Founded in 1849, Gahanna is a Native American word for three creeks joining into one. Located just 15 minutes northeast of Columbus, Gahanna is situated along the banks of Big Walnut Creek and Rocky Fork Creek where a grain mill once served as Gahanna’s primary economic source for several decades. Today, Gahanna continues to hold true to the historical allegiance to the creeks with the creation of Creekside Park, a centralized site of economic development and community activity. The recently completed Creekside Park project provides a nature escape along creek-side walkways that flow around Big Walnut Creek, through Friendship Park and inter-connect with one-of-a-kind shops and restaurants in downtown Olde Gahanna.
Residents of Gahanna take advantage of the proximity of Creekside Park to Olde Gahanna by holding frequent and annual festivals and events. Beginning each year in the Spring, Gahanna hosts an Herb Festival followed by the Creekside Jazz and Blues Festival in June. Neighbors and friends line the streets in celebration of the July 4th Freedom Festival and enjoy long warm evenings at the Summer Music in the Parks events. Wrapping up the festivities in the Fall, you will enjoy the bargains at the annual Gahanna Flea Market and gear up for winter with the largest single-day holiday event and lighted nighttime parade known as the Holiday Light Parade.
The entertainment isn’t limited to inside Gahanna city limits either. In a short 20 minute drive, you can experience all the amenities that downtown Columbus has to offer. You can cheer on the National Hockey League’s Columbus Blue Jackets or enjoy a concert at Nationwide Arena, support the Columbus Crew at the nations™ only exclusive Major League Soccer stadium, attend a Broadway show at the Palace or Ohio Theatre, explore a traveling science exhibit with your children at the Center of Science and Industry (COSI), attend a Division 1A collegiate sporting event at The Ohio State University, or spend your days experiencing the fine dining and upscale shopping venues in one of the many districts downtown. Within a 10 minute drive, you will find hours of entertainment at the nationally known Easton Town Center. Here, you can shop world renowned department stores, enjoy relaxing spa treatments, take advantage of a one-of-a-kind 24-hour fitness facility, or choose from an array of dining and drink establishments. For the occasional escape or business trip, Gahanna is conveniently located 15 minutes from the Columbus International Airport.
If staying close to home is more your style, you have a number of recreational and community opportunities to choose from in Gahanna. You can explore over 700 acres of parkland and reserves, picnic with friends and family at more than 20 local parks and playgrounds, paddleboat in the marina, or visit one of the many historical landmarks listed on the National Register of Historical Places. To satisfy your competitive side, you will find a variety of sporting events and leagues in Gahanna and over 50 recreational fields, including a polo field. Whether you are looking to improve your golf handicap or maintain your scratch handicap, the Gahanna Municipal Golf Course and the Jefferson Golf & Country Club provide holes for every golfers’ skill level. Perhaps a Friday night High School football game is in your future or league bowling at Gahanna Lanes. On a midsummer’s day, you can splash around or catch some rays at one of Gahanna’s three community swimming pools, relax and visit with your neighbors over the back fence, or simply rest at ease knowing your children can safely traverse the neighborhood and gather at one of the many schools built within your neighborhood.
Adjacent to Gahanna is a small unincorporated village named Blacklick. Also deriving its name from Native American inhabitants, the name Blacklick came from the deer that the Native Americans witnessed licking the black salt rocks on the banks of the Rocky Fork Creek. With equal accessibility to Interstates 270 and 670 as Gahanna, as a Blacklick resident you can enjoy the rural setting and small town feel that Blacklick offers, while taking full advantage of its neighboring larger cities. Being known as one of the largest suburban communities in Central Ohio, Gahanna has one of the few school systems that have built their schools within neighborhood communities and offers one centralized High School. Because of this, residents within the Gahanna-Jefferson School District put forth a concerted effort to build unity through strong schools systems and strong community involvement. Blacklick residents also benefit from the unity within the Gahanna-Jefferson School District since most of the Blacklick student population attends Gahanna schools. The location of county lines consequently requires a small population of Blacklick students to attend the Licking Heights School District, as well. Click here to view the latest Public School District Report Card for the Gahanna-Jefferson School District. Click here to view the latest Public School District Report Card for the Licking Heights School District. Click here to view Private Schools close to Gahanna and Blacklick, including St. Matthews and the Columbus School for Girls.
Affectionately known as the Herb Capital of Ohio, Gahanna maintains a unique historical feel, while offering mature and diverse neighborhoods. Taking great pride in their schools systems and possessing strong community spirit, the residents of Gahanna and Blacklick consider themselves more than just neighbors, they consider each other family.
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