In almost all cases parks enhance the value and desirability of property. Cities that are known for their parks, like New York or Savannah have proven that quite well. It is true that a park can in rare cases be a detriment but in NY or Savannah there is a huge premium on homes that are near to the parks. Columbus has a very respectable parks system. Unfortunately, when a budget crunch comes to a city, the parks system is always an easy target. After all, what's more important, picking up the trash, paying for safety services or maintaining parks? Some areas in Columbus, like German Village, have a great partnership with the City to maintain their parks. Schiller park in German Village, Goodale Park in Victorian Village or Franklin Park in the Olde Towne area are prime examples in Columbus of how parks are an added value to real estate. But all real estate is local!! Ask neighbors nearby how they like the park close to them. You'll find out very quickly if it a jewel or a problem! The link is to the 200+ city parks in Columbus. Please check it out!!