Continue the Legacy
As a community, we support a truly exceptional parks system with spaces and programs available and accessible to all. Public funding, however, is limited. Annual tax supported funding for our parks keeps them open and available to the people of Columbus and our visitors, but it doesn’t provide enough dollars to expand services or cover the major expenditures to maintain our Columbus Parks and Recreation facilities, green spaces and programs.
That’s where The Columbus Park Foundation “fills in” by continuing the vision of the generations who bequeathed this legacy, dating as far back as 1916 when William H. Donner gifted a plot of land to the City of Columbus.
Since 1988, the Columbus Park Foundation has raised funds by providing donors the opportunity to make their mark on valuable programs and services provided by the Columbus Parks and Recreation Department. These programs and services include our Special Swim Program for those with special needs, the Come Out and Play organized playground program for children during summer months, preservation of parks and green spaces, the Chuck Wilt Scholarship Program so all children can participate in athletics and programs, People Trails for our community to use for exercise and transportation and so much more…
An example of those who impacted our Columbus Parks and Recreation Programs and Services are included in the insert to our newsletter. In addition, we recognize the over 1500 hours of volunteer service by generous community members who have provided: an engineer analysis to improve energy efficiency, cleaning of trails and parks, high school senior projects to contribute to programs or green spaces, painting, planting of trees, and help with events and programs. What a great community we have!
If you would like to carry on the legacy of Columbus Parks and Recreation’s programs and services for years to come, please contribute to the Columbus Park Foundation Endowment Fund so that your dollars can grow beyond today and assure our future generations the access to quality parks and recreation. Your bequest or donation will help our parks and programs thrive. You can be sure your gift will be used to make a significant difference in the quality of life for our community, beyond just today.