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Updated: City Decides on Plan for Clintonville Bike Bridges

Brent Warren Brent Warren Updated: City Decides on Plan for Clintonville Bike Bridges

Editor’s Note (4/23/21): The Columbus Recreation and Parks Department announced today that it had selected Alternative 2 (as shown above) to complete the Olentangy Trail in Clintonville. For more information, see www.columbus.gov. The article below was originally posted on February 3. Plans to close the last significant gap in the Olentangy Trail are moving forward. Currently, […]

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Franklinton Trail and Park Plans Moving Forward

Brent Warren Brent Warren Franklinton Trail and Park Plans Moving Forward

The next two years could see several different projects spearheaded by the city’s Recreation and Parks Department come to fruition in Franklinton. Plans for a new bike and pedestrian bridge over the Scioto River and an off-street trail along Souder Avenue are moving forward, although the details have changed since the idea was first proposed […]

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The State of Play in Central Ohio

 Margaret Robinson, The Columbus Foundation The State of Play in Central Ohio

State of Play Central Ohio shows that financial barriers impact sports participation for Black children more than White children A new report released by the Sports & Society Program at the Aspen Institute shows a divide based upon race and income in youth sports experiences for some children in central Ohio.  Guided by an advisory group […]

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Columbus Reveals Urban Forestry Plan

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Columbus Reveals Urban Forestry Plan

Trees are one of the most important and efficient tools available to any city hoping to mitigate the hazards of climate change, and Columbus does not have enough of them. Only 22% of the city is covered by tree canopy—less than Pittsburgh, Minneapolis, Louisville and Cincinnati. But with the introduction of the city’s new Urban […]

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New Skatepark, Other Improvements Planned for Tuttle Park

Brent Warren Brent Warren New Skatepark, Other Improvements Planned for Tuttle Park

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 […]

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City to Buy Douglas Elementary, Starling Middle to be Auctioned

Brent Warren Brent Warren City to Buy Douglas Elementary, Starling Middle to be Auctioned

The former Douglas Alternative Elementary School building, located at 51 S. Douglass St. in Olde Towne East, will hold a new Senior Creative Campus run by the city’s Recreation and Parks Department. The department will also take over the former Stockbridge Elementary School site on the South Side, and plans to use it to extend […]

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Connector from Olentangy Trail to Bethel Road Now Open

Brent Warren Brent Warren Connector from Olentangy Trail to Bethel Road Now Open

A pair of major upgrades to the Olentangy Trail have been completed, including a connector that enables direct access to and from Bethel Road for the first time. The second upgrade is a widening of the trail – from 9 to 12 feet – between Bethel Road and Antrim Lake. The new connector brings users from […]

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