Time to vote for Art Bike Racks

Some of you may recall hearing the exciting news last June that eight recreation facilities had been selected to participate in the City’s Pilot Public Art Bike Rack Program. The program was initiated by the Columbus Art Commission (CAC) in partnership with the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department (CRPD). The art bike rack proposals have been reviewed for artistic merit by an art review panel seated by the CAC and engineers in the Public Service Department have looked them over for basic constructability, safety and budget issues. The participating recreation centers are:

Barack Community Center
Blackburn Community Center
Dodge Community Center
Indian Mound Community Center
Milo Grogan Community Center
Westgate Community Center
Whetstone Community Center
Tuttle Community Center

Now it’s time to get out the vote!

Eight great proposals have moved forward and voting is now open on the Columbus Planning Division’s web page (www.columbus.gov/planning/publicart/bikeracks.aspx). Here you’ll find proposal images and be able to cast a vote for your favorite design. Please share the voting link with your fellow council and community members, and area businesses. Voting information has also been sent to your local Area Commission Chairpersons with the request that they share it with other commissioners and members of your community.

Voting will close Monday, May 6th at 5:00 pm EST.

We encourage you to vote early and vote once. The results will be tallied and posted to the Planning Division webpage.

Once the results are in, they will be submitted to the Columbus Recreation and Parks Commission and the Columbus Art Commission for final approval. Upon approval, a Request for Proposals will be issued for fabrication and installation of the selected bike rack designs.

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Upcoming dates for April

Portal Park Clean Up – What and Where:Meeting at Portal Park (High and Arcadia) for a spring meet and greet
When: 3 PM tomorrow (April 5th).
What to bring: I will have tools and yard waste bags, so just bring yourself!

UCAN Meeting
Monday, April 21st – Crestview Presbyterian Church, 7pm. Meet the Candidates for CAC District 1

UCAN Neighborhood Clean Up:
Saturday, April 26, meet at Community Market for tools

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Slow Money Event

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LOUA-Board Fwd: New post Please Help Save Our Ravine

New post on Lower Olentangy Urban Arboretum

Please Help Save Our Ravine

by kkovarik

Glen Echo

A primary reason for the existence of LOUA and its volunteer efforts is the proximity of two forested ravines. These persistent geological features were formed thousands of years ago and are both beautiful and functional and home to many species of plants and animals. As of last evening, one of these areas, Glen Echo Ravine faces a new threat. The Clintonville Area Commission Zoning and Variance committee approved an application by the Goo Goo Car Wash company to occupy the parcel of land owned by the White Castle Corporation, located at the intersection of Arcadia and High Street at the entrance to Clintonville.

This lot is currently free of any structures and sits on a commercial strip of landfill that once was a part of Glen Echo Ravine. The parcel is currently commercially zoned (C-4), but not zoned for a business such as a car wash. Members of our steering committee are opposed to a car wash occupying this site for a number of reasons. First of all, this C-5 business runs counter to the Clintonville Neighborhood Plan, which explicitly calls for preservation and restoration of the ravines. Too many impervious surfaces currently abut Glen Echo Ravine, and a car wash with lots of impervious pavement will continue to contribute large amounts of storm water runoff at a critical point of Glen Echo Ravine. A car wash would be especially harmful, as the runoff would likely contains hydrocarbons (known carcinogens) and other forms of pollution.

This is in direct contrast to the current plans of The City of Columbus to reduce storm water runoff and pollutants by increasing green space and infiltration. LOUA has another vision for this property sitting atop Glen Echo. We would someday like to see Glen Echo Ravine a prominent feature on High Street, as it once was when a simple bridge ran over it. This would ultimately involve removing the landfill in order to restore the stream currently routed underground through a culvert. Once the channel is cleared of debris, the slopes could be planted with native trees.

We have begun the process of seeking grant funding and private donations in order to accomplish these tasks. The completed project is intended to attract visitors and beautify the primary commercial corridor in Clintonville. This park will be also be an access point for a planned walking trail that would connect Glen Echo Park with the bike trail on the Olentangy River which is called for in the Neighborhood Plan for Clintonville. Such a trail would give our children a place to explore, get exercise, and learn about nature. A restored, uninterrupted, and forested corridor would also facilitate the movement of wildlife from the riverine forests bordering the Olentangy River to Glen Echo Park.

The Clintonville Area Commission is meeting on Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 7pm in the Whetstone Library meeting room. If you are opposed to the car wash, please contact your Clintonville Area commissioner and let them know your feelings before then.

Contact information for area commissioners can be obtained at the following link: http://www.clintonvilleareacommission.org/index.php/meet-our-commissioners.html

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Halloween Parade!

The annual UCAN Halloween parade will be on October 31, at 530 pm. We will begin at Crestview and Esmond. Rain or Shine!

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{UCAN} Fwd: Olentangy Street customer communications

Columbia Gas will be working in the neighborhood again this fall. Attached you will find a map of the project area as well as a letter explaining the work that will be done.

The contact information for Columbia Gas is included below.

Shanelle Hinkle-Moore
External Affairs Specialist
Columbia Gas of Ohio
200 Civic Center Drive
Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 460-5464 (office)
(614) 381-2151 (cell)



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Free Trainings Teach Bicyclists How to Share the Road


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Free Trainings Teach Bicyclists How to Share the Road
Dusting off your bicycle and hitting the road? Or maybe you recently bought one? Unsure about how best to share the road with motorists while on your bicycle?

Look no further! The City of Columbus, through its Share the Road educational campaign, is offering residents a free training and safety education class through local bicycle training organization YayBikes! It’s called How We Roll.

Sign up today! Classes are scheduled on:

  • Sunday, September 8, at 2, 3 and 4 pm
    Meet at the Hot Times in Olde Towne Festival,
    at Columbus Public Health
    240 Parsons Avenue – enter on north side,
    meet at grassy area to the left
  • Friday, September 13, at 6, 7 and 8 pm
    Meet on the sidewalk in front of Moody Hall Neighborhood Policing Center
    248 E. 11th Ave.
  • Sunday, September 22, at 2, 3 and 4 pm
    Meet at the parking lot of St. Luke’s on 5th Church 1150 W. 5th Avenue

YayBikes! will take online reservations at howweroll.us. During the registration process, participants are asked a
few questions to gauge their experience.

There is room for up to 16 students per time slot. Each class lasts one hour, with 45-50 minutes of on road bicycling. Two instructors lead a group of 5-8 students on a 4-5 mile loop of the neighborhood, riding at a breezy pace.

Class Details

The route will be designed to feature various traffic scenarios, with an increasing degree of difficulty. Groups will make 5-6 stops where instructors discuss the section of road just traveled, present new information, answer questions and critique student riding habits. At the last stop students will fill out a short evaluation. Participants just
need to bring their own bicycle
and helmet.

Participants will increase their confidence with:

  • maneuvering a bicycle
  • riding on the road
  • understanding bicycle -related traffic laws
  • fitting a bicycle and helmet
    to their body

We hope to see you soon –
sharing the road!

City of Columbus
Department of Public Service

Division of Mobility Options
109 North Front Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215

Office: (614) 645-3111
Email: 311
Hours: 7 AM – 6 PM


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