Best Park

From the Best Park edition

Park of Roses

3923 N. High St., Clintonville
614-645-3350

Web: recparks.columbus.gov

One of the greatest things the City of Columbus has ever done was to conserve a series of green spaces along the Olentangy River north of Downtown and turn them into a necklace of popular parks. The crown jewel of this eco-friendly legacy is the Park of Roses, a 13-acre expanse just west of the Whetstone Public Library. Essentially a dream garden that you don't have to personally maintain, it features 11,000 rose bushes and specialized collections of herbs, daffodils and perennials. Things really explode during the peak bloom from mid-June to early September, but the park's appeal withstands even the blusteriest conditions.

Runners-up: Goodale Park, Schiller Park