2005 has been another full year for the Friends of Goodale Park. In early January, the panel of judges who were appointed by FGP and the BrickStreet Arts Association selected the Tete-a-TeteFalls design submitted by local artist Malcolm Cochran from among the four finalists as the winning design for the public art/water feature to be placed in the Goodale Park lake. Tete-a-TeteFalls is a two part, two-sided water feature which will be constructed of split-face granite block. Water pumped to a trough at the top of the form will cascade over semicircular weirs on the interior sides of the structure creating twin waterfalls. On the back sides, water will flow over and down the stepped, convex forms creating different and variable water displays on all surfaces. Central to this concept is the desire to create a year-round water feature and one that will improve the water quality of the lake.
Fund raising began in earnest following the selection of the final design and so far two significant grants have been received: one from the Greater Columbus Arts Council and the other from the Columbus Foundation under its Neighborhood Partnership Program. In addition, a sizeable donation was received from an anonymous donor. Additional fund raising continues and additional grants will be sought with construction projected for late 2006 or the spring of 2007.
In addition to the sculpture falls project, FGP worked closely with the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department to finish the design work for the upgrade of sidewalks throughout the park. As a result, construction occurred in the spring to eliminate a number of unnecessary sidewalks and to add several new ones to improve pedestrian circulation and handicap access throughout the park. In addition, brick paved terraces were added to both sides of the shelter house which will vastly improve its usability for groups and events. The terraces will ultimately receive light fixtures and wrought iron fencing as funds become available. During the summer, the C&RP Department rebuilt all of the tennis courts in the park with new surfaces, new fencing and new nets.
Again this year, FGP worked with Director Paul Redman and his staff of the Franklin Park Conservatory to design our flower beds. The Conservatory donated several flats of bedding plants in addition to the truck load of annuals FGP purchased from DeMonye’s Nursery so that all five of our annual beds had flowers. Of course the execution of the designs and the maintenance of the beds were accomplished only through the work of the volunteers who helped set them out and helped weed them throughout the summer. However, the job of planting and maintaining flower beds can always use additional volunteers.
During 2005 we continued to recruit a point person or persons for each of the annual beds. While still do not have all the beds assigned, those who did take on the task did a great job. The point person may help with initial planting but more importantly is in charge of keeping the bed weeded throughout the summer. So if you would like to get your hands dirty and become a Goodale Park Bed point person please contact Stan Sells.
Another priority was to improve the appearance of the beds around the lake. Consequently, we had several weeding events throughout the summer and fall where we concentrated on cleaning up those beds and as a result significantly improved their appearance – thanks again to volunteer labor.
During the fall and with the considerable assistance of our newest Board member, Rick Frantz, FGP has begun the task of completing a comprehensive inventory of all of the trees in Goodale Park. The inventory includes detailed species and cultivar information on each tree as well as descriptor information of size, shape, condition and exact location. The inventory is being loaded into a special software data base which will be maintained by CRPD. While the inventory progressed well throughout the fall, the inventory will not be completed until 2006.
During the year, one additional memorial bench was purchased with a designated memorial plaque. Four new trees were added to the park and Community Festival (ComFest) purchased three memorial trees, planted four new varieties of Water Lotus in the lake, and added shrubs, perennials, annuals and plant materials to the lake beds and perennial beds.
Also during the year, FGP received a number of significant donations as memorials honoring the memory of recently deceased individuals.
In support of ongoing park maintenance as well as the sculpture/falls project, the Friends held its Annual Holiday Gala on December 7 at the home of Mark Sroufe and Bradley Weatherford at 158 Buttles Ave. Mark and Brad’s home was beautifully decorated for the season and the event was attended by over 100 persons. Food for the event was donated by area restaurants and businesses. The event raised over $3,000.
During 2005, the Board of the Friends of Goodale Park regretfully accepted the resignations of Terry Sherburn and Doug Swartz. Rick Frantz was recruited as a new Board member. Board members include: Stan Sells, President; Pat Lewis, Vice President; Andy Klein, Treasurer; Greg Maynard, Don Damron, Steve Covert, Todd Law, Rick Frantz and Paul Cianelli.