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File #: 1322-2022    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 5/4/2022 In control: Recreation & Parks Committee
On agenda: 6/6/2022 Final action: 6/9/2022
Title: To authorize and direct the Director of Recreation and Parks to enter into contract with Franklin Park Conservatory for the administration and implementation of the Franklin Park Master Plan and related capital improvement projects in the amount of $250,000.00; to authorize the expenditure of $250,000.00 from the Recreation and Parks Voted Bond Fund; and to declare an emergency. ($250,000.00)
Attachments: 1. Legislation - Franklin Park Conservatory - CIP 2022 - FINAL - ATTACHMENT
Explanation

Background: This ordinance authorizes the Director of the Recreation and Parks Department to enter into contract with the Franklin Park Conservatory for the administration and implementation of the Franklin Park Master Plan and related capital improvement projects. The amount being authorized by this ordinance is $250,000.00.

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens requested capital support from the City of Columbus in 2021 to fund three capital projects. This $250,000.00 commitment from the City of Columbus supports the modernization of the 30 year old elevator in the Conservatory’s Visitor Center, improving its reliability and safety. It will also support the modernization of the heavily used 30 year old restrooms in the Grand Atrium of the Conservatory, improving function and aesthetics. Lastly, this commitment will support expanded electrical distribution and the addition of LED lighting to the Conservatory’s Mallway which will improve general operations, special events, and exhibitions.

It has been determined that it is beneficial for the Franklin Park Conservatory to perform the administration of these projects to allow for the least disruption to the daily operations of Conservatory business. The funds will be used to reimburse the Conservatory for expenditures in conjunction with these projects as part of the implementation of the Master Plan for the Conservatory and Franklin Park.

Principal Parties:
Franklin Park Conservatory Joint Recreation District
1777 East Broad Street
Columbus, Ohio 43203
Federal Identification Number: 31-1364884 (Non-Profit Organization)

Emergency Justification: Emergency action is requested to allow the City to reimburse the Franklin Park Conservatory as soon as possible as plans for the park are moving forward and work has commenced.

Benefits to the Public: These improvements will benefit the community by enhancing the visitor experience, creating a more attractive destination for Central Ohio reside...

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