Get sneak peak at new pollinator park

The public will get a look at a design that has been developed for a proposed pollinator park for the Pleasant Grove area in Columbus during a meeting Monday.

The meeting, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Donner Center, 739 22nd St., will feature a presentation on the first phase of the Pleasant Grove design and include a request for public input. The Pleasant Grove area is on the east side of Columbus, east of Haw Creek near the Cummins Technical Center.

The meeting will include a discussion led by Rachel Kavathe, a landscape designer and founder of Loci Creative, LLC _ Landscape Architect, a landscape architecture and urban design firm that helped create the proposed Pleasant Grove design.

Eric Riddle, author of “Watershed: Service in the Wake of Disaster,” that focused on the 2008 flood in Columbus, and Mark Jones, parks and recreation director for the city of Columbus, also will be part of the discussion.

Organizers hope to begin the first phase of the pollinator park by June 7, the 10-year anniversary of the historic Columbus flood. For more information, call Riddle at 812-344-0185.

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Matt Kent is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at 812-379-5712 or