Linear park planned on former Linden rail line
Columbus is in the planning stages for a uniquely shaped linear park spanning seven miles of abandoned rail space on the northeast side.
Why it matters: The Linden Green Line will be the first park of its kind in Central Ohio and will benefit an area historically underserved for park space and natural areas.
Details: Linear parks are narrow recreation paths that connect other landmarks and parks typically in urban areas.
- This 58-acre version, at just 10 feet wide, will stretch from Windsor Park near 17th Avenue to Cooper Park in the Northland neighborhood and have 40 access points.
- Along the way will be newly planted trees and flowers, play areas and exercise equipment.
- It's designed to pass through the center of Kilbourne Run, a major sports park expected to open next spring.
By the numbers: More than 130,000 residents will live close to the path, the Recreation and Parks Department estimates, with 3,000 local businesses nearby.
- It also goes near four community centers and 19 schools.
What's next: Federal grants will be awarded by June and construction is set to begin next year, Recreation and Parks spokesperson Kerry Francis tells us.
- It will take 18 total months to build, with the first phase expected to open in 2026.
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