1 Issue 1 February 24, 2012
to the inaugural edition of our electronic Columbus
Recreation and Parks newsletter. Our intent is to inform
you of our upcoming programs, events and activities as
well as to highlight some of our accomplishments. We
hope you find this information useful if you want to
explore the recreational resources that we offer, or if
you are a community partner that chooses to help us
enhance the many quality of life opportunities we
provide for our citizens.
The Columbus Recreation
and Parks Department is comprised of more than 240
parks, 55 miles of multi-purpose trails, 30 recreation
centers, a creative arts facility, an outdoor education
program, activities for those with special needs, 10
rental facilities, five athletic complexes, seven golf
courses, one indoor and several outdoor swimming pools,
special events throughout the year, numerous sports
leagues, planters and maintainers of trees along city
streets and in our parks, the Central Ohio Area Agency
on Aging that provides health and social services to
senior adults, the largest outdoor fountain in the
state, and much, much more. All together, what we do is
essential to the overall well-being of our residents. In
addition to just being fun, our parks, programs, and
services give all of us a chance to improve our physical
and mental health, to develop our youth, to focus on our
environment, and to make a positive economic impact on
The staff of the Columbus Recreation
and Parks Department stands ready to enrich the lives of
everyone we serve. So, just give us a call; it’s the
natural thing to do. We look forward to everyone having
a happy and healthy 2012.
July 7, 2011, Mayor Michael Coleman and AEP Chairman
Michael Morris turned the valve to start up the Scioto
Mile Fountain as hundreds watched the first fountain
show and children splashed in the interactive and
architectural gem of Bicentennial
got APPS for that!
teenagers can't get it on their iPhone but it can help
connect them with a positive life path. First year
Applications for Purpose, Pride and Success (APPS) made
a positive impact on youth in 2011 and will continue to
grow this year.
fights against invasive
Columbus Ecological Restoration Program (CERP) has
helped to eradicate invasive plant species such as
honeysuckle. Thanks to the help of volunteers, we
cleared over 15 acres of green space and created 204
cubic yards of mulch. That totals over 1000
turning 11, this after school program is taking it's
health seriously. Four of our community gardens sprouted
over a ton of produce. We kicked it into high gear by
participating the Capital City Marathon and we even have
a Mascot for this year's race.
have been connecting the dots from trail to trail with
beautiful art deco bridges while using recycled
materials. Our goal is to continue paving the greater
Columbus area with a means of travel and recreation on
Recreation will begin feeding children after school at
23 different community recreation centers this month.
The program is designed to feed children, ages 5-18, a
daily hot meal to fill the gap between school lunches
and the next day when children return to school and may
have not had a hot meal or any type of food in the
evening. It will also allow us to provide more
information to children about eating healthy and
exercising after school, and is an ideal addition to any
recreation center program. Beatty Recreation Center was
the first center to have this program that is sponsored
by Children’s Hunger Alliance and the State of
We thank everyone involved with this
project and look forward to the beginning and the future
of this after school program and a continuing
partnership with the Children’s Hunger Alliance and the
State of Ohio.
Recreation and Parks is gearing up for summer with lots
of exciting, affordable camps and activities for
children to enjoy. We are positive that there are camps
that your child will want to attend.
Camp Expo will be held Thurs., Mar 1 at Franklin Park
Adventure Center, 1747 E. Broad St. from 5:30-7:30 pm.
Each camp will have a table where individuals can obtain
more information and talk to a camp representative.
registration will begin on Sat., Mar 10 at 10am.
Registration will be continuous online. In person
registration will be held at any Columbus Recreation and
Parks community center from 10am - 4pm that day.
what we are
East and Woodward Get New
old heating systems at Far East and Woodward Park
Recreation Centers are currently being replaced. In
addition to the new heat, air conditioning will also be
added. The project, which started last summer, will be
completed this month. The new air conditioning system is
a long-awaited addition.
spring, the McDonald Athletic Complex will close for
renovations. When the facility opens later this year for
the fall leagues, the participants will see several
improvements. These include new lighting, wood flooring,
exterior siding, an improved ventilation system, and a
fresh coat of paint.
Grogan Transformation Realized
Grogan Recreation Center is going to get a facelift.
Currently in design, renovations are scheduled to start
this spring. Even though the center will be closed until
late spring 2013, once open it will look like a new
facility. Improvements are to include the addition of a
new gymnasium, new parking lot and reconfiguring the
existing building layout to include a new art room,
larger weight room, larger kitchen, dance room, offices,
restrooms, and a new stage for the multi-purpose
More Pools, 2012 Better
year the City Council passed emergency legislation to
fund opening two previously dormant pools, Maryland and
Glenwood. This year Dodge Pool and its bathhouse will be
completely renovated in time for swimming season in
June, and Marion Franklin and Windsor pools will also
see some bathhouse improvements. In total, the
department will operate seven pools this summer - Dodge,
Glenwood, Lincoln, Marion Franklin, Maryland, Tuttle,
Thank Our Partner Organizations
Recreation and Parks Department would like to acknowledge and
thank the following organizations who stepped in to fill a
void in our service to the community by keeping our sites open
and opportunities available over the past couple of years due
to extremely challenging budget issues.
So, thanks to
the Golden Hobby Shop Board of Trustees who helped keep the
consignment shop in German Village open for shoppers and
senior consigners. CATCO Phoenix Theatre and Steven Anderson
who increased their role at the Davis Performing Arts Center
on Franklin Ave to offer programs for all age groups with a
continued emphasis on our children's programs. Allen Huff and
The Neighborhood House who stepped up and increased their
program space to include the Sawyer Community Center on
Atcheson St., the Camp Fire Association who operated Tuttle
Recreation Center, and Rachael Muha of the Brian Muha Memorial
Foundation and Run the Race Club who helped keep the Holton
Community Center open for programs which benefited the Hilltop
In February of 2009, these groups entered into
management agreements with our department to help keep some of
our closed sites open for programs and use by the communities.
We believed going into the process that there would be a light
at the end of the tunnel that would provide us with new
partners and new ways of operating when we emerged from our
That has come true and we are
extremely grateful. While some of these partnerships still
remain in place, we wanted to take the time to recognize all
of these group's efforts in continuing to make Columbus a
great place for families and friends to live and play.
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