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Council approves names for Sunset, Frontier parks

September 7, 2016 GMT

COLUMBUS — Two city parks — one existing and another yet to be developed — officially have names.

Columbus City Council members voted Tuesday night to approve names proposed for parks near Columbus Community Hospital and the Armed Forces Readiness Center.

The area just east of the hospital, long referred to as Hospital Lake, will be known as Sunset Park.

In May, the small lake on the property just north of 38th Street was dedicated as Lake Esther in honor of the late Esther Campbell, whose son Richard Otterpohl left most of his estate to the hospital foundation and Columbus Christian School Foundation after his death in 2014.

Tuesday night’s action by the city council completes the official naming of the property, which the city received from CCH in 2005.

The name Frontier Park was approved for a yet-to-be-developed area near the Armed Forces Readiness Center on the city’s eastern edge. That name was selected by the previous owners of the property since they retained the naming rights when the land was sold to the city.

Plans for the park to be located north of Armory Drive include a playground, storage building for city equipment, trees and open areas for youths to play soccer and other sports.

Columbus Public Property Director Doug Moore is hoping the park can be developed in the next couple of years.

In other business, the council:

• reappointed Kathryn Ballobin to a four-year term on the Columbus Public Library Board.

• awarded an $825,123 contract to Gehring Construction and Ready Mix Co. of Columbus for improvements on 33rd Avenue near the new Columbus High School. The asphalt road will be replaced with a 41-feet-wide concrete street with a center turning lane, curbs, gutters, storm sewer and sidewalks in developed areas. The project will be completed before the school opens in early 2017.

• Mayor Mike Moser also signed a proclamation declaring September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in Columbus.