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Upcoming Events


Join us at our all-community Annual Summer Party with Grilling and Live Music on Saturday, June 8, at Gabby’s patio in Tamarack Circle! Meet your Forest Park neighbors and enjoy dinner and beverages. The party starts at 6 pm with live music at 8 pm

Thursday, June 6, 13 – 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).

Every Friday – Recycling Day (Blue Can)
Pickup may be delayed one day after a holiday.

Every Other Friday/Saturday – Yard Waste
Pickup may be delayed one day after a holiday.

Forest Park Social Events

June 11th – Tortilla Mexican Street Food Truck @ North YMCA lot, 5-8p

June 26th – Travelin’ Tom’s Coffee Truck @ North YMCA lot, 8-10am

July 4th – 60th Annual Northland Community Fourth of July Parade, 10am – Featuring Forest Park children on their “Bikes and Trikes!” –  It’s not too late to sign up! (Andrea @614.264.3846)

July 11th – If You Cheese Food Truck @ North YMCA lot, 5-8p

July 14th — Columbus Symphony @ Woodward Park Community Center, 7p (outdoors, with free ice cream prior to concert!)

July 27th- International Festival @ North YMCA (indoors), 2-5p

August 6th – National Night Out, Featuring Tortilla Mexican Street Food Truck and Kona Ice, @ North YMCA lot, 5-9p

August 16th – Carr’s Motown Coney Island Food Truck, @ North YMCA lot, 4-8p

Thursday, June 27 – FPCA 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.

Tuesday, June 11
Join us for our FPCA meeting

6 p.m. – Block Watch Meeting
6:30 p.m. – Code Enforcement Meeting
7 p.m. – FPCA Meeting

Meeting Location:
Epworth United Methodist Church, 5100 Karl Rd., Columbus, OH 43229
(At the intersection of Karl Road and Penworth Drive)
Everyone in Forest Park is invited!

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Forest Park Civic Association

Civic association for residents of the Forest Park neighborhood in Columbus, Ohio.

You are going to be seeing a lot more green around Forest Park this summer!!🌳💚It’s important to us that our neighbors know who we are and what we do to help keep Forest Park the amazing place that it is. The Forest Park Civic Association is comprised of 100 percent volunteers who live in Forest Park East and West. When you see one of us wearing this shirt - at an event or meeting, helping in the neighborhood or delivering the Forester - please stop us and say hi!We would love to share more about what we do and how you can be a part of the fun too! We hope you will consider to #beapartofthepark and join the FPCA and attend our monthly meetings!And if you donate your time and skills to making our neighborhood an even more awesome place to live, then we even have a t-shirt for you too!😊Some of our FPCA leaders proudly posed in their shirts!Clockwise from top left:Ed Vanasdale, President Erin Materu, Volunteer CoordinatorLou Bernard, Secretary(Erin) & Andrea Philipsen, Social Committee CoordinatorAndrea showing off the back of the shirt Ken Gilbert, NCC Rep🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 ... See MoreSee Less
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It’s going to be a beautiful Taco Tuesday!!😋Join us starting at 5p! One of the city’s best!!🌮#partyintheparkSponsored by your FPCA and North YMCA ... See MoreSee Less
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June FPCA Membership Prize Alert!🌟“Bullseye!” 🎯A $50 Target gift card up for grabs!Joining your neighborhood civic association is critical to keep all your favorite features about FP thriving. We need your support year round! Our neighbor, Patricia VanDyke, was our winner for the month of May! Could our next winner be YOU?! Send in your $30 membership fee and household registration form found in this month’s Forester to be received by June 30th and you will be entered in the drawing!🎟fpcivic.org*Gift card donated by FPCA Social Committee ... See MoreSee Less
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National Night Out



2024 Membership Drive

Our Membership Drive kicked off in April.Membership information was delivered in your mailbox along with the April Forester Newsletter.

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Upcoming Events



The FPCA Needs your help! Can you volunteer?

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

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!


Read what you get from your $30 FPCA membership

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.

 Click to join the Forest Park Civic Association

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.

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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)