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After several years of planning by a dedicated task force of community volunteers, civic groups and City representatives, in 2018 Upper Arlington celebrated its 100th anniversary in style.

CENTENNIAL LEGACY PROJECTS
Centennial Plaza

CENTENNIAL PLAZA

Northam Park is the home to a community pool, playground and reading garden, clay tennis courts, numerous sports fields, the main library branch and two schools, while serving as the community’s gathering place for two signature events—the Fourth of July Festival and Fireworks, and the Upper Arlington Labor Day Arts Festival. The Centennial Task Force felt strongly that the park entry was the best location for a signature Legacy Project—something easily accessible that would commemorate our 100th birthday in a tasteful and fitting way—and the team set about turning this idea into reality.

The Centennial Plaza provides an inviting gathering space for residents, most notably defined by three bronze bear sculptures that are the work of a local artist, Alan Hamwi—who actually grew up in UA. The bears are sited on a rubberized play surface, allowing children to interact with the artworks. Surrounding the sculptures is seating and an extension of the park entry pillars and trelliswork.

This part of the Legacy Project was made possible in large part thanks to the support of the following organizations:

  • Upper Arlington Rotary Club
  • Upper Arlington Community Foundation
  • Upper Arlington Civic Association
  • Kiwanis Club of Northwest Columbus
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THE BEARS

The artist and sculptor of the three bronze bears is Alan Hamwi. Alan, 62, is an Upper Arlington native who has been sculpting since he was a teenager.

Alan has many statues on display throughout central Ohio to include Harold Cooper at Huntington Park and animals at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. But this project is special to Alan because Upper Arlington is where he spent most of his life, growing up as a kid and then raising his children in this community.

Bronze is Alan’s specialty and the medium he prefers to use when sculpting because of its history an permanence.

Alan first starts by making models of the sculptures and then carving the sculptures out of styrofoam. After the carving process, Alan covers the styrofoam in clay and shapes the clay to the exact version of what the sculpture will look like. After each bear (or mold) has been sculpted in clay, Alan drove them to Florida to have them cast in bronze.

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CENTENNIAL HISTORY WALK

The History Walk is located along the main pedestrian walkway into the park from Tremont Road. A series of 10 markers (and one information marker about the walk) provide a snapshot of Upper Arlington’s first 100 years—the community’s early days and the people, institutions and amenities that set us apart. In conjunction with installation of the History Walk, the City made improvements to the walkway, adding trees and planting beds that compliment the beautiful markers.

The History Walk has been made possible thanks to the support of the following:

  • The Martin Peter & Marjorie Garvin Sayers Family: Daniel Garvin Sayers, Stephen Putnam Sayers, Julia Sayers Bolton, Elaine Sayers Buck
  • The Barney Family
  • The Crane Family: In memory of Robert S. Crane, Jr.
  • The Yassenoff Family
  • The Patton Family: In memory of Mary Louise & Bob Patton
  • Northwest EyeCare Professionals: Douglas, Deborah & Quinlan Bosner
  • The Upper Arlington Education Foundation & Upper Arlington Library Board
  • The Greg Guy & Lisa Ingram Family: Caitlyn, Andrew, Jacob & Ryan
  • The Gudenkauf and Gehring Families
  • E. Ann Gabriel: In memory of Ann R. & M. Leonard Gabriel and Joanne B. & Jack O. Woodruff
  • The Jody & Wally Phillips Family: Diane Phillips Albrecht, Debbie Phillips Bower, John Wallace Phillips and Cindy Phillips Close
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TIME CAPSULE

No centennial is complete without a time capsule to commemorate the year’s celebrations for a future generation to discover. Over the year, the Centennial Task Force collected items that represent our community, our residents and the year 2018. The time capsule was sealed at the 2019 State of the City Address, officially ending the Centennial Celebrations. The Centennial Time Capsule is located at the Municipal Services Center, 3600 Tremont Road.
Centennial Logo

THE CENTENNIAL LOGO

An early goal of the Centennial planning group was to create a logo that would resonate with citizens. Jenny Ledman—a resident and graphic designer—kindly agreed to design the Centennial logo as a gift to the community.

In the fall of 2015, residents were invited to help identify the visual components of existing community logos that best represent UA, and to consider logos used for other cities’ special celebrations. From this insight, Jenny created a design that captures the pride and spirit of Upper Arlington.

The Centennial logo is built around UA’s Golden Bear, with a strong and simple color palette of black and gold, prominent text, a burst of fireworks in deference to UA’s most popular community celebration—the Fourth of July—and featuring the tagline “A Cherished Past | A Golden Future.”

A Cherished Past A Golden Future

A CHERISHED PAST, A GOLDEN FUTURE

A lot has happened in 30 years, since a history of Upper Arlington was last memorialized in a book for the community. Keeping with the tradition of capturing the progression of our community, the Historical Society–with the assistance of the Upper Arlington Library– embarked on the task of researching and writing a new historical celebration of our community. A Cherished Past, A Golden Future is fresh look at the events that have shaped Upper Arlington for the past one hundred years in a readable narrative, accompanied by vivid photos to describe the land, the people and the vision behind the community we know today.

The Centennial Magazine

The Centennial

The Centennial Task Force captured within the pages of The Centennial the essence of what makes Upper Arlington a unique and wonderful place to call home. This “go to” coffee table publication highlights the actionable projects and events, as well as exciting interviews and articles detailing what makes Upper Arlington a reason why  generations of families continue to call this community home. View the digital version or click on image.

CENTENNIAL EVENTS
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In order to celebrate Arbor Day with a centennial twist, 10 Upper Arlington schools planted 100 new trees.

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In order to celebrate Arbor Day with a centennial twist, 10 Upper Arlington schools planted 100 new trees.

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In order to celebrate Arbor Day with a centennial twist, 10 Upper Arlington schools planted 100 new trees.

CNT Birthday Celebration

On March 20, Upper Arlington celebrated its birthday with a walk through history to commemorate the past 100 years.

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On March 20, Upper Arlington celebrated its 100th birthday with games, food and fun for all ages.

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On March 20, Upper Arlington celebrated its 100th birthday with games, food and fun for all ages.

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Members from City Council, Centennial Task Force, State Representative Jim Hughes and State Senator Stephanie Kunze along with City Manager Ted Staton officially broke ground for the new Centennial Plaza and History Walk that is now open to the public.

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Upper Arlington hosted its first Centennial Cycle, where families explored the beauty of the city while enjoying special treats and events along the way.

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Upper Arlington hosted its first Centennial Cycle, where families explored the beauty of the city while enjoying special treats and events along the way.

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The Centennial Legacy Project was revealed on July 4, 2018, opening the plaza to the community.

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PAINT THE CITY CENTENNIAL
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Centennial Banner White

Special signs were posted near the entrances to Upper Arlington as well as banners hung throughout main streets.

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Miller Family

Special trees that are over 100 years old were marked with centennial tree signs, allowing families to celebrate the heritage of the city.

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Centennial ornaments were available for purchase throughout the centennial season.

Upper Arlington even had a special centennial beer brewed and available at local restaurants. These limited edition beer glasses flew off the shelves.

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CENTENNIAL HERITAGE TREES

The Centennial Heritage Tree project was conceived by a group of residents who have taken their love of trees and our natural environment to the next step by volunteering to serve on the City Tree Commission.

A call was put out to the community to nominate trees for inclusion on a Centennial Tree Registry. Once nominated, these trees were personally inspected by members of the Commission and City Staff to confirm they that they had indeed lived long enough to bear witness to the founding of Upper Arlington. The trees were then added to the registry and residents were invited to pickup their very own Centennial Heritage tree yard sign to place in their yards.

The response to this opportunity was tremendous. More than 220 trees were submitted and inspected for this process, and I understand that nominations continue to trickle in. Please note, this project has now come to a close, with all the yard signs distributed and the registry complete.

StreetNumberNominationTree LocationComments
Abington Rd2511Bryn and Andrea HanoverRed Oak in back yard
Andover Rd1850Carla and Harry KeithRed Oak in front yard
Andover Rd2748Steve and Cathy BuserTwo Sugar Maples in back yard
Arlington Ave1680Peggy DraegerRed Oak in front yardTree is to the right (south) of the front entrance sidewalk when facing the house (facing east) from Arlington Avenue.
Arlington Ave1690Susan BrooksRed Oak in front yard
Arlington Ave1931The Zettler FamilyRed Oak in back yardThe large Red Oak tree is in our rear yard, but easily viewable from Tremont Avenue or Miller Park. 
Arlington Ave2270Red Maple in front yardOur Red Maple tree is in our front yard by the driveway.  
Asbury Dr3101Sycamore in front yard
Baldridge Rd1870Andy and Courney NeckersHorsechesnut in front yardOur tree is a big buckeye tree that sits on the corner of our front yard at 1870 Baldridge Road, on the northwest corner of Andover.  It’s always been popular with children in the fall collecting buckeyes. Our girls, Elise and Isabel, ages 6 and 3, love to have picnics underneath it.
Bedford Rd1800Sue OwenRed Oak in front yard
Bedford Rd1893Dave and Caroly von FischerAmerican Sycamore in side yardThe tree is in our side yard on the left side of our house as you face our house from the street.
Berkshire Rd1548Robert and Diana WilleyRed Oak in front yard200+ red oak, corner of Berkshire Rd and Beaumont Rd
Berwyn Rd2594The TheakersSilver maple in front yard and a Hackberry in the back yard.
Berwyn Rd2595Jessica ArdeleaEastern Cottonwood in front yardOur tree is a magnificent Cottonwood that is located in our front yard.
Berwyn Rd2603John RomansRed Oak in back yardA very large Red Oak is just behind the right side of our home; the canopy of the tree covers 3 yards including ours.
Berwyn Rd2628Two Swamp White Oaks in front yard
Berwyn Rd2636Paul and Geri SchlegelPin Oak in back yard but visible from street
Beverly Rd2031Mary Lynn KiaczNorway Spruce in front yard
Brandon Rd3194Linda and Joel LucasPin Oak in front yard
Brandon Rd2333The Renner FamilyPin Oak in back yard
Cambridge Blvd1670Joe and Suzanne MillerSycamore in Front Yard
Cambridge Blvd1800Paul and Carole ChidesterRed Oak in front yard and Pin Oak in side yard
Cambridge Blvd2230Peter and Ann PemaOsage Orange in side yardOur tree is a majestic Osage Orange  tree with wide spaced braches from a central trunk on  the Elgin side of our property
Camden Rd2665Richard and Barbara ShramoRed Oak in front yard
Camden Rd2737Mary AlfordSugar Maple in back yard
Canterbury Rd2310Barbara WrightselRed Oak in front yard
Canterbury Rd2359Red Oak in back yard
Carisbrook Rd3160Gary, Evelyn, and Nathan KinzelWhite Oak in front yardThe large tree in the front yard a is a white oak. The leaves have rounded tips and the acorns mature in one year.  In the spring the tree has feathery green flowers with pale yellow pollen.
Castleton Rd. N.1387Brian and Jessica NobleRed Oak in front yardOur 100+ year old red oak is to the right of our red front door. *Door face Norwell Dr.
Charing Rd.2765Mindy and Mark FranciscoAmerican Sycamore in back yardThis beautiful Sycamore is located behind a condominium building at 2765 Charing Road 43221, it can be seen from the front of the property hanging over the property. Look up!
Chester Rd2714Thomas Nygren and Susan CrispRed Oak in front yard
Chester Rd2726Molly RavinePin Oak in front yard
Clifton Rd2791Keri AgriestiRed Oak in front yardA beautiful Red Oak sitting between two homes in the front yard at 2789 and 2791 Clifton Rd. This tree brought together two neighbors who became good friends. Recently, my neighbor Dick Imber passed away and this is dedicated to his memory, friendship, and love for art and nature. 
Clifton Rd.2779Brenda MatunasTwo Hackberries and a Black Cherry in back yard
Collingswood Rd1993Karlye MartinWhite Oak in front yardThe tree is located left side of the driveway, in between our home and garage
Concord Rd.1971Karen and Steve StiversTwo Red Oaks in front yardBoth of the Centennial Heritage Trees- anchored on the property at 1971 Concord Road- are 100+ year old Red Oaks. They display thick, healthy trunks as well as full, well-maintained, and mature canopies.
Coventry Rd1810Sam and Kalli LindseyRed Oak in front yard
Coventry Rd1930Dennis and Kim BluntWhite Ash in front yardWhite Ash located on the northeast corner of Coventry and Stanford Rd.
Coventry Rd2028Maria and Tim RankinSilver Maple in back yardEasily seen from front sidewalk
Coventry Rd2481The Shafer FamilySilver Maple in front yardCentennial Silver Maple with the best tree swing in UA is in our front yard.
Coventry Rd2688Amy and Dan KapustaAmerican Elm in front yard
Coventry Rd1805American Sycamore in front yardOur sycamore was #42 on the 12/5/2000 final tree list and it is still standing north of our driveway at 1805 Coventry Rd. On that list the diameter is listed at 50” and the age is estimated at 147 years.
Doone Rd1498Julie, Jay, Molly, and Katie RappRed Oak in front yard"The greatest oak was once a little nut who held its ground." -unknown
Dorchester Rd.3600Lousi and Susan PomerantzHoney Locust in side yardIt is a Honey Locust tree on the Bristol Rd side of the house (south side).
Dorset Rd2383Clark and Heidi JamesRed Oak in front yard and Red Oak in back yardThe front yard tree is located right up against the house (beside the window) and the other tree is in the back yard right up against the patio.
Eastcleft Dr2825Gary BowenRed Oak in front yardThe Red Oak in my front yard is one of the largest trees in the ridge.
Edgemont Rd1826Pam and John HunterAmerican Elm in front yard Close to Bedford Rd.
Edgevale Rd2467Glenn BryanGreen Ash in front yard and White Ash in back yard
Edington Rd2408Bud and Nancy HestandEight Red OaksOne in back yard, two near driveway, and five in front yard
Elmwood Ave1860Lisa and Tim KelsoTwo Red Oaks in front yard
Essex Rdd1694Cindy and Paul KruseAmerican Sycamore in back yardTree is located in the backyard but actually visible from Harford Rd.
Fairlington Dr3940Randy CookSugar Maple in front yard and Pin Oak in back yard
Farleigh Rd2218Jacob and Kelly DobekNorway Spruce in front yard
Farleigh Rd2365Carolyn S. MayWhite Oak in front yard
Grenoble Rd1573Medard LutmerdingSycamore in back yard
Guilford Rd2026Ted SawyerTwo Red Oaks in front yard
Halesworth Rd3169Lisa VitaliHoney Locust in front yard
Halstead Rd2810Nick and Emily BushCottonwood in front yard
Helston Ct4535Rich and Beth ConnollyAmerican Elm in front yard
Henthorn Rd2675Diane Koontz and David JonesBurr Oak in front yard
Hillview Dr3824Ross and Jean CaldecottSilver Maples in front yard
Inchcliff Rd1797Nick and Julie UrbaniakLondon Plane in back yard
Inchcliff Rd1849The Esler FamilySycamore in front yard
Kent Rd2666Micheal C. DodgePin Oak in Front Yard
Lane Ave2070Andrew and Courtney McBridePin Oak in front yardThe tree is in the center of the circular driveway in the front yard.
Lanercost Way4575Sally and Steven MeierSilver Maple and American Sycamore in back yardSince our trees are in the back we give permission for people to come up the driveway and walk the deck on the right hand side of the house to the back yard!
Lanercost Way4600Kurt and Laura LudlowPin Oak in front yard and American Sycamore in side yard
London Dr1265Richard and Margaret WagnerSwamp White Oak in front yard. 
Mountview Rd2922John and Leah RidgwayAmerican Sycamore in back yardThe tree is a Sycamore and is in the back corner of our driveway.
Mountview Rd3780Ashley PondTulip Poplar in front yard
Mountview Rd3905The CohensSilver Maple in back yard
Mt Holyoke3122Andrew HogeTwo White Oaks in front yard
Mt Holyoke3134Justin BramelRed Oak and White Oak in front yard.
N Devon Rd1815Doug and Margaret DicksonTwo Sugar Maples in front yard
N Devon Rd2022Brian and Kirsten BarrettTwo London Plane trees in front yard
Norwell Dr1316Harvey and Marilyn BruggerRed Oak visible from the front yard.
Onandaga Dr2431Dr. and Mrs. DuffeyRed Oak in side yard
Osborn Dr1478Paul Sciulli and Veda CafazzoNorway Spruce in the northwest corner of the front lawn.
Oxford Rd2340David WintersAmerican Sycamore in side yard
Patricia Dr4090The Tannous FamilyRed Oak in side yard
Patricia Dr.3955Joyce and Willem KogelerTwo Red Oak in front yardVisible from McCoy Rd
Pemberton Dr1514David Dick and Caitlyn McCandlessSugar Maple in front yardIt's a beautiful Sugar Maple that offers plenty of shade and perfect for climbing. Front yard.
Reed Rd3984Bonnie HarveyBlack Walnut in back yard
Regency Dr1159Jenny SpeasPin Oak in front yard
Ridgeview Rd1435Sally Francis and Steve MaherasWhite Ash in front yard
Riverside Dr3900Tom and Sarah SteggemannWhite Oak and Chinkapin Oak in drivewayOne tree is located at the far end of the driveway, White Oak (it can be seen from the street when looking straight down the driveway). The second tree is located to the right of the driveway closer to the street, Chinkapin Oak
Sandover Rd2221White Ash in front yardThe White Ash is clearly visible from the street in the front yard.
Sherwin Rd2575John and Christy LeachPin Oak in front yard
Shrewsbury Rd2761Bruce and Marta AckleySilver Maple in front yardShe’s out in front of the house facing north of our house slightly west of the center of the lawn.
Southway Dr2391Pat and Jay IamsRed Oak in the front yard nearest the driveway, a Black Walnut to the north of the oak, and an American Elm in the side yard 
Southway Dr2448Lou SpisakSwamp White Oak in front yard200+ Q. bicolor
Southway Dr2416Kathleen and Adam WagenbachSwamp White Oak in back yard
Squires Lane4144Red Oak in front yard
Stanford Rd1601Banicki FamilyNorway Maple visible from Elmwood Rd sidewalks
Stratford Dr2792Red Oak in front yard
Stratford Dr2826Vicci and Brett JaffeRed Oak in front yardThis is a Red Oak tree at the bottom of our driveway right behind our mailbox and our neighbor’s mailbox. It is very visible from the street and has a beautiful wide canopy that stretches over our and our neighbor’s driveways. Feel free to pick up acorns!
Teeway Dr1465Joyce CanfieldFour Silver Maples in front yard, one Red Oak in front yard.
Teeway Dr1479Matthew and Catherine PacanovskyPin Oak in front yard
Teeway Dr1539Margie Hegg and Paul BrockmanPin Oak in front yard
Tremont Rd1901The Dominguez FamilyRed Oak on corner of Tremont Rd and Devon Rd
Tremont Rd1904Kathryn UeberrothRed Oak and Burr Oak in front yard
Tremont Rd2020Lorri and Randy DeanPin Oak near the street next to brick driveway
Tremont Rd2050Michelle KoffelRed Oak in side yard
Tremont Rd 2958Antonio and Winifred Garabis American Elm, Sweetgum, Sugar Maple in front yard
Walhaven Rd3821Rick DillonRed Oak in front yard
Waybourn Rd4300Tim and Mary Anne KingRed Oak in back yard Not easily seen from sidewalk
Wellesley Dr2946Jeremy and Jennifer DavitzAmerican Sycamore and White Oak in front yard
Welsford Rd.2721Josh and Susan FrazierWhite Ash in Front Yard
Wesleyan Dr2135Mitch and Marjie BlandTwo Swamp White Oaks in front yard
Wesleyan Dr2169Swamp White Oak in front yard
Wexford Rd2583Bob and Paula BortonSilve Maple in front yard
Wexford Rd2641The Shea FamilyPin Oak in side yard
Wickcliffe Rd2793Debbie SteidleSiberian Elm in back yard
Winterset Dr4470Kurtis RoushRed Oak in front yard beside the driveway.
Woodbridge Rd3839Marta, Enzo and Victoria BergesePin Oak in front yard and American Beech in side yardPin Oak towering in the front yard had difficult years afflicted with chlorosis, it has been treated for the last 10 years and is doing much better. When the driveway was relocated 15 years ago, care was taken to lay brick on sand rather than asphalt or cement on a large section of the new driveway to allow for rain water to reach the tree's roots. It's close to 140 years old and we certainly hope it will reach 200 and maybe be around for UA's bicentennial.
An American beech, back right side yard if facing the house, can be seen above the roof line and thru a see-thru fence, it's believed to be close to 132 years old and his canopy, even with proper thinning and pruning, is so dense that even with torrential rains it is difficult to get wet if you are under it. Many al fresco dinners had been witness by this majestic tree.
Woodbridge Rd3950Steve and Rachel MushrushRed Oak in side yard facing Lytham Rd.
Woodstock Rd2577David PriceSwamp White Oak in front yard
Woodstock Rd2624Alex and Kristin EbertAmerican Sycamore in courtyard
Wyandotte Rd2060Beth and Scott GillRed Oak in front yard
Yorkshire Rd2286A. Peter "Chip" Knoop, Jr.Red Oak in back yard
Zollinger Rd2710Mike, Jennie, and Jasa StoneNorway spruce in front yard200+ year old
Zollinger Rd2834John Howe IV and Margie RadoBlack Walnut in front yardThe Walnut is in the front yard and is easily viewed. So is an offspring Walnut in the driveway.
Marty Marlatt Pin Oak in back yard
Westover ParkSamantha SimmonsWhite Oak and Burr Oak near playgroundBoth trees are estimated at over 200 years old
Thompson ParkSamantha SimmonsTwo Burr Oaks near wetlandBoth trees are just off the path east of the wetland, 200+ years old
Miller ParkSamantha SimmonsBlack Walnut near playgroundTree is between the playground and library
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