A New 78-Acre Park To Takeover Land Behind Eastland Mall

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The city of Columbus will spend $1.525 million to buy nearly 80 acres of land along a tributary of Big Walnut Creek for new park space. The land, just west of Eastland Mall, has been on the city’s mind for years.

“There is a demand and a high need for a park in this area,” Brad Westall, planning manager for the city’s Department of Recreation and Parks, told the Dispatch. “It’s one of the most underserved communities for parkland.”

The land will be purchased using funds from a $1 million grant from the Ohio Public Works Commission and around $525,000 from the parks budget. Columbus City Council approved the move during their meeting Monday night.

The 78-acre park will include conservation space, an area for potential playgrounds, sports fields, and more.

“That part of the east side really does lack green space. This parcel, in particular, there are 5,000 residents within a ten walk of this parcel in particular, and that is a real goal of the Recreation and Parks Department to think about making green space more accessible within that ten-minute walk,” Council President Pro Tempore Elizabeth Brown told FOX28 on Monday night.

The park is expected to be completed within 2-3 years.

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