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Upcoming Events

Tuesday, Jan. 16, 23, 30 – Trash Day (Green Can)
Pickup in Forest Park starts at 6 a.m. so get your bins out the previous night. We are RUBY trash collection customers. You can call 614-645-RUBY (7829) for your collection day or visit the City of Columbus 311 website (a handy 311 mobile app is also available).

Fridays, Jan. 26, Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23  – Recycling Day (Blue Can)
Recycling pickup may be delayed one day after a holiday.

Thursday, Jan. 25 – Gather at Gabby’s – 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Join officers and volunteers from the Forest Park Civic Association and other Forest Park residents for an informal night of socializing at Gabby’s Neighborhood Tavern in Tamarack Circle (next to Donato’s Pizza). Enter through the side gate. Meet neighbors and FPCA representatives, talk about any neighborhood issues or just enjoy a night out. Every last Thursday of each month.

Join us for our Tuesday, Feb. 13, FPCA meeting

All members and Forest Park residents are welcome and encouraged to attend these meetings. Please join us!

We are looking for folks to help us in the following positions:
• Membership Committee
• Business Representative
• Website Admin Help
• Area Representatives

6 p.m. – Block Watch Meeting
6:30 p.m. – Code Enforcement Meeting
7 p.m. – FPCA Meeting
Epworth United Methodist Church, 5100 Karl Rd., Columbus, OH 43229
(At the intersection of Karl Road and Penworth Drive)

The FPCA Needs your help! Can you volunteer?

If you already do volunteer… THANK YOU! You are one of the wonderful people who help us make Forest Park a great place to live. As you may know, we are a non-profit volunteer-run organization that serves 2,800 households. But only a small fraction of residents volunteer with the FPCA. And we need some more help!
HERE ARE SOME VOLUNTEER POSITIONS WHERE WE NEED YOUR HELP THE MOST.

Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024 – Block Watch/Security Meeting – All welcome!
6 to 6:30 pm – Epworth United Church, 5100 Karl Rd.
Our Columbus Police Liaison officer Dan Yandrich and FPCA Supplemental Security Chair Darryl VanMercetta will provide updates and take questions prior to the FPCA monthly meeting. Security issues will NOT be discussed at the regular FPCA meeting.

Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024 – Code Enforcement/NCC Development Report – All welcome!
6:30 to 7 pm – Epworth United Church, 5100 Karl Rd.
If you have any questions regarding code issues, i.e. semi-trucks or cars parked on street, neighbor’s grass is uncut, etc., this will be the time to come and talk with the FPCA President and officers concerning those issues. You also get updates on what is being built around the neighborhood and traffic changes, etc. Code issues will NOT be discussed at the regular FPCA meeting.

Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024 – FPCA Monthly Meeting – All welcome!
7 to 8 pm – Epworth United Church, 5100 Karl Rd.
Get updates on community events, issues and news. Sit in and watch or get involved. Note the change in security and development reports above.


FPCA has a new Facebook Page
The Forest Park Civic Association has launched a new official FPCA Facebook page (this is separate than than the popular Forest Park Neighborhood Group Page which is not affiliated with the FPCA). We had trouble accessing our old FB page at “fpcivic” and we started over. Please like and follow the new page! We also have new Twitter and Instagram accounts if you use those social media (see below). We need some help with our social media accounts and with content for our Forester Newsletters. If you are interested, contact volunteerFPCA@gmail.com.
Facebook: Forest Park Civic Association
Twitter: @forestparkcivic
Instagram: forestparkcivicassociation

Read what you get from your $30 FPCA membership


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Autumn in Forest Park

What does your $30 membership do?
The hidden benefits of your FPCA membership.

Some benefits are easy to see. Some are not, but are just as important. Across Columbus, you can see the difference between neighborhoods that have an active civic association and those that do not. See the hidden benefits you get when you support your civic association.

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Northland Fourth of July parade

The parade returned after a two-year pandemic break with more than 40 entries and spectators lined along Karl Rd. The Forest Park Civic Association participated with a parade float, free candy and also sponsored the children’s Bikes & Trikes entry. The float entry, designed and built by Mary Sguerra and her family, won an award from parade organizers as “Best In Theme”.

View photos from the Northland July 4th Parade by Dave Paul.

JOIN THE FPCA in 2022
Check your mail or join online

You should have received a 2023 Membership Packet in June. Your envelope includes a membership and household information form, volunteer opportunities, the June edition of the Forester Newsletter with a lot of neighborhood news, and a return envelope. You can also join and pay your $30 membership online.

Do you have questions about the FPCA or membership? Email volunteerFPCA@gmail.com.

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You can also follow us on Twitter: @FPCivicColumbus, or Facebook: FPCivic

Please visit our F.P.C.A. Business Members. Thank them and support them as they support us!

What does the Forest Park Civic Association do?

Since its charter in 1962, the Forest Park Civic Association, a non-profit, all-volunteer organization, has performed a vital function in the community. It sponsors and coordinates a fine array of activities for all its residents. The FPCA represents the community to city government agencies, developers, builders, and local merchants. It offers distinguished speakers and informative programs at its general meetings, held four times a year.

The FPCA represents nearly 3,000 households and businesses located within Forest Park. As your Civic Association, we:

  • Publish and deliver The Forester, our monthly community newsletter, to more than 3000 homes in and around Forest Park.
  • Maintain and update the Forest Park Civic Association web site at www.fpcivic.org with news and information about our community.
  • Welcome new residents and provide them with information on our community and local businesses, schools and churches.
  • Update and publish the Forest Park Directory periodically and deliver copies to all paid FPCA member households.
  • Plan and organize community activities and events for both kids and adults, including:
  • Easter Egg Hunt, Halloween Party, Block Party at the YMCA, Gabby’s Night
  • July 4th “Bikes & Trikes” Parade with awards for all!
  • Forest Park Community Garage Sale in the Spring and Fall
  • Front Yard Beautification Contest (with awards for both East and West)
  • Contract and manage Supplemental Security Patrols by private security officers to help prevent and detect crime throughout our community.
  • Coordinate and provide resources to Neighborhood Block Watch programs in Forest Park East and West, with support by and the participation of the Columbus Division of Police.
  • Sponsor presentations by guest speakers from city government, associations, local schools and other organizations at our general meetings, held four times a year.
  • Maintain entrance islands at Sandalwood Place and Karl Road, including flower planting and sign maintenance.
  • Help residents contact and work with city agencies on community and neighborhood issues, such as code enforcement, street repair, snow removal and street lighting.
  • Help neighbors in need with resources or assistance through initiatives of our members, supported by contributions and grants.
  • Are one of 25 area Civic Associations that make up the Northland Community Council (NCC), which collectively represent over 100,000 Northland residents. (The FPCA was one of the founding members of the NCC in 1964.)
  • Provide a representative on the NCC Development Committee, which meets with developers and businesses monthly to help control undesirable zoning and development in Forest Park and surrounding areas.
  • Support local business organizations, such as the Northland Area Business Association (NABA), the NABA 161 Task Force and the Northland Alliance.
  • Organize and participate in Route 161 beautification activities & tree planting.

To contact your Area Representative or other leaders, please visit the Contact FPCA Page.
For help finding your Area of Forest Park, see the Forest Park East and West Maps.

Please explore the Calendar, and drop down menus above, for more News and Information!

Sandalwood greeting sign E of Karl

This is the home on the Web for residents of the Forest Park community in northeast Columbus (Franklin County), Ohio. Using this site, you can learn more about our community, read about the activities of the Forest Park Civic Association (FPCA), view maps of Forest Park, and obtain many other kinds of useful information.

Wrong “Forest Park”? Try:
Forest Park, IL   Hamilton Co., OH   Forest Park, GA   St. Louis, MO
That’s funny, your current president, Scott, has resided in both of the first two listed above! (2021)