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History: 1960-1969

History: 1960-1969

 [ 1800-1909  1910-1929  1930-1949  1950-1959  1960-1969  1970-1979  1980-1989  1990-1994  1995-1999  2000-2004  2005-2008  2009-2010]


Population of Columbus 682,962

Increase of 179,552 in last 10 years


July 15, 1960

Golden Anniversary

N. J. Barack Superintendent of Recreation Department


Inter-murals and Junior Olympics; City wide pageants; Lantern Parades and Pet shows, Arts and Crafts, sewing, fishing, bowling, swimming and diving, and league play.

  • 3.5 million Participants at Recreation Centers
  • 73 Summer Playground programs
  • 16 Year round Centers open



McDowell Senior Center

Constructed by CMHA & Columbus Recreation Department




Lincoln (Barack) Recreation Center


Sunshine (Dodge) Pool

First pool since Maryland in 1929

Six pools are constructed over next 4 years.



Barnett and Cooke (Feddersen) Recreation Centers



Mel Dodge becomes Director; 104 park sites over 9,300 acres. Vice President Hubert Humphrey visits Blackburn 1st public Campground opens at Griggs Reservoir with 70 reservable sites.


Airport Golf Course

Indoor Swim Center




Lower Scioto Trail

1.7 miles of bike way opened along the west side of the Scioto River on the levee in Southview (Berliner) Park.

Won Gold Medal Award National recognition of Excellence in Recreation & Park management.


1800-1909  1910-1929  1930-1949  1950-1959  1960-1969  1970-1979  1980-1989  1990-1994  1995-1999  2000-2004  2005-2008  2009-2010]