Check out our Race2Play Photo Gallery from our ribbon cutting in May 2013.

Race 2 Play

We teamed up with Tony Stewart, Carter Oosterhouse and Subway to improve our neighborhood parks.

Our goal: safe, quality environments that are inviting to children and families of all abilities.

Current Challenges:

  • Healthy Lifestyle Choices:  Obesity Prevention
  • Consistent, ADA Accessible Resources for Families
  • Making Neighborhoods Safe
  • Consistent, Quality Facilities for All Residents (Making all parks equally attractive regardless of location)

The Value of Creating Inviting Places to Play and Get Active:

  • Healthy Lifestyle Choices:  Free resource, within walking distance, for children/families to stay active.
  • Consistent, ADA Accessible Resources:  Children of all abilities play and socialize with peers.
  • Improving neighborhoods:
    • All children have the same safe and inviting opportunities.
    • Consistent, quality standards for all neighborhoods.
    • Engaging residents in taking ownership of their “neighborhood space”, reducing vandalism and increasing safety.
    • Teaming up with the Mayor, Police Department and Healthy Communities for Neighborhood Meetings
  • Mead Village Park Playground:  An all-inclusive Tony Stewart themed playground was built in 2013.
  • Pence Park Playground: All-inclusive playground equipment was  added and moved to a more visible and accessible location in the park .  Additionally, the shelter house was replaced  and the basketball court was moved and resurfaced.
  • Morningside Playground: A new, all-inclusive playground was added to the park as well as a new shelter house and resurfacing of the basketball court.  A new swing set was also replaced and moved to a better location.
  • 9th Street Playground:  New benches, tables, fencing and all-inclusive playground equipment was added as well as sidewalk improvements were made to allow pedestrians better access to the park.


Tammy and Bob .Burton/Haddad Foundation

Cummins Inc.

Hazel M. Teegarden Foundation


Subway Eat Fresh Logo

Carters Kids logo




Steve and Linn Johnson

Milestone Contractors

Case Construction

Coca-Cola Foundation

Victoria Craig Griffin

Sinclair Recreation

Elizabeth Ruddick Nugent Foundation

Clarence E. and Inez R. Custer Foundation

Tom and Gina Wetherald

Riley Children’s Hospital Foundation

Shelby Materials

Meshberger Stone

Bob Poynter Columbus

Rick and Alice Johnson

Bob and Barb Stevens

Jim and Toots Henderson

Meshberger Stone

Audio Magic! Entertainment

Stacy Able Photography

News Talk 1010 WCSI, WKKG, WINN 104.9, Y106.1 FM

Kiwanis Clubs/Key Clubs

CIM Technology Solutions

North Vernon Beverage Co.

Noblitt Fabricating, Inc.

Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation

Check out Race2Play progress in our Photo Galleries for Mead Village Park, Pence Street Park, Ninth Street Park and Morningside Park.