Westerville has defined Environmental Stewardship as one of its core values. This value drives the City's commitment to treating the natural environment with care and respect while promoting a sustainable lifestyle for today and generations to come.


Westerville remains firmly committed to the preservation of the natural environment.  As it is spelled out in the Parks and Recreation strategic plan the department is dedicated to the protection of wetlands, floodplain, woodlots, ravines and other natural corridors to ensure; availability of wildlife habitat, water quality and public access for both enjoyment and education.

The establishment of Greenways and Natural Resource Areas comprise the major designations of current public space has natural preservation as a central function.  Additional properties in and around Westerville that have significant preservation value have been identified for potential acquisition if the potential should arise. 

Maintaining public access to these areas is a vital component of the holistic success of the preservation effort.  Promoting exposure to these areas and the importance of what they offer to the quality of life in Westerville is the initial phase followed by the educational component.  This will maximize the benefit of these natural areas to create a culture of preservation in the community.  Many of these sites in Westerville contain interpretive signage to provide educational information for the self guided visitors and increased nature related programming through Parks and Recreation.

Westerville has 112 acres of designated greenways and 42 acres of wetlands including 6 1/2 acres of open water.

Dedicated Westerville Nature Areas:

  • Alum Creek Park North
  • Astronaut Grove
  • Boyer Nature Preserve
  • Hannah Mayne Park
  • Heritage Park
  • Highlands Park
  • Hoff Woods Park
  • Metzger Park
  • Millstone Creek Park
  • Otterbein Lake
  • Westerville Sports Complex 

Dedicated Westerville Wetlands and Greenways:

  • Alum Creek Greenway
  • Park Meadow Rd (Chase Bank)
  • Cooper Rd (Chase Bank)
  • Bean Property
  • Brookstone Retention
  • College Knolls Retention
  • County Line Acres Bikeway
  • County Line Woods
  • Heritage Wetlands
  • Mariner's Cove Wetlands
  • Maughlin Greenway
  • Otterbein (East of Cleveland Ave.)
  • Polaris Parkway Greenway
  • Spring Grove North Greenway
  • Springborough Greenway
  • Spring Valley Greenway
  • Westerville Bikeway

Greenways are natural areas that serve to link other spaces to preserve corridors of the natural environment.  Many times these greenways will follow natural waterways and contain bikeways or other trails.  These areas play a large role in protection of riparian corridors by creating natural buffers that filter storm runoff of sediment and pollution before it enters the waterways.  Floodplain areas preserved as greenways allow for the natural rise and flow of water during times of flooding without potential damage to property or flooding in other areas up or down stream caused by floodplain development.

Wetlands are areas where water covers the soil, or is present either at or near the surface of the soil all year or for varying periods of time during the year, including during the growing season.