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The Park at Beulah: Preserving History, Building Community.

The Park at Beulah: Preserving History, Building Community.

Where History Meets Innovation in Central Ohio's Premier Residential Destination

Beulah Park, the first thoroughbred racetrack and premier event center in Ohio, stands as a historic landmark for Columbus, Grove City, and Ohio. Today, the spacious grounds have been repurposed, becoming central Ohio's largest walkable residential community, redefining itself as a 220-acre master-planned space that bridges the past with the present, creating a vibrant new history for its residents. The park's design has been thoughtfully crafted through a meticulous planning process, ensuring it serves as an energetic and inviting centerpiece for the community. Join us to explore how the integration of CityScapes Architectural Signage contributes to the Beulah Park community's new development while examining its incredible legacy that continues to shape the community today.

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Aerial view of the Facility 1994 - Photo By: U.S. Geologic Survey - U.S. Geologic Survey


 

BEULAH PARK'S HISTORic LEGACY

Beulah Park holds an esteemed position in the history of Grove City, with a legacy spanning almost a century. As the first thoroughbred racetrack and premier event center in Ohio, it symbolizes a significant part of Columbus, Grove City, and the state's heritage. Since its establishment in 1889, Beulah Park has been a central hub for community engagement, offering delightful attractions like a merry-go-round and hosting a diverse range of events such as the balloon festival, country music shows, high school graduation programs, Independence Day fireworks, and the Franklin County Fair. Serving as the birthplace of Thoroughbred and Greyhound racing in Ohio, Beulah Park operated for an impressive 91 years before its closure in 2014. Its rich history and meaningful contributions have left an indelible mark on the community.

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Running Races at Beulah Park, Sept. 18 to Oct. 9, commencing at 2:15 P.M. Rain or Shine - Daily admission $1.50."

Image Provided by: The Southwest Franklin County Historical Society

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Horses prepare to race at the Grove City Fair. The racetrack was laid out in 1895 in a community park located at the west end of Grant's Beulah Addition. In 1923, it became Beulah Park, the site of Ohio's first Thoroughbred racing.

Image Provided by: The Southwest Franklin County Historical Society

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This Postcard from 1951-1960 depicts fans surge to the rail to cheer home their favorites in the Sport of Kings at beautiful Beulah Park located just off I-270 at Grove City, Ohio.

Image Provided by: The Southwest Franklin County Historical Society

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Early Beulah Park Grandstand

Image Provided by: The Southwest Franklin County Historical Society

 

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Grove City was also first in Ohio for greyhound racing. The stadium was located where OLPH School stands today. Grove City, OH - Greyhound Grandstand - 1926

Image Provided by: The Southwest Franklin County Historical Society

 

 

Creating New History

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“AND THEY’RE OFF” – This sculpture greets you as you enter the new Beulah Park Living area. Designed and created by Craig W. Murdick.
Image Provided by: The Southwest Franklin County Historical Society

Today, Beulah Park's transformative history lives on as it evolves into a thriving mixed-use community, seamlessly connecting Grove City's Historic Town Center with the surrounding residential areas. This 220-acre master-planned space redefines itself, bridging the past with the present and creating a vibrant new history for its residents. At the heart of the Beulah Park neighborhood, the central park stands as a testament to meticulous design, offering a wide range of attractions for community residents. These thoughtfully curated features play a vital role in setting the tone for this vibrant neighborhood, with notable elements that contribute to its inviting ambiance including:

  • The Southwest Franklin County Performing Arts Center will find its future home here.
  • Direct connectivity to downtown, providing convenient access.
  • Paying tribute to Beulah Park's rich horse racing heritage, a prominent "finish line" feature stands as a nostalgic reminder.
  • A spacious open lawn accompanied by a nearby recreation area adorned with trees provides ample opportunities for outdoor activities and leisure.
  • Scenic views from the overlook spaces offer glimpses of the pedestrian connections leading to neighborhood roads and downtown.
  • Multiple parking areas are available for convenient accessibility.
  • A dynamic play area, thoughtfully designed with separate playgrounds catering to different age groups, along with the potential for a splash pad.
  • A versatile rentable shelter house, ideal for hosting events, and accompanied by ample parking facilities.
  • A dedicated sledding hill provides endless opportunities for recreational enjoyment during the winter season.
  • A diverse network of trails adorned with strategically placed exercise stations offers a seamless blend of nature and fitness opportunities.
  • The nostalgic ambiance of the park's history with thoughtfully designed picnic shelters serves as a tribute to the past. 
 


 

THE ROLE OF CITYSCAPES

CityScapes played an important role in the visual, aesthetic, and compositional aspects of the Beulah Park Architectural Signage, seamlessly integrating the site's rich history and vibrant community spirit with contemporary living in the neighborhood. By skillfully blending historical elements with modern design principles, our team ensured that the signage became a powerful visual representation of Beulah Park's unique character.

For this project, our comprehensive range of services encompasses the entire process, from initial design conceptualization to meticulous project management and efficient manufacturing. Our experienced team worked closely with the client to capture their vision and translate it into captivating signage that harmoniously blends with the park's surroundings. Through careful attention to detail, we ensured that the architectural signage not only reflects the historical significance of Beulah Park but also aligns with the modern lifestyle of its residents.

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Image Provided by: CityScapes Inc

With our expertise in design, project management, and manufacturing, we took pride in delivering a complete solution that not only met but exceeded the client's expectations. By combining our knowledge, creativity, and commitment to quality, we contributed to the overall success of the Beulah Park project, leaving a lasting impression on visitors and residents alike.

CITYSCAPES SCOPE OF WORK / OUR PROCESS 

DESIGN PROCESS - involved a comprehensive analysis of wayfinding solutions by our expert designers. We prioritize understanding customer needs and strive to provide the best-customized solutions by determining the most effective approach.

PROJECT MANAGEMENT PROCESS - provide an extensive array of services that address all the requirements to ensure a seamless implementation while delivering exceptional results. 

MANUFACTURING PROCESS - using the highest quality materials, employing cutting-edge technological equipment, and leveraging the expertise of skilled professionals to deliver customized solutions tailored to your specific needs.

Our ultimate objective is to bring Beulah Park's vision to life while providing long-term value by delivering custom solutions and dynamic service experiences. 

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Image Provided by: CityScapes Inc

Beulah Park stands as a testament to the transformation of historic grounds into a thriving and vibrant transformed community. Offering its residents a dynamic connection to nature and a wealth of recreational opportunities. Through meticulous planning and input from the Grove City community, the park reflects the priorities of creating a unique character, fostering community engagement, and honoring the area's history. With the participation and incorporation of CityScapes architectural signages, Beulah Park's visual identity further emphasizes its commitment to preserving its heritage while embracing modern living.

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