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New Skatepark, Other Improvements Planned for Tuttle Park

Brent Warren Brent Warren New Skatepark, Other Improvements Planned for Tuttle ParkA rendering showing planned improvements to Tuttle Park. Courtesy of Columbus Recreation and Parks Department.
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The Columbus Recreation and Parks Department is moving forward with long-planned improvements to Tuttle Park in the University District.

A new, 12,000-square-foot skatepark will be built on the eastern edge of the park, along with a new shelter house, two updated tennis courts, and a basketball court.

The futsal court in the southeast corner of the park will remain and be upgraded, and the mural that overlooks that court will be repaired. Two of the four existing tennis courts will be removed, along with a storage building and the existing basketball court.

Joe Motil, who has served on the Tuttle Park Community Recreation Council for nearly 30 years, called the new improvements “icing on the cake for what has been an ongoing, decades-long transformation of Tuttle Park.”

“The shelter house and improved greenspace will make the lower area more pleasing and usable for family events,” he said. “I perceive a lot more activity and use when the project is completed.”

The city has been working with a consultant team, led by Designing Local, that hosted two public meetings to get ideas and feedback on plans for the park.

Stephanie Garling of the Recreation and Parks Department said that more outreach is planned for the spring, when the team will settle on a final design for the skatepark.

Motil said that Eric Bartow, the owner of Embassy Board Shop in Clintonville, and skateboard instructor Chris Higgins both helped to provide input and to encourage members of the local skateboarding community to attend the public meetings and give feedback on the skatepark design.

“The city and design team were very open minded to the residents’ ideas and priorities,” he said, adding that, “I am profoundly grateful to the University Area Commission’s support for this project in using the majority of their Urban Infrastructure Recovery Funds towards the lower field improvements.”

Garling said that the city is hoping to start construction on the skatepark and other improvements next summer, with the goal of completing the project in spring of 2022.

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