popular areas.

Minerva Park was once home to Franklin County’s first amusement park, a quirky piece of history that’s recognized with a marker next to the neighborhood’s South Lake. Between 1895 and 1902, the Minerva Amusement Park entertained visitors with a theater, zoological garden, ornithological museum, roller coaster, and water slide, as well as with swimming, boating, baseball, bowling, concerts, dancing, pony rides, and fireworks.

Minerva Amusement Park was open from 1895 to 1902. Above, a roller coaster ride along the lake, taking passengers to a two-story dance pavilion. (Courtesy Columbus Metropolitan Library)
This theater was Minerva Amusement Park’s main attraction. Built in only four weeks at a cost of $50,000, the venue housed an auditorium larger than any theater in Columbus. (Courtesy Columbus Metropolitan Library)

Today, Minerva Park has a community pool and is in close proximity to a number of entertainment and shopping destinations, including Easton Town Center, Columbus Square Bowling Palace, and Champions Golf Course. Residents are just down the road from Uptown Westerville, where locally owned businesses like Schneider’s Bakery have been delighting customers for decades.

It’s easy to get outdoors, too. Minerva Park is just minutes from Blendon Woods Metro Park, Sharon Woods Metro Park, Inniswood Metro Gardens, and Alum Creek Trail.

The neighborhood is close to the airport, as well as three of central Ohio’s primary employment centers: Downtown Columbus, Easton Town Center, and the New Albany/Licking County area. Plus, there are great schools nearby, like Otterbein University and Ohio Dominican University.

It’s no surprise that Minerva Park has filled in over the past several years. The Four Pointe apartment complex opened in 2016 and then, one year later, a housing development debuted on the site of the former Minerva Lake Golf Course.

For those interested in living in Minerva Park, the Four Pointe apartment community is a great option. Four Pointe, a Rhove partner property, is located within the prestigious Westerville school district and filled with spectacular amenities like a swimming pool and theater room. And don’t forget, they offer all of their residents the opportunity to use Rhove!

To learn more, see our virtual tour of Four Pointe.

The Four Pointe apartment community in Minerva Park.

If you’re browsing apartments in Columbus you’ll definitely want to check out properties offering Rhove, where you can make money on rent.

To learn about the neighborhoods where you can become a Rhover, check out our blogs on the Short North, Franklinton, Grove City, and Minerva Park.