From grand gardens to pocket parks in urban cores, green space is driving economic development across Central Ohio

Columbus and Franklin County together have opened 2,850 acres of new parks in the past five years, with nearly 400 additional acres under development. At the same time, parks agencies throughout the region are acquiring and developing green spaces from the city’s urban core to the suburbs.

Central Ohio fits a national trend: Economic development efforts are including parks and trails alongside housing, schools, transit and broadband as quality-of-life features that attract talent for employers looking to move or expand in a region.

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Story excerpt provided by Columbus Business First.

Written by Carrie Ghose.

Originally published October 11, 2018.

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