The Jackson Street Parking Garage offers public parking in downtown Columbus. One of the amenities of the garage is a Pedestrian Corridor and Tunnel connecting Jackson Street (at the west entrance of the garage) to the entrance of Friendship Way. Friendship Way (aka Friendship Alley) completes the final connection from the city’s public parking garage to the city’s retail shopping and restaurant district on Washington Street and the arts and entertainment district.
In 2016, as part of the City’s celebration of Indiana’s Bicentennial, a mural design project was commissioned to “brighten the corridor inside the city garage at the entrance to Friendship Way.” “Kaleidoscopic View” by Cristina Tuttle was selected as the Bicentennial Design. Cristina’s design conveys the values of Columbus, highlights historic landmarks, and complements the design and nature of Mill Race Park.
In March 2017, the Columbus Redevelopment Commission approved a contract with architect Louis Joyner, to re-design the remainder of the pedestrian tunnel corridor in Jackson Street Garage. The goal is to improve the overall quality of the space, coordinate and integrate the design better with Friendship Alley, highlight the bicentennial mural and enhance its visibility, update and improve lighting in the tunnel creating a safe and inviting atmosphere, update the fence and storage area enclosures, replace and/or update bike racks and coordinate all the color schemes.
As a final update, brick pavers or brick-stamped concrete will be installed throughout the tunnel connection. This paver enhancement will provide not only a physical connection from the parking garage to the pedestrian exits, but also create an esthetic and inviting atmosphere where visitors and community can gather to enjoy a well-lit, safe and shady respite from the summer heat, or a safe, well-lit and warm respite from the winter cold and rain.
Completion date for the final phase of the Jackson Street Parking Garage Pedestrian Tunnel Project is fall 2018.