Located in front of COSI, Dorrian Green provides play areas for children and adults. The Fountain Plaza is anchored by an interactive fountain and flanked by two open-air pavilions and flowering cherry tree groves. The northwest and southwest entrances feature salvaged limestone structures from the historic Central High School Stadium that once occupied the site, and the relocated kinetic sculpture titled “The Spectrum Tree” celebrates Isaac Newton’s discovery that sunlight contains the entire spectrum of colors.
- 6.316 Acres
- Gardens: a sensory garden, reading garden, butterfly and pollinator garden, prairie garden and cherry tree groves.
Fountain Plaza: The fountain at Dorrian Green is typically open seven days a week from 9:30 a.m.–6 p.m.
- COSI: Adjacent to Genoa Park and across the street from the Riverfront Amphitheater is the Center of Science and Industry (COSI) – a dynamic hands-on science museum and one of downtown Columbus’ most popular attractions. During COSI’s 1999 move to the riverfront’s west side, the historic façade of the old Central High School (built in 1924) was preserved and incorporated into Arata Isozaki’s architectural design for the museum’s new facility.
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About Hugh J. Dorrian
Dorrian Green is named in honor of Franklinton native Hugh J. Dorrian, a dedicated and unwavering public servant to the residents of Columbus for 52 years. Mr. Dorrian served as the city’s fiscal guardian from 1966 through 2017, first as Columbus City Treasurer and then as Columbus City Auditor. He had a strong hand in the revitalization of the Short North and other downtown neighborhoods, the Arena District, University District, Scioto Mile and Franklinton. Mr. Dorrian, a graduate of St. Charles High School, had a seat at the table for every major decision made on behalf of the residents of Columbus for more than half a century, ensuring that Columbus continued to thrive and grow into the vibrant city it is today. Parks have always been a bright memory for Mr. Dorrian, as he spent many years playing at Sunshine Park, which is now warmly known as Dodge Park. Dorrian Green is nestled on the grounds of the former Central High School, which served as a bedrock for community gatherings. Our hope is for Dorrian Green to serve as a wonderful mainstay for Columbus residents and visitors for generations. The dedication will highlight Mr. Dorrian’s commitment to building communities where everyone is welcome and has the opportunity to thrive.