Whether it was Prairie Township or the city of Columbus, 2018 was a year of change on the West Side. Here's a look at some of the top stories of 2018:
Galloway Road Sports Complex: Construction on the $1.87 million first phase of the sports complex in Prairie Township was nearly finished by May. It includes 10 multiuse fields, two ball diamonds and a concession stand/shelter house with restrooms. The parking lot, a pedestrian path and shelter house are scheduled to open in 2019. The fields are expected to be ready for some play by fall.
Prairie Township sports complex: 3-phase project to ‘fill a void’
Phase 1 nearly done at Prairie Township sports complex
Foundation funding: Working through the Columbus Foundation, Prairie Township trustees established the Prairie Township Community Foundation to help raise money for community projects. The idea, according to then-township adminsitrator Tracy Hatmaker, is to find financial support for major capital projects without depending solely on taxpayers.
New foundation will raise funds for capital projects in Prairie Township
Prairie Township’s ‘giving tree’ reflects donations to community fund
No more "Bobby Layman! Bobby Layman!": Actor Mark Wahlberg and his business partner, Jay Feldman, bought the longtime West Side Chevrolet dealership, creating quite a buzz among central Ohio Marky Mark fans.
West Side dealership goes Hollywood
National Veterans Memorial and Museum: There were dignitaries aplenty -- including Gen. Colin Powell -- at the Oct. 27 grand opening of the $82 million National Veterans Memorial and Museum, which replaced the aging Veterans Memorial Auditorium on West Broad Street. About 2,000 people attended the outdoor ceremony, despite rainy, windy weather.
Fanfare greets Columbus opening of National Veterans Memorial and Museum
Change at the top: Longtime Prairie Township administrator Tracy Hatmaker retired Nov. 30. His 15-year tenure was marked by construction of a new community center, formation of a joint economic development zone along West Broad Street and the start of developing a 111-acre sports complex.
Prairie Township bids Tracy Hatmaker farewell