Since the formation of the Centennial Task Force approximately four years ago, its members have been working toward the creation of a significant and lasting gift for the community to commemorate Upper Arlington’s Centennial Year. This labor of love has paid off, and the community will get a first glimpse of the task force’s primary project as part of this year’s expanded Fourth of July celebrations. The Centennial Plaza and History Walk —located at Northam Park—provides a welcoming community gathering space that jointly commemorates UA’s Centennial Year and provides a snapshot of the community’s history and evolution over the course of 100 years. To witness the unveiling first-hand, make sure you are at Party in the Park by 7 pm, where you can watch the proceedings in person at the plaza area, or on giant screens surrounding the stage.
The Centennial Plaza—located at the pool and park drop-off area—adds an exclamation point to the Northam Park entry area. Thanks to local artist and former UA resident, Alan Hamwi, the plaza features three impressive, climbable bronze bear sculptures with a rubberized surface. Benches, tables and seating, landscaping and a trellis complete the
plaza, providing a shady space to rest or gather with friends and family. This part of the Legacy Project was made possible in large part thanks to the support of the following organizations:
Upper Arlington Rotary Club
Upper Arlington Community Foundation
Upper Arlington Civic Association
Kiwanis Club of Northwest Columbus
It’s hard to imagine how it’s possible to condense 100 years of history into 10, 18” X 24” signs, but the History Walk team on the Legacy Projects Subcommittee has done just that. Located along the pedestrian walkway into Northam Park from Tremont Road, the History Walk provides a snapshot of UA’s evolution, from its very beginnings to the evolution of the public entities that serve us, from the history behind our mascot, “The Golden Bear,” to the community spirit that sets us apart!
The History Walk has been made possible thanks to the support of the following:
The Martin Peter & Marjorie Garvin Sayers Family: Daniel Garvin Sayers, Stephen Putnam Sayers, Julia Sayers Bolton, Elaine Sayers Buck
The Barney Family
The Crane Family: In memory of Robert S. Crane, Jr.
The Yassenoff Family
The Patton Family: In memory of Mary Louise & Bob Patton
Northwest EyeCare Professionals: Douglas, Deborah & Quinlan Bosner
The Upper Arlington Education Foundation & Upper Arlington Library Board
The Greg Guy & Lisa Ingram Family: Caitlyn, Andrew, Jacob & Ryan
The Gudenkauf and Gehring Families
E. Ann Gabriel: In memory of Ann R. & M. Leonard Gabriel, and Joanne B. & Jack O. Woodruff
Not pictured: The Patton family and Gabriel family were unable to attend the unveiling.