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Lou Berliner Sports Park is the nation's largest ball diamond complex, offering 31 permanently fenced, turf infield baseball and softball diamonds.

Prior to 1946
Private Property 

The area where Lou Berliner Sports Park now sits was private property and farm land. A stretch of land along the river and the area where diamonds 26-31 are today, was acquired by the city in 1920. The rest of land that Lou Berliner Sports Park sits on was acquired in 1946. 

Greenlawn Avenue Village

Utilizing the newly acquired land, the city built inexpensive housing for returning veterans of World War II and more than 300 families called this area home.

As Southern Columbus continued to develop, the Recreation Commission saw a need for more recreational space. Beginning in 1948, the Commission worked with City Council to add athletic facilities to the Greenlawn Playfield, including tennis courts and softball/baseball fields. Between 1949-1950, the city began the process of bidding out for a shelter house and caretaker's house costing $50,000. The land was renamed Southview Park.

I-71 Construction

The construction of the new I-71 highway from Cincinnati to Cleveland cut right through Southview Park, dividing it in two. Park land to the east of the highway remained Southview Park; land to the west was named McCoy Park.

Major Redevelopment

After the last housing units were demolished in 1961, the park was expanded to the south and new athletic space was added including ball diamonds and fields.

Athletic Complex

As the city grew, indoor athletic complexes: housing 4 high school basketball and volleyball courts; were added to 5 parks around the city. Southview Park became the home to one of those complexes and it remains in use today. For more information, please visit our Indoor Facilities.


To honor the legacy of one of Columbus' longtime supporters of youth and amateur athletes, Southview Park was dedicated and renamed to Lou Berliner Park. Lou Berliner covered high school and amateur sports for over 40 years during his career as a sports columnist and reporter for The Columbus Dispatch. According to Woody Hayes, former Ohio State University football coach, Lou helped give many young athletes the boost they needed to get started in sports.

1987 to Present

Thanks to the incredibly generous donations of B.A.T.S., Lou Berliner Sports Park continues receive improvements and upgrades, keeping it one of the top destinations for softball and baseball in the country. Over the years, 11 turf diamonds, 3 permanent concessions stands with restrooms, lighting on 15 diamonds, a batting cage, playgrounds and open shelters have been added. Plans continue to be made for more changes in the coming years.

Click here to discover more history of the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department.


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