Clintonville nominated as “The Nicest Place in Ohio”

by Maddie Ogden

While it is no secret to Clintonville residents that it is a wonderful place to live, the neighborhood is now receiving state and national attention because of this. Clintonville was nominated by Larry Ziniel as one of the nicest places in Ohio and is now a finalist for the “Nicest Places in America.” 

The neighborhood started gathering attention when quarantine first started back in March. Clintonville has always been a tight-knit community, but it became even closer as people started helping each other adjust to life under COVID-19. It started with an online group for groceries.

“When one neighbor would head to the store, he or she would message others to see if anyone needed anything, limiting the number of trips,” an article in Reader’s Digest about the nomination explains.

Pretty soon, neighbors were organizing socially distant picnics and birthday celebrations. On one street in Clintonville, West Dunedin Road, resident Diane Erwin organized weekly beer deliveries to support Combustion Brewery & Taproom, a new local brewery. Other neighbors wrote birthday messages on the sidewalk and put out cake to celebrate local birthdays. 

“You get to pick your friends, but you don’t get to pick your neighbors necessarily, but somehow we have a really great neighborhood,” said Diane Ray, another resident of West Dunedin Road. 

This nomination is not the only thing that has brought national attention to Clintonville. Back in March, a video of 9-year-old Taran Tien and his sister, 6-year-old Calliope, went viral. The two kids put on a porch concert for their neighbor Helena Schlam, 78. Schlam’s grandchildren could not make it for Passover due to COVID-19, so Taran and Calliope decided to put on a show for her to give Schlam some company. 

These heartwarming stories are just a few examples of what makes Clintonville such a special place to live. It really is a tight-knit community where everybody knows everybody, and people are more than willing to help out their neighbors. It is nice to see this beloved neighborhood getting attention and this nomination is well-deserved. 

Columbus July 4th Fireworks Finder!

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Columbus celebrates the birth of our nation with festivals, parades, and especially fireworks! Check the list below for Fourth of July fireworks and beyond! If you love the booms and bangs, the bright lights in the night sky, and can’t wait to oooh and ahhh with the rest of the crowd, this list of area fireworks events is just your thing.

Happy Independence Day, and enjoy the fireworks all month long!

2018 July Fireworks Finder

Bexley Fireworks

Capital Soccer Field
2360 East Mound Street,
Columbus, Ohio 43209
July 4, at 10:00 PM
Bexley 43209

Columbus Fireworks

Clintonville
July 4, 10:00 PM
Whetstone Park of Roses
Main Field
3923 N. High Street
Columbus OH

Columbus Symphony Patriotic Pops
June 30, at Dusk
160 S. High Street
Columbus 43215
Tickets required for concert

Red, White, and Boom
July 3, at 10:00 PM
300 W Broad Street
Columbus 43215
Fireworks are free, some events may require $

Delaware Fireworks

Delaware Fireworks
July 4, at 10pm
Henry Street and OWU athletic fields
Delaware

Dublin Fireworks

Dublin Coffman Football Stadium
July 4, at 9:50 PM
6780 Coffman Road
Dublin 43017

Gahanna Fireworks

Gahanna Boom Fest
July 4, at dusk
Gahanna Municipal Golf Course
220 Olde Ridenour Rd.
Gahanna

Grove City Fireworks

Grove City High School
July 4, at 9:50 PM
4665 Hoover Road
Grove City 43123

Groveport Fireworks

Wirt Road
July 4, at Dusk
Groveport 43125

Hilliard Fireworks

Rogers A. Reynolds Municipal Park
July 4, at 9:45 PM
3800 Veterans Memorial Drive
Hilliard 43026

Lewis Center Fireworks

Olentangy Summer Bash
June 30, at 10:00 PM
Olentangy High School
675 Lewis Center Road
Lewis Center 43035

New Albany Fireworks

New Albany High School
July 4, at 9:30 PM
7600 Fodor Road
New Albany 43054

Pickerington Fireworks

Victory Park
July 4, at 10:00 PM
100 Lockville Road
Pickerington 43147

Powell Fireworks

Powell Festival
Village Green Park
June 23, at 10:15pm
47 Hall Street
Powell 43065

Reynoldsburg Fireworks

Civic Park
July 3, at 9:45 PM
1600 Daugherty Drive
Reynoldsburg 43068

Upper Arlington Fireworks

Northam Park
July 4, at 10:00 PM
2070 Northam Road
Upper Arlington 13221

Westerville

Westerville South High School
July 4, at 10:00 PM
303 S Otterbein Ave,
Westerville, OH 43081

Whitehall Fireworks

Whitehall Yearling High School
July 3, at dusk
675 S. Yearling Road
Columbus 43213

Worthington Fireworks

Worthington Family Picnic and Fireworks
July 4, 10PM
Thomas Worthington High School Athletic Fields
300 W. Dublin-Granville Road
Worthington 43085

Worthington Hills Country Club
July 4, at Dusk
920 Clubview Blvd. South
Columbus 43235

This list was accurate at the time of publication, please check with your local city government or chamber of commerce to make sure dates, times, and venues remain the same.

Walk the Clintonville Art Walk

Rich with both community history and public art, Columbus Art Walks are entertaining and educational self-guided walking tours. When you walk the Clintonville Art Walk, the printable map and downloadable mp3 tour lead you from one piece of public art to another, telling you stories from the past and present-day Clintonville along the way. You learn all about the history, community, and the amazing art available to the public on these historic Clintonville streets.

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Did you know that West of Crestview and High street used to be an amusement park with dozens of rides and features? What is it now? Did you know that the 300 homes in the Zooland subdivision of Beechwold were built during 5 short months to accommodate returning soldiers from WWII? Have you heard the story of how school children brought water into the original Clinton Elementary? Do you know where the first and only Columbus pedestrian subway is? Have you seen the longest operating business in Columbus? Did you know a famous stop on the Underground Railroad in Clintonville later became a rollicking speakeasy during Prohibition? All these stories, histories, and present-day landmarks are available to you on the Art Walk!

Interested in the home styles in Clintonville? Learn all about foursquare homes, bungalows, and get the scoop on the true stories of the gorgeous historic homes on East North Broadway, with all the details you’ve always wanted to know!

Love art cars? Did you know that Clintonville is home to 5 art cars, and one or more can often be seen parked on the 100 block of Pacemont?

And with each stop at public art, there are beautiful, inspiring, and fascinating artworks…from stained glass windows, to architectural wonders, to a dozen beautiful murals tucked into various corners of Clintonville. Included is the mural near the Clintonville Community Market on Crestview and Calumet, the first street mural in Columbus. Designed by Brenda Lloyd, it depicts elements of the Clintonville community. Other murals are placed around Clintonville at the Pace and High Carryout, Pattycake Bakery (this one changes regularly) and the Gateway History Murals at the North Broadway viaduct.

Explore Clintonville! Whether you are a long-time resident, or you are searching for your new home, walk the Clintonville Art Walk: It’s the perfect way to get to know the history, beauty, and character of this great and historic neighborhood. Enjoy!

 

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Enjoy the Five Best Gardens in Columbus Area

You can enjoy the five best gardens in Columbus with our list of favorites. Pick one that appeals to you, or spend time over the spring and summer months exploring them all! Gorgeous, interesting, educational, and sometimes sentimental, these gardens should not be missed by those who love flowers, foliage, and the outdoors. We even provide links and addresses to make your expeditions easy and fun.

Explore your city, Columbus, and enjoy the best gardens in Columbus today!
Franklin Park Conservatory
1777 E Broad St, Columbus OH, 43203 614-715-8000
Admission to indoor gardens is $19 Adults / $16 Seniors  / $12 Children 3-12
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Located in downtown Columbus, near German Village, the indoor gardens in the conservatory are beautiful and bloom all year round. The outdoor gardens begin to bloom with beautiful bulbs and budding trees in April and come into their full glory by June. Outdoor gardens include community vegetable garden projects, walking trails, and an outdoor amphitheater, too.

With smooth paths, ramps, and accommodations for disabilities, these gardens are accessible to all. There are art installations both indoors and out, which means children should be supervised.

Inniswood Metro Gardens
940 S. Hempstead Road, Westerville OH 43081
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This Metro Park beauty is located in Westerville, and it’s 123 acres feature theme gardens with a rose garden, herb garden, woodland rock garden, and children’s garden. There is a garden here to everyone’s taste, and this is a gem not to be missed! From an enormous hosta collection to a little moss garden in the rock garden area, there is something here for everyone who’s heart goes pitty-pat for gorgeous landscapes.

With smooth, paved paths over almost all of the grounds, these gardens are very accessible. There are some steeper grades in the rock garden, and narrower paths in the children’s garden that could be a challenge. Most of the gardens are completely away from all traffic, and are perfect places for small children to run and play. The children’s garden has been designed for the joy of youngsters, and lovers of children’s literature.

Chadwick Arboretum and Learning Gardens
Next to Howlett Hall at 2001 Fyffe Court on the OSU Agriculture campus in Upper Arlington/Campus Area.
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Free and open to the public during daylight hours, the Chadwick Arboretum and Learning Gardens are a part of the Agriculture Department at OSU. Beautiful and peaceful, spring, summer and autumn, these gardens have wonderful plant collections, benches, short and easy walking paths, and a contemplative labyrinth for meditation. Most plants and trees are labeled, and perfect for educating young and old about these lovely gardens.

Mostly accessible, there are some shallow steps, a few stone paths, and the labyrinth can be enjoyed from, but not travelled in a wheelchair. While great for all ages, it is not fenced and is bordered by busy streets. Small children should remain under direct supervision.

Whetstone’s Columbus Park of Roses
3901 North High Street, Columbus OH 43214
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Located in the heart of Clintonville, this is one of the largest and most famous rose gardens in the U.S. Thirteen acres, with three unique rose gardens, an herb garden, perennial garden, and an Ohio prairie. Housing 11,500 roses and over 400 varieties, there are roses for everyone here. Included are the ancient wild roses, floribundas, grandifloras, miniatures, climbing, and shrub roses. They even have a garden filled with low-maintenance Earth-friendly roses in an informal garden setting. The roses are best seen in June and July, with the most roses in bloom at once. The scents and sights are truly amazing.

Very accessible, the gardens are planted on a slight hill which may be a mild challenge to wheeled visitors, but with wide smooth paths throughout. Away from traffic, this is a wonderful park for children, with wide lawns on which to run and play.

The Topiary Park
480 E Town Street, Columbus OH, 43215
Columbus OH Topiary Garden
Open during daylight hours, this astonishing park is a Georges Seurat painting come to life in topiary! A landscape designed to mimic a painting of a landscape, it’s a beautiful example of living art. Come walk among the visitors to “A Sunday Afternoon on the Isle of La Grande Jatte” in Columbus!

Contact the Friends of Topiary Park, and arrange a docent tour of the beautiful landscape. Perfect in any season, as the evergreen topiaries are all visible and enjoyable even in winter. Although we do recommend warmer temperatures for full enjoyment, the park is lovely any time of the year.

Fully accessible to everyone.