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Community efforts in southern Gage County have resulted in park improvements for area residents to enjoy.

The Wymore-Blue Springs Area Fund became affiliated with Nebraska Community Foundation in November 2015.

The group’s mission is to encourage financial generosity and volunteer commitment to ensure Wymore and Blue Springs become and remain a thriving place to live, raise families, do business and enjoy the good life.

The vision is a proud attractive community that builds on its history, continually working to ensure a thriving economic, educational and recreational presence for today and plans to continue its powerful hometown appeal for generations to come.

The purpose of the group is to grow an endowment and grant funds to local organizations to improve the community.

“We came together after an NGage survey and meeting because we were passionate about doing something to improve our community,” said Glennis McClure with the Wymore-Blue Springs Area Fund. “We’ve had a lot of community support and raised $35,150. About the same time our Kiwanis Club was formed and has helped with fundraising and the project.”

Those area efforts have translated to multiple improvements at McCandless Park.

“The Nebraska Community Foundation helped us organize with a common goal of improving the community,” said Janice Cohorst, President of the Area Fund.

“We received grant funds to improve McCandless playground, but then decided there was a need for some amenities in the park like benches and tables. We’ve put over $51,000 into the park and our next big project is the restroom and concession stand. The estimate is $151,000.”

The group is led by a nine person Advisory Committee, but there are also approximately 20 active volunteers.

“We do the Spooktacular as a local fundraiser event every year which brings about 500 people or over 150 families to the park that day,” said Sam Thompson. “We also have had a kickball tournament, golf tournament and the Jordan Murphy Memorial Run. We’re trying to get the community invested and engaged. We want to keep the community going.”

“We also benefitted from the Gage County Big Give event,” added McClure.

More information can be found on the Nebraska Community Foundation webpage or the Wymore-Blue Springs Area Fund Facebook page.

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