Health initiative open house set

Staff Reports

The first public open house for the Plan4Health Initiative will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Donner Center.

The initiative, established in partnership by the Centers for Disease Control, the American Planning Association and the American Public Health Association, encourages communities to implement innovative strategies to promote daily physical activity.

Columbus was one of 18 communities across the United States to receive grant funding to implement a Plan4Health project. Columbus’ project, led by Reach Healthy Communities and the City of Columbus planning department, involves improving bicycle and pedestrian crossing treatments.

The area being considered includes major intersections within the neighborhoods between Noblitt, Donner and Lincoln parks. The project’s goal is to make walking and biking in the area safer and easier for bicyclists and pedestrians, said Laura Garrett, a representative with Reach Healthy Communities.

People who attend the open house will be able to provide input about possible improvements to the following intersections:

17th and Washington streets

19th Street and Central Avenue

17th Street and Central Avenue

19th Street and Hawcreek Avenue

17th Street and Hawcreek Avenue

For more information, visit columbus.in.gov/planning/projects or contact Emilie Pinkston, senior planner at the city planning department, at 812-376-2550.

If you go

What: Plan4Health Initiative open house

When: 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 27

Where: Donner Center, 739 22nd St.

What it’s about: Give input about possible improvements to the following intersections to improve pedestrian and bicycle travel:

  • 17th and Washington streets
  • 19th Street and Central Avenue
  • 17th Street and Central Avenue
  • 19th Street and Hawcreek Avenue
  • 17th Street and Hawcreek Avenue