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The Tuesday Top 5: June 4th, 2019

Posted on June 4, 2019 at 10:17 PM by Laura Oldham

The Tuesday Top 5: June 4th, 2019


Welcome to the Tuesday Top 5! Your source for the latest info on what is going on in Grandview Heights.

1. Blastoff to Summer Launches Youth Programming

The Department of Parks & Rec hosted 66 campers during the four weekdays after Memorial Day in what the staff dubbed the 'Blastoff to Summer.'


I stopped by Wyman Woods on Thursday to get a glimpse of the program designed to offer an activity during a week previously unprogrammed for a City camp before the start of the annual Kids Club.


While there, I watched the kids who had just finished Kindergarten and Grades 1 through 5 wallow in a suds-filled pool and race each other in what can only be described as a giant inflatable hamster ball. What fun!


I really appreciate the Parks and Rec’s staff for recognizing a need in the community and having the creativity and drive to organize this program filling that need.

If you or members of your family have yet to sign up for a summer program, check out the list of programs on the department’s website and the link for registering.

2. Rec Volunteer Cavanaugh Remembered For His Service

The City and the Grandview Heights community as a whole said a final farewell on June 1st to Tim Cavanaugh, a lifelong resident and active volunteer with various Parks & Recreation activities for more than 40 years.


Cavanaugh, a 1973 Grandview Heights High School graduate, lost his long struggle with cancer on May 17th, the day before he would have marked his 65th birthday. 

He served multiple generations of youth of this community through Parks & Rec as a coach, umpire and referee in baseball, basketball and other programs, while earning the respect and admiration of the kids involved in various sports as well their parents.

I recall Tim always wore a jacket of some kind, and gladly handed out the bubblegum he kept in the jacket pockets for the kids.

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When not volunteering, he spent the last 21 years working counter sales for Loeb Electric.

Parks & Rec and the City cherish those in this community who spend their free time working to make Grandview such a special place. Tim ranked in the top echelon of those who impact our community daily through service to our kids and adults alike. He will be sorely missed. 
Those interested in sharing their own stories may do so here.

3. Public Works Building Set For September Delivery

The City’s new public works building under construction at 1260 McKinley Avenue remains on track for the projected September completion.


Project architect, Ron Gajoch, reported that news to City Council during the May 14th meeting. Construction on the $5.2 million project that should get completed in September as projected when the sitework began in late 2018.

A lot has changed since I wrote about the framing of the two buildings in late March.

I took a tour of the McKinley complex just west of Central Avenue last week along with Service Director Darryl Hughes and Parks & Rec Director Mike Patterson in order to get a firsthand look at the project’s progress since then.


I found the masonry of both buildings completed with the metal skin for the vehicle storage section of the main building well underway. That storage section building should get its concrete floor poured this week.

The concrete floor and exterior walls of the office section for the Service Department and the Division of Parks is already done. The next stage for that portion of the project is getting the roof installed.


Completion of that milestone will allow general contractor Setterlin Construction and its subcontractors to get started on the interior construction.

The building for the truck wash and public restrooms the planned athletic field have the masonry walls and roof completed.


The Division of Recreation has some confidence the athletic field will get seeded this fall, a goal that would allow programming of the field in the spring or summer of 2020.

4. Stefanie’s Champs Run/Walk Impacts City

The Step Up for Stefanie’s Champions Walk/Run set for this weekend will impact traffic Saturday morning within the eastern street grid of the City.

The June 8th event benefits the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research at the OSU/Wexner Medical Center’s Comprehensive Cancer Center.

As many as 2,000 participants in the walk/run fundraiser will begin arriving at parking lots at the Stefanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast Center, the Ohio State Eye and Ear Institute, Spectrum and behind Miller’s Columbus Ale House off Olentangy River Road at 7:30 a.m. 

Spillover parking after 8 a.m. will be at the Giant Eagle Market District.

Rolling road closures will begin just ahead of the 9 a.m. start as the runners and walkers begin the 1-or 4-mile courses.

Spielman Race Map

The 4-mile route will start at the Spielman Comprehensive Breast Center, traveling west on West Third to Yard Street, south on Yard to West First Street, west of First to Bobcat Avenue, and then east on First back along the south of the park back to Yard. At that point, the route heads south on Yard to Burr Avenue; and west on Burr to Buck Sports Park.

After circling the park, runners and walkers will head east on Burr and then head north on Oxley Road until it hits Northwest Boulevard. At that point, the route heads southeast to Oxley, turning left (east) back into Grandview Yard, then north on Yard Street to West Third and east back to the OSU medical campus on Olentangy River Road.

The short course follows the long course but doubles back at Yard and West First.
City police officers will provide traffic control as the participants make their way through the streets of Grandview Heights.

Organizers expect the walkers to clear the long route around 10:30 a.m.
This is the fourth year this important fundraiser for cancer will take place in Grandview Heights.Meantime, anyone interested in more information on the fundraising event can get it here.

5. Flower baskets on Grandview Avenue poles

I hope residents have noticed the expansion of the flower baskets the Parks and Recreation installed in recent weeks on City light poles along Grandview Avenue and around some City facilities.


Eight of the flower baskets have graced light poles through the Grandview Avenue commercial district between First Ave and the alley that marks the City boundary just south of West Third for a few years. Those baskets now continue south from First to Goodale Boulevard on 10 additional poles.

Other baskets also decorate light poles at City Hall, Pierce Field and the Community Center at Goodale Boulevard and Grandview.

The new set of baskets holders has a set of horizontal poles above allowing for the installation of banners, similar to ones installed on City light poles through the Grandview Avenue commercial district and along West First from Pierce Field to Marble Cliff.

Destination Grandview occasionally runs banner campaigns promoting special events, like this summer’s expanded Grandview Hop.


I hope you agree the baskets mark a welcoming accent as residents and visitors alike enter and exit the City.

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