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Short North Neighborhood Events/News JULY/AUGUST 2014

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New Neighborhood Event: Goodale Park Summer Walks & Talks

The Friends of Goodale Park organization is offering a new summer series to educate and entertain garden lovers. “Goodale Park Walks and Talks” will feature talks by experts in gardening along with a brief tour of the park so listeners can enjoy the outdoors before the presentation. All events will take place Wednesday evenings 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Caretaker’s Residence in Goodale Park. Guests are invited to gather at the west entrance for the tour of the park at 6:30 p.m. followed by the presentation at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be provided. All events are free and open to the public.

Wednesday, July 16: "Wildlife in My Own Back Yard!" presented by Randy Rogers

Birdwatcher Randy Rogers will discuss ways to make your lawn more bird and wildlife friendly, improving the environment one yard at a time. Have a photo of some of the wildlife in your own yard? Bring it along to share and discuss. Randy Rogers is on the board of Green Lawn Cemetery, Cedar Bog Nature Preserve, and the Ohio Ornithological Society, and has volunteered with the Metro Parks for the last 15 years. He holds a B.S. in Recreation and Wildlife from Ohio University and is retired after 28 years of service as a major in the Ohio Army National Guard.

Wednesday, July 23: “Goodale Park Summer Tree Tour” led by Rick Frantz

FGP arborist and board trustee Rick Frantz knows a little something about trees in Goodale Park! Back by popular demand, this tour includes the history, uses and interesting facts about the more unique trees of Goodale Park, as well as some you may have in your own yard. Rick Frantz graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in Natural Resources, majoring in Urban Forestry. He works in municipal forestry and has been with Friends of Goodale Park for over 10 years.

Wednesday, August 13: “Container Gardening” presented by Judith Arnett

Limited gardening space? No problem! Discover the art of growing vegetables, herbs, annuals, perennials and more, in containers. It’s easier than you think, and you can get really creative with the implementation of unusual containers. Judith Arnett is President of the Central Ohio Water Garden Society. She has been a Master Gardener for the past 18 years. She is also a member of the Hilliard Garden Club, the Greater Columbus Dahlia Society, and the Columbus Area Military Wives Club. She has served on the Hilliard Shade Tree Commission for the past 12 years, and is a volunteer at the Community Gardens on Rings Road in Dublin.

Wednesday, August 27: “Gardening with Winter Pizzazz” presented by Dr. Mark Miller

Do you have a fabulous spring garden, good summer garden, moderately colorful fall garden and dreary winter garden? That's an all-too-common result when Ohio gardeners buy most of their plants in spring after a tough winter. Learn about plants you can add to your landscape for all-year interest, and which are especially eye-catching in winter. Dr. Mark Miller is the Education Manager at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University (Horticulture/Environment & Natural Resources). He is President of the Friends of the Topiary Park, and a member of the North American Association of Environmental Education.

“Goodale Park Walks and Talks” is made possible by both the hard work of amazing volunteers and the generous financial support of friends and neighbors. To learn how you can help support the future of free educational programs in Goodale Park, email volunteercoordinator@goodalepark.org

Amici’s of Italian Village Park Has Funding for New Projects: Seeks Ambitious Crew

Several years ago the Italian Village Society commissioned the Amici’s of Italian Village Park to oversee the park’s development and maintenance. The Amici’s functioned quite well for awhile under the leadership of Steve Hurtt and Diana Lessner; however, the past couple of years has seen a decline in interest and participation of the group.

Now that significant funding has been secured from the Columbus Foundation and the Wood Companies for the maintenance of the park and development of a new pavilion, it is time to reinvigorate the Amici’s and charge them with the important tasks of overseeing the design of the pavilion and planning events for the park and the pavilion. The IVS is hoping to develop the park into an urban oasis that is alive with activities throughout the year – activities like an annual festival, farmer’s market, and concert series.

If you would like to join the Amici’s and help make Italian Village Park all that it can be, please attend an IVS meeting on the second Tuesday of the month or email IVS President Larry Totzke at italianvillagesociety@gmail.com. Meetings are held at the Second Avenue Elementary School Building. Park in the school lot and enter from Second Avenue at the Columbus Junior Achievement BizTown/Donatos entrance.

Columbus Landmarks Art Walks & Talks

Columbus Landmarks and Columbus Public Health have scheduled dozens of guided “Art Walks & Landmark Talks” this summer and fall. The walks began in June and will continue to be held on Monday evenings and some Sunday evenings from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. through September. Among the upcoming scheduled tours are two in the Short North including the Wonder Bread Factory at 728 Hamlet St. on Sun., July 27 and St. Francis Church at 386 Buttles Ave. on Mon., August 11. Visit www.columbuslandmarks.org to see the entire list of walks scheduled in a variety of neighborhoods. Sample videos of some previous walks can be accessed on the website as well.

Parking Lane Markings on Neil Avenue

A number of traffic calming measures were created with the recent speed limit changes on portions of Neil, Third, and King avenues in the Short North. One new development completed in June was the painting of stripes on Neil Avenue to designate parking lanes. This is intended to visually narrow the street in an effort to reduce traffic speed. Area residents are concerned for the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists after the speed limit signs were changed in March to reflect 30 mph instead of 25. The traffic calming measures are a factor in the new speed study being done to determine proper speed limits for the area. The study should be completed by next spring.

Limestone Sofa Removed

Photo Gus Brunsman III

The Short North Special Improvement District and Short North Alliance removed the public artwork known as the Limestone Sofa on Friday, July 11, 2014.

The artwork, created by artist and University of Akron Art Department Chair Robert Huff, was commissioned by the Short North Special Improvement District in 2004 as a part of the group’s effort to add public art in pocket parks along High Street. The artwork commemorates the site’s history as the furniture district and was designed to look like a couch from a used furniture store located in the area. Often mistaken for cement, the couch is carved from one single 20,000 lb block of limestone.

Since that time, the artwork has sustained damage due to vandalism. The artwork was removed for repairs to be made to it over the next six months. Once repaired, it will be installed in the exterior sculpture garden of the Cultural Arts Center in downtown Columbus where it will be protected from further vandalism. Formerly a rest area for homeless individuals, the site will be re-landscaped now that the artwork has been removed.

The Short North Alliance continues to pursue public art projects throughout the Short North Arts District and will at a later date consider this or a nearby site for a future public art project.

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