Project Summary

The Bicentennial Commission and City of Columbus announce the seminal project for the Columbus Area Bicentennial will be the “1821” Trail extension along First Street, from the Haw Creek Trail, which ends at Lafayette Street, to Water Street.  This trail extension will also include architectural and art elements to encompass the 2021 Bicentennial theme of “Common Ground.”

The 1821 Trail will be a key addition to the Columbus Park Foundation trail system and will connect our 26 miles of trail which extends throughout the city.

In the 2020 bicentennial planning process, city and county residents participated in surveys with suggestions on projects which would celebrate the area’s legacy and encourage people to participate in bicentennial events. Enhancement and improvements of shared community assets such as the trail system was a common theme.

In addition, in 2019, the City used four avenues to get public input on needed improvements and connections in the bicycle/pedestrian networks. And, along with the Riverfront Trail connection, this section of the downtown trail was identified by a large number of respondents as the most important connection gap in the trail network, along with the completion of the Riverfront. Funding for the project will be through Columbus Redevelopment, Columbus Park Foundation and private donors.

Columbus 1821 Bicentennial Trail Primary Goals:

  1. To create a connection between the Columbus People Tail and the Columbus Riverwalk.
  2. To celebrate the past 200 years of the Columbus area by honoring the past, finding common ground in the present, and imagining possibilities for the future.

The first goal will be achieved by:

  • Providing a 12’ wide trail from the terminus of the People trail on Lafayette Ave. to the intersection of 1st and Water Streets.
  • Fully connecting the trail to the Columbus Riverwalk in a future phase.
  • Allowing for both bicycle and pedestrian modalities to share this amenity.
  • Featuring curb cuts and crosswalks for the safe and efficient crossings of streets.
  • Featuring intersection crosswalks, detectable warnings, paver fields, and paver bands.
  • Including a center line with pavers to help maintain two‐way pedestrian and bicycle traffic flow.

The second goal will be achieved by:

  • Creating historic markers to provide interpretive opportunities along the trail.
  • Identifying and selecting focus topics, possibly to include: Diversity, Transportation, Industry, Architecture & Design, Philanthropy, Education, and History.
  • Materiality intended to speak to the artistic and industrial history of Columbus.
  • Limestone salvaged from the old railroad bridge previously in Noblitt Park will be used as benches and historic marker bases.