Foundation Awards $10K Grant for Columbiana Playground

COLUMBIANA, Ohio – The Columbiana Community Foundation has awarded a $10,000 grant for the new playground project at Firestone Park.

The funds will be used for the second phase of the project, which includes collecting proposals and designs for the new, all-inclusive playground structure. The funds will cover the costs of fundraising, design renderings, proposal fees and other expenses.

“We are incredibly grateful to the Columbiana Community Foundation for their generous support,” said Fritz Nelson, treasurer of Columbiana Project Playground, which is leading the effort. “This grant will help us provide a fun, dynamic, safe and fully accessible playground where all children can play, explore and thrive. We look forward to leveraging these funds to make meaningful changes that will benefit the entire community.”

The new playground will replace Funland, which was built by volunteers and community members in 1995.

The old playground “has long served as a cornerstone of our community, providing a space where children can play, learn, grow and create cherished memories,” said Michaela Good, president of Columbiana Project Playground. “This grant from the Columbiana Community Foundation represents a powerful endorsement of our mission and a testament to the foundation’s commitment to investing in the well-being and inclusivity of our youth.”

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Pictured at top: From left are Michaela Good, Fritz Nelson, M. Shane Patrone and Lauren Wiley.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.