Woodland Park

This is one of the several neighborhoods that makes up the bigger Near East Side, Woodland Park is not really off the beaten path, as it is on the north side of Broad Street opposite Franklin Park.

(North)- Railroad Tracks (north of Maryland Ave.)
(East)- Railroad Tracks
(West)- Taylor Avenue
(South)- Broad Street

1) The NEW Woodland Park marker (Woodland Ave. & Broad St.)
2) Emerson Burkhart House (this house is where the local painter Emerson Burkhart lived)
3) Bell (at Asbury North United Methodist Church)- this bell was built in 1900, and sits outside of the Asbury North United Methodist Church on Clifton Avenue
4) “I Have a Dream”- Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the namesake of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library (Long St. & Woodland Ave.)
5) Pilgrim School (Taylor Ave. & Emerald Ave.)- This school closed years ago, but was one of the neighborhood elementary schools in the Near East Side.
6) Eldon & Elsie Ward YMCA (Woodland Ave.)- One of the community assets for the community
7) East High School (Broad Street- between Taylor & Parkwood Ave.)- The oldest high school in Columbus (opened in 1898), the school moved to Broad Street in 1923, and has been there ever since (except for a three-year sabbatical when the school moved to the old North High School in Clintonville while East was undergoing a renovation)
8] Hawthorn Park- a residential mini-boulevard
9) Mansion Day School- a private school in a Mansion for kids in elementary-level grades
10) East High School Marching Band marching through the neighborhood on their way to Harley Field (named after East alum and Ohio State football great Chic Harley) for a Friday Night football game (a decades old tradition on the Near East Side)


Franklin Park: The Neighborhood

When most people think of Franklin Park, they think of the park itself.  Not of the neighborhood that surrounds the park.  Yes, Franklin Park is a neighborhood within the Near East Side of Columbus, surrounded by Olde Towne East to the West, Bexley to the East, and the Woodland Park neighborhood to the North, Franklin Park was built sometime after the Civil War, as the Ohio State Fair was held here in the 1870s and 1880s, before moving to its current location (which is between the University District and Linden) in 1886.

1) Welcome to Franklin Park
Boundaries (In Case You Don’t Know):
North- Broad Street
East- Alum Creek (the body of water, not the street)
West- Wilson Avenue
South- Main Street

2) Asian Footbridge in Franklin Park

3) The Late Fair Alternative Elementary School- Closed in 2010 due to declining enrollment, this was a neighborhood school in the neighborhood, just west of the Park itself.

4) Bryden House/former St. Ann’s Hospital

5) Pedestrian Bridge over Alum Creek- This bridge (just off Nelson Road) connects Academy Park (named after Columbus Academy, which was in the area until 1968) with Wolfe Park (named after the Wolfe family dynasty), which was built in 1922.  Next to the Academy Park side of the bridge, is a marker commemorating Major Taylor, a cyclist who died broke.

6) Teresa Dowd School (Oak Street between Latta and Miller Avenues)- This was on the campus of the former Franklin Alternative Middle School, now abandoned.

7) Franklin Park Conservatory

8) Growing Hearts and Hands Community Garden

9) A block of vacant buildings on Main Street

10) Franklin Park Caretaker’s House (1820 Franklin Park South, between Fairwood and Rhoads Avenues)- This is the Caretaker’s House.  Before the Scott’s MiracleGro Community Garden Campus was built, this was an abandoned house, and I was wondering who lived here…nobody.  Caretaker’s houses are few and far between now.