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Westenedge & Parkside Dr
The park includes Freedom Field Playground, which is a 1.5 acre playground designed for handicapped and able-bodied children to play together. The rubberized playground surface features handicap accessible pathways, convenient restrooms and handicap accessible play structures.
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The park is named for Columbus resident, Chapman T Blackwell, III.
Chapman T Blackwell, III (June 04, 1931 - April 29, 2015)
The son of Ernestine Haughton and Chapman T. Blackwell, Jr., Chapman was native to Henderson, Kentucky. He graduated from Barret Manual High School in Henderson, Kentucky and attended from Indiana University in 1954. After a two year stint in the Army he moved to Columbus to work at the Cummins Engine Company. The Columbus mayor appointed Blackwell to the Parks and Recreation Board, a position he held for thirty-two years. The City of Columbus named the park in his honor in 2000. He was also active in the Columbus bicycle race, the Little 500, as a rider or official for almost fifty years.
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