Community foundation’s $25k grant to help Veteran’s Park expand

Published 4:05 pm Thursday, June 25, 2009

The Town of Columbus plans to purchase a lot at the corner of Peak and Ward Streets, which already appears to be a part of the park. With the addition of this property, the park will cover one city block from Gibson to Peak Streets. This area may be used in the future to construct outdoor seating.

Marjorie M. and Lawrence R. Bradley endowed the Bradley Community Grant to award grants for the benefit of Polk County. Bradley community grants are intended to fund projects that will significantly improve the quality of life of Polk County citizens for generations.

Veterans Park provides a community gathering place for many events, such as the Annual Fire Department Gospel Singing, Memorial Day services and Saturdays in the Park. Families and local organizations use the park for special events, and it serves as a destination for honor and remembrance for more than 2,800 Polk County veterans.

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Columbus is continuing the sale of bricks to honor veterans and to remember those who are deceased. For more information about how to honor a veteran and support the Veteran&squo;s Park expansion project, contact Tim Holleman at Columbus Town Hall ‐ 828-894-8236.