Inside the Mile

Think Spring: Save the Dates

27 days. This is the time of year that most of us crave sunshine and spring weather. It’s been a particularly grey and gloomy winter so we can’t wait for brighter days ahead. If you’re looking forward to afternoons in the Scioto Mile Fountain, dinner on the patio of Milestone 229 and Friday evening concerts in Bicentennial Park as much as we are – good news. It’s time to save the dates and mark your calendars for four months of FREE downtown summer entertainment!

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Rhythm on the River features an eclectic array of touring artists, local musicians and arts organizations on select Fridays throughout the summer. Highlighting everything from bluegrass to blues to ballet and more, attending a Rhythm on the River performance is the perfect way to spend summer evenings with family and friends! Stay tuned for a full performance schedule!

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FountainSide presented by American Electric Power and Sunny 95 (94.7 FM) offers free fun children’s activities in and around the interactive Scioto Mile Fountain on select Wednesdays throughout the summer from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The series enriches the lives of Columbus-area children through fun and educational programs encompassing arts, crafts, music, dance, healthy living and physical fitness. Attendees enjoy free frozen treats courtesy of the Sunny 95/Meijer Treat Truck. Check back soon for activity details!

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Scioto Greenways to Transform Downtown Columbus

Two years from now, a narrower, more beautiful Scioto River will wind through the city with plush green space lining both sides of the river. The river’s flow will return to its natural state, therefore improving ecological systems and river habitat. Until then, a messy, muddy, machinery-ridden scene fills this space. This undertaking, the Scioto Greenways Project, is going to be worth the mess – we promise!

Here are a few facts about the project…

  • The construction project is managed by the Columbus Downtown Development Corporation (CDDC), a nonprofit focusing on positive change in the downtown area
  • The project is estimated to cost $35.5 million. It is being funded by variety of public and private partners – see the complete list here
  • It takes place on along the Scioto Mile, Genoa Park, Dodge Park and the Scioto Audubon
  • While creating a link to the regional 60 mile trail network, this new development will offer Columbus residents with 1.5 of trails downtown for running, biking, walking and playing
  • By removing the Main Street Dam, the Scioto River is able to return to its natural course while allowing room for 33 acres of extra green space
  • CDDC says the project is on schedule to be completed for Fall 2015
  • Removal of the Main Street Dam is already complete
  • The depth of the Scioto River will vary between four feet and 18 feet deep throughout, once the project is complete
  • Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, Ohio Department of Natural Resources and volunteers worked to safely relocated 4000+ fresh water mussels to healthy waters
  • Access points for construction crews have been created at the intersection of Town Street and Civic Center Drive

For more information about the Scioto Greenways Project including news, updates, photos and to sign up for their newsletter, visit www.sciotogreenways.com or ‘like’ them on Facebook.


RECAP: 2013 Grand Illumination Ceremony

Despite the cold temperatures, the flurries made the perfect backdrop for an evening of celebration, giving and holiday cheer in Bicentennial Park. Thank you to all who came out for the Grand Illumination presented by T-Mobile ceremony – we could not have done it without all of you! See below for a recap of the evening’s best moments:

Bicentennial Park, Scioto Mile Promenade and City Hall came alive on December 6 with more than 200,000 LED holiday lights sparkling in a snowy winter wonderland during the Grand Illumination presented by T-Mobile. The evening ceremony, hosted by Mayor Michael B. Coleman, Councilmember Zachary M. Klein, Director Alan McKnight and ABC 6/FOX 28 Meteorologist Phil Kelly featured carols by the Columbus Children’s Choir and the magical arrival of Santa Claus, including an on-stage ‘breaking news’ segment and video as he flew over downtown Columbus and landed in Bicentennial Park. Despite the snow, families enjoyed the spectacular music and light show, especially after they donned their T-Mobile ‘holiday specs’ that transformed each point of light into a fun snowman image.

The Empty Bowls tent was a popular stop for hot chicken and dumpling soup provided by Milestone 229, with more than $1,000 raised for the Mid-Ohio Foodbank. Attendees also enjoyed activities provided by Franklin Park Conservatory, Local Matters, Mad River Mountain, BalletMet Columbus, COSI and the Mobile City Hall CBUS. After the ceremony everyone enjoyed cookies compliments of The Hills Market, coffee compliments of Cup O’ Joe and hot cocoa, while children visited with Santa and received a special holiday ornament. Attendees who braved the wintry weather could enter to win great prizes from our partners including T-Mobile Nokia Smartphones and service, BalletMet Columbus The Nutcracker tickets, CATCO A Christmas Carol tickets, Columbus Blue Jackets team-signed jersey, team-signed hockey stick and game tickets, Franklin Park Conservatory admission tickets, Mad River Mountain tubing or skiing tickets, Hollywood Casino dining gift cards, COSI general admission and Polar Express movie tickets, and Milestone 229 gift cards.

The lights will twinkle from Bicentennial Park, along the Scioto Mile Promenade to City Hall throughout the holiday season. The Scioto Mile Fountain presented by the American Electric Power Foundation has come alive for the winter with holiday imagery projected onto the fountain “blossom.” New this year, large illuminated spheres are suspended from each of the five fountain “halos.” Lights will twinkle nightly through January 11, 2014. Be sure to head down with family and friends this holiday season!

Grand Illumination would not be possible without the generosity of our lead sponsors and partners including T-Mobile Operated by Wireless Vision, The Scioto Mile Endowment Fund: Columbus Downtown Development Corporation, ABC 6 WSYX/FOX 28 WTTE, Live Technologies, Milestone 229, The Hills Market and Cup O’ Joe. We also extend a special thanks to Grand Illumination community partners including COSI, Franklin Park Conservatory, Local Matters, Columbus Blue Jackets, Mad River Mountain, CBUS – Mobile City Hall, CATCO, Girl Scout Cadette Troop 622, Hollywood Casino and Springfield ACME Electric.

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Holiday lights will twinkle until January 11

The Grand Illumination presented by T-Mobile continues throughout the holidays featuring decorations and lighting in Bicentennial Park, along the Scioto Mile Promenade and City Hall grounds. In keeping with the city’s green initiatives, all seasonal decorations feature energy efficient LED lighting, including more than 200,000 LED lights on 150 trees. The Scioto Mile Fountain presented by American Electric Power Foundation will come alive for the winter with holiday imagery projected onto the fountain “blossom.” New this year, the fountain will be illuminated with large lighted spheres suspended from each of the five fountain “halos.” The lights will twinkle until January 11, 2014.


THIS FRIDAY: Don’t miss the magic!

With the Grand Illumination presented by T-Mobile less than a week away, we are anxious to announce our exciting programming for the evening!

Join Mayor Michael B. Coleman and the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department on December 6 at 5PM for an evening of celebration, giving and holiday cheer in Bicentennial Park. Enjoy traditional carols performed by the Columbus Children’s Choir, a stunning light show illuminating all of Bicentennial Park and a special appearance by Santa Claus. Complimentary cookies courtesy of The Hills Market, coffee courtesy of Cup O’ Joe and hot cocoa will be available immediately following the ceremony.

This year, the Scioto Mile features over 200,000 holiday lights as well as dynamic seasonal imagery, creating a one-of-a-kind visual experience, projected onto the Scioto Mile Fountain presented by American Electric Power Foundation each night through January 11, 2014.

The evening could not take place without the support of our wonderful partners. Here is a quick look at some of their offerings during the Grand Illumination ceremony.

Community partners provide activities and giveaways including:

  • For a $10 donation, attendees are invited to select a piece of handcrafted pottery and receive a bowl of hearty chicken and dumpling soup courtesy of Milestone 229.
  • A handful of special bowls will be sold through silent auction throughout the evening, including bowls designed by Good Day Columbus personalities.
  • T-Mobile will be handing out special light refracting glasses (holiday specs) that will transform every point of light into a holiday character.
  • COSI‘s mascot, RATiO, will interact with attendees and offer COSI discount coupons.
  • The Franklin Park Conservatory will help children decorate holiday cookies and offer Conservatory admission coupons.
  • Local Matters will have a face painting station and feature a “Winter Veggieland.”
  • BalletMet Columbus’ Nutcracker and Clara will be on hand to meet and greet.
  • Mad River Mountain will have giveaways, ski literature and discount coupons.

Ceremony attendees can enter to win great prizes including:

EVENING SCHEDULE:
5:00 p.m. – Holiday Activities
6:00 p.m. – Ceremony and Light Show
6:30 p.m. – Meet & Greet with Santa

Visit the Grand Illumination website for more information!


Holiday Magic Arrives in Bicentennial Park on December 6

It’s time to mark your calendars for an evening of celebration, giving and holiday cheer! Join Mayor Michael B. Coleman to celebrate the City’s greatest holiday tradition, the Grand Illumination presented by T-Mobile –Operated by Wireless Vision, on Friday, December 6 in Bicentennial Park. The Scioto Mile features over 200,000 holiday lights as well as dynamic seasonal imagery projected onto the Scioto Mile Fountain, creating a one-of-a-kind visual experience, each night through January 11.

This year’s ceremony will feature traditional carols performed by the Columbus Children’s Choir, a stunning light show illuminating Bicentennial Park and the Scioto Mile, and sweeping views of Santa and his reindeer as they fly across the Columbus night sky. After the ceremony, Santa will visit with children and share a special gift while attendees enjoy cookies compliments of The Hills Market, coffee compliments of Cup O’ Joe and hot cocoa.

In the spirit of giving, support the Empty Bowls project by purchasing a piece of handcrafted pottery and receive a bowl of hearty chicken and dumpling soup compliments of Milestone 229. All proceeds benefit the Mid-Ohio Foodbank.

Be sure to check back next week for a full schedule of holiday activities and giveaway prizes!

EVENING SCHEDULE:
5:00 p.m. – Holiday Activities
6:00 p.m. – Ceremony and Light Show
6:30 p.m. – Meet & Greet with Santa


2013 Season Recap

The 2013 summer series has come to an end and autumn is quickly approaching after a busy, lively and successful summer at the Scioto Mile. The two summer series — Rhythm on the River and FountainSide presented by American Electric Power and Sunny 95 (94.7FM) —partnered with 35 different local organizations to produce 19 afternoons and evenings full of a variety of activities, fountain play, music and dance performances.

Ten Rhythm on the River performances took place on the Bicentennial Park Performing Arts Pavilion, a state-of-the-art venue with architecture that reflects the design of the Scioto Mile Fountain. The evenings were full of talented artists and performers showcasing everything from local roots to international tours. From the world rock of Rusted Root to the high lonesome sound of Booker T. Jones and Peter Yarrow, to the blues style of Charlie Musslewhite and the elegant grace of BalletMet Columbus, the series brought something for everyone. The Golden Dragon Acrobats wowed the crowd with their award-winning acrobatics, traditional dance and spectacular costumes while Yumbambe! brought their hot Latin jazz after the community joined Mayor Michael B. Coleman for an evening bike ride through downtown. The series brought more than 30,000 people to Bicentennial Park; thank you to all who attended! Rhythm on the River would not be possible without the generous support of WCBE 90.5FM, ABC 6/FOX 28, Donatos, The Westin Columbus and the Scioto Mile Endowment Fund: Columbus Downtown Development Corporation.

Nine FountainSide afternoons offered water-themed play and fountain fun in and around the 15,000 square-foot Scioto Mile Fountain. This series enriches the lives of Columbus-area children through fun and educational programs encompassing art, crafts, music, dance, healthy living and physical fitness. Nearly 4,000 children made crafts with local arts organizations such as the Columbus Museum of Art and OSU Urban Arts Space, learned the health benefits of planting and harvesting locally grown food with Lowe’s Plant & Grow station and Local Matters, tested sports skills with Columbus Crew, Blue Jackets, and OSU sports, met the Turtle Lady, her scaly sidekicks and more. Attendees enjoyed free frozen treats from the Sunny 95/Meijer Treat Truck while they played and hopped around with the Fountain Frog. FountainSide is made possible through the generous support of American Electric Power, Sunny 95 (94.7FM) and Donatos.

Thank you again for yet another spectacular summer! We will see everyone in 2014!


BOOKER T. JONES | Click HERE for more photos from this performance


GOLDEN DRAGON ACROBATS | Click HERE for more photos from this performance


PETER YARROW | Click HERE for more photos from this performance


YUMBAMBÉ / MAYOR’S TWILIGHT RIDE | Click HERE for more photos from this performance


AN EVENING OF BLUEGRASS | Click HERE for more photos from this performance


FASHION ROCKS COLUMBUS | Click HERE for more photos from this performance


RUSTED ROOT | Click HERE for more photos from this performance


MCGUFFEY LANE | Click HERE for more photos from this performance


BALLETMET | Click HERE for more photos from this performance


CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE | Click HERE for more photos from this performance


Scioto Mile Fountain open through mid-October

It’s not too late to enjoy the Scioto Mile Fountain presented by the American Electric Power Foundation! Our stunning 15,000 square-foot interactive fountain operates from April though mid-October.

Here are the daily operating hours:
9 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. (Sunday – Wednesday)
9 a.m. – 11 p.m. (Thursday – Saturday)


THIS FRIDAY (9/6) | Charlie Musselwhite

Columbus Recreation and Parks Department is thrilled to welcome award winning blues legend Charlie Musslewhite to Bicentennial Park this Friday at 9:00 p.m. for the final free performance of the Rhythm on the River series.

Described as one of the greatest living harp players of country blues, harmonica master Charlie Musselwhite’s life reads like a classic blues song: born in Mississippi, raised in Memphis and schooled on the South Side of Chicago. A groundbreaking recording artist since the 1960s, Musselwhite continues to create trailblazing music while remaining firmly rooted in the blues. His worldly-wise vocals, rich, melodic harmonica playing and deep country blues guitar work flawlessly accompany his often autobiographical and always memorable original songs. Living Blues declares, “Musselwhite’s rock-solid vocals creep up and overwhelm you before you know it. He plays magnificent harp with superb dexterity and phrasing. The results are amazing.”

The evening will open with the award winning Sean Carney Band at 7:30 p.m. Carney was born into the blues, with that gritty emotion so characteristic of blues music flowing through his veins. Growing up around multiple jazz musicians helped him lay the foundation for his career, which began over thirty years ago. Carney began his career by backing well-known local and national R&B artists such as Christine Kittrell and Jimmy “T-99” Nelson proving his talents as a fantastic blues guitarist and vocalist. He served three terms as president of the Columbus Blues Alliance, and promotes concerts as the creator of “Blues for a Cure,” an annual blues festival that has donated over $50,000 toward cancer research.

EVENING SCHEDULE:
6:30 p.m. – Food and beverage sales begin
7:30 p.m. – Performance
7:30 p.m. – Performance

ARTIST WEBSITE:
http://www.charliemusselwhite.com/
http://www.seancarneyblues.com/


THIS FRIDAY | BalletMet Columbus

The nighttime sky on the Scioto Mile is the perfect backdrop for an evening of exhilarating dance as the talented dancers of BalletMet Columbus kick off Labor Day weekend with a FREE performance at Bicentennial Park on Friday, August 30 at 8 p.m.

A varied bill of dances will provide audiences a sneak peek at BalletMet’s upcoming 2013-2014 season featuring selections from Swan Lake, Alice in Wonderland, James Kudelka’s The Four Seasons, and The Nutcracker as well as more contemporary works by Harrison McEldowney and BalletMet’s new Artistic Director, world-renowned choreographer Edwaard Liang.  This event marks the first time Columbus audiences will have the opportunity to experience Edwaard Liang’s work live. Event attendees are invited to bring folding chairs, blankets and to pack a picnic dinner.

BalletMet Columbus, renowned for its versatility and innovative repertory, ranks among the nation’s largest dance companies, and its Dance Academy ranks among the largest dance-training centers. Since its inception in 1978, BalletMet has added 159 company premieres to its repertoire and produced 144 world premieres. It has also developed DanceReach, a series of educational and outreach programs that serve nearly 35,000 people annually; through DanceReach, up to 70 scholarships each year give access to talented youth, many from minority and underserved groups, who cannot otherwise participate.

EVENING SCHEDULE:
6:30 p.m. – Food and beverage sales begin
8:00 p.m. – Performance

ARTIST WEBSITE:
https://www.balletmet.org/

PARKING INFORMATION:


Designated drop-off area for shuttles, buses, and persons with disabilities is located on Main Street at the end of the loading dock behind the Bicentennial Park Performing Arts Pavilion. This area is NOT for use by the general public. Please be considerate to the needs of our senior patrons and visitors with disabilities. This is a drop-off area ONLY. All vehicles must move to a parking lot or garage immediately after unloading.
Parking is available at various surface lots and garages in close proximity to Bicentennial Park. However, these parking facilities are independently owned and we can not guarantee availability or cost.