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The Tuesday Top 5: July 30th, 2019

Posted on August 1, 2019 at 9:38 AM by Laura Oldham

The Tuesday Top 5: July 30th, 2019


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

1. Public Works Building Nears Last Phase

Contractors have made significant progress on the new Public Works complex under construction on McKinley Avenue as the $5 million project nears the final stage of construction.

Public Works Roof

Workers are making progress on the roof over the vehicle garage section of facility that will serve as the base of operations for the Grandview Heights Public Service Department, Building & Zoning Department and Parks Maintenance.

Project architect Ron Gajoch recently took City Council members and City officials on tours of the complex at 1260 McKinley Avenue – just east of Central Avenue – to give them a firsthand look at the progress of construction, telling them the facility should be ready for outfitting with office furniture and equipment by early October.


Construction began in January.  I have regularly updated residents on this project, most recently in early June.

Contractors earlier this summer completed the roof over the office portion of the complex to allow work on electrical, HVAC, plumbing and interior walls in that area to begin.


Gajoch lauded project general contractor Setterlin Building Co. and its subcontractors for keeping the project on time and on budget in a tight labor market and through the extended wet weather in May and June as well as the extreme heat of July. He also expressed appreciation for the cooperation of City officials working on the project. “The team’s working well together.”


The third section of the complex is a wash bay for city vehicles and equipment. That building also has restrooms that will be open to the public when programs take place on a planned Parks & Recreation field that should be ready for programming in 2020.


2. Activities Set for National Night Out

The City’s departments of Police and Fire will join the Parks & Recreation Department in sponsoring the annual National Night Out program set for Tuesday, August 6th at Wyman Woods.

National Night Out

National Night Out is a nationwide effort to promote crime prevention through community activities, neighborhood awareness and involvement, and personal safety education. Combined, these activities are designed to send criminals the message that residents are organized and will fight back to reduce crime on their streets and throughout their community.

The Grandview Heights activities will include resident interaction with our police and firefighter/medics, a Columbus Division of Police K-9 unit and Columbus SWAT.

More than 20 local community groups and businesses will have a table at the event.
The event also will offer free hot dogs, root beer floats andsome giveaways for the kids that attend as well as an inflatable fire truck for kids to jump in and a “hungry hippo” inflatable game in which kids can compete. 

Parents also can get an Ident-a-Kid finger print identification kit for parents to keep.

I would also like to extend my appreciation for the support of the Fraternal Order of Police Foundation and Pathways Financial Credit Union in their role as co-sponsors of the event as well as those groups and businesses hosting information tables at the National Night Out event.

3. Parks and Recreation Mailing Late Summer/Fall Program

Speaking of City programming, keep an eye on your mailbox for the fall Grandview Heights Parks & Recreation Department program brochure in the coming days. 

Fall Parks Rec

The Park & Recreation staff winds down its summer programming the next few weeks even as registration gets set for the fall programs. In addition to the National Night Out, August 6th, there will be Music in the Yard concerts the first of three Thursdays in August from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at First Avenue Park between Yard Street and Bobcat Avenue co-presented with the Grandview Heights Public Library.

I will host the Mayor’s Picnic at Wyman Woods on Sunday, August 18th from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. with food and fun activities including games, a water slide and a kid favorite: “Touch a Truck”.  Parks & Rec will also host the 2nd annual Tri-The-Heights Youth Triathlon on Labor Day Weekend and will launch a new event, Fall Fest, on Thursday, September 26that the First Avenue Park in Grandview Yard.

October 31st Beggar’s Night and the Howlin’ Halloween party at the Grandview Heights Public Library caps an October calendar that also includes the Grandview Heights/Marble Cliff Historical Society’s Tour of Homes on October 6th and the 41st Great Pumpkin Run and companion Tiny Tot Pumpkin Trot for children 6 and under will take on October 26th. 

Other Parks & Recreation events slated for the Fall program include co-ed wiffleball and kickball for adults; a youth drama program and arts workshops; and various after-school and sports programming. 

Those interested in finding programs can also access the entire brochure published online.

Registration begins early next week - on August 6th – for residents of Grandview Heights and Marble Cliff and August 13th for non-residents.

You may register online at or visit the department at the Grandview Center, 1515 Goodale Boulevard, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Questions about the programming and registration? Call the staff at 614-488-3111.

4. Street Program Winding Down

The big projects slated for this year’s street repaving and repair program are just about done.

Many of you may have noticed contractors last week scraped and repaved sections of northbound Northwest Boulevard north of Virginia Avenue and Woodhill Drive. Service Director Darryl Hughes said these as the last major projects set for this year’s street.

A few other smaller patching projects remain on the schedule this week as crews plan the reseeding areas where repairs and repaving took place during summer.

The program began in April after the City’s Board of Control approved a contract with Strawser Paving Co. The Service Department postponed repaving Elmwood Avenue between Goodale  Boulevard and Bluff Avenue until next year when the City also plans to create a sidewalk/path along the east edge of the road. Combination of the street and path projects will reduce the need to disrupt traffic on that section of Elmwood two summers in a row.
(An information meeting with neighbors regarding the Elmwood path project is slated for August 13th in City Council chambers at 6 p.m.)

Hughes said the City switched out the Elmwood paving project this year for a similar repaving program for Westwood Avenue.

The City’s engineer this summer inspected the condition of theCity’s streets and alleys. A report presented to the Service Department will help guide the planning of future street programs.

5. Another Successful Grandview Hop

This Saturday’s Hop was great fun and drew another large crowd.

There were more than 100 pop-up vendors & food trucks participating as well as three live music performance areas, pop-up performance space and a Kids Activities Area (powered by Grandview Parks & Rec and featuring coloring books, puzzles, arts & crafts), to name some of the many activities.

I would like to thank everyone who came out to support the event and the Columbus Young Professional Club and Destination Grandview for organizing the event.

If you missed it, you still have two more chances – August 31st and September 28th – to join in the fun.

See you there!

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