City’s roundabout now has landscaping

Volunteers have completed landscaping on the roundabout near Mill Race Center in downtown Columbus as a Bicentennial-endorsed project.

Robin Hilber, Columbus assistant director of community development, said the work was finished in May and took about a week.

Over the next couple months, the city and the volunteers hope the plantings will grow to look “more substantial.”

The project was funded by Columbus in Bloom and is low maintenance, Hilber said.

The landscaping incorporates portions of the old railroad trestle in Noblitt Park and features a combination of stone, grass, perennials and bushes.

The city’s Department of Public Works, parks and recreation and community development all collaborated with Columbus in Bloom to create an “aesthetically pleasing entryway” without impairing the line of sight for drivers, according to city officials.

Becky Church, who maintains the downtown flowers and foliage for the city, designed the project and supervised the installation.

The property, which is owned by the city, is located at the intersection of 11th Street, Brown Street, Lindsey Street and Indianapolis Road. It is one of the main entrances to the downtown area.

The roundabout landscaping is a Bicentennial-endorsed project, as the city and county continue to celebrate their 200th birthday this year. Celebrations include projects and events that honor the past, find “common ground” in the present and imagine the area’s future.

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