The Playground Built on "Rainbows, Magic and Dreams"
The idea for a monumental playground was conceived by two Northwest Side mothers on a spring day in 1991 while watching their children at play in an Upper Arlington park. That dream, input from students at 5 elementary schools, donations from individuals and businesses combined with the effort of 1200 volunteers over five days in the late spring of 1992 became the original Olde Discovery Playground, named to remember the 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus' journey to the new world. On May 27th, 1992 construction began.
Additional photographs of the fundraising and construction can be found here.
The lofty $70,000 goal was set and met through fundraising events and the generosity of community members and local businesses.
Local children helping to load bags of coins after a penny count at the former Dick Ruhl Ford.
Construction continued despite some rain showers.
Making one little girl's dream 'I want to climb over a rainbow and slide down' come true.
Additional photos can be found here.
Details from The Columbus Dispatch January 31, 1992 and May 28, 1992