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Naturally Impactful is brought to you by the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department, which works to enrich and change the lives of our citizens. The column is an effort to share the story of how the pillars of Health and Wellness, Conservation and Social Equity drive the work we do. Each month the column will focus on different sections of the department using these pillars to create a positive impact on our residents’ and visitors’ quality of life along with providing basic knowledge of the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department, #CRPD. To find more about upcoming happenings at your Columbus Recreation and Parks, visit their Facebook page, Twitter page, or columbus.gov/recreationandparks.

Naturally Impactful: Registration Open For CRPD Spring Swimming Lessons

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Naturally Impactful: Registration Open For CRPD Spring Swimming Lessons

It’s never too early to learn how to swim, not even at the end of February, when it may seem impossible to think about long days at the swimming pool. Starting March 5, anyone can begin registering for spring swimming lessons at the Columbus Recreation and Parks Aquatics Center. CRPD offers lessons for anyone from […]

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Naturally Impactful: CRPD Fitness Memberships Can Help Tackle New Year Resolutions

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Naturally Impactful: CRPD Fitness Memberships Can Help Tackle New Year Resolutions

The tradition of making resolutions for a new year may date all the way back to the ancient Babylonians, but today, New Year’s resolutions are less often about honoring the pagan gods in exchange for a favorable harvest and more often about personal achievements and health. Losing weight, working out, getting fit or just being […]

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Naturally Impactful: New Wyandot Lodge Constructed to Have Minimal Impact on Environment

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Naturally Impactful: New Wyandot Lodge Constructed to Have Minimal Impact on Environment

The newly completed Wyandot Lodge at the McKnight Nature Center is poised to be the central hub of Columbus Recreation and Parks’ Outdoor Education Program. The lodge will be a new home for programs aimed at teaching local youth about human impacts on nature. But in the case of the Wyandot Lodge, the building itself […]

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Naturally Impactful: Muhammad Ali Boxing Showcase Builds Character in Young Fighters

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Naturally Impactful: Muhammad Ali Boxing Showcase Builds Character in Young Fighters

On January 13, 2014, tragedy struck at a house full of teenagers in South Linden when 14-year-old Terrico Henry was shot in the stomach. Calvin Fluellen, who was 16 at the time, would later tell police he didn’t think the gun was loaded when he pointed it at his young friend. But Fluellen pulled the […]

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Naturally Impactful: “The Sight of Music” Debuts at the Columbus Cultural Arts Center September 29

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Naturally Impactful: “The Sight of Music” Debuts at the Columbus Cultural Arts Center September 29

On September 29, the Columbus Cultural Arts Center will debut “The Sight of Music,” a six-week exhibition in the Center’s Main Gallery, featuring visual representations of music intended to highlight how “music is the soundtrack of our lives.” As part of the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department, the Cultural Arts Center features several galleries and […]

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Naturally Impactful: Therapeutic Recreation Offers Connection & Competition For Athletes of All Abilities

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Naturally Impactful: Therapeutic Recreation Offers Connection & Competition For Athletes of All Abilities

Cornelius Oatis almost didn’t start playing the sport at which he’s the best in the country. He was playing four foot hoops basketball at his rec center when the coach announced they would soon introduce a new sport called boccia. “He looked at me and he asked me, Cornelius, are you gonna come out and […]

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Naturally Impactful: With Summer Program, Columbus Rec and Parks Promotes Food Security and Health

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Naturally Impactful: With Summer Program, Columbus Rec and Parks Promotes Food Security and Health

Food scarcity may not be at the front of everyone’s mind in the deep summer months, but it’s a problem the Columbus Department of Recreation and Park prepares to confront every year. For 48 years, the Department has sponsored summer meal programs to make sure that kids who are without school lunches for three months […]

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