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Centennial Legacy Project

Upper Arlington’s Centennial year is one to remember, between the Upper Arlington’s Birthday Celebration at the UA Main Library, the Legacy Project Unveiling during the Fourth of July Celebrations to the first annual Centennial Cycle, the Centennial Celebrations truly captured this community’s Cherished Past and Golden Future. 

Centennial Time Capsule

No Centennial is complete without a time capsule to commemorate the year’s celebrations for a future generation to discover. Over the year, the Centennial Task Force has collected ideas that represent our community, our residents and the year 2018. We would love to be able to include everyone’s idea but with a limited amount of space, we need your help in deciding what items will fill the time capsule.

Please click the button below to take a quick survey. The results will be revealed at the 2019 State of the City Address on Monday, January 28, 2019 by members of the Centennial Task Force.

Time Capsule


Northam Park is the home to a community pool, playground and reading garden, clay tennis courts, numerous sports fields, the main library branch and two schools, while serving as the community’s gathering place for two signature events—the Fourth of July Festival and Fireworks, and the Upper Arlington Labor Day Arts Festival. The Centennial Task Force felt strongly that the park entry was the best location for a signature Legacy Project—something easily accessible that would commemorate our 100th birthday in a tasteful and fitting way—and the team set about turning this idea into reality.

The Centennial Plaza provides an inviting gathering space for residents, most notably defined by three bronze bear sculptures that are the work of a local artist, Alan Hamwi—who actually grew up in UA. The bears are sited on a rubberized play surface, allowing children to interact with the artworks. Surrounding the sculptures is seating and an extension of the park entry pillars and trelliswork.

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


The History Walk is located along the main pedestrian walkway into the park from Tremont Road. A series of 10 markers (and one information marker about the walk) provide a snapshot of Upper Arlington’s first 100 years—the community’s early days and the people, institutions and amenities that set us apart. In conjunction with installation of the History Walk, the City made improvements to the walkway, adding trees and planting beds that compliment the beautiful markers.

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
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