Mary Virginia Crites Hannan Park

Exploring Mary Virginia Crites Hannan Park


  • Mary Virginia Crites Hannan Park
  • 230 Pontius Rd.
  • Circleville, OH 43113

This park has two separate entrances with different features.

State Route 188 Entrance

  • Shelter #1
  • The Dog Park
  • Water fountain donated in the memory of Earl Dean is situated on a concrete pad with stone benches nearby
  • Access to parking and 1.2 mile walking/biking trail
  • Dog waste clean-up stations are located throughout park

Pontius Road Entrance

  • The Starkey Pavilion
  • Shelter #2
  • Splash pad
  • Boundless playground
  • Butterfly garden
  • Fire pit
  • Bird watching station
  • Restrooms
  • Plenty of parking
  • Access to hiking/biking/walking trail
  • Rotary garden
  • Fitness zone exercise equipment

Shelter #1

  • Located adjacent to the dog park
  • 2 picnic tables
  • 1 garbage can
  • Concrete floors
  • No grill
  • Short walk from parking on 188 to the shelter
  • Rental is $80.00 per day
  • There is no electric

Shelter #2

  • Located across from the Starkey Pavilion, back by the woods and walking trail
  • 3 picnic tables
  • 3 garbage cans
  • Concrete floor
  • Charcoal Grill
  • Fire Ring (firewood stacked there)
  • Near restrooms, playground & fitness zone
  • Rental is $80.00 per day
  • There is no electric


Play & Explore:

Starkey Pavilion

  • Enclosed shelter
  • Heat available
  • Wood burning fireplace
  • 10 folding cafeteria style tables which will comfortably seat 80
  • Kitchenette with 2 mini refrigerators, sink and counter space
  • Bathroom located the pavilion
  • Standard rental is $230.00 per time period every day.
    Time periods are 9:00 am to 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm. This includes heat and electric

Boundless Playground

  • A boundless playground allows children with different physical, developmental, cognitive and sensory abilities to enjoy the playground environment. There are accessible pathways and surfacing and the play structures support child development
  • There is a small shelter with 2 picnic tables at the edge of
    the playground. (this shelter is not rented)
  • There are several benches located around the perimeter of
    the playground

Splash Pad

  • Splash pad is available seasonally from Memorial Day
    weekend thru Labor Day. Hours are 11:00 am – 7:00 pm.
  • Small shelter on perimeter of splash pad features 2 picnic tables (this shelter is not rented)
  • Several benches are also located around the perimeter
  • Restrooms are in building near the splash pad


  • Wetlands are characterized by low-lying areas that are covered
    or saturated by water during part of each year. This results in
    specialized wet soil types and water dependent plants.
  • The wetland of Ohio include marshes, swamps, bogs and fens.
    They vary by degree of wetness, soil characteristics and
    vegetation type

Butterfly Garden & Bird Watching

  • Rotary garden
  • Many people enjoy birdwatching as a recreational activity and
    the Mary Virginia Crites Hannan park provides ample
    opportunities to watch birds in their natural environment
  • The butterfly garden is growing into a beautiful landscape,
    which also attracts butterflies during certain months. Butterfly
    attracting plants were incorporated into the park’s
    landscaping design

Walking/Biking/Hiking Trails

  • According to the mayo clinic, walking is a low-impact, exercise
    that provides numerous health benefits. It is a form of exercise
    that just about anyone can do and doesn’t require a lot of practice
  • Consider the potential benefits of taking a walk in the park:
    • – Can help with weight management
    • – Helps you feel strong and fit
    • – May reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes
    • – May help lower your blood pressure
    • – Can improve your mood