The Topiary Park
A Historic Gem
Though the Topiary Park that we know today was dedicated in 1992, the seven-acre park’s history goes back much further. The topiaries are nestled within what was historically called Old Deaf School Park, which has a past spanning back to the early 19th century. The popularity of the topiaries and their attraction to tourists has led the park to become popularly known as the Topiary Park. However, when you look at the park’s roots you find the history of the Ohio School for the Deaf, the inspiring story of James and Elaine Mason who first dreamed of a topiary garden and, of course, you see the muse: Georges Seurat’s famous painting A Sunday Afternoon on the Isle of La Grand Jatte.
The care and energy of the Friends of the Topiary Park has ensured that these stories thrive along with the beautiful living sculptures, and they have created educational resources to enhance the visitor experience.
This is a very clean well manicured park not far from the city center. It boast lush mature trees, a small pond, and beautiful flower beds. There is plenty of seating with benches and picnic tables or even bring your favorite blanket and grab a soft spot beneath a shade tree! Its also within steps of the Columbus Metropolitan Library Main Branch. It's very peaceful and serene. I call it mini central park. On summer night the even show movies in the park!
I took my family to listen to some jazz and walk around. The kids had so much fun dancing and running around the topiary.
Awesome park. There is a copper picture there which is a copy of a famous painting and they recreated the painting using the bushes. It was very unique and awesome. There is also a nice little pond with ducks.
The park is well manicured and generally clean. The main branch of the Columbus metropolitan library is located immediately east of the park, and has public restrooms during library hours. During our visit, this park seemed to be popular for the city's homeless population, probably because of abundant electrical outlets, public restrooms, and the availability of the library for shelter. I noted several individuals sleeping on blankets away from the park core, and other individuals dying boots in the sun or otherwise overdressed for the weather.
This is a secret place in the heart of the city. Bring your blanket and sit amidst the Topiary. Be part of the painting. This is a beautiful, chill, fantastic space. Breathe.