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Southside Park Gets a Makeover

Community Partners join forces to revive a neighborhood resource

[COLUMBUS-OH] The playground at 2801 Lockbourne Road, is about to get crashed – yard crashed by Columbus Recreation and Parks, the Marion Franklin community and a few friends.

On Tuesday, May 3, 2016, at 9am the fun starts. More than 150 volunteers will convene at the Marion Franklin site to build a new playground for the community to enjoy and cherish. 

“This is going to be an exciting event that will transform this area,” said Councilmember Jaiza Page. “In less than 24 hours, you will not recognize this space.”

The official ribbon cutting ceremony takes place at 3pm with City of Columbus Mayor Andrew J. Ginther, Councilmember Jaiza Page and Director of Columbus Recreation and Parks Department Tony Collins.

The community and neighborhood youth participated with input on the playground design which is being provided by Playworld.

“Parks and playgrounds are integral to the health and wellness of our youth, which is a core part of our mission. The Recreation and Parks Department cannot fulfill this mission alone; it takes partners and volunteers and I am thankful for the various partners and many volunteers who are making the Marion Franklin Playground a reality,” said Collins.

Support for the project is provided by:

  • National non-profit organization KaBoom! and Dr. Pepper Snapple Group through a Let’s Play City Construction grant
  • Fifth Third Bank celebrating Fifth Third Day
  • Kohl’s, ArcelorMittal, Local Matters, Alliance Data and
  • Marion Franklin Community Center CRC and other neighborhood organizations.