History

Italian Village Park is an urban neighborhood park located at the corner of Hubbard Avenue and Kerr Street. It is a public park dedicated in 1982, owned by the City of Columbus and maintained by Columbus Department of Recreation and Parks in partnership with the Italian Village Society. The Society has actively and continuously promoted the improvement and maintenance of the park since its dedication, including a major renovation in the mid-2000’s. The current focal point of the park is its “great lawn” which is used as a gathering spot and recreational area.

Amici’s

The Amici’s of Italian Village were established in 2005 to care for and maintain the park. They meet regularly during the growing season to plant, prune, and weed the flowers, shrubs and trees that adorn the perimeter of the park. Those interested in joining the Amici’s should email the Web Master, Mark Bair at markjbair@gmail.com.

Pavilion

Efforts are underway to design and construct a pavilion to be located at the western edge of the park and facing the great lawn. The vision for the pavilion is to develop a community space that can also be used for events. A pavilion design committee has been appointed by the Italian Village Society and some funding has already been provided. Updates on the progress of the pavilion are provided in the News section of this website.

Activities and Events

Urban parks are great gathering places for local residents and visitors to the neighborhood. Italian Village Park is strategically located within an urban neighborhood, yet it is only one block away from the Short North business district, making it ideal for attracting folks to activities and events there.  Examples of what is being planned for the park include a music series, local theater productions, and an annual festival.  The park is also an ideal place to plan family events and other community events, such as the annual Italian Village Society June potluck picnic.