In this month's Go-To Guide, we present the outdoor playgrounds that local families deem some of the best in the area.

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In this month's Go-To Guide, we present the outdoor playgrounds that local families deem some of the best in the area.

We have written about many of these destinations before inColumbus Parent, so for a clickable link to any of those articles, see below.And if you know of others you'd like to see added to our database, send your suggestions

Alum Creek Park North(221 W. Main St., Westerville 43081; 614-901-6500; 12 acres. Amenities include a newly renovated playground, shelter house, playgrounds suitable for ages 2-5 and 6-12, a performance amphitheater, basketball and sand volleyball courts, and fishing. ADA-compliant bathrooms are open seasonally.

Delaware Lake Recreation Area(3920 U.S. Route 23 N., Delaware 43015; 740-363-4011; The location next to Delaware Lake offers a spectacular view from atop its dam. Amenities include a large playground with equipment for three different age groups, ADA-compliant restrooms, two shelter houses with wheelchair-accessible tables, grills and power outlets, and sports courts.

Emerald Fields(4040 Wyandotte Woods Blvd., Dublin 43017; 614-410-4700; 34 acres. The park offers seasonal restrooms (open April-October), a universally accessible playground, a shelter house, canopies and ample parking. It has one of the first NEOS 360 play stations in the area.

Every Kid's Playground at Liberty Park(2845 Home Road, Powell 43065; 740-881-5432; This is the first universally accessible playground in Ohio - at least 70 percent of equipment has to be accessible to kids using wheelchairs, braces and other support equipment. It also features an ADA-compliant shelter house and restrooms.

Fancyburg Park(3375 Kioka Ave., Upper Arlington 43221; 614-583-5300; 25 acres. Amenities include a playground, multiuse path, shuffleboard courts, sports fields, restrooms, a picnic area, shelter house and grills.

Fryer Park(3899 Orders Road, Grove City 43123; 614-277-3000; 110 acres. Highlights include the space-themed, ADA-compliant Discovery Frontier playground, Century Village historic area with renovated one-room schoolhouse and log cabin, sports fields, trails, fishing (catch and release only), a sledding hill and restrooms.

Goodale Park(120 W. Goodale St. [Short North], Columbus 43215; 614-645-3300; 32 acres. This historic park just north of downtown Columbus features standard playgrounds, a gazebo, a pond with a famous elephants fountain, walking paths (dogs are welcome but must be under direct control) and two porta-potties. There is limited free parking in park's center, with metered parking on surrounding streets.

Hannah Park(6547 Clark State Road, Gahanna 43230; 614-342-4250; 35 acres. Amenities include a playground, heated restrooms, fishing (catch and release only), a covered shelter with fireplace and outdoor grill, sports fields and trails.

Homestead Park(4675 Cosgray Road [Washington Township], Hilliard 43026; 614-652-3922; 44 acres. Highlights include multiple playgrounds, a stocked pond, shelters with grills, a covered bridge, train station replica and caboose, sports fields and courts, trails, restrooms and an amphitheater.

Huber Village Park(362 Huber Village Blvd., Westerville 43081; 614-901-6500; 28 acres. The Planet Westerville playground with space for ages 2-5 and 6-12 is one of the original "destination" playgrounds in the area. There are ADA-compliant restrooms (open April-October) and a porta-potty.

Jeffrey Park(165 N. Parkview Ave., Bexley 43209; 614-559-4300; 34 acres. Amenities include a playground for ages 2-5, nature trails with a boardwalk along Alum Creek, sports fields, picnic areas with grills, a shelter house and restrooms (open April-October). The park also is home to theBexley Community Pool, the Bexley Historical Society and Jeffrey Mansion.No dogs allowed.

Millstone Creek Park(745 N. Spring Road, Westerville 43082; 614-901-6500; 15 acres. Highlights include an "Inclusive Boundless" playground, natural play area in a wetlands, a gazebo, boardwalk, sports fields, paths and ADA-compliant restrooms with changing stations.

North Orange Park(7560 Gooding Blvd., Delaware 43015; 740-657-2630; The playground includes areas for ages 2-5 and 5-12; many features are ADA-compliant. Other amenities include an open-air shelter with fireplace, sports courts, trails, a fishing pond and a sledding hill. The North Orange Aquatic Center is here, and the Delaware County District Library's Orange branch is nearby.

Schiller Park(1069 Jaeger St. [German Village], Columbus 43206; 614-645-3300; 24 acres. This historic park offers playgrounds, walking paths, a gazebo, a fishing pond, an outdoor stage, extensive gardens, sports fields and a tennis court.

Thompson Park(4250 Woodbridge, Upper Arlington 43220; 614-583-5300; Amenities include a playground, restrooms, paths, two shelter houses, grills, picnic areas, a sledding hill, fitness trail and sports fields.

Whetstone Park(3923 N. High St. [Clintonville], Columbus 43214; 614-645-3217; 136 acres. Amenities include a universally accessible playground, sports fields, gardens, a gazebo, picnic areas, a pond, shelter house and walking trail. The park is next to the Whetstone Community Center and the Columbus Metropolitan Library's Whetstone branch.

Within Whetstone Park is the 13-acreColumbus Park of Roses(3901 N. High St. [Clintonville], Columbus 43214; 614-645-6640; In addition to more than 12,000 roses in 400-plus varieties, the park includes herb and perennial gardens, an iron observation tower, fountain and shelter house. Open from dawn to dusk. Dogs are welcome but must be on leashes.

Wyman Woods(1450 Goodale Blvd. [Grandview Heights], Columbus 43212; 614-488-3111; Amenities include a playground, a shelter house withkitchenette and accessible bathrooms, a multiuse field, paths and a sledding hill.