Open Air Shelters

If you are looking for a lower-cost rental while still enjoying your beautiful parks, our Open Air shelters are perfect for your next event.

Open for Rentals

April 1–Oct. 31

Rental Times

9 a.m.–3 p.m.  |  4–10 p.m.

Rental Cost

$75 for half a day

$150 for the full day

Online Rentals

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Use the book now button to check the availability of shelters.

Rentals must be requested no less than 7 days prior to the event date.

Fairwood Park

1392 Fairwood Avenue Columbus, OH 43206

Number of shelters available: 3

  • Shelter #1 – First shelter as you enter the park
    • 4 tables under the shelter, 2 additional tables outside near the shelter
    • Charcoal Grill
  • Shelter #2 – Second shelter in the middle of the park (near the playground)
    • 4 tables under the shelter, 3 additional tables outside near the shelter
    • Charcoal Grill
  • Shelter #3 – Last shelter in the rear of the park
    • 10 tables under the shelter, 3 additional tables outside near the shelter
    • Charcoal Grill

Additional Park Amenities

  • Playground
  • Walking Trail
  • Ample Parking
  • Portable Restrooms
  • Skate Park
Griggs Reservoir Park

2933 Riverside Drive Columbus, OH 43221

Number of shelters available: 2

There are a total of six open air shelters available at the Griggs Reservoir. #5 and #6 are available to reserve and #1-#4 are available on a first come first served basis.

  • Shelter #5 – Located on the east side of the reservoir near the intersection of Stratford Drive and Riverside Drive.
    • 3 tables under the shelter
    • Wooded setting
    • Ample green space
    • Portable restroom
  • Shelter # 6 – Located on west side of reservoir in Duranceau Park (3100 Thoburn Ave.)
    • 6 tables under the shelter
    • Playground
    • Swing set
    • Wooded setting
    • Ample green space
    • Portable restroom

Additional Park Amenities

  • Reservoir
  • Walking Trails
Hanford Village Park

800 Alum Creek Drive Columbus, OH 43205

Number of shelters available: 1

  • 3 tables under the shelter

Additional Park Amenities

  • Ample green space
  • Charcoal grill
  • Half basketball court
  • Playground
  • Portable restroom
  • Walking Trail
Hoover Reservoir Park

7701 Sunbury Road Westerville, OH 43081

Number of shelters available: 3

There are a total of seven open air shelters available at the Hoover Reservoir. #3, #6 and #7 are available to reserve and #1, #2, #4 and #5 are available on a first come first served basis.

  • Shelter #3 – Located just south of the dam on Central College Road (4151 Central College Road)
    • 5 tables under the shelter
    • Portable restroom
  • Shelter #6 – Located on the west side of the reservoir in Area B near the intersection of E. Walnut St. and Sunbury Road.
    • 6 tables under the shelter, additional 4 tables outside near the shelter
    • Waterfront
    • Portable restroom
  • Shelter #7 – Located on the west side of the reservoir near the Red Bank Marina (6991 Sunbury Road)
    • 5 tables under the shelter, additional 6 tables outside near the shelter
    • Waterfront
    • Portable restroom

Additional Park Amenities

  • Reservoir
  • Nature and Wildlife Areas
  • Walking Trails
  • Frisbee Golf Course
Mock Park

2520 Mock Road Columbus, OH 43219

Number of shelters available: 1

  • 15 tables under the shelter

Additional Park Amenities

  • Ample green space
  • Basketball court
  • Playground
  • Pollinator Garden
  • Portable restroom
  • Swing set
  • Tennis Court
  • Walking Trail
  • Woods and Wildlife Area
Nelson Park

430 N. Nelson Road Columbus, OH 43219

Number of shelters available: 2

  • Shelter #1 – Located closest to the park entrance
    • 4 tables under the shelter, additional 3 tables outside near the shelter
    • Charcoal grill
  • Shelter #2 – Located farthest from the park entrance
    • 4 tables under the shelter, additional 3 tables outside near the shelter
    • Charcoal grill

Additional Park Amenities

  • Ample Green Space
  • Basketball court
  • Portable Restrooms
  • Playground
  • Swing Set
Scioto Southland Park

3901 Parsons Avenue Columbus, OH 43207

Number of shelters available: 2

  • Shelter #1 – Located closest to the sprayground and parking lot
    • 4 tables under the shelter, additional 5 tables outside near the shelter
    • Charcoal grill
  • Shelter #2 – Located furthest from the sprayground and parking lot
    • 4 tables under the shelter, additional 5 tables outside near the shelter
    • Charcoal grill

Additional Park Amenities

Summitview Park

8420 Sawmill Road Powell, OH 43065

Number of shelters available: 1

  • 4 tables under the shelter, additional 4 tables outside near the shelter
  • Playground
  • Swing set
  • Ample green space
  • Portable restroom

Additional Park Amenities

  • Walking Trail
Walnut Hill Park

6001 E. Livingston Ave. Columbus, OH 43232

Number of shelters available: 1

  • 4 tables under the shelter
  • Playground
  • Swing set
  • Charcoal grill
  • Portable restroom

Additional Park Amenities

  • Walking Trail
  • Tennis Courts
  • Frisbee Golf Course
Westgate Park

455 S. Westgate Ave. Columbus, OH 43204

Number of shelters available: 1

There are two open-air shelters within Westgate Park. The one that is available to reserve is located near the pond. The shelter near the community center is available on a first come first serve basis.

  • Shelter Near The Pond
    • 8 tables under the shelter
    • Pond
    • Portable restrooms

Additional Park Amenities

Whetstone Park

3923 N. High St. Columbus, OH 43214

Number of shelters available: 2

  • Shelter #1 – Located in the lower portion of the park near the lower meadow (the first one you come to entering the park)
    • 6 tables under the shelter, additional 10 tables outside near the shelter
    • Portable restroom
  • Shelter #2 – Located next to the pond in the back of the park
    • 2 tables under the shelter
    • Portable restroom

Additional Park Amenities

Woodward Park

5147 Karl Road Columbus, OH 43229

Number of shelters available: 1

  • 2 tables under the shelter
  • Playground
  • Swing set
  • Basketball court
  • Tennis courts
  • Portable restrooms

Additional Park Amenities

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