imageAnimal’s Garden (community garden on the corner of Hudson and N. 4th) is taking new members for next season.

A note from Trish who manages the garden:

“Animals Garden is comprised of a group of gardeners who’s goal is to grow food, add beauty to the neighborhood & learn as we go together.

Our garden has existed since 2003 & is a communal, private garden in partnership with Quality Service Products business owner, “Animal” & garden members.

We have berries, perennial herbs & flowers, asparagus, hops & a large variety of heirloom vegetables, all grown chemical-free.

Our garden is looking for new garden members who are kind, want to work with & learn as a group, are excited to garden & are willing to work hard to keep our garden beautiful. Gardening experience a plus. We garden communally, so all bounty is shared. All members are required to meet weekly as a group, Sundays 12-3 & do what is needed seasonally throughout the week. Children & friendly pets are welcome with thoughtful supervision.

We garden each year Spring-early Fall, with Earth Day often being our first day. We’ve recently had transitions with several members moving & look forward to some new, fresh faces! Anyone interested can request to be added to “Animals Garden” on Facebook or email Trish Clark at”




Happy Fall!

The Fall Edition of the GENCA Newsletter is finished. There is a lot happening — so much that not all of it fit in the newsletter, so check back here ( for additional content.

imageCheck out the fall 2014 newsletter before it arrives at your door! Volunteers will be distributing newsletters this weekend and early next week, so keep an eye out for the paper copy on your front porch soon.



Today (July 24) is the 102nd anniversary of Glen Echo Park’s dedication to the City of Columbus “for public park purposes forever.” And this Saturday, July 26, neighbors will come together to celebrate our park’s birthday with an old-fashioned neighborhood get-together and picnic in the park.

If you are free, please join us! Mid-day (12pm-?) July 26. Bring a picnic and enjoy lunch with your neighbors in one of our city’s hidden gems.

So, it rained today. For many of us living in Glen Echo we know this means that the storm sewers will overflow, our stream waters will rise, the park might flood, trash will wash down from I-71 and across from Linden and get stuck in the young willows that line the banks, and that it is probably a good idea to keep your children and dogs away from the water for a few days (or at least until the smell subsides). The ravine is usually pretty empty during a rain, and for good reason, but I’ve been wanting to get some pictures of the ravine during a rain event to post here because, quite frankly, it is shocking.

The video is a bit long, nearly 10 minutes, but it documents how Glen Echo Drive north of the Arcadia bridge turns into an intermittent stream during even just a moderate rain.


Neighborhood lore tells that until the late 70s you could drive a car down what is now the 4th Street service road through the park and up Glen Echo Drive to Hudson Street. When we moved to the neighborhood in late 2009, it was a heavy gravel road used only by city service vehicles. Today, remnants of a road remain but it is not currently drivable, even for a service vehicle. Yet it remains, technically, a city street. It is in limbo — not park, not street, not stream. You can walk it, but it is rough, rocky. The water has a done its work. To anyone traveling this “road” it is quickly obvious how the ravine was formed in the first place. It is actually quite beautiful. But the storm water flows too fast, carrying pollutants and sediment to the stream, and the wooded hillsides are quickly eroding. The little ravine not only channels water from Glen Echo Drive, but is also the receptacle for storm water coming off a large section of Arcadia Avenue, which dumps off the bridge with surprising force. The new downspout (added when the bridge was repaired in 2011) actually shoots turbid water from its clean-out pipe, and more water spits up from a half-buried manhole at the foot of the bridge.

The path through the park just before the Indianola bridge and the bird mural is continually washed out by the intermittent stream that flows down this forgotten portion of Glen Echo Drive. Efforts to pave it are undermined almost immediately. Before the city or community invests any more money in the path through Glen Echo Park, something must be done to resolve the underlying stormwater issues.

4th Street and Glenmawr Gardens receive Little Garden Club Grant!

Congratulations to the N. Fourth and Glenmawr gardeners! Their vision and dedication make our neighborhood green spaces more beautiful. We are pleased to announce that GENCA was awarded a grant from the Little Garden Club of Columbus for the requested $871. This money will be used to purchase plantings and materials to improve the boulevards of N. Fourth Street and Glenmawr Avenue. In addition to this amount, GENCA governance board has agreed to fund an additional $344.49 to cover the cost of mulch and compost. The focus of the grant proposal was an emphasis on plantings that would attract birds, bees, and butterflies, providing year-round visual stimulation and education about nature’s life-cycles.

The letter from the project chairman stated:
“We are happy to support this worthy nature garden. This is a project that is in keeping with the interests of the Garden Club of America, of which we are a member. We need more neighborhood green spaces that will become a part of the community and allow nature to be enjoyed by all.”

Many thanks to the Little Garden Club of Columbus for this generous grant and to the neighbors who made it possible!

Presenting SoHud tree Mural 2.0!

Well, as you can see, it is 99% complete. This effort was just awesome to watch — neighbors from Glen Echo, SoHud and Old North Columbus coming together to make our neighborhood and this gateway into the city more beautiful. The mural looks wonderful and thanks to all the volunteers who came out on Saturday, it is looking like we will not need to have another painting day on the 31st. Instead, the 31st will be a community celebration! It is somewhat short notice, but I am hopeful we can pull off a fun gathering of neighbors for next Saturday, May 31. Please come if you can and tell everyone you know!

“Please join your neighbors on site (the empty lot in front of the tree murals) for a community gathering and pot-luck to celebrate the new mural! May 31 from 11-1pm. Please bring a dish to share or pack a picnic. Find more details and updates here:”

(Photo credit: Eliza Ho, ALTernative)

SoHud Tree Mural 2.0 -- work in progress

The first community priming day was a success, though a somewhat soggy one. The old theatre building on Hudson Street which had been a graffiti magnet has begun its transformation. This image, taken by Eliza Ho of ALTernative, shows the artists working at night projecting and painting trees. The next two Saturdays, May 24 and May 31, from 10am-4pm will be community painting days where volunteers will join the artists to add more trees and animals to complete the mural.

**as I was writing this I found out that the artists working were robbed (10pm 5/20) — a hooded thief escaped by foot with a MacBook computer the artists were using for projections. Police were notified and are searching for the culprit, but I am unsure of what this will mean for our mural. Let us hope the thief is caught and the computer returned intact.

GENCA Spring 2014 NewsletterDavid just picked these up this afternoon. They will be arriving on your doorstep starting in the next few days. Click the link to download a color pdf of the newsletter.


Hi everyone –

We have a couple of submissions for Glen Echo’s neighborhood sign for Columbus 200. Click the following link (pdf would not preview) to see the first submission: Glen Echo Sign Idea 1. Sign idea #2 is shown below. Please provide feedback ASAP – design selections are due to the city tomorrow.

This has been making the rounds on the GENCA Facebook page – but just in case you didn’t hear, as part of the Columbus Bicentennial celebration, Glen Echo is getting new gateway signage – and you have a chance to design it and tell the city where to place the signs. Not bad, eh? With all the creative energy in Glen Echo, I’m expecting to see some good stuff. Submissions need to be ready by the next Glen Echo Neighbors meeting, so get crackin’. Design guidelines and other support documents are attached.