Public Facilities Plan for Metro Parks

OSU CRP 783 City Planning: Municipal Functions

Final Class Presentation: Parks and Recreation

As a team, we had to devise a Public Facilities Plan related to a “mockup” situation where the citizens of our community have been complaining and asking the city to build a new public facility.  Via multi-media platforms of visual aids, summaries and a website, we had to present to the council that a new plan is neccesitated while taking the city’s finances and funding into consideration.


Supplemental Inspiration

Check out Virtual Pastures Exhibition at Wexner Center of Arts  This agricultural exhibition brings to the attention of the public in the fact that sheep and cows used to graze the central campus on High Street! Horses were the transportation means of getting around. They carried anything to classrooms and the dorms!  This amazing gallery is trying to remind the locals and residents of the city of what the life was like centuries ago by re-animating the past absences.  Also, after taking a close look, the feeling is to wonder how can we re-connect with live animals that we depended our lives on as opposed to so much wasteful resources and wasted finances.


Team Project: multimedia format website:

Summary I was responsible for: “Value of Parks” (see below)
Theories of men as hunters and gatherers relying on nature are much more ancient than theories of people as city planners and developers using green space as an addition to urbanization.  City development was originally perceived as an intrusion of nature.  Forests, woodlands, and farmland were the center of cultural development.  Today, parks are now used as “bankrupt” properties that were once highly-valued parcels of land.

In today’s society with technological advancements, people of different status levels have stopped relying on natural resources.  While people enjoy the phenomenon of building cities, a percentage of people still tend to prefer living in suburbs, “up north”, or towards the country area.  In other words, people tend to wish for a connection with nature.

The near east side area of Columbus, Ohio presently is portrayed as a low-income area with dilapidated elements of nature. The high-crime rate and “non-urbanization” is considered the center focus since there is too much public misuse and natural resources have been abandoned.  The green space was originated as an area for family-operated farms with horse-drawn streetcars that stretched on a trolley track from Columbus to Washington D.C.  There is high potential for revitalization efforts since the park already has a foundation for soil, seeding and vegetative methods.

The theme of centrality plays an important key role in the geographic location of Columbus as the state capital as well as the central location in the country.  In terms of green infrastructure, the Metro Parks form a ring around the city and are geographically located as points of centralization.

These parks, without a doubt, are valuable municipal resources and significant assets to the city landscape for Columbus, Ohio.  Green space can significantly dissolve racial boundaries in this deeply-rooted minority driven area.  Once portions of green areas start revitalizing, social welfare benefits will increase as well as the value of commercial and residential properties.  More tourists, developers and buyers will frequent the area more for investments and leisure purposes, if racism and gang-related crimes are somehow downgraded.

Parks, as significant assets to the community within, also need to not just bring in aesthetically pleasing effects to the residents, but also to bring in economical flow within the job market as well as within the values of home and business ownerships in the area.  Racism, concentrated gang areas and other negative effects of the near east side embodiment would decline once stability and balance comes ashore with everything else.

The near east metro park area of Columbus, Ohio can finally achieve urban order since the city is already geographically centralized intertwining with major metro parks.

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