The name Gahanna is derived from a Native American word for three creeks joining into one and is the former name of the Big Walnut Creek. The City’s Official Seal refers to this confluence of three creeks with the inscription “Three In One”. In recent years, the city has worked hard at revitalizing the downtown “Olde Gahanna” section of the city. In October 2004, The new Creekside Gahanna redevelopment and park extension project began, making way for everything from public spaces and restaurants to residences and office space. As of late 2007, the project businesses began to open.
This suburb of Columbus is located in northeast Franklin County approximately 8 miles from downtown Columbus and situated next to Port Columbus International Airport. This city also provides easy access to many major highways including I-270, I-70, I-670 and others. It was listed as #96 of the Top 100 Best Places to Live in 2007 by Money magazine. The population was just over 33,000 in the 2010 census. Among the companies based here is the utility company AEP Ohio.
The city’s biggest draw is its proximity to a nationally renowned outdoor shopping complex. Anchored by Nordstrom and Macy’s, the upscale Easton Town Center boasts more than 200 specialty stores, restaurants and entertainment options. An entire day could be spent strolling through the mall’s many offerings, including Ohio’s only American Girl® store.
Gahanna Department of Parks & Recreation maintains 26 community and neighborhood parks and facilities, including a skate park (Shull), dog park (Pizzurro), state nature preserve (Gahanna Woods), veterans park (Veterans Memorial), athletic parks (Academy, Headley and McCorkle) and four multi-use community parks (Creekside, Friendship, Hannah, and Woodside Green)
Home of the Gahanna-Jefferson Public School System, private schools in Gahanna include Columbus Academy, Gahanna Christian Academy and St Matthew Catholic School.