New was the buzzword in Grandview Heights' 2017, as a new pool opened and both city and school district leaders laid groundwork for new facilities.
Here's a quick look back at some of the top stories of the year.
Making a splash -- Judging by residents' enthusiastic response, Grandview's new municipal pool -- complete with water slides -- was a success when it opened with a collective jump May 28.
Grandview Yard's first city park, First Avenue Park, was dedicated May 6.
Building the future -- After a lengthy input process, Grandview City School District Superintendent Andy Culp in August presented his recommended plan to renovate the high school and Stevenson Elementary School and construct a new building to replace Edison Intermediate/Larson Middle School. The estimated cost of the project could reach $50 million. In response, a group called Good for Grandview was formed, asking the district for a more-affordable plan.
End of Daze -- The dog days were less lazy in 2017 after the long-running Lazy Daze of Summer arts festival was canceled. Organizers cited declining attendance and have not decided whether the fest will return in 2018.
Room to grow -- The city in October purchased a 4.3-acre site on McKinley Avenue in Columbus as the future location for its service-department offices and storage of city vehicles and equipment. The move will free up the current location of the service department, adjacent to the Grandview Center on Goodale Boulevard, as a potential site for city facilities or other community uses. City facilities, community programming and recreational needs will be among the issues addressed in a new community plan, to be developed in 2018.
Departures -- It was a year full of goodbyes in Grandview and Marble Cliff. City Parks and Recreation Director Sean Robey and police and fire dispatcher Kim Collinsworth retired after 38 and 28 years of service, respectively, and Marble Cliff administrative assistant Bill Johannes stepped down after more than 16 years in the job. [Related story]