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For Immediate Release
News Date: February 01, 2021

Columbus Recreation and Parks Offers Virtual Tour of Renovated Scioto Southland Community Center

Columbus, Ohio – On Thursday, Mayor Andrew J. Ginther officially opened Columbus Recreation and Parks Department’s renovated Scioto Southland Community Center.

The renovated community center and park includes a 34,000 square-foot, multi-purpose wellness and activity space. Scioto Southland, formerly known as the Indian Mound Community Center, is located at 3901 Parsons Avenue in Columbus.

“Our community centers are a vital resource for residents, and it’s important that we continue to invest in our facilities so we can meet the changing needs of our communities and prepare for the growth we’re expecting to see in our City and region,” Mayor Andrew J. Ginther said. “We’re excited to enhance the experience for residents in the community.”

Over the last several years, the building has undergone significant renovations to its gymnasium, lobby and classrooms, and air conditioning was installed. During the renovation, the space was nearly doubled, allowing for the addition of new features, including:

  • Demonstration/teaching kitchen
  • Auxiliary gymnasium
  • Additional classrooms and restrooms, including a family restroom,
  • Walking trails
  • Playground
 

The new space enables new and expanded programming, including toddler childcare and after school programming as well as senior programming, some of which will take place during early center hours. The new art room features pottery wheels, a slab wheel and kiln, and the center offers dedicated spaces for boxing and weightlifting.

“It’s important that our centers represent the community and are tailored to the needs of the neighborhood,” said Paul Rakosky, interim director of Columbus Recreation and Parks Department. “We asked residents to share what features and programming are important to them, and for their help in selecting a new name for the center that better represents the community.”

The renovations are part of Columbus Recreation and Parks’ capital improvement plans designed to continue to enhance the facilities and amenities available to residents. The department partnered with Hardline Designs to complete the project. 

To help limit the spread of the coronavirus, the Scioto Southland Community Center is open to registered participants and staff only. All community members can get a sneak peek at the newly renovated center from the comfort and safety of their own home here: https://youtu.be/_Huc_bG5PcM.