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Gateway Wednesday - October 14

Today we had a discussion about what we would offer for this week's Gateway Wednesday. We could share more pictures or anecdotes about the construction process, but none of that felt right or necessary. This week is simple. It's time to open the doors to the Garden Gateway.


This blog was created to help our members and the community be a part of the project. But now it is time for you to experience it for yourself. We can't wait to see you.


As a reminder, let's go through the Grand Opening line-up beginning with private events:

  • Friday, October 16, Kingwood will close at 3PM for a private celebration.

  • Saturday, October 17, we will again close at 3PM for a reception with our dedicated volunteers followed by a celebration for our staff and construction crew. Both of these events are invitation-only.

  • Sunday, October 18, is Kingwood Members-Only Day, a special day for Kingwood Members to experience the exciting changes. Advance registration required.

That leads us to opening the Garden Gateway to the public! Here's the scoop for Grand Opening Week:

  • Monday, October 19, Making Memories Monday with Mechanics Bank. Enjoy fun photo ops throughout the Gardens and get a free photo souvenir courtesy of Mid-Ohio Photo Booth between 11AM and 5PM

  • Tuesday, October 20, Tours on Tuesday offers free guided tours throughout the day of the Gardens and Kingwood Hall. Tour space is limited so sign up at the Welcome Desk during your visit

  • Wednesday, October 21, is Wellness Wednesday with OhioHealth with family-friendly healthy activities throughout the day. Please register in advance to join in on a class: 11AM Tai Chi, 12PM Mommy & Me Fitness, 1PM Heart Healthy Walk, 4PM Tai Chi, 5PM Family Obstacle Course, 6PM Heart Healthy Walk

  • Thursday, October 22, Tours on Thursday again offers free guided tours throughout the day of the Gardens and Kingwood Hall. Tour space is limited so sign up at the Welcome Desk during your visit

  • Friday, October 23, Fine Arts Friday will bring local artists to the Gardens where they will display some of their pieces and paint beautiful new creations

  • Saturday & Sunday, October 24-25, the Fall Artisan Market will return with local vendors offering unique gifts, art, and much more. Buehler's food truck, Ferris, will be on site serving fall favorites

Along with the fun activities, the Gateway Café operated by Buehler's and the new Kingwood Garden & Gift Shop will be offering specials all week.


One final thing to mention is with the opening of the Garden Gateway, we welcome visitors back to the Trimble Road entrance and parking lot. We know the parking arrangements haven't always been ideal through this process, but we promise... it was worth it.


All grand opening activities are free with admission to Kingwood. Admission is $5 per person, free for children 12 & under, and free for Kingwood Members. The grounds and gardens are open daily from 10AM to 7PM and both the Gateway Café and Garden & Gift Shop will be open from 10AM to 6:30PM.


We'll see you in the Gardens!


Grand opening events presented by: Mechanics Bank and sponsored by OhioHealth

Also supported by: Buehler's, iHeartMedia, Meijer, and Mid-Ohio Photo Booth




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Kingwood Center Gardens is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and 47-acre former estate garden. Those requesting information regarding the Garden Gateway Project or who wish to make a donation should contact Brenda Nelson, Director of Development

Email: bnelson@kingwoodcenter.org

Phone: (419) 522-0211 x109

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