Landscape Enhancement and Beautificationin Public Spaces
The Landscape Enhancement / Beautification in Public Spaces Grant program was created in 2008 by Columbus City Councilmember Priscilla Tyson. This is a competitive grant program available to community based organizations who were currently maintaining flower gardens or other landscaped areas in parks and public spaces controlled by Columbus Recreation and Parks. Since 2008, the program has grown to include partnerships with Franklin County, The Columbus Foundation, and many community organizations and civic groups.
The program is administered through the Institute of Active Living at Columbus Public Health, where community gardens provide a 1:1 dollar match for the grant funds. The value of in-kind donations and volunteer labor are taken into consideration. The partnership between non-profit community groups and the City was developed to assist people who plant and maintain flowers in our city parks, and has since expanded to support for groups that have adopted space in public right of ways, that garden on leased land bank properties, and that open a community garden to the public on privately owned property, as well.
An emphasis is placed on support for sustainable landscapes, e.g. native grasses and perennial wildflowers. A Committee consisting of representatives from various city departments and community gardening leaders review proposals in the early spring, as funds are made available through the general operating fund budget. Past grant awards have been made to:
- Friends of Moeller Park, Merion Village
- Friends of Goodale Park, Victorian Village
- Friends of Schiller Park, German Village
- Krumm Park Community Recreation Council, East Columbus
- Friends of Westgate Park, Hilltop USA
- Friends of the Cultural Arts Center, Mound and Civic Center Drive
- Park of Roses Foundation, Clintonville
- Eastmoor Civic Association, Eastmoor
- University Area Enrichment Society, University District and Weiland Park
- Friends of the Hilltop, Hilltop USA