Welcome Franklin Park Neighbors…
We’ve got LOTS going on, so be sure to look for us at the following activities and events!
July 14, 2013 1-6pm Olde Towne East Tour of Historic Homes Celebrating Franklin Park
- September 7, 2013 Columbus Children’s Parade
- October 12, 2013 Franklin Park Pumpkin Patch
- Keep in the loop through the FPCA Facebook Page
We will soon be arranging another installment of “The FPCA”
About our Neighborhood -
A perfect blend of urban living, historical architecture, and natural beauty, the Franklin Park neighborhood is a residential oasis in the heart of downtown Columbus, Ohio.
The Franklin Park Community lies to the South and West of the park itself, neighboring the other Near East and Near South communities of Driving Park, Eastgate, King-Lincoln/Bronzeville, Livingston Park, Old Oaks, Olde Towne East, and Woodland Park. Alum Creek flows between the Franklin Park neighborhood and the City of Bexley.
Originally developed between 1890 and 1930, Columbus’ wealthy families built both large mansions and smaller well-appointed homes for their children and entourage. At that time, just east of downtown was a transition between the hustle of the city and the bucolic landscape beyond Alum Creek.
Homes in the area include late Victorian mansions, English Cottages, Craftsman bungalows and Colonial Revival. Sprinkled among single family dwellings are a potpourri of row houses and an eight story Art Deco apartment building.
Eighty-eight acre Franklin Park, a true Columbus jewel, sits at the heart of our neighborhood. Like the neighborhood surrounding it, the park boasts a rich history. It served as home to both the Franklin County Fair and Ohio State Fair for many years in the 19th Century. William Techumseh Sherman’s gave his famous “War is Hell” speech there in 1880. More recently, it hosted AmeriFlora ’92, the first international Floral and Garden exhibition in the United States. The Park’s centerpiece is the Victorian styled Franklin Park Conservatory which holds the Chihuly Collection of botanically inspired glass art.
Today’s Franklin Park neighbors enjoy strolling through the many neighborhood parks, gardening both at home and in the many nearby community gardens, easygoing neighborhood social life, like Book Club and Thursday night Cocktails at the Conservatory, and close proximity to fine dining and nightlife hubs German Village and the Short North.
Whether you’ve been a Franklin Park Neighbor for 50 years or 5, this site hopes to turn neighbors into friends and visitors into neighbors. We live in such a beautiful pocket of the city, let’s make the most of everything our neighborhood has to offer.