It’s not every day that we welcome a new city park in Columbus, let alone one facing the Olentangy River. Yesterday afternoon members of the Harrison West Society, Columbus Recreation and Parks, and Wagenbrenner Development, along with Mayor Michael Coleman, officially dedicated Harrison Park. At the corner of West First Avenue and Harrison Park Place, this stunning green space took a mighty dose of public-private partnerships and nearly nine years to bring to life. The park connects to the Olentangy Trail and rests on the site of a former factory that was torn down in 2004. With a Tuscan-style gazebo, bold sculptures designed by Columbus College of Art & Design students, and a playground named Funk-ee-town in honor of deceased Harrison West advocate Mary Funk, this place was well worth the wait. Click here for more photos.