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Centennial Legacy Project

Upper Arlington’s Centennial year is on track to be one to remember, but the Task Force wanted to gift the community with a lasting legacy from this special time in our history. The Legacy Projects Subcommittee led the charge on this effort, and the result was better than anyone imagined. If you were unable to make it the Legacy Project Unveiling, you can view photos of the ribbon cutting and unveiling of the bronze bears and history makers by clicking the button below. 

CENTENNIAL PLAZA AND HISTORY WALK

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

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

Centennial Time Capsule

What should we leave behind for future generations?

No Centennial is complete without a time capsule to commemorate the year’s celebrations for a future generation to discover. We already have plans to include a copy of the Centennial Magazine and the new history book, along with event photographs and news stories, but we also are seeking ideas and contributions from the community. Tell us your ideas!

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