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Central Ohio Greenways — An incredible asset within our region
· Posted: 8/28/2017
Whether you’re selling a home to a central Ohio native who is looking to move to a new neighborhood or you are finding a house for someone relocating to the Columbus area from outside our region, make sure you share with them one of our region’s best assets, the Central Ohio Greenways network. Consisting of 180 existing trail miles, 11 regional trails, and 12 million trail miles traveled annually, there is a trail for everyone.
Each trail has their unique charm, provides scenic views, safe and diverse transportation options, and offers plenty of connections. These trails wind through everything from quaint villages to exciting downtowns. Plus, most trails follow along natural water features, ensuring pleasant views and promoting the protection of water quality.
And the region’s trail system is far from being completed. The Central Ohio Greenways Board (COG Board), a committee of the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC), is working with many regional partners to build and connect even more trails and to offer additional programming along the trails. The Board’s vision is clear: “A world-class network of trails easily accessible to every central Ohioan.”
Here are some ways on how you can share our trail network with your prospective buyers:
If you’re in the mood for some biking, get out on the Alum Creek or Olentangy trails and put some miles behind you. Need a break? These trails both offer a plethora of parks and waterways to make a refreshing cool-down.
If you’re on the Alum Creek trail and want to go through downtown or cross to the trails on the west side of Columbus: Hit up the Downtown Connector. This path runs parallel to the I-670 freeway making it a quick and easy way to cross Columbus. Plus, the Alum Creek Trail, Downtown Connector, and Camp Chase Trail are all a part of the larger Ohio-to-Erie network, for those who enjoy multi-day trips.
Want something a little different? Try the TJ Evans, Camp Chase, or Heritage Trails. These have the historic charm of being further out in the central Ohio region, giving you quiet, peaceful rides through local towns. The Camp Chase trail follows along a railroad, while the Heritage Trail parallels a 4-mile trail for horseback riding.
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Story Trail Celebrates Diversity at Friendship Park
Posted on 5/11/2017
Gahanna Parks & Recreation will host a ribbon cutting celebration on Friday, May 26 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. at Friendship Park, 150 Oklahoma Avenue to mark the opening of the Story Trail. This year’s story, The Friendship Bridge, celebrates the beauty of diversity as two young girls from different cultures meet on a bridge and form a lasting friendship.
The celebration will kick-off with a ribbon cutting, followed by an acoustic musical performance by Casey Redmond. During the event, the Gahanna Mobile Activities Center (GMAC) will be on site providing activities and games.
This year’s story trail is in collaboration with the Columbus Metropolitan Library and Gahanna Lincoln High School and is part of the Gahanna Library’s Summer Reading Program encouraging families to engage in the outdoors through reading throughout the summer.
“We are excited to collaborate with our partners on this year’s story trail which celebrates the diversity in our community,” said Gahanna Mayor Tom Kneeland. “This year’s theme is an extension of the rich history of Friendship Park, which was once home to one of the first African-American country clubs in the nation.”
The Friendship Bridge was written by students Emerson Fry, Najma Gureye, Frankie Nuss, Mikayla Barbe-Cox, Amun Jama and Natalie Fry. The story is beautifully illustrated by Alyssa Lee, a junior at Gahanna Lincoln High School. Lee’s artwork is best described as vector illustration, an industry standard used by design professionals for creating sequential imagery similar to the concepts used in storyboards, cartoons and graphic novels.
“I’m glad that I could do something for the City of Gahanna that will be seen and appreciated in the community as a whole,” said Alyssa Lee. “This project gave me real-word experience working as an illustrator – which has really helped me validate my interest in pursuing art as a career.”
The story is appropriate for readers of all ages. Storyboards are set low to the ground for children to explore each piece of framed art and the Ready to Read prompts are provided by the Gahanna library. Attendees can visit the story trail all summer and during park hours.
For more information about the story trail, contact the Gahanna Parks & Recreation department at 614.342.4250.
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