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Clinton Como Park Improvements Celebrated

Tuesday, July 02, 2013
COLUMBUS, Oh – Columbia Gas of Ohio President Jack Partridge and Columbus Recreation & Parks Director Alan McKnight today hailed improvements made to Clinton-Como Park following a gas pipeline project.

The city park, located at 301 W. Pacemont Ave., was in the path of the company’s Ackerman Pipeline Improvement Project in 2012.

Once the new pipeline was placed into service last fall, Columbia and Columbus Recreation & Parks partnered on a restoration plan which added features to enhance the public’s enjoyment of the park.

“Columbia Gas was very responsive to the community and the Recreation and Parks Department in the restoration efforts,” McKnight said. “The improvements will benefit the public for years to come.”

“We could have just put things back the way they were after our pipe was buried, but we wanted to do more,” Partridge said. “Columbia truly appreciates the partnership it has built with Columbus Recreation & Parks, and we’re happy to have invested in a community that was so patient with us during our construction."

The Recreation & Parks staff, with input from the community, identified several potential park improvements.

Columbia funded a Monarch butterfly way station, a wetland vegetation area, a rain garden, iron park benches, and planting of native grasses, trees and shrubs.
Partridge and McKnight highlighted the improvements during a ceremony at Clinton Como Park today.

As part of its Ackerman Pipeline Improvement Project, Columbia installed a new coated steel gas distribution pipeline to replace a bare steel line that had been in service since the 1950s. The new pipeline is a critical part of Columbia’s long-term plan for maintaining safe, reliable natural gas service to its customers throughout Franklin County. The company invested nearly $14 million in the new pipeline.

About Columbia Gas of Ohio
Columbia Gas of Ohio safely delivers clean and efficient natural gas to approximately 1.4 million customers in 61 of Ohio’s 88 counties. With headquarters in Columbus, it is one of the seven energy distribution companies of NiSource Inc. (NYSE: NI) and is the largest natural gas utility in the state. NiSource companies deliver energy to approximately 3.8 million customers located within the high-demand energy corridor stretching from the Gulf Coast through the Midwest to New England.

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About Columbus Recreation & Parks
The Columbus Recreation and Parks Department operates 240 parks, 28 recreation centers 7 swimming pools, athletic complexes, 6 golf courses and the trail system that provides opportunities for all of our residents to lead a healthy life.