I'm a little confused about all this concern about the park suddenly not being seen. Are people really going to forget the park is there? Are they going to be any less likely to know about the events that take place there? I think if the park was being walled off, that would be one thing, but it's not. There are at least 3 different entrances. I really don't think it'll be any different than say, McPherson Commons.
McPherson Commons is easily seen from the main street (Nationwide Arena) of a bustling new(ish) neighborhood. Not to mention the fact that it has a physical gateway in the form of the old train station arch. The arch draws you in whether you like it or not. It's really hard to miss when walking by. That's kind of the point, particularly for those not familiar with urban Columbus. It's easy to walk by McPherson Commons and see the park. One can walk by Columbus Commons (after the apts are built) and not even know it's there. In order for a park to be successful, it has to appeal to not only residents of the city but to visitors as well. If they can successfully draw people into the park by physical means (signage, line of site, etc.) then I will finally shut my mouth about it and accept the fact that my theory was wrong. Until, then I remain skeptical of the future Columbus "backyard" Commons.