Give Where You Live!

Give Where You Live!

Dear Friend of the Columbus Park Foundation:

On behalf of the board and staff, thank you for your past support of the Columbus Park Foundation. Your contributions have resulted in sharing of benefits with Parks and Recreation and those of the community. Please visit our website at to see a full list of donors from this year, as we recognize the many individuals it takes to fulfill our mission.

Highlights from 2017
In 2017, your contribution to the Columbus Park Foundation accomplished:

• Columbike celebrated its one year anniversary, with increased ridership from Exhibit Columbus.
• 195 children participated in 294 activities as recipients of $13,264.58 from the Chuck Wilt Youth Scholarship Program.
• Continued expansion and improvement of the Columbus People Trail System with $194,914.51 being spent on projects such as the Haw Creek Trail and the expansion of Clifty Trail.
• Gifts of $5,450.00 to the James K. Baker Tree Fund to replace 127 trees in our parks and trail areas.

As always, our needs exceed our donation efforts. We rely on the generosity of donors in our community to sustain our efforts to improve city parks and share the benefits of access to natural areas and recreation opportunities to all.

Please take a moment to consider a gift to the Columbus Park Foundation. We have enclosed a donation envelope where you may direct your contribution or allow us to apply your gift to the area of greatest need. All donations received by the Columbus Park Foundation are tax deductible and greatly appreciated. You may also make a secure online contribution via our website,

Thank you for your consideration as part of your year-end giving. We wish you a blessed holiday and happy 2018!


Chip Orben, President, Columbus Park Foundation
Stacy Findley, Project & Resource Development Director, Parks and Recreation Department

2017 – A Year to Remember!

Happy 100th Anniversary, Donner Park! The community celebrated with games, face painting, activities, swimming, and outside agencies at Donner Park on July 22, 2017.

The Haw Creek Trail Connection was selected as the 2017 award recipient in the category of Outstanding Transportation Project from the Indiana Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). The bridge provides a safe connection along the People Trail System by Lincoln Park.

Another Circle, an Exhibit Columbus installation by Aranda\Lasch highlighted both nature and architecture in Mill Race Park, using 1,100 pieces of salvaged Indiana limestone surrounding the round lake, the People Trail, and the river with a new 3.5-acre stone circle.

81 children utilized a Chuck Wilt Youth Scholarship to participate in 2017 spring and fall soccer.

Toyota Material Handling graciously donated 50 Cherry Blossom trees and 50 Chuck Wilt Youth Scholarships to commemorate Toyota’s 50th Anniversary.

Or mail a check to Columbus Park Foundation, PO Box 858, Columbus, IN 47202