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Schramm Park Play

Kevin Welsh recognized a need for improvements at his childhood park. Broken down equipment has prevented children from enjoying the park in recent years. He is now realizing his vision to make a change become reality.

Kevin Welsh grew up just a few miles from Nebraska’s first state park, Schramm Park. Schramm Park was first established as a fish hatchery in 1882. Later, land was developed for recreational areas and playground equipment was installed in 1977, which had been donated by a local family.

As a child, Kevin came to Schramm Park with family and friends for events like birthday parties and weekend family outings. As an adult bringing his own children to Schramm Park, Kevin recognized that the playground equipment had begun to reflect its age, resulting in fewer visitors to the park. As Kevin explained, “the playground has had a lot of love given to it by the kids over the years, but not a lot of love from maintenance.”

Three years ago, Kevin chose to make a change for future generations and embarked on his vision to change the park. He developed a plan to raise money, to use his community contacts to secure donated services from local contractors, and to promote the cause simply through word-of-mouth. And that is exactly how Kevin was able to get his story to Red Basket.

Over the past three years, Kevin’s determination has resulted in close to $30,000 being raised through his contacts within the community, his family and his personal friends who want to see his dream become reality. In early October, Kevin and his team of contractors started renovations by removing the older playground equipment, grading the area, and preparing the site for installation of some of the playground equipment he has been able to purchase with the money already donated.

Kevin’s plans not only include replacing the much-loved equipment of his childhood, but also to add modern equipment such as an X-Wave and climbing wall. With these newer playground options, Kevin hopes a new generation of kids –of all ages - will return to Schramm Park.

The Schramm Park project has also provided an invaluable learning opportunity for Kevin’s children. “I try to lead my kids through action and motivation by saying here’s something you can do to impact your community and make a difference,” Kevin said.

Kevin has carried the baton to this point of the project and now he can pass the baton to you, as your generosity helps Kevin restore this state recreation area into the community gathering place it once was.

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    February 5, 2013
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    February 4, 2013
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    December 24, 2012
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    December 12, 2012
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    December 11, 2012

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  • Red Basket

    Red Basket Mgmt just applied $1,500 grant from Morgan Stanley! Congrats Kevin!

    -Red Basket February 4, 2013

  • James W. Bosler, III, M.D.

    Good Luck for the Future and Merry Christmas on behalf of the Woodmen Board of Directors!

    -James W. Bosler, III, M.D. December 11, 2012

  • James W. Bosler, III, M.D.

    Good Luck for the Future and Merry Christmas on behalf of the Woodmen Board of Directors!

    -James W. Bosler, III, M.D. December 11, 2012

  • Kevin W

    Thanks so much!! It all helps

    -Kevin W October 23, 2012



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