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Small ponds stocked with fish are offered at Citizens Park, Foundation Park and Liberty Park.  Fishing from the shoreline with a rod and reel is permitted at each of these parks.  Anglers age 16 and over are required to have an Ohio fishing license issued by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.  Check our events page for more information about the Passport to Fishing program and other fishing events.  

Shelter Rentals

Shelter houses at Foundation Park, Freedom Park, Municipal Park and Volunteer Park may be rented for a fee.  Complete the reservation application form, and drop it off in person during regular business hours or mail it along with the rental fee to Pataskala City Hall, 621 W. Broad Street, Pataskala, OH 43062.  For more information, call 740-927-2021.


Scenic Conaway’s Trail at Foundation Park winds for nearly a mile through mature forest with hill climbs and streamside stretches.   The 1.4-mile perimeter trail at Foundation Park skirts the park’s baseball diamonds, soccer fields, playgrounds and woodlands. This trail will be improved with a packed gravel surface in summer 2021.

Short paved loop trails are offered at Karr Park and Liberty Park.  The trail at Liberty Park leads to a woodland path to the nature playground.  In summer 2021, Karr Park’s trail will also feature fitness stations with exercise equipment for an outdoor workout.  


Citizens Park, Foundation Park, Freedom Park, Karr Park and Municipal Park all offer traditional playground sets that may include slides, swings, climbing features and more.  The nature-themed playground at Liberty Park is located in a scenic woodland area.  A gaga pit is located next to one of the playground areas at Foundation Park. 


Pataskala’s Municipal Pool is located at Municipal Park.  The pool is open daily during the summer months, and lifeguards are on duty during open hours.  Swimming lessons are available.  The pool complex includes a baby pool, concession stand, restrooms and changing areas, covered pavilions and grassy area where guests may set up their own chairs.  The pool is available for private pool parties during the evening hours on summer weekends. Memberships are encouraged but not required. 


Foundation Park is the home of Pataskala Parks and Recreation’s Youth Soccer Program, which offers spring and fall league play for children from preschool through high school.  Foundation Park offers ten mini and regulation size soccer fields.  Additional soccer fields are located at Freedom Park, Municipal Park and Volunteer Park.  Park visitors may use the fields for casual play when not in use by leagues for practices, games or tournaments.   


Ball diamonds are located at Foundation Park, Municipal Park and Volunteer Park.  Pataskala Parks and Recreation offers an adult coed softball league with games and tournaments slated for spring, summer and fall.  Local youth leagues also use these diamonds for games and practices.   Park visitors may use the diamonds for casual play when not in use by leagues for practices, games or tournaments. 


Paved and striped outdoor basketball courts are located at Foundation Park, Municipal Park and Volunteer Park.  Courts are first come first served.  Please be considerate of others wishing to use the courts.  If all the courts are in use, invite newcomers for a pick-up game!


Sand volleyball courts are offered at Municipal Park and Karr Park.  Courts are first come first served.  If others are wishing to use the courts, please be considerate of time.  Better yet, invite them to join in!  

Special Events

Special events in and around our parks are proud Pataskala traditions that bring our community together and offer family fun year-round.  Annual community events that highlight each season include the Easter Egg hunt, Independence Day fireworks, Antique Power Show and Cookie Walk.  Many more family friendly events on the parks calendar include Passport to Fishing, Healthy Kids Day, Outdoor Adventures Day and Family Movie Nights.  Additional events held in cooperation with our community partners include the Master Gardener series, ESports tournaments, the weekly Farmer’s Market at Veteran’s Green, Licking County River Round-Up and the Active Living Every Day program.  


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