The gym smelled of new paint and floor varnish, but the dedication of the rebuilt Dodge Park and Recreation Center was all about history and memory.
Carol J. Stewart told a crowd of about 300 how her children and her grandchildren played at the park and the rec center in Franklinton, which was first built in 1933.
“Now there are great-grandchildren that will use Dodge,” said Stewart, who also is the chairwoman of the Franklinton Area Commission. “It’s a good day.”
Columbus Recreation and Parks spent $5.5 million on the new building, which features a library, lounge, kitchen, game room and boxing room. Outside, a new roller hockey rink joins a skateboard area and a swimming pool.
The Dodge opening comes about a month after the city opened another rec center on Columbus’ Far North Side. The similarly sized Lazelle Woods Recreation Center cost about $5.2 million.