COLUMBUS — Listen up.
There will soon be something new to hear in downtown Columbus.
A project by the Leadership Columbus Class of 2015-16 will add a wireless speaker system in Frankfort Square that can be used as a public address system for local events and to play music.
Eric Hall, a co-chair for the project, said eight speakers will be installed in the park to use with a wireless microphone and receiver system. The group hopes to finish fundraising soon and have the system in place by the end of the year.
Each Leadership Columbus class is expected to complete a project. After some discussion, Hall and other class members settled on adding the system to create a better ambiance for the downtown area.
The idea came from visiting Norfolk, which has a similar setup. Music plays over speakers that can be heard by those strolling through the downtown area.
Leadership Columbus participants have been raising money for about a year by reaching out to businesses and securing a contribution from the Columbus Area Future Fund. Hall said about $11,000 of the $15,000 has been raised so far.
The speakers will be installed by Audio Video Specialist on light poles in Frankfort Square.
Jill Goedeken, another co-chair for the project, said the addition will enhance downtown. The system can be used for multiple purposes, including music, speakers and public safety announcements during community events such as Columbus Days and Lawnchairs on the Square.
The project could grow to include more of the downtown area.
“We would love to do a couple of blocks up and down 13th Street, but we are just going to do the Square itself. It is a project that could be expanded upon if a future class thinks it's worthwhile,” Goedeken said.
Leadership Columbus is a program offered through the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce that educates participants about opportunities, problems and resources in the region. Past projects started the local Habitat for Humanity chapter and created the disc golf course in Pawnee Park.
Anyone wishing to make a donation to the Music in the Square Campaign can call the chamber office at 402-564-2769.