“Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens’ mission is to improve quality of life and connect the community through nature. We strive to make our gardens a place where everyone can come together and share the beauty of the natural world. It is our promise to continue to create an experience that is safe and welcoming for everyone.”
-Bruce Harkey, President & CEO
Our most recent Annual Report includes stories of specific community impact.
Integral To The Community
IMPROVES QUALITY OF LIFE Green space has a profound impact on healthA plethora of research shows that access to nature improves physical and mental health, reduces violence, increases tolerance and encourages creativity and curiosity among children. More than 350,000 individuals visit the Conservatory each year and reap the benefit of access to nature.
SUPPORTS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT $21,710,000 contributed to Columbus economy via tourismMore than 370,000 visitors came to the Conservatory in 2019. More than a third of those visitors (130,000) were from outside of Franklin County. It’s estimated by Experience Columbus that each of those visitors will spend $167 while in Columbus, contributing over $21 million to the Columbus economy.
PROVIDES RESPITE FOR SICK KIDS AND THEIR FAMILIES Offering the health benefits of natureThe Conservatory recently partnered with Nationwide Children’s Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House to provide free admission for patients and their families.
HOST FREE COMMUNITY PROGRAMS AND EVENTS Entertainment and education for thousands of Central OhioansFree family events, like Pollinator Palooza, are designed to delight and educate visitors of all ages while celebrating the importance of pollinators. Over 1,200 people attended Pollinator Palooza in 2019.