2021 Fourth of July: Celebrate Together…ish

Although the CDC guidelines and the requirements of Parks and Rec continue to evolve, we have planned events for both Saturday, July 3, and Sunday, July 4, which will knock your red, white and blue socks off!

1) Saturday, July 3

  • Kiddie Parade – Show up at 10:00 am with your decorated bikes, trikes, wagons, scooters, strollers, pets, or anything else decorated that moves – and we will take care of the social distancing, so that the kiddos can show off their creativity parading around the park.
  • Food Trucks –
    Kona Ice will be here, and will be free thanks to CyMack’s generous sponsorship!
    And Ajumama – Korean Street Food with their delicious bulgogi cheesesteak, along with hot dogs and chicken tenders for the youngsters, and french fries aplenty!
    We will put cones out for you to safely line up.
  • No Midway Games this year – but we will be handing out craft kits and goody bags after the Kiddie Parade.
    And make sure your kids get their Patriotic Peanuts Cups with lids & straws, which have patriotic Peanuts characters illustrations, ready for kids to color and use, and generously sponsored by Sassafras Bakery, with a coupon for Sassafras in each cup.
  • House Decorating Competition – To close out our first day of events, you are invited to get out your red, white and blue decorations by no later than 5:00 pm, for the second annual 4th of July house decorating contest. The secret judges will be driving around the neighborhood between 5:00 and 7:00 pm to vote on the best, and results will be posted on our Facebook page later that evening.

2) Sunday, July 4

Good morning, Colonial Hills! Happy 4th of July!

  • We will be holding an In-person 5k Race this year at 8:30 am at Selby Park!
  • And, the same as last year, we will also be holding a Virtual Run, which you can complete any time between July 4 and July 10.

Please see the 5k Race blogpost below for details, and go to our race website: https://runsignup.com/Race/OH/Worthington/RunthroughtheHills to sign up for either the in-person race or the virtual run.

And don’t forget to sign up now, before registration closes at midnight on July 2 (there is no “day-of” registration this year before the race).

5k Race – In-person (7/4) and Virtual (7/4-7/10)

1) We will be holding an in-person race on Sunday, July 4, starting at 8:30 am at Selby Park, and sending the runners off in a series of wave starts to help keep everyone socially distant, as you run through beautiful tree-lined streets of Colonial Hills in Worthington, Ohio.
These staggered small groups will be based on your anticipated pace per mile; the event time is done with chip timing and the race results will reflect the actual chip start and finishing time.

We are holding the race on Sunday to allow all the runners/walkers to complete the entire race without interrupting the Kiddie Parade, which will be held on Saturday, July 3.

Make sure you sign up soon, and by no later than midnight July 2, on our race website: https://runsignup.com/Race/OH/Worthington/RunthroughtheHills, because we will not be doing race day registration, and we are capping the in-person race at 150 people this year.

Awards will be presented immediately after the race, as follows:

  • To the top overall male and female finishers and the top Junior (age 19 and under) finishers.
  • And age group awards, female and male, will be given to the top three finishers in these age groups:
  • 12 and under
    13-19
    20-29
    30-39
    40-49
    50-59
    and 60 and over.

2) You can also sign up on our race website for our Virtual Run, which can be completed any time between July 4 and July 10. Just like last year, you can run, jog or walk any 5k route you want, and don’t have to submit your time unless you want to. However, no awards will be given for the virtual race.

The cost for everyone, for both the in-person and virtual races, is $25.00, plus a nominal processing fee. Also, PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU ENTER AN ACCURATE EMAIL ADDRESS WHEN REGISTERING, so that we can contact you for any follow-up information.

Please see the race website for further details, including early pick up for your race bib with its embedded chip for timing — and register now, before you forget!

Garage Sale – Saturday, 6/12/2021

Colonial Hills residents are invited to host their own garage sales on Saturday, June 12th, 9am-3pm, and communicate their participation to the event coordinator RachaelRDorothy@gmail.com, 614-406-6391. Everyone and anyone is invited to shop!

A list of homes hosting a garage sale will be communicated online the week of the sale and via a list available at the Selby Park shelter house.

Sellers will be responsible for obtaining their own Garage Sale permit from the city of Worthington: Garage Sale Permits.

Sign up: By Sunday, June 6th to receive a gift bag from CYMACK Real Estate, using this form Garage Sale Signup and Garage Sale Helper Pack or email Rachael Dorothy to get on the list and map.

Note for Sellers (and Buyers): Please review and abide by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) COVID-19 protocols specified in the document that the City has appended to the Garage Sale PDF Permit Application for 2021.

Easter Bunny Driving Thru CH on Saturday, March 27, 2021

The Easter Bunny will be driving through Colonial Hills on Saturday, March 27th starting at 10:00 AM, at Colonial Hills Elementary School, as shown in the map of the parade route below.

Come out and wave as they drive by.

The Easter Bunny wants everyone to be safe, so be sure to keep a proper distance from the truck. Please do not approach the Easter Bunny. If the truck stops by your house, you may come to the curb for pictures. But no closer.

Please click the “Continue reading” link below to see the map of the Easter Bunny’s parade route, starting at CHES at 10:00 AM.

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Selby Park Playground Update and Other Information

Updates from the Worthington Parks & Recreation Department:

Selby Park Playground Replacement Update

Thank you to everyone who came to the Selby Playground Replacement in-person open house and those who posted comments on-line. We are reviewing the comments and will be sharing our final playground design early next week. Results will be available on our website at: Selby Park Playground Replacement Process

Selby Park Playground Oak Tree Removal

You may have noticed in our playground designs the beautiful, large, split trunk oak tree is missing. Many of you commented on it and we wanted to provide an explanation. Unfortunately, we will be removing it during the playground renovation. Our certified arborists have been monitoring the health and condition of that tree for many years. The double forked structure of the tree has been a concern as well as its declining health, especially given its proximity to the busy playground where so many kids and families congregate. Those split trunk trees are especially dangerous as they decline because they are prone to splitting and falling at a moment’s notice. Since we have been aware of its decline for a while, we have been planting trees along the west boundary of the playground in anticipation of it being removed. We will also be improving the mulch area on the east boundary of the playground by planting new large species trees that will provide shade for years to come. All of our designs also included shade over the seating area in the middle of the playground.

Selby Shelter Improvements

We saw many comments in our Selby Park Playground Replacement feedback about the shelter and when it might be improved. This has been an expressed goal of the city in the Parks Master Plan and there is funding in the 2022 Capital Improvements Program (CIP) to assess the west end of the park including the aging shelter building. The design work will look at the best future layout for the entire west end of the park (including the parking lot) and assess whether to renovate or replace the existing shelter. Staff will begin working with residents early in 2022 on the project.

2020 Colonial Hills Holiday Decorating Contest and Photos

A big bright spot in this very challenging year is to see and enjoy all of the beautifully decorated, sparkling homes in Colonial Hills this holiday season.

The whole neighborhood appreciates every decorated home for your extraordinary showing of holiday hope and spirit. I think we could add “the festive neighborhood” to our name!

Our judges always have difficult decisions to make, and this year was no exception. After the votes were cast, the winners are:

  • Best Overall – First Place: 71 Southington – A classic shimmering white wonderland.
  • Best Overall – Second Place: 287 Loveman – “The Island of Lost Toys” theme, complete with music!
  • Best Overall – Third Place: 212 Colonial – Nutcrackers, flanked and topped by Christmas Trees.
  • Best Front Door – First Place: 63 Southington – Just lovely with swags of evergreens.
  • Best Front Door – Second Place: 302 Loveman – A welcoming stoop with wreaths, bows and sleds.
  • Best Front Door – Third Place: 384 Colonial – Festive festoons and colors of the season.
  • Best Retro: 547 Park Overlook – Dinosaurs! You can’t get more retro than that!
  • Most Artistic: 322 Loveman – Caribbean Holiday with a Hula Dancin’ Santa, Flamingos & Palm Trees. Why not!!
  • Most Lit Up: 5595 & 5597 Indianola – Purple Haze! Lots of light and a cool glow.

Congratulations to the winners! In your honor this year, the Colonial Hills Civic Association has made a $100 contribution to the Worthington Resource Center Food Pantry.

(And here are the pics, with photo credits to the Secret Judges – please click the “Continue reading” link below to see these photos)

_01 Best Overall – 1st Place
_02 Best Overall – 2nd
_03 Best Overall – 3rd
_04 Best Front Door – 1st Place
_05 Best Front Door – 2nd
_06 Best Front Door – 3rd
_07 Best Retro
_08 Most Artistic
_09 Most Lit Up

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Children’s Holiday Party – Zoom with Santa

In lieu of our traditional children’s holiday party, Santa has agreed to meet our neighborhood kids via Zoom!
On Sunday, December 13, from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

So, from the comfort and safety of your own home, please visit the SignUpGenius
Children’s Holiday Party – Zoom With Santa, Sunday, December 13
to choose a 5 minute timeslot between 3:00 and 5:00 PM that works for you.

Make sure to enter your children’s names and ages and also let us know if you’d like a goody bag(s) dropped off to your house and how many you need!

Luminaries Light Up Dark Year!

Please sign up, using our SignUpGenius for Kit Assembly this year, for Luminary Kits Set Up, Saturday, December 5, starting at 10:00 AM.

The City of Worthington has approved the CHCA’s use of the shelter house for our luminary kits assembly on Saturday, December 5, starting at 10:00 AM. This approved event will be strictly Covid-protocol compliant, enforced by the Event Chair:

  • Masks will be worn at all times
  • Socially distanced workstations, with no more than 8 people continuously inside the shelter house, and no more than 13 people continuously outside in the work area
  • Volunteers will sign up in advance via SignUpGenius, for either of two shifts, 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, or 11:00 AM to noon, for the following tasks:
  1. Inside the shelter house component assembly (up to 8 volunteers)
  2. Outside the shelter house component assembly (up to 3 volunteers, plus the Event Chair)
  3. Bundling supervisor
  4. Pea gravel shovelers (up to 4 volunteers), who are requested to bring their own standard-size, pointed-tip garden shovel. Each shoveler is also requested to recruit an immediate family member to assist them in holding open their grocery bags while they shovel. This immediate family member can be a youth no younger than middle-school age.
  5. Except for the pea gravel assistants, no youths can be included in the event this year

Some background: As an essential part of complying with CDC protocols, our plan uses the minimum number of volunteers needed to complete kits assembly in about two hours. This plan is a modified version of our usual workflow, and is modelled on our actual experience with a minimal number of volunteers during the 2014 kits assembly event, when 18 heroic volunteers completed kits assembly during a continuous, cold rain.

That is, instead of the 18 intrepid volunteers who worked the entire approximately 2.5 hours that day in 2014, we plan to have up to 21 volunteers for each of the two one-hour shifts, to complete the assembly in about 2 hours in 2020. We will monitor signups to try to ensure all positions are filled.

Donuts will be individually packaged by Tim Horton’s, and plenty of hand sanitizer will be provided inside the shelter house.

We do regret this year, that you cannot simply show up to volunteer Saturday morning, if you haven’t already signed up for an available slot on SignUpGenius — we cannot have more people at the shelter house than specified in our approved plan.

Regarding the Trustees picking up their bundles of kits for their Districts: We are asking the Trustees to start coming over no earlier than noon on Saturday to pick up their bundles, so as not to increase the number of people present in the shelter house area during the kit assembly timeframe, 10:00 AM to noon.

Light Your Luminaries! Our luminary display evening will be Sunday, December 13, starting at 7:00 PM, per the instructions which will be enclosed in each resident’s luminary kit.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions, or if you encounter any difficulty using our event’s SignUpGenius. Thank you,

Will Pearce, Luminaries Event Chair
365 S. Selby Blvd
614-888-8236
willpearce@columbus.rr.com

CHCA Meeting Minutes

The CHCA Meeting Minutes and Agendas which have been archived to our website are listed below
(if there is a link “Continue reading CHCA Meeting Minutes” below, click it to display the archived items).


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Selby Park Playground Renovation Survey

The City of Worthington had in its budget the replacement of the Selby Park Playground this year. The playground surfacing is showing its age and several of the components of the playground including some of the decking are showing excessive wear. The project was put on hold in the spring along with many other projects due to uncertainty with funding.

However, this project has now been reinstated, and Parks & Rec has the green light to begin planning for the renovation. Our goal is to complete a design with community input this fall and winter and be under construction in the spring when the weather allows. Please help us determine how we should move forward with the playground by filling out our Selby Park Survey (via SurveyMonkey).

Thank you.