But we try not to just let outsiders enjoy all these beautiful buildings and public art. While I'm no student of architecture, I love the variety you see around town, the innovativeness, the fact that even our jail looks like a fancy hotel. Next month, The Commons will open. Two months ago, while it was still very much under construction, I got to get a sneak peak during a tour of this amazing new community center. I wrote about The Commons opening for the Indiana Insider a few weeks ago. In this post, I mention that I'm particularly excited for the indoor playground, the performance hall and the unveiling of Chaos.
Here are a few photos of what will be the playground area when it opens next week. I have no doubt than an enormous indoor playground will dramatically affect our quality of life in those cold winter months.
|Floor-to-ceiling climbing tower|
Chaos is a whimsical, yet industrial sculpture that will delight visitors to The Commons. It wasn't yet "moving" when I visited, but eventually all these gadget and gears will come to life in a noisy but fun piece of public art.
This will be a place where we can make lots of new family memories in the years to come.
If You Visit:
300 Washington Street, Columbus, IN
(Scheduled to open to the public sometime in May.) Open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m on Sunday.
Admission is free of charge. Events in the performance hall may be require tickets, prices will vary.
Insider Tips: Make a day of it. Zaharako's Ice Cream Palor and Soda Shop is directly across the street and makes a really unique place for lunch, dinner or an ice cream treat. Kidscommons, our local children's museum, is also across the street. For more ideas on how to spend your time in Columbus, see my Backyard Adventures page.
This post is a part of Mondays are for Dreaming at The Mother of All Trips.
Thanks to the Columbus Visitors Center for inviting me on a tour of The Commons before it opened.