Columbus Inclusive Playground

April 20, 2017

CAFF priorities met: Engaging Youth and Young People


In June 2016, Megan Johnson, Special Education Teacher at Lost Creek Elementary approached the  Columbus Area Future Fund for a $5,000 grant to help build an inclusive playground where children and adults of all abilities to could play together.  “The purpose of this project is to create a play environment that will serve the physical, social, sensory, cognitive and emotional needs of all individuals in the community, regardless of ability or disability. It will be a place where individuals with special needs can spin, swing, slide and roll alongside their friends and family members; a place where they are not defined by their disability but by the joy, laughter and play of childhood.” CAFF granted $5,000 to this project whose goal was a grand opening in fall 2017.


In January 2017, members of the CAFF committee began further discussion as to the immediate need of such a Quality of Life piece within Columbus specifically, as the 2 nearest inclusive playgrounds are found in Omaha and Kearney, NE.  Furthermore, this group has been diligent in their fundraising efforts to fulfill a need that would not only benefit immediate Columbus and Platte County residents but those of numerous surrounding counties.  Learning that $65,000 more was needed to make this dream a reality, CAFF proposed a grant to the Columbus Inclusive Playground to match the funds raised by 2 upcoming fundraisers that they had planned up to $30,000.  Sushi Night which took place in February 2017 raised $2,500 which will be matched by CACF and the upcoming Playground Palooza on April 23, 2017.  CACF is excited to provide an opportunity to provide this 1 to 1 match to further stretch those donors’ dollars.



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The Columbus Area Future Fund (formerly Columbus Area Community Foundation Fund) is an affiliated fund of the Nebraska Community Foundation and strives to build a community endowment to promote local leadership development, entrepreneurship, youth engagement and community philanthropy.  Your gift will be used to advance those efforts and ensure dollars are available locally for use in determining our region’s future.

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P.O. Box 1734
Columbus, NE 68602

The Columbus Area Future Fund is an affiliated fund of the Nebraska Community Foundation, a registered 501(c)3 charitable non-profit corporation. 

The Columbus Area Future Fund is a founding member of the Columbus Area Philanthropy Council.

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