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Obetz, Ohio
Village
Obetz Government Building
Obetz Government Center
Obetz Logo-Circle
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Location of Obetz within Ohio
Location of Obetz within Ohio
Location of Obetz within Franklin County
Location of Obetz within Franklin County
Country United States
State Ohio
County Franklin
Area
 • Total 5.92 sq mi (15.33 km2)
 • Land 5.78 sq mi (14.97 km2)
 • Water 0.14 sq mi (0.36 km2)
Elevation 800 ft (228 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 4,532
 • Estimate (2012) 4,628
 • Density 784.1/sq mi (302.7/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 43207
Area code(s) 614
FIPS code 39-57862
GNIS feature ID 1065189
Website Village of Obetz, Ohio

Obetz is a village in Franklin County, Ohio, United States. The population was 4,532 at the 2010 census. The community (originally "Obetz Junction", in honor of settler Charles Obetz) was formed in 1838 as a stagecoach junction, and incorporated in 1928. Nearby "Reese Station" served as the railroad station for the immediate area, while other adjacent communities such as Groveport, Lockbourne and Canal Winchester were part of the Ohio and Erie Canal canal and lock system. The close proximity of Obetz Junction to these terminal towns transformed the area into a hub of commerce, travel and trade in mid-19th century. Communities such as Obetz and its neighbors, with their strong ties to transportation helped to further cement Central and Columbus, Ohio's status as the state capital.

Geography

Obetz is located at 39°52′36″N 82°56′30″W / 39.87667°N 82.94167°W / 39.87667; -82.94167 (39.876763, -82.941801).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 5.92 square miles (15.33 km2), of which 5.78 square miles (14.97 km2) is land and 0.14 square miles (0.36 km2) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1940 771
1950 1,049 36.1%
1960 1,984 89.1%
1970 2,248 13.3%
1980 3,095 37.7%
1990 3,167 2.3%
2000 3,977 25.6%
2010 4,532 14.0%
Est. 2015 4,761 5.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 4,532 people, 1,667 households, and 1,214 families residing in the village. The population density was 784.1 inhabitants per square mile (302.7/km2). There were 1,807 housing units at an average density of 312.6 per square mile (120.7/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 85.8% White, 7.7% African American, 0.5% Native American, 2.1% Asian, 1.6% from other races, and 2.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.8% of the population.

There were 1,667 households of which 40.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.6% were married couples living together, 16.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 27.2% were non-families. 22.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.72 and the average family size was 3.17.

The median age in the village was 35.9 years. 27.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 28.8% were from 25 to 44; 25.2% were from 45 to 64; and 10% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 49.0% male and 51.0% female.

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 3,977 people, 1,488 households, and 1,104 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,055.3 people per square mile (407.3/km²). There were 1,561 housing units at an average density of 414.2 per square mile (159.9/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 93.71% White, 2.89% African American, 0.70% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.58% from other races, and 1.94% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.48% of the population.

There were 1,488 households out of which 37.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.4% were married couples living together, 14.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.8% were non-families. 20.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.67 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the village, the population was spread out with 27.9% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 33.8% from 25 to 44, 20.7% from 45 to 64, and 8.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 95.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.4 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $45,000, and the median income for a family was $47,271. Males had a median income of $35,342 versus $25,342 for females. The per capita income for the village was $17,385. About 5.9% of families and 6.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.9% of those under age 18 and 14.9% of those age 65 or over.

Parks and recreation

Parks

There are seven public parks within the Village of Obetz: Dixon Quarry, Memorial Park, Bridlewood Park, McFadyen Park, Lancaster Park, Veterans Park, and Community Center Park. These parks amount to 136 acres. From fishing to archery or basketball to bocce ball, these parks have a lot to offer. Obetz works to enhance the quality of life for its residents through outgoing efforts toward the preservation/development of indoor and outdoor facilities.

Splash Pad 2014
Splash pad in Lancaster Park

Memorial Park stretches between the Obetz Government Center and the Street Department building, which is at the western end of Orchard Lane. The Obetz Athletic Club is located in Memorial Park, and it's also the location of the Village’s annual Zucchinifest. Memorial Park is also where the Ohio Aviators plays their home games. With a total area of 80 acres, Memorial Park is the largest of all the existing parks. The park has a one-acre fishing pond stocked with largemouth bass, bluegill, and channel catfish. A gravel parking area is near the pond for your convenience. The park contains two basketball courts, three football/soccer fields, a softball/baseball complex, two concession stands, a children’s play area with playground equipment and benches, as well as a large paved parking lot. Paved walking paths are located throughout the park. Dirt nature trails are located in the wooded area around the Columbus Crew Training Facility.

Bridlewood Park is a six-acre park located along Bridlewood Blvd. The park contains a playground with a swing set, slide, spring toys, and climbing toys. The park also has a sand volleyball court and a shelter house with picnic tables and grills.

McFadyen Park is a three-acre park located along Jermoore Road. The park has swing sets and a climbing toy with slides. It also has a basketball court and a paved parking area.

Lancaster Park is a four-and-a-half-acre park located along Lancaster Street. It contains a shelter house, playground equipment, two Bocce ball courts, and the first splash pad/ice rink combination in the country.

Veterans Park is a small half-acre park located along Groveport Road next to Lancaster Park. It contains a gazebo and benches. It also has several memorials to Obetz veterans.

Dixon Quarry Shelter House
Dixon Quarry Shelter House

The Community Center Park is a three-acre park located at 1650 Obetz Avenue, next to the Community Center. The park contains a tennis court, two basketball courts, playground equipment, spring toys, and swing set. The park also has a shelter house with picnic tables and grills. There is a small paved walking path and benches in the park as well as paved parking area.

Dixon Quarry includes a six-acre lake for recreational fishing, an archery range, walking paths, park shelters, fitness trails, and a bike path that connects to the Alum Creek Greenway/Olentangy-Scioto Bike Trail that runs all through central Ohio. The pond has been stocked with Largemouth Bass, Bluegill/Sunfish, Channel Catfish, Black Crappie, White Amurs, and Rainbow Trout.

Obetz Athletic Club
Obetz Athletic Club

Obetz Athletic Club

The 16,000 square foot Obetz Athletic Club is located in Memorial Park next to the football and baseball fields. In addition to the circuit training, strength training, flexibility training, and cardiovascular training equipment, the OAC offers two golf simulators. Personal fitness training is also available at this facility.

Community Center and Conference Center

The Community Center is located at 1650 Obetz Avenue. It contains two multi-purpose rooms, a small gymnasium, and a lounge. A park with a shelter and playground equipment is adjacent to the Community Center.

The new 7,300 square foot Obetz Conference Center is located directly next to the Community Center at 1650 Obetz Avenue.The Obetz Conference Center is a multi-purpose space complete with audio visual equipment and a catering kitchen. The facility accommodates up to 250 people.

Zucchinifest

Crowd at the Bret Michaels Concert at Zucchinifest 2013
Crowd at the Bret Michaels Concert, Zucchinifest 2013

Obetz is home to the Zucchinifest. The festival is a four-day, family festival held in Memorial Park. The annual festival occurs the Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday before Labor Day weekend. There are rides, food, games, and entertainment. The entertainment includes things like concerts, a beer garden, a pageant, a parade, and a car and motorcycle show. Admission to the festival and concerts are free.

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