The Southwest Columbus neighborhood is vast, extending from the Brewery District south to I-270. It is bound on the west by Harrisburg Pike and on the east by the Scioto River. I-71 runs through the neighborhood. Much of the neighborhood is densely populated and homes reflect the trend for post-war housing, most being small and single story. The east part of the neighborhood has a rural feel, with large swaths of open areas.
The massive Lou Berliner Park makes up much of the district. It is the largest softball complex in the nation, but there is more to do here than play softball. Berliner Park provides playgrounds and picnic areas, as well as access to the Greenway Trail. Wooded and wildlife areas are found here as well.
Big Run Park is also close to the Southwest Columbus neighborhood. One of the largest in the area, it is the site of soapbox derby events. Big Run also has a nature preserve, playground, athletic complex, and shelterhouse.
Two Columbus Municipal Golf courses are a short drive east, The Airport Golf Course and Turnberry Golf Course. Numerous private clubs are located just east as well. In fact, there are dozens of golf courses in Columbus, the hometown of Jack Nicklaus.
A half-dozen shopping centers are located along Harrisburg Pike and two Wal-Mart stores are on Georgesville Road near Big Run Park.
Southwest Columbus is also very close to the many attractions of Downtown Columbus. These include The Columbus Metropolitan Library, COSI science center, and German Village. It is also quite close to Columbus State Community College and Columbus College of Art and Design.
Topiary Park is a delightful and unique Columbus park, with topiaries designed to represent famous artworks. Franklin Park is another favorite, including Franklin Conservatory and trails through the gardens.