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History

Columbus Commons is 7 acre green space located in the heart of Downtown Columbus with a state-of-the-art performance space, Columbus Bicentennial Pavilion, a hand-carved carousel, an outdoor reading room, world-class gardens designed and maintained by the Franklin Park Conservatory, outdoor cafés, bocce courts, a life-size chess set, and much more!

The Commons stands at the former site of City Center Mall, which was carefully dismantled and much of it recycled between late 2009 and early 2010. Construction began on Columbus Commons in mid-2010; one-third of the 9 acre site was reserved for market-driven development, while the rest would be preserved as a public park. Columbus Commons was nearly completed by the end of 2010 and in its inaugural 2011 season it hosted 300,000 visitors at 130 events. In May 2012, Bicentennial Pavilion opened at the north end of the Commons. During the 2012 season, 230 events took place at the Commons, over 70 of which were held at the Pavilion.

A unique gathering space for Central Ohio community, Columbus Commons supports the ongoing, market-driven development of a truly remarkable and walkable Downtown neighborhood that integrates living spaces with retail, office, and entertainment opportunities. 

Creating Columbus Commons was a team effort led by Capitol South Community Urban Redevelopment Authority (Capitol South), an organization with a proud tradition of creating spaces that draw people Downtown. Other team members include: the Georgetown Company, the site’s development manager, and a design/build team made up of construction manager Corna-Kokosing, architects Moody Nolan, and landscape architects EDGE Group.

Recently, construction began on apartments on a portion of the Columbus Commons site originally allocated for market-driven development. For more information on this development, click here.

As a new Columbus Commons, a common area for the entire community to enjoy, the park will support the ongoing, market-driven development of a truly walkable Downtown neighborhood that will integrate living spaces with retail office and entertainment opportunities. 

To create the new park, Capitol South worked with the Georgetown Company as its development manager, and a design/build team made up of construction manager Corna-Kokosing, architects Moody Nolan and landscape architects EDGE Group.