Rules and Policies
Before You Go
Please check our calendar for information about specific events, some events may have different restrictions. If you have questions, please contact us!
Park Guidelines prohibit...
- To visit the park during the hours posted (7 a.m. – 11 p.m.).
- To use open areas, including the lawn, during open park hours unless a space is reserved for a private event or maintenance.
- To enjoy the gardens without entering flowerbeds or picking flowers.
- To use a park chair or one seat on a bench designed for sharing.
- To clean up after yourself by depositing waste in the trash receptacles.
- To bring your pet, providing that you leash it, clean up after it, and supervise it at all times.
License Needed For...
- Tents or temporary structures, performances, vendors or commercial activity, amplified music, alcohol use, posting of signs, motorized vehicles, events, organized sporting events, rallies, and professional/commercial photo shoots.
- Weapons of any kind, with the exception of law enforcement officers and subject to Ohio Revised Code Chapter 2923.*
- Illegal activities, destroying or defacing park property, wearing cleats, picking flowers, metal detectors, fireworks, sleeping, panhandling, skateboarding, feeding pigeons, fires, wading, swimming, camping, littering, golf, gambling, and remote-control or motorized toys or vehicles, including aerial drones.
- Sitting, standing, jumping or climbing on balustrades, fencing, planters, plinths, and any other park structure not designed for such uses.
- Smoking, including electronic cigarettes.
- Rummaging in trash receptacles.
- Storage of personal belongings; unattended belongings will be discarded.
- Obstructing park entrances.
- Use of plastic tarps on the lawn.
- Harassing or disturbing other park visitors.
- Unaccompanied children; children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
* Capitol South has received inquiries regarding its prohibition of firearms in Columbus Commons. Capitol South is a private entity, and therefore it has the right under Ohio’s concealed-carry statute to prohibit firearms on its property. (Ohio Revised Code Section 2923.126(C)(3)(a)).
All bags are subject to search.
Capitol South strives to provide a safe and enjoyable experience for visitors to Columbus Commons. To further those objectives, Capitol South has security personnel at the park during hours the park is open to the public.
A permit and rental fee are required for any commercial or professional photoshoots, or any photoshoot involving extensive photography equipment.
For more information about Ohio’s concealed carry statute, please visit their website.
We encourage the community to take personal photographs at Columbus Commons. Commercial, professional, media, portrait and wedding photography require prior approval from Columbus Commons management and fees may apply.
Patrons are also encouraged to share their photos on social media using #columbuscommons. Please note, if your photo shoot disturbs other park visitors or involves extensive photography equipment, you may be asked to stop taking photos. Photography is prohibited during scheduled fitness classes unless granted permission in writing from Columbus Commons management.
Commercial, professional, media, portrait and wedding photography require prior approval from Columbus Commons management and fees may apply. To request a photo shoot, complete this form and you will be contacted by Columbus Commons management. For more information about the photography policy at Columbus Commons, click here.
Columbus Commons staff and the media frequently take photos/videos of visitors, which may be used by Columbus Commons and/or its designees in future promotional materials in any media (such as websites, brochures, flyers, blogs, and social media sites). If you are photographed, the photo may be used without your prior consent and without compensation. If you do not want your image used, please avoid the photographer or inform them that you do not wish to be photographed.
John F. Wolfe Columbus Commons is managed by the Columbus Downtown Development Corporation and Capitol South. The space is booked seasonally with internally produced free events and externally produced events planned by a third-party entity renting the venue.
External event organizers are responsible for planning, coordinating and executing all elements of their event including but not limited to ticketing, entrances to the park, concessions, restrooms, production details, security, permits, additional fencing, type of items permitted into the park above and beyond our park rules, seating arrangements, accessibility arrangements, and layout of the event.
Each external event is required to work with Columbus Commons staff and local safety officials to produce a quality and safe event, but the variances you may experience at each event at Columbus Commons is discretionary based on the individual event producer.