Rediscovering the Natural Beauty of the City's Beginning
The City of Gahanna owes its existence to the waters of the Big Walnut Creek. The original village was founded along its edge in the mid-19th century, and an old grain mill was essential for the village's early economic success. Through a collaborative effort, City leaders led the undertaking to clean up the Big Walnut and create unique passive recreational spaces. The project has not only added beautiful public spaces to our city, it has attracted many revitalization projects in neighboring Olde Gahanna. While today's Gahanna may not rely on the Big Walnut to power its businesses, the City has definitely reestablished a connection to the creek and businesses are learning the value of locating next to such a great natural amenity.
The Rebirth of a Suburban Downtown
Olde Gahanna's revitalization took a major leap forward with the beginning of the Creekside project along Mill Street and the Creekside Park. An award winning public-private partnership transformed Olde Gahanna into a vibrant new heart that includes public spaces, residences, offices, retail, and restaurants. This partnership allowed the City to own and operate the public parking garage and plaza area and the Big Walnut Creek amenities. The private portion of Creekside, not owned by the City, includes all three buildings of this mixed-use development.
The City of Gahanna continues its commitment to Creekside by supporting events like the annual Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival, the Concerts on the Creek series, Second Saturday events, Paws in the Plaza, the Creepside Festival, and the Winter Wonderland at Creekside Park. For more information on upcoming events, click here