Earth Month Activities: Join the Fun!

#RecycleRight: Feet on the Street Comes to Gahanna

Did you know it’s cheaper to recycle than it is to send waste to the landfill? It’s true.

The City pays roughly $35 per ton for recycling, but almost $40 per ton for materials sent to the landfill. It’s the right thing to do for our planet and the right thing to do for our budget.

Beginning this week through June 22, you may see someone in your neighborhood looking in your recycling cart. They will be conducting a very brief visual inspection of your recycling cart contents, and will give you an “oops” tag if there are contaminants found in your cart. This is a part of our Feet on the Street recycling education program – which will help us #RecycleRight in Gahanna!


Over the last two decades, Central Ohio residents and communities, including Gahanna, have embraced recycling. One of the biggest challenges with recycling is unintended contamination. Placing non-recyclable items in your recycling cart can cause processing problems at the recycling facility, increase processing costs and can jeopardize curbside recycling programs.

“Cart Tagging” has proven to be an impactful way to educate residents and reduce contamination by providing direct feedback on their recycling behaviors. Stay tuned to find out more about the Feet on the Street program coming to Gahanna this spring, in partnership with SWACO, The Ohio State University, The Recycling Partnership, The Good Land, and the Ohio EPA.

Gahanna Police Monthly Community Report

The Gahanna Division of Police has been busy! Check out the most recent edition of the Gahanna Division of Police Monthly Community Report for updates HERE.

Summer Camp Registration Begins 3/22

Pizzurro Park Closed 3/22-4/5

Beginning Monday, March 22, the large section of Pizzurro Dog Park will be closed for 2 weeks. This prolonged closure is for turf maintenance for this area. Work includes – aeration of turf, overseeding of turf, working on low spots and improving drainage. The 2 week closure will allow the grass to rest and allow the seed to germinate, which should lead to a better quality park area. Re-opening day will be April 5.

Join the St. Patrick’s Scavenger Hunt at Gahanna Parks

See if the luck o’ the Irish is with you by testing your treasure hunting skills during our Gahanna Parks & Recreation St. Patrick’s Scavenger Hunt! The adventure will take you to several different Gahanna Parks. The begins March 17 (and here is your first clue)!  Each time you solve a clue, you’ll be provided with a new one. Once you find the clues at seven of our Gahanna Parks, you’ll score a Pot o’ Gold prize by submitting the clue answers through this form. (Prize pick-up details will be provided to winners.)  Embark on the St. Patrick’s Scavenger Hunt adventure any time between March 17-28. Follow for details.

Gahanna Pools to OPEN This Summer!

We are excited to announce that our pools will be OPEN this summer! Details are being finalized, but there are a few certainties we can share now:

  • Memberships will be sold later this month.
  • Daily passes will also be available.
  • Overall capacity will be reduced.
  • Your parks and rec team members are committed to having 100% FUN this summer!

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More info to come soon on and on our City and Parks and Recreation Facebook pages.

Business Spotlight: M. Nicholson Hip Hop Fitness

Gahanna Business Spotlight

If you’re a fan of a great dance workout and hip-hop culture in Central Ohio, you’ve probably heard of M. Nicholson Hip Hop Fitness. We caught up with owner Michael (Mike) Nicholson—to learn more about his business in Gahanna and how he became such a local favorite with his students.  

Tell us about your business and how it came about? 

I’m originally from Brooklyn, New York. I moved to Ohio to attend Ohio Wesleyan University. I am passionate about helping people, hip-hop culture, art, and fitness. I wanted to do something for the community and myself to address being unhealthy and unfit. I figured that combining all of the things that I was passionate about was how to do this. That’s how M. Nicholson Hip Hop Fitness was born right here in Gahanna, Ohio.

As a dancer, I knew the workout you can get from dancing. I figured that dance was the best way to get people in shape by doing something that most enjoy doing or want to learn to do, such as dance. I combined classic and modern-day hip hop moves with calisthenics and came up with our dance fitness format, the first of its kind in central Ohio. I began to offere classes at a spot on Mill St. and invited folks from Gahanna and surrounding areas to come out. In the first class that I had, five people show up and sign up; a few years later, we had over 6,000+ all around Columbus, Ohio, in the program. The M. Nicholson Hip-Hop Fitness program became known for dance fitness and a fun-loving family that holds our family members
accountable to their commitment to being and staying fit and healthy.

What would people be surprised to learn about you & your business? 

That I am a graphic designer/artist by initial trade and I do all of my graphic design, videos, and photography.

How long have you been at your current Gahanna location?

I have been doing this for 12 years in Gahanna.

What differentiates you from your competitors?

We’re all-around genuine. You have a founder and instructor from the city that birthed hip hop, gifted and talented instructors, and you learn how to dance. You get the best dance fitness workout and the opportunity to make lifelong friends with other students.

What do you like about doing business in the Gahanna area?

I love that Gahanna feels like a cozy city and is accessible from other parts of Central Ohio

Where can people learn more about your business?