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.
- January 2021: Preliminary project timeline released.
- Spring 2021: Hitchcock Design Group (HDG) selected for this project.
- June 2021: Columbus design group meets to discuss updated concepts, including QR codes, seating placement, gateway features, etc. and select preferred concepts. Following concept selection, Hitchcock Design Group presents project narrative, 3D video, schematic design plans for Phase I & II and renderings.
- July 2021: Preliminary Phase I & II cost estimates received based on initial plans and renderings.
- August 2021: A preliminary utilities timeline and bidding timeline are proposed. Groundbreaking tentatively planned for December 2021 with construction efforts to take place in January 2022. Revised cost estimates are provided.
- September 2021: A Special CRC Meeting is held to adopt a resolution to engage HDG and American Structurepoint to complete Phase II of final design and engineering. Utilities cost estimates received. Columbus design team meets to obtain feedback on Historic Design Markers, brick orders and engraving, survey progress, trail connection and a revised bidding timeline.
- October 2021: 100% Design Development plans, cost and specs submitted by HDG. Historical Marker materials and graphic designs discussed. Additionally, the Columbus team begins piecing together application materials for the Next Level Trails grant.
- November 2021: Resolution No. 27-2021 approved, which allows for expending Certified Tech Park Funds for specific use on the 1821 Trail. HDG submits 100% documents and Structurepoint submits signed water main plans. Bid documents are submitted to contractors.
- December 2021: The 1821 Trail Brick Campaign launches (see additional details below). A pre-bid meeting is held. Resolution No. 29-2021 approves funding a portion of the 1821 Bicentennial Trail from the Central Allocation Area. Contractor bids are received and opened in a public meeting. Groundbreaking is held on December 28, 2021 and the selected contractor, Dave O’Mara, is present during the groundbreaking ceremony.
- January 2022: A pre-construction meeting is held at City Hall to discuss the project timeline.
- February 2022: Additional meetings are held to discuss utility relocation timeline and traffic maintenance on 1st Street. Utility work will begin in late-February or early-March and will extend through the end of March. At this time, 1st Street will be converted to one-way westbound traffic.
- March 2022: Construction limits are staked, but material lead-time creates delays in the water main portion of the project. In the meantime, considerable planning and preparation in relation to the electrical plan, limestone, landscaping, monument fabrication, etc. By the end of the month, tree and shrub removal takes place along the City Hall block.
- April 2022: Brick shipments are received throughout the month of April, and the limestone marker blocks are relocated to the construction site and prepare for fabrication. Curb and gutter demo takes place along 1st Street. Continued discussions take place to finalize plans for the artistic elements along the trail.
- May 2022: Considerable construction progress on the 1821 Trail: water main installed, curb and gutter installed, removal of existing sidewalks, etc. Additionally, there has been significant progress on the Historical Marker design and content.
- June 2022: The utility component of the trail is complete, road patchwork has been completed along 1st Street, and the trail is being prepped for concrete. Limestone foundation is poured. Coordination with Flaherty & Collins continues to be essential as both projects (The 1821 Trail and The Taylor) progress concurrently.
- July 2022: Limestone fabrication continues, trail concrete pouring progresses from west to east, limestone benches monument bases are placed along the trail and the installation will be complete in August.
- August 2022: The trail is quickly approaching completion. Remaining marker bases are being set, sod installation will be completed, and brick laying will conclude this month.
- November 2022: Trail landscaping will be installed in the fall.
Columbus 1821 Bicentennial Trail Primary Goals:
- To create a connection between the Columbus People Tail and the Columbus Riverwalk.
- 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.