Dear Park Foundation Supporter,
Columbus, Indiana and Bartholomew County are so fortunate to have our community’s Parks and Recreation system recognized for its many contributions to our quality of life and economic development.
Whether it be the wonderful growing system of People Trails, the incredible number of recreational opportunities, the dynamic manner in which it aids business/employee recruitment, or the amazing array of facilities from Hamilton Community Center & Ice Arena to Donner Aquatic Center to baseball diamonds and on – the Parks system is worthy of our support.
Contributions made to the Park Foundation annual campaign go to support all of the above. Just as importantly, however, gifts from people like you create scholarships for the many programs offered so that socio-economic status is never a barrier for participation.
During this time of year, when we reflect upon the many things for which to be grateful, our thoughts turn to year-end gifts to express our love and gratitude.
We invite you to share your appreciation through a gift or pledge (to be invoiced later) supporting the Park Foundation year-end campaign! The Park Foundation is a well-organized 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization with the express mission to raise funds in support of the parks system and its growth. All gifts are tax-deductible as allowed.
The Columbus Parks and Recreation system is at a unique crossroads. Opportunities are on the horizon and current needs must be addressed. Your support will make a difference!
With sincere appreciation for your consideration, we are
Chip Orben, President – Columbus Park Foundation
Mark Jones, Director – Columbus Parks and Recreation
Opportunities are on the horizon…walk with us!
Every year, Columbus Park Foundation raises money to help support the more than 120 programs, 23 parks, more than 23 miles of People Trails, 7 facilities, and over 1,000 acres of green space! Your generous donation will not only support current operations but will help insure future projects such as additional People Trails. Columbus Parks and Recreation will continue to progress and evolve to meet the needs within our unique community, improving the quality of life for all.
Pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports across the nation but also here in Columbus! The game whose social nature captures the attention of individuals of all ages is also known for its contribution to positive brain, emotional and physical health. With our two courts at capacity, we have established a need for additional space, this fund will help support the expansion of courts in Donner Park.
The Jolie Crider Memorial Skatepark was built in 1999, and is in need of a complete renovation. The Columbus Parks and Recreation Department is transitioning the wooden skatepark to a more sustainable concrete material. Renovating the skatepark will provide an architecturally aesthetic, safe place for alternative sport participants all while continuing to embrace the idea of a memorial to Jolie Crider and her legacy.
The overall goal for future expansion of our trail system is to bring a bicycle or pedestrian facility connection within 3 blocks of 90 percent of our residents. The People Trails allow our community to participate in healthy activities as well as offer an alternative means of transportation for many.
Columbus Parks and Recreation is in the beginning phase of fundraising for a 3.5 acre pollinator park. The pollinator park will have a looped trail system, benches and an outdoor classroom. In addition, native grasses and plants that would attract pollinator species such as bees and butterflies that would act as a nature preservation space.
The Chuck Wilt Youth Scholarship enables all children to participate in Parks and Recreation activities. Donations underwrite the cost of programs for families who have financial barriers. For many of these young people, this scholarship allows them to indulge in their passion for a sport or program they may not have otherwise been able to experience!
Recreation covers a wide spectrum of programs for a variety of ages from pre-school to adults. These programs are a mix of free, low cost and fee-based activities. Free and low cost programs include festivals, variety shows, concerts, family bingo, drive-in movie, and our playground program. Fee based programs include programs such as day camps, fishing derby, adult craft classes, rummage sales, and children programming.
The James K. Baker Tree fund has helped to expand and replace over 100 trees ever per year. For every tree that is necessary to cut down, 2 are planted in its place.