October 2008 RKA Website News


The Clintonville community celebrated the completion of the Whetstone Community Center renovation and expansion at the September 6, 2008 Rededication Ceremony. Speakers included Michael B. Coleman, Mayor of the City of Columbus; Priscilla R. Tyson, Councilwoman; Kathy Duffy Espy, President of Recreation and Parks Commission; Betsy Hubbard, Chair of Whetstone Recreation Initiative; Jim Kozelek, President of Whetstone Community Recreation Council and Alan McKnight, Director of Columbus Recreation and Parks.

With the renovation and expansion of the facility, the fifty year old former recreation center was renamed the Whetstone Community Center. This was in response to the 9,660 square foot addition, which includes the new Multi-Purpose and Community Rooms. The Multi-Purpose Room’s large wrap-around corner windows allow for the public to see the activities occurring within the facility while providing daylight and views from within. The Community Room, which was funded by a community based fundraising campaign, will accommodate senior activities, parties, community meetings and activities.

Renovations in the existing building include a new centralized control desk providing line-of-sight monitoring of corridors and entrances, upgraded power, lighting and HVAC systems and new finishes in classrooms, auditorium, kitchen and offices. A new elevator and restrooms contribute to improving the accessibility of the facility. The roof above the Multi-Purpose and Community Rooms is a vegetated roof that contributes to the sustainable design and energy savings for the facility.