FRANKLIN PARK CONSERVATORY MASTER PLAN
Built in 1895, Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is a botanical landmark two miles east of downtown Columbus. It is a premier horticultural and educational institution showcasing exotic plant collections, special exhibitions set within the 88 acres. A master plan to create a new vision for Franklin Park was undertaken to meet community needs, establish a prioritized renovation program, identify opportunities for new enhancements and incorporate Conservatory expansion plans.
Creating the new vision for Franklin Park was achieved through a community-based design charrette process. Master Plan elements proposed for the park include a new lake and promontory overlook with waterfalls and park shelters, as well as improvements to park entrances and gateways. First phase implementation includes Conservatory additions, a new event drop off, a formal Brides Garden, Community Garden and greenhouses. In addition, new special use gardens complement the expansion and support the horticultural and educational focus of the Conservatory.