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Ninth Street Park Celebration Planned for Saturday

You are invited to attend a neighborhood celebration at the Ninth Street Park Saturday that will feature a picnic and town hall meeting to celebrate the recent significant improvements to the park, public safety and the area neighborhood.

City officials say the event starts at noon with a picnic co-sponsored by the City of Columbus and Lincoln-Central Neighborhood Family Center.

Mayor Kristen Brown will hold a neighborhood town hall meeting at the park to discuss progress on public safety and park improvements and listen to residents' concerns at 2 p.m.

In addition to Mayor Brown, Lt. Matt Myers of the Columbus Police Department, Bartholomew County Zoning Enforcement Officer Bill Klakamp and Carl Malysz, director of community development for the City of Columbus, will be on hand to address questions and concerns.

The town hall meeting continues the city's commitment to helping residents revitalize the Ninth Street Park neighborhood. Since first meeting with residents in November, the City of Columbus has made significant improvements to the park and surrounding area, including:

· Public Safety: A crackdown on crime, particularly drug-related activity, through increased community policing efforts, increased night-time lighting of the park and a security camera to remotely monitor and record activity at the park;

· Park Improvements: New fencing, additional trees and shrubbery and new playground equipment and outdoor flooring tiles to make the playground safer for all children and accessible to children with disabilities;

· Neighborhood Revitalization: A neighborhood cleanup in partnership with Bartholomew County Code Enforcement and First Christian Church. More than 300 volunteers from Cummins and local churches cleared more than 100 tons of debris from the neighborhood, including dilapidated sheds, old tires and other debris.

The city also has received a $50,000 grant to purchase property adjacent to the park to demolish its dilapidated structure, open up the park, improve its appearance and provide green space.

"We have made tremendous progress at Ninth Street Park and in the neighborhood," Mayor Kristen Brown said. "We look forward to celebrating these accomplishments and meeting once again with our residents to discuss how we can continue to improve the safety and appearance of this neighborhood in the heart of our city."

Following the picnic and town hall meeting, neighborhood resident Chris Rutan and others will conduct privately sponsored neighborhood activities and events to raise charitable contributions for the benefit of Rachel Lapidus.

Last Updated: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 7:49:08 AM

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