Task Force To Study Future Of State Fairgrounds
Governor Mike DeWine has appointed a task force to consider the future of the Ohio State Fairgrounds in Columbus.
Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler reports.
DeWine says the 19-member Expo 2050 commission must consider that events are held on the fairgrounds year-round. And the fairgrounds are adjacent to the Columbus Crew major league soccer stadium. The Crew wants some fairgrounds land to redevelop that arena when the team moves to a new facility in downtown Columbus. DeWine says the task force needs to deal with that request soon, but he’s not suggesting anything – including whether the fairgrounds should relocate out of the city.
“We’re not limiting them at all. In fact, we’re telling them to take a kind of big, holistic approach to where we need to go in the future.”
DeWine also notes the state highway patrol has a training facility on the fairgrounds, and the Ohio History Connection museum and its Ohio Village are nearby.