Carroll Park Renovation Receives Wayne Area Legacy Fund Grant

Carroll Park Renovation Receives Wayne Area Legacy Fund Grant
Courtesy of Stephanie Liska (Wayne Area Legacy Fund).

WAYNE – With $10,000 dollars to be awarded this year to organizations who are a 501(c)(3) or a part of a governmental entity in Wayne County, the Wayne Area Legacy Fund presented the Carroll Park Fund a check during their Village Board meeting on March 9.

Members of the Fund Advisory Committee being Stephanie Liska, Karen Longe, Scott Saul and Bill Claybaugh attended the meeting and awarded a $2,000 check for their park renovation project.

Chair of the Wayne Area Legacy Fund, Bill Dickey said their application showed there was a great need in the community.

“To be able to provide a playground for their kids there in that community,” said Dickey. “Legacy reaches out to the whole Wayne County area. It’s just not designed for the community of Wayne and we just want to be a part of anything going on that’s in the county.”

This marks the third year of check presentations as the Wayne Area Legacy Fund first awarded around $6,000 and it’s gone up about $2,000 each year.

Diana Davis has served three terms (12 years) on the Village Board and decided to create a group about three years ago to update the park equipment in Carroll.

Davis didn’t receive funds two years ago when they first applied but sent in their application again this year and received $2,000.

“We want to put a piece of equipment in for older kids,” Davis added. “We put in some equipment for toddler kind of aged equipment, and I want to take the bid slide and all that stuff out and put something in for older kids.”

Courtesy of Diana Davis. Smaller piece of equipment installed at the Carroll park late summer/early fall last year.

The Carroll Village Board has allowed the committee to work as a separate group and are at around $37,000 raised. More fundraisers are being planned along with the craft show in November or if you would like to donate to the Carroll Park Fund you can reach out to Diana Davis or place the donation in Farmers State Bank in Carroll.

The next step will be getting an estimate on the piece of equipment to get installed at the Carroll Park possibly next summer.

“The Kiwanis group is donating a bus shelter like what is in Wayne,” Davis mentioned. “To put in the Carroll Park at some point for the kids to wait for the bus. There’s really no where for them to wait inside.”

“Just want to thank everybody for the donations they’ve given and hope that people continue to come out and want to support what we’re trying to get installed in Carroll.”

The Wayne Area Legacy Fund Advisory Committee will be looking to approve more application requests during their Tuesday meeting. The group will also be talking more about a summer internship program available through the Nebraska Community Foundation.

“We are pleased to have a local young lady that is a freshman right now at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln,” said Dickey. “Emily Eilers will be our summer intern.”

The Wayne Area Legacy Fund has set a goal to raise $100,000 this year allowing them to give more in grant funds in future years. To donate, reach out to any of the Wayne Area Legacy Fund members or visit