McFerson Commons

McFerson Commons Columbus, Ohio

Services Provided

Open Space Design
Urban Design
Landscape Architecture

People Involved

Timothy Schmalenberger
Karen McCoy
John Petrushka

The signature greenspace that anchors the Nationwide Arena District is home to a unique piece of Columbus history.

This thriving urban green space completes the link between the downtown Columbus riverfront and the heart of the Arena District, becoming a popular space for outdoor summer weddings and a preferred location for many activities and events. Originally conceived as a component of the larger Arena District Master Plan, the long, triangular stretch of green provides a calm counterpoint to the active dining and entertainment Arena District. 

The Daniel Burnham Arch that was salvaged from Columbus' historic Union Station is a highly visible focal point of the design.

McFerson Commons is an active and valued community space, from a peaceful spot for downtown workers taking a lunch break and an open space for downtown residents and informal recreation leagues, to a viewing spot for Independence Day fireworks and an event space for concerts and seasonal offerings. 


Low, stone walls form a crisp border to the grand lawn and double rows of red maples provide a natural dissolve into the surrounding urban fabric.


As a direct result of this urban green space, private sector-led mixed use development has significantly increased the value of adjacent land.