Grown-ups benefit kids

Organizers of the Child Abuse Prevention Adult Prom put the word “fun” in “fundraiser” with great support helping needed programming in child- abuse prevention.

This year’s carnival-themed event on April 23 drew more than 600 people to The Commons, nearly doubling the amount raised a year ago with $70,380 coming in for Family Service Inc. Last year’s prom raised $37,305.

Members of the prom court who raised money with votes in the king and queen contest, as well as organizers of the fundraiser, deserve special thanks. Child abuse has no place in society, and prevention efforts such as the CAP Adult Prom are appreciated.

Future planning wise

The Columbus Parks and Recreation Department and its Park Foundation have implemented several significant changes this past year, including taking back management of the city golf courses and rolling out the BikeShare program. With more changes likely, it made sense to hire a consultant to help set the course for the next five years with an updated master plan.

The Columbus Park Board approved spending $20,000 to hire Indianapolis-based Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf as a consultant. The firm will evaluate goals that haven’t been achieved, the parks department’s ability to serve the community’s various demographics and establish a road map for the near future.

The city’s parks system is a vital quality-of-life component for residents, so taking care to thoughtfully evaluate what goals to pursue for the system is smart planning.

Museum expansion beneficial

The Atterbury-Bakalar Air Museum’s board of directors would like to pursue an 1,800-square-foot, $110,000 expansion to provide more space |for restoration and maintenance of artifacts, storage, a patio space for military reunions and social gatherings, and more display space in the original museum.

The museum’s board is asking for $60,000 from Columbus’ aviation board. We think the project is a wise investment.

The Atterbury-Bakalar Air Museum is one of the city’s important quality-of-life offerings, and its popularity is on the rise as visits are up 30 percent this year — in part because of new exhibits. Making sure a gem such as this continues to meet demand and serve the community’s needs is important.