Race tonight to raise seed funds for potential future aquatics facility in Columbia City
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A recently released architectural drawing shows what is possible with fundraising and community support -- an aquatics facility for all to enjoy. The annual Dashing Through The Snow 5K race tonight will raise funds for a future aquatics project, should one eventually be approved.
By Jennifer Zartman Romano
Runners and walkers alike will be bundling up and looking forward to a brisk dash through the snow tonight in Morsches Park.
Well, there may or may not be snow -- but ultimately that's not important to those participating in the Dashing Through The Snow 5K race this evening, Friday, December 6, at 5:30 p.m. in Morsches Park, Columbia City. For many of those participating, the most important part of this event is that it will be a positive move forward in raising funds for a potential aquatics facility in the future.
At a recent park board meeting, a drawing was presented that might serve as a goal for what could be possible with community support and fundraising. The facility could serve the recreational interests of citizens as well as the competitive needs of young swimmers.
“A new aquatics facility would add a great quality of life amenity for Columbia City, as well as a place of recreation for kids and adults during the summer," said Columbia City Parks director Mark Green. "We need to have places where people from our community can come together and spend time together. This facility would provide that need and also bring visitors to our community.”
According to Melinda Wheeler of the parks department, the number of participants in the race depends heavily on the weather. "Participants each year really depend on the weather, however 2012 we had 90 runners," she said. In prior years, this race benefited other park projects such as the SplashPad.
Wheeler said the race is especially fun for the participants because of the seasonal extras it provides. "People enjoy the festive awards they can receive. This year, second place in each age group will receive an ornament and first place in each age group will receive a coffee mug with hot chocolate. Overall Male & Female, along with the Masters winners, will receive blankets."
Registration is $20 per participant and registrations begins at 4 p.m. in the Morsches Park pavilion.
If you have questions or want further information, contact the Columbia City Parks Department until 4:30 p.m. today at 248-5180.