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 Air Shelters are available for rentals from April–October. The shelters are first come, first served from November–March.

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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