The box is back.
A controversial flowerbed in Windsor Parks Lake Heath Park, which for years was in the shape of a Christian cross, is back in secular shape after a brief resurrection of its ecclesiastical origins.
The flowerbed was originally altered from cross to rectangle in April, after a citizen complained about having a permanent religious display on public property. Several courts have ruled that such displays violate the separation clause of the First Amendment.
The arms were removed by the Windsor Park Homeowners Association, but at the behest of the city.
Two weeks ago, Windsor Park resident George A. Wade and a group of supporters came before Columbus Council to protest the removal of the cross arms.
Sometime between then and Saturday, someone restored the cross shape and added a layer of pine straw.
Notified of the change, Mayor Teresa Tomlinson said the city could not allow it to remain and ordered it changed back to a rectangle.
Contacted Monday, Wade said someone named Zorro made the modification.