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Parks & Recreation
3637 Center Road
Brunswick Ohio 44212

330-273-8000

John Piepsny
Parks & Recreation Director
jpiepsny@brunswick.oh.us

Boston Knolls

This neighborhood park can be reached by car via Weathervane off of Boston Road or by a walkway off of Berkeley Lane. The park offers several recreational opportunities. A forested walkway connects Boston Knolls to North Park (walkway off of Berkeley Lane), allowing park users to enjoy its walking trails through the beech-maple forests. The City worked with a subdivision developer in designing the park in the late 1970s. This was the first attempt by the City to work directly with a developer to assure the improvements and property met the City’s needs.

Location: 107 Weathervane Lane

Park highlights:

  • trail connector to North Park
  • wildlife viewing

Acquired:

Acreage: 5.15 acres

Public access points:

  • Weathervane Lane (driveway/parking area)
  • Berkeley Lane (walkway)
  • Lennox Circle (walkway)

Trails:

  • trail connector to North Park

Amenities:

  • parking
  • dog walking
  • trash receptacle
  • picnic tables
  • swings
  • playset
  • tennis court
  • softball/baseball fields

Bridgeport Park

Bridgeport, a neighborhood park, can be accessed by car via Suffolk Lane or by a walkway off of Portsmouth Drive. This park offers the typical design of a neighborhood park which others have been compared to. It features a mixture of active and passive use. The natural open space provides the opportunity to observe grassland birds — sparrows, bluebirds and hawks.

Location: 404 Winchester Lane

Park highlights:

  • open space/detention area: 2.5 acres (mowed twice a year)

Acquired: built in 1995; city accepted land from developer

Acreage: 5.0 acres

Public access points:

  • Winchester Lane (driveway/parking area)
  • Suffolk Lane (driveway/parking area)
  • Portsmouth Drive (walkway)

Amenities:

  • parking
  • dog walking
  • trash receptacle
  • pavilion
  • picnic tables
  • grills
  • drinking water
  • swings
  • playset
  • basketball court

Brunswick Lake Park

Named in 2009, Brunswick Lake Park provides expansive scenery next to Brunswick Town Center. It also features the Susan B. Hambley Nature Center at one end.

Location: Brunswick Lake Parkway (off Center Road)

Park highlights:

  • 1 mile fitness path, nature center, lake (non-motorized boats permitted on the lake)

Acquired:

Acreage:

Public access points:

  • Brunswick Town Center
  • Nature Center

Trails:

  • ½ mile nature trail

Amenities:

  • dog walking
  • fishing

Dog Park

The dog park is a .75 off-leash area for dogs.

Location: Cross Creek Drive

Park highlights:

  • natural open space/creek

Acquired: late 1980s; accepted the property from the Cross Creek developer

Acreage: 17.0 acres

Public access points:

  • Cross Creek Drive

 

Amenities:

  • parking
  • trash receptacle
  • picnic tables
  • off leash area

Heritage Farm

A former farm kept to preserve part of the History of the City of Brunswick, Heritage Farm Park is run through a joint effort between the city and the Brunswick Historical Society. 

Location: 4613 Laurel Rd.

Park highlights:

  • Historical Farmstead from 1860’s includes home (currently a museum of Brunswick History), restored barn and outbuildings.
  • Park is also the site of our community garden program where residents can rent a garden plot for the summer.
  • 1 mile walking trail through tall grass prairie, home to pheasant, meadowlarks, and many other grassland species.
  • Farmer’s Market runs on Sundays (early summer through early fall)

Acreage: 32 acres

Public access points:

  • Laurel Road (driveway/parking lots)
  • surrounding subdivisions (walkways)

 

Amenities:

  • parking
  • dog walking
  • trash receptacle
  • picnic tables
  • wildlife viewing
  • walking/hiking trails
  • historic site

More information about Heritage Farm and Museum is available from The Brunswick Area Historical Society.

Hopkins Park

Hopkins Park, one of our eight community parks, can be reached by vehicle via Laurel Road or Diana Drive, both of which have parking. A walkway off of Barbara Drive also provides access. This park offers room for active recreation along with some wooded areas for passive use. The second largest Swamp White Oak in Ohio can be found next to the Diana Drive entrance gate. In 1982, the City completed negotiations with the previous owner who also requested the park be named Hopkins. A grant was used to purchase the property.

Location: 3089 Laurel Road/1721 Diana Drive

Park highlights:

  • second largest Swamp White Oak in Ohio
  • natural wooded areas

Acquired: purchased via grant

Acreage: 32.00 acres

Public access points:

  • Laurel Road (driveway/parking area)
  • Diana Drive (driveway/parking area)
  • Barbara Drive (walkway)

 

Trails:

  • paved walkways

Other features:

  • restrooms (closed in winter)
  • concession stand (open only during soccer games)

Amenities:

  • parking
  • dog walking
  • trash receptacle
  • pavilion
  • picnic tables
  • restrooms
  • grills
  • drinking water
  • playset
  • basketball court
  • soccer field

Huntington Circle

This property is undeveloped open space and is maintained only by mowing twice a year.

Location: 1870 Berkshire Drive

Park highlights:

  • property next to Huntington Elementary
  • outdoor lab

Acquired:

Acreage: 4.01 acres

Public access points:

  • Berkshire Drive

Amenities:

  • dog walking
  • trash receptacle
  • wildlife viewing

James Park

James Park is the smallest park in Brunswick and can be reached by James Blvd. off of North Carpenter.

Location: 3602 James Blvd.

Park highlights:

  • creek
  • open space (playfield)

Acquired:

Acreage: 1.58 acres

Public access points:

  • James Blvd. (driveway/parking area)
  • Chargary Drive (driveway/parking area)
  • Charlotte Drive (walkway)

 

Trails:

  • paved walkway through park

Amenities:

  • parking
  • dog walking
  • trash receptacle
  • playset

Mooney Park

Mooney can be found off of Windsor Drive and has parking. The park is open when organized games are being played and features a concession stand.

Location: 1980 Windsor Drive

Park highlights:

Acquired:

Acreage: 11.34 acres

Public access points:

  • Windsor Drive (driveway/parking area)

Amenities:

  • parking
  • dog walking
  • trash receptacle
  • restrooms
  • softball/baseball fields

Neura Park

Brunswick’s oldest park offers many facilities for both active and passive uses. This community park has a large parking area and some wooded areas along a creek which offer opportunities for wildlife viewing. The park is named after Capt. Theodore P. Neura, who was the first serviceman from Brunswick to die in the Vietnam conflict (Dec. 12, 1963). The park was dedicated in 1975. Initial improvements to the site were by volunteer efforts. Still remaining from this effort is the pavilion. Several grants have been acquired since then to upgrade the park.

Location: 4637 Center Road

Park highlights:

  • wooded areas
  • creek

Acquired: given to the City by a developer in the early 1970s

Acreage: 19.83 acres

Public access points:

  • Center Road (driveway/parking area)

Trails:

  • paved walkways

Amenities:

  • parking
  • dog walking
  • trash receptacle
  • picnic tables
  • restrooms
  • grills
  • drinking water
  • swings
  • playset
  • tennis courts
  • softball/baseball fields
  • basketball court
  • sand volleyball

North Park

North Park, Brunswick’s largest community park, provides a passive atmosphere. The main entrance and parking are accessed off of Grafton Rd. Several walkways are located around the park, offering several subdivisions access to the park. Schools, scouts, families and civic organizations take advantage of its wide variety of year-round activities, programs and opportunities. A five acre lake provides aquatic studies, birds and reptile/amphibian studies and more. Two miles of walking/biking trails are found weaving in and out of the beech-maple forest. A connector trail will take you to Boston Knolls Park. Trails throughout the woods are crushed limestone rock tread and the trail around the lake is paved. The lake is stocked with largemouth bass, bluegill and catfish. Dozens of trout are released for the Fishing Derby held on the first Saturday in May.

In the late 1970s, plans for the park’s initial 42.5 acres were to include baseball and soccer fields with a recreational focus. From a lack of funds to develop the site, the natural features were recognized for their great potential and the focus switched to a “passive” park. In the mid-1980s, fifteen acres were added to the park with a donation from the State of Ohio. Since then, approximately seven acres of forest have been added as a result of negotiations with developers of the Woodlands subdivision and North Park Estates.

Location: 3595 Grafton Road

Park highlights:

  • heavily wooded with a beech/maple forest
  • wetlands/creeks
  • wildlife viewing
  • four acre lake with a fishing pier
  • new trail connecting North Park with Boston Knolls Park
  • fishing
  • animal and plant studies

Acreage: 65.2 acres

Public access points:

  • Grafton Road (driveway/parking area)
  • Magnolia (small parking area)
  • Aster Place (small parking area)
  • Berkeley Place (walkway)
  • Abington Court (walkway)

 

Trails:

  • paved walkway around the lake (1/3 mi.)
  • walking/biking trails through the woods (approximately two miles)
  • connector trail to Boston Knolls Park
  • connector trail to Magnolia
Map of North Park walking trails

 

Amenities:

  • parking
  • dog walking
  • trash receptacle
  • pavilion
  • picnic tables
  • restrooms
  • grills
  • drinking water
  • wildlife viewing
  • playset
  • walking/hiking trail
  • sledding (winter)
  • fishing
  • pier

Pepperwood Park

Pepperwood Park consists of three different parcels of land. The largest parcel is surrounded by Pepperwood Drive, Baywood Drive and Marsh Way, and has several large open areas and a small lake. The lake is stocked with bass and catfish. A three acre wooded area with mature trees is adjacent to the lake. The other two park sites are found off of Pepperwood and Linden Drives and are maintained as open green space for play.

Location: 555 Linden Drive/625 Pepperwood Drive

Park highlights:

  • lake (.5 acres)
  • wooded area
  • creek

Acquired: late 1970s; deeded to the City by the developer of Pepperwood Subdivision

Acreage: 17.0779 acres

Public access points:

  • Linden Drive (walkway)
  • Pepperwood Drive/Baywood Drive (two walkways)
  • Pepperwood Drive (walkway)

Playing fields:

  • open space

Amenities:

  • dog walking
  • trash receptacle
  • tennis court
  • basketball court
  • fishing

Pumpkin Ridge Park

This neighborhood park can be reached by a driveway off of Grafton Road or by walkways off of either Salem or Marguerite Way, both of which are off of Grafton. The park consists of mostly open playing areas, except for a small wooded area which offers wildlife viewing.

Location: 3062 Grafton Road

Park highlights:

  • wooded areas
  • detention area (grassland)

Acquired: accepted from developer of the Pumpkin Ridge subdivision

Acreage: 8.29 acres

Public access points:

  • Grafton Rd. (driveway/parking area)
  • Salem Lane (walkway)
  • Marguerite Way (walkway)

Amenities:

  • parking
  • dog walking
  • trash receptacle
  • picnic tables
  • softball/baseball field
  • basketball court

Rolling Hills

Rolling Hills, a neighborhood park, is separated into four parcels, two of which have facilities. The largest parcel, located at the end of Westminster Drive, can be accessed by a driveway and has a parking area. This parcel is mostly wooded, with older growth beech and maple trees along with the associated underbrush. Another parcel, the lake area, consists of a small lake and is accessed by walkways off of either Ambrose Drive or Canterbury Drive.

Originally planned as a “homeowners’ park”, the City was approached in 1986 to accept the property. In 1987 a grant was received to develop the largest parcel along with the lake area and its facilities.

Location: 787 Westminster Dr.

Park highlights:

  • old growth trees
  • park surrounded by mostly forest

Acreage: 30.04 acres

Public access points:

  • Ambrose Drive (walkway)
  • Canterbury Drive (walkway)
  • Westminster Drive (driveway/parking area)
  • Angela Lane (walkway)

Other facilities (lake area):

  • lake (.25 acre)
  • walking path around lake

Amenities:

  • parking
  • dog walking
  • trash receptacle
  • picnic tables
  • grill
  • wildlife viewing
  • walking/hiking trail
  • tennis court
  • basketball court
  • fishing
  • pier

Shenandoah Park

Shenandoah, our newest neighborhood park, has both active and passive use. It can be reached by a driveway off of Roanoke Drive via Miner Drive, or by a walkway off of New Market Trail. The park is adjacent to natural areas which attract a variety of birds.

Location: 4036 Roanoke Drive

Park highlights:

  • open green space

Acquired: turned over to the City in 1999 by the developer of Shenandoah subdivision

Acreage: 7.4 acres

Public access points:

  • Roanoke Drive (driveway/parking area)
  • New Market Trail (walkway)

Amenities:

  • parking
  • dog walking
  • trash receptacle
  • pavilion
  • picnic tables
  • swings
  • playset
  • basketball court

Venus Park

Venus Park, a neighborhood park, can be accessed off of Venus Drive via Starview Drive/Grafton Road, or by three walkways. A creek divides the park in two but is connected by a foot bridge.

Location: 3901 Venue Drive

Park highlights:

  • creek divides park
  • wildlife viewing
  • small wooded areas
  • open space

Acquired: donated to the City by a developer in the mid-1970s

Acreage: 9.06 acres

Public access points:

  • Venus Drive (driveway/parking area)
  • Crestway Oval (walkway)
  • Claythorne Place (walkway)
  • Magnolia Drive (walkway)

Trails:

  • paved walkways through park

Amenities:

  • parking
  • dog walking
  • trash receptacle
  • picnic tables
  • swings
  • playset
  • basketball court