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South Side Residents Join City Council President Ginther and Councilmembers Hardin & Page To Break Ground For New Sidewalk

City Council President Andrew J. Ginther was joined by Councilmembers Shannon G. Hardin and Jaiza Page and South Side residents to break ground on the Fairwood Avenue Sidewalks Project.  The project will add a sidewalk along the east side of Fairwood Avenue between the south edge of Fairwood Park and Moler Road.  The project will increase safety for pedestrians walking to and from Fairwood Park, which is located along the east side of Fairwood Avenue at Deshler Avenue.

“Strong and safe neighborhoods must have the basic infrastructure to help them grow,” said Council President Ginther.  “This investment in sidewalks was a direct result of a discussion I had with a resident at a community meeting in the area.  I am happy to have helped make this project a reality.”

The project will also upgrade storm sewers on Fairwood Avenue between Frebis Avenue and Moler Road.  There are currently no curbs on Fairwood Avenue between Frebis Avenue and Moler Road.

“Sidewalks connect people with the places they want to go,” said Councilmember Hardin, chair of the Public Service & Transportation Committee.  “The City of Columbus has a long history of installing sidewalks around schools and parks to help keep families safe.”

Since 2000, Mayor Michael B. Coleman and City Council have partnered to invest more than $61 million to add 97 miles of sidewalks in neighborhoods citywide.  The $412,659 project is scheduled to be completed on May 27, 2016, weather permitting.

The sidewalks are being installed as the Recreation and Parks Department is completing a new master plan for Fairwood Park.  

“Some of the upgrades being discussed with the residents include adding a shelter facility and exercise equipment, expanding the walking loop, and constructing a skateboard park,” said Councilmember Page, chair of the Recreation & Parks Committee.  “All of these amenities are being considered when it comes time to make park improvements.”