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November 20, 2019
News Date: November 20, 2019

IGS to Donate Solar Panels to Columbus Recreation and Parks Department for Linden Community Center

The Columbus Recreation and Parks Department is announcing that IGS of Dublin will be donating 200 solar panels to use on the roof of the Linden Community Center that is currently being built.

This generous donation will save the department approximately $125,000. These 70-kilowatt hour solar panels have an operating life of more than 30 years. These solar panels will have the annual green equivalent of taking 15 cars off the road or burning 77,000 pounds of coal.

“IGS is proud to bring solar power to the Linden community, and we commend the City of Columbus for investing in the growth and development of historic neighborhoods,” said Patrick Smith, vice president of IGS Solar. “As a corporate citizen of central Ohio and a responsible steward of the environment, we are committed to building a sustainable energy future together in the areas in which we live and work.”

“We appreciate IGS being willing to make such a large donation to the Linden Community Center,” said Paul Rakosky, interim director of Columbus Recreation and Parks Department. “This will be a great way to make our facility more environmentally friendly and sustainable moving into the future.”

The previous Linden Community Center was an outdated 24,000-square-foot structure. The new facility will more than double that size to approximately 55,000 square feet. Some of the features of this new center will include: an elevated walking track; gymnasium, mat room, fitness room and dance studio; a demonstration and teaching kitchen; a music studio for residents to learn and create; computers for residents to use; designated spaces for arts and ceramics; fitness facilities and the department’s first full-size regulation basketball courts that will not only support basketball, but also pickleball, volleyball and much more. The Linden Community Center will also offer several multi-use programming and partner spaces.

Additionally, the 20-acre Linden Park will be renovated with sports fields, a shelterhouse, an outdoor performance area, a new pond, a sprayground and courtesy of the Columbus Blue Jackets, a Blue Jackets-themed playground.