Columbus Commons opening weekend

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

The most groundbreaking Downtown development of the past decade opens Thursday with four days of fun. And the general opinion right now is correct: Columbus Commons is awesome.

Here are five reasons the bold new project is set to succeed this summer.

5. It doesn't live in a ghost town.

A few years back, the blocks around the Commons were depressingly vacant. Now they hold a growing handful of cafes, bodegas, shops and apartments. The park emerges in a more developed neighborhood than City Center ever saw.

4. It will host live music.

After a music-filled opening weekend, tunes will echo from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Thursdays and during numerous summer events. This siren call will advertise the park for blocks.

3. It offers places to eat.

On-site BDF Grille offers burgers, dogs, fries and malts from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and during special events. A new farmers market runs from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays. Both amenities will attract Downtown's enormous lunchtime crowd.

2. It brought people together.

Projects in Columbus thrive when groups unite, and numerous organizations have rallied around the park: the Columbus Association for the Performing Arts, Wonderland, Actors' Theatre of Columbus, Franklin Park Conservatory and the Columbus Zoo, to name a few.

1. It's absolutely beautiful.

When music goes silent and vendors depart, the lush, landscaped Commons grounds still will attract people looking to escape asphalt and lay on grass. Is that an overly idyllic picture? Doubtful. Consider this: Small businesses rank the amount of open space and proximity to parks as the top priority in selecting a new site, according to a study by the Trust for Public Land.

Celebrate the grand opening:

Thursday-Sunday, May 26-29

160 S. High St., Downtown