Acton to Lead RAPID 5
This new nonprofit focuses on connecting people with nature
A new nonprofit is taking shape in central Ohio that aims to connect people with nature by improving access to the region’s five main waterways.
RAPID 5 stands for Rivers and Parks, Imagination and Design. Dr. Amy Acton will lead the newly announced organization, which covers Franklin County’s five major north-south waterways: Big Darby Creek, Scioto River, Olentangy River, Alum Creek and Big Walnut Park.
When the COVID-19 pandemic brought curfews, business closures and isolation, many turned to the openness and tranquility of the outdoors. It was during this time that Acton worked diligently as the state’s health director alongside Governor Mike DeWine to keep Ohioans safe and forge a path out of the pandemic. Simultaneously, the Urban Land Institute Columbus and Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission worked to optimize central Ohio’s waterways.
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