Best Metro Parks Around Columbus

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It’s almost summertime here in Columbus! One of the easiest and (and cheapest) ways to spend time by yourself or with friends is check out the many great metro parks located around the city. Taking a quick trip to one of these is a great chance to escape the hustle and bustle of city life for a few hours.

Highbanks Metro Park

Highbanks gets its name from the 100-foot-high shale bluff towering over the Olentangy State Scenic River. It is located near Powell and Lewis Center In the park, streams have created many deep ravines in the eastern part of the 1,159-acre park. The Coyote Run and Overlook trails combined make for five miles of hiking. Along with forests and river views, you’ll also come across Adena mounds and another prehistoric earthwork.

Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park

Escape the city and head to the west side of Columbus. Only 20 minutes away from downtown, Battelle Darby Creek offers more than 7,000 acres of forest and 20 miles of hiking trails. This giant park stretches along 13 miles of the Big and Little Darby creeks. Bison has also been reintroduced to the park and freely roam with in two of the enclosed pastures.

Sharon Woods Metro Park

This 761-acre park is located in Westerville and is made up of forests, fields and 11-acre lake. The Edward Thomas Nature Preserve sits inside the small park and is named after renowned Ohio naturalist and one of the founders. Seasonal pools associated with the swamp forest communities are present in the park. These pools provide critical spring breeding habitat for amphibians and other wildlife. There are four miles of paved trail perfect for bicyclists. Those looking to go off the beaten path will enjoy the three miles of nature trails that wind along the wetlands.

Slate Run Metro Park

Slate Run is located near Canal Winchester and features a variety of habitats including open area grasslands, wetlands, meadows and forested areas. The park is 1,705 acres with a 156-acre wetland. Combine the Bobolink, Kokomo and Sugar Maple trails for a 6-mile tour through the full spectrum of biomes

There are so many great parks to choose from and they can fit the specific interests of all visitors, whether you go to get your exercise in for the day or to spend your time leisurely, taking in all the nature. No matter what you choose to do at one of these parks, they are a great place to get some fresh air and relax!

How to Prepare Your Apartment for Spring and Summer

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Spring is here and summer is right around the corner, which means sweltering temperatures, tornado warnings, and big invasions are coming. Before summer hits in full force, it best to get your apartment prepared. Embrace those lazy, hazy days of summer with a few simple chores that, done in advance, will make your summer a warm, leisurely breeze. Here are some ideas in regards to what you should do to prepare your home for summer.

Freshen Your Airflow

No one wants to suffer through those dog days of summer, so to ensure a cool summer, some simple airflow updates are a must. Turn your ceiling fan to counter-clockwise. In other words, make sure your fan’s blades are tilted upward as they spin; this pushes the air downward and creates a stronger draft. In addition, replace the air conditioner’s filter or have your central air looked at by a professional. By doing this, you will have an easier time breathing in the sweltering summer heat.

Say Goodbye to Winter

Simple, seasonal changes to your interior design can make your apartment fit for summer. You can update your space with lighter and brighter accessories. Let go of anything that elicits heat: get rid of heavy rugs and curtains, thick blankets and fire logs. You can replace candles with fresh flowers and switch your winter weather mats with lightweight white ones. With these updates, winter will be long gone and out of mind.

Flip Your Garage

Say goodbye to your snow blower, shovels, snowboards, and skis! You won’t need any of those items anytime soon. Bring forward all of those summer sports gear including the lawn mower, sprinkler and garden tools. Fill your garage also with backyard sports items like cornhole, badminton, croquet and bocce ball. When they are upfront and organized, they are easily accessible. You won’t be rummaging through your winter items in order to access those outdoor summer needs.

Set Up Bug Barriers

Summer weather tends to bring out the bugs. Many bugs and insects go into some form of hibernation during the colder months. The minute it starts warming up, the bugs of the summer will begin to flock to your area. There are a number of ways to keep bugs from coming in. Make sure everything is sealed. Check the caulking around your windows and doors, inside and out, and fix any of the drafts and gaps with new weather stripping and caulking. Ask your landlord for professional help!

Stock Up for Summer

It is important to stock up on all of those summer essentials in case of emergencies. Make sure to fill your medicine cabinet with sun block, aloe, and insect repellant. In addition, place picnic blankets and fresh beach towels in your linen closet. For a summer picnic, place your picnic basket in your pantry prepped with colorful summer linens and biodegradable dishware all ready to use.

Spring and summer are the best times to have fun and relax. Take some time to freshen up your apartment so you can enjoy the warm months ahead. These few maintenance tips will surely help you save money and headaches for the summer months to come.

 

5 Can’t Miss April Events in Grove City

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Spring is in full bloom and there is so much to be excited about in Grove City and Columbus!

Celebrate National Beer Day

April 7 is National Beer Day and the perfect day to support local Grove City and Central Ohio breweries! Celebrate this day by visiting a local brewery such as Grove City Brewing Company, Hop Yard 62, Hoof Hearted, or one of the other dozens of breweries in the area. Many of these breweries have delicious food too, so save room for a tasty meal!

John Mayer Concert

One of the most talented musicians of recent years, seeing John Mayer live should not be missed! Many believe that Mayer sounds even better live than on his albums and he is one of the most skilled living guitarists. Mayer will be performing at the Schottenstein Center on April 12. He recently released new music for the first time in years, so it is bound to be an amazing show of music both old and new. Other great concerts coming to the Schottenstein Center in April include Justin Moore and Lee Brice on April 19 and Chris Brown on April 29!

Ohio State Football Spring Game

The Ohio State Football spring game is an event that should never be missed! If you are suffering from the drought of football since the Super Bowl, then this is definitely the event for you. Tailgate and dress up as you would during the regular season! Enjoy a stadium hot dog, pleasant weather, and the company of good friends and family. Watch the Scarlet and Gray scrimmage in The Shoe on April 15, the day before Easter!

Heritage Cycles Bike Night

Attend an evening bike ride for Heritage Cycles Bike Night! Heritage Cycles, a local Grove City bicycle shop, hosts this event every week and this April is the perfect time to try one out with dozens of other cyclists! During April, the rides will take place on April 5, 12, 19, and 26. There are both short and long routes available, so there is something for anyone! The routes will end at a bar where you will be able to enjoy a discounted drink! Meet the other bikers at Heritage Cycles at 5:30 p.m. and enjoy the ride!

Attend Family Friendly Night at COSI

COSI is one of the greatest attractions in Central Ohio! On April 28, get your family together and attend Family Friendly Night beginning at 5 p.m. Admission is only $11 and offers admission to all of the amazing exhibits including a special screening of a National Geographic film in the Giant Screen Theater. This is the perfect event for the whole family and a great way to experience COSI at a discounted cost.April is bound to be an exciting month in Central Ohio, so start getting excited and filling in your calendar!

April is bound to be an exciting month in Central Ohio, so start getting excited and filling in your calendar!

What To Do Around Grove City in Spring

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Spring is right around the corner, and it is worth getting excited about more than just the warm weather! There is plenty to look forward to this spring, and in case you are unsure of what is coming, we have put together a list of things to do in Grove City and throughout Columbus this spring!

Taste of Grove City

Thanks to the Grove City Area Chamber of Commerce, on March 15 Grove City will be hosting the 9th annual Taste of Grove City event! For just $7, stroll through vendor tables of Grove City restaurants and businesses and try delicious samples of BBQ, pizza, subs, sweets, and plenty more! The event will take place at 5 p.m. at the Southwestern Career Academy located at 4750 Big Run South Road.

Visit the Columbus Zoo

Even if you’ve been before, make a return trip to the famous Columbus Zoo on a sunny day! If you’ve been following the news, you’ve probably read about the new polar bear cub and it is definitely worth seeing the adorable cub in person! The Columbus Zoo is the perfect spring activity for people of all ages. On Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays Franklin County residents receive admission for half off! The zoo will also be hosting lots of fun events around Easter so be sure to check that out online!

Ohio State Football Spring Game

The Ohio State spring game is the perfect way to get family and friends together and to enjoy the warm weather alongside our beloved Ohio State Buckeyes! This year’s spring game will take place on Saturday, April 15 at 12:30 pm in The Shoe as always! Tailgate with friends and put on your favorite scarlet and gray gear, this is an event you will not want to miss!

Catch A Columbus Clippers Game!
Huntington Park was recently named the best stadium experience in Columbus! This beautiful stadium is right in downtown and attending a game is the perfect activity to enjoy with family and friends. Dime-a-dog nights are one of the most popular nights to attend so be sure to purchase tickets beforehand if you’re interested in one of those games!

Get Some Ice Cream!

Columbus boasts some of the most delicious ice cream options in the country. While you can enjoy this ice cream year round, there’s something even more amazing about ice cream when the weather gets warm! Go to the nearest Jeni’s or Graeter’s, or our personal favorite right now, the Cookie Dough Creamery in Worthington!

Grove City is lucky to have so much to look forward to this spring! Get your spring cleaning done early so you can have plenty of time to enjoy all of the wonderful spring activities that Grove City and Columbus have to offer!

How to Get the Most Out of Your Apartment Community

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Now that you have made the wonderful decision to live in an apartment community, it is important to ensure that you make the most out of your community and take advantage of the many benefits to living in one. There are social, financial, safety, and many other advantages that come along with living in an apartment community. Read on to learn about how you can embrace where you live and make the most out of your apartment community.

If you are a resident at Grove City Summit, you most likely know about all of the wonderful amenities. From a resort-style swimming pool to the yoga and Pilates studio and a community garden, among other amenities, there are so many benefits to living in this community. While you may be aware of the amenities, it is just as important to get your money’s worth and actually use them. During the summer months, take advantage of the pool and go for a dip after work and on the weekends. All year round, make sure to use the state-of-the-art fitness center that is just steps away from your apartment. These amenities will be sure to improve your quality of life.

Apart from the amenities that come along with living in an apartment community, the availability of maintenance is another major benefit. When there is a problem in your apartment, whether it be the plumbing, electric, or anything in between, you can file a service request and the problem will be taken care of in a timely manner.

One of the most exciting parts of living in an apartment community is the social aspect. You have the opportunity to form meaningful relationships with your neighbors and it always fun to have friends who live nearby. Because of the community aspect at Grove City Summit, you have the chance to meet new people at the fitness center, pool, café, park area, and really anywhere on the property. Making friends at your apartment community is a fun and easy way to make the most of your experience.

Living in an apartment community is a fun and rewarding experience within an area that you feel safe and comfortable. Take advantage to all of the benefits to living at Grove City Summit and make the most of your time at living in this community!

2016 In Review

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Wow! What a year 2016 has been here at Grove City Summit. We can’t believe that 2017 is only a few days away, so we wanted to take some time to look back at all of the fun stuff our residents had in 2016.

After the first blanket of snow came and went, we celebrated Valentine’s Day with a contest for our residents. For a chance to win, our residents had to write why they love living at Grove City Summit. Carol Grossman was the lucky gal who won the Valentine’s Day gift basket!

  

In early March, we were surprised by Mother Nature with a late winter snowstorm, but boy did it look beautiful! Our Community Manager, Jennifer Crager was able to capture the the essence of the snow that morning.

  

In March, we also had a “Press Your Luck” challenge for residents who paid their March rent in February. Kim Burke and John Riddle were the lucky residents who’s luck didn’t run out!

In July, we had another contest! This time it was for an awesome sundae gift basket, perfect for cooling down in a “sweet” way during the summer! Congrats to Richard Elchert, the winner of the “Sundae Spectacular” gift basket.

  

In August, we ran our Summit Selfie Contest and we received so many great selfies from in and around our community!

  

 

In December, Grove City Summit collaborated with the first snowfall of the winter to create beautiful scenery throughout the community!

 

 

 

 

 

Later in December, we had our annual holiday open house where we had a blast mingling with fellow Grove City Summit residents!

2016 was such an exciting year for everyone here at Grove City Summit and we’re excited for what 2017 has in store for our community! Stay tuned to our Facebook page and blog for more news from Grove City Summit!

Black Friday In Grove City

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If you live in Grove City, you don’t have to travel to the big outlet stores, or malls like Easton and Polaris. Grove City offers a ton of great shopping options right off of Stringtown Road.

Target, Kohl’s, Best Buy, Hobby Lobby, Walmart, T.J.Maxx, Staples, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Kmart to name some of the heavy hitters off of Stringtown Road that will be open for Black Friday. They will be offering shoppers discounts on electronics, clothes, home decor items, hobby items and more to all the shoppers heading out to the stores early.

Best Buy is offering TVs, cell phones and notebooks anywhere from $150-300 off. Kohl’s is offering 15 percent off of everything in their stores along with an extra $15 in Kohl’s cash if you are a member of Kohl’s Rewards Program.

Walmart has electronics, kids toys, workout equipment and everything in between. That just names a few of the deals, but almost all major retail stores along Stringtown Road will be offering discounts on for Black Friday.

Many stores ignore holiday customs and open on Thanksgiving Day around 5 p.m. to give customers a jump-start on their holiday shopping. So if you can skip the after dinner nap and want to hit the stores, go for it!

If you don’t want to brave the crowds, don’t forget that each year more and more stores offer the same deals online throughout the weekend. So if the weather, travel or family keeps you from the lines, you don’t have to miss out on the great deals this year.

Halloween Events & Trick or Treat around Grove City

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Trick-or-treat and all things spooky are finally upon us. If your little ghosts and ghouls are excited to get their hands on as much candy as possible you might be interested in the events happening around Grove City. Perhaps, you are looking for festivities for yourself to get into the spooky spirit.

Grove City Trick-or-Treat

Grove City  trick-or-treat will take place on October 31st between 6-8 p.m. This is a family fun night of traditional door-to-door beggars night activities for you and your family. The streets will be filled with princesses, superheroes and scary creatures that will make for an evening of candy collecting. Be sure to keep an eye out if you have to drive. If you choose to pass out candy from your door you should turn your porch light on during this time.

Boo on Broadway

Boo on Broadway is an alternative to traditional beggars night in Grove City on October 31st. Grove City’s Town Center is transformed into destination for spooky fun from 6 to 8 p.m. This annual, family-friendly alternative to trick-or-treat allows children to dress in costume and safely collect candy and other goodies from area businesses and civic organizations. Worried about a weather cancellation? Do not be. This event is held rain or shine. The following streets are closed to traffic from 5 to 9 p.m. with parking restrictions in place starting at 3 p.m. These streets are: Broadway from Grant Street to Grove City Road, and Park Street from Arbutus Avenue to the first driveway west of City Hall.

Halloween Hikes

In the mood for spooky date night idea? Visit the Battelle Darby Creek metro park and take place in the Halloween Lantern Hike. Meet at the Indian Ridge Bulletin Board at 6PM on Saturday, October 29th for an adventure. This 2-mile guided hike, follows lantern-lit path discovering creatures of the night that call the metro park home.

Not one to hike around in the dark? Meet at the ranger station at 10AM on Sunday, October 30th and participate in a 4-mile off-trail hike to prehistoric Indian and pioneer burial grounds in the metro parks Graveyard Hike.   

Top 4 Sports Bars in Grove City

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Whether you’re moving into the Grove City area or have been here for awhile, you might be asking yourself where you will catch the big games this coming football season. Grove City offers plenty of establishments that are fan favorites to cheer on your favorite team with your friends and family.

Time Zone Bar

Time Zone Bar is a great little local spot with plenty of reviews for great service and a friendly staff that will remember your name. The bar has a cozy atmosphere, but always boasts a fun crowd on game day with plenty of televisions catch all the great plays and players. Here you will cheer on your favorite team with a staff that cheers right alongside you!

This bar hosts lots of events around big games including raffles and contests. You don’t want to miss out on this great local bar come football season! Time Zone Bar is located in the Grove City Plaza Shopping Center on Stringtown Road. Click HERE for directions!

Buffalo Wild Wings

Whether you call it “B Dubs” or “BW 3’s,” you can always count on Buffalo Wild Wings for a great viewing experience on game day!

Televisions on every wall and even some in the booth where you sit, get there well before kickoff so you can be a part of the four quarter long party. Great wings, great beer and with great prices, you won’t break the bank, even if the game goes into overtime.

Buffalo Wild Wings is located at Georgesville Square. Click HERE for directions!

O.H. Sports Bar at Hollywood Casino Columbus

One of the best aspects about living in Grove City is being so close to the Hollywood Casino. Not only is this the home to your potential jackpots, but it also houses one of the best sports bars in the area.

O.H. Sports Bar has that flash of casino style, but it has enough mounted televisions and giant projector screens you and your friends don’t have to worry about finding a seat with a view of the game. When you pair that with a full service bar, great variety of food and out of this world wings, you get a winning ticket that must be checked out for any future game day plans.

To top it off, O.H. Sports Bar features to build your own burger and wings options that will take your game day experience to the next level. Click HERE for directions!

Rackums Sports Bar & Grill

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If you’re looking to get competitive, you can get a game of darts or billiards in during halftime at Rackums Sports Bar & Grill. The joint has some of the best bartenders in Grove City and the bar has plenty of room for every fan.

You’ll get your money’s worth with Plenty of drink specials on game days and they are always cycling in new types of liquor. Rackums is located on Stringtown Road. Click HERE for directions!

So whether you’re cheering on the Buckeyes on Saturday or the Browns and Bengals on Sundays, we hope you enjoy yourself and drink responsibly this football season!

OhioHealth to Build Emergency Department in Grove City

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A second hospital will soon be making its way to Grove City!  OhioHealth Corp. recently announced plans to build a new emergency department and outpatient surgery center on Stringtown Road close to Interstate 71.

Both projects will create 300 new jobs. The 24-hour facility will include a 26-bed surgical hospital as well as an emergency department. The hospital is expected to open in early 2017. Alongside this project, OhioHealth is also opening new emergency departments in Hilliard and Obetz.

The announcement of this hospital is great news for Grove City, and especially residents of Grove City Summit! The facility is close to GCS, providing close access to quality care if you experience an accident or emergency.

It is exciting that emergency health care will now be more accessible to people in the suburban areas around Columbus including Grove City. It will also be beneficial and free up space at the OhioHealth Grant Medical Center located downtown.
The addition of jobs is also exciting for Grove City. Stimulating Grove City’s economy while providing high quality healthcare in a highly populated Columbus suburb is valuable.