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  Prague park
As Boy Scouts from Troop 110 put together the playground equipment at Prague’s park, members of the North Bend Area Community Foundation presented a check to the Prague Improvement and Maintenance Committee to help pay for the equipment. Present were Shirley Johnson, Nancy Stava, Kragh Johnson, Duane Ellermeier, Prague council chairman Eddie Ourada, Deanna Wolf, Tom Wolf, Pat Beebe, Patti Beebe, Jamey Hanis and Louis Johnson. Louis organized the scouts for his Eagle Scout project.

Foundations, Scouts support Prague park

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 6/7/17

The North Bend Area Community Foundation presented its second check for $2,500 to the Prague Improvement and Maintenance Committee for new equipment for the town park. NBACF president Pat Beebe presented the check to committee chairman Jamey Hanis.

Also present was Patti Beebe representing the Fremont Area Community Foundation that donated $10,000 toward the park equipment.

The Prague committee knew the 1975 park equipment needed to be replaced. The park is centrally located near downtown Prague. It is a gathering spot for local children and children visiting the businesses or community events. Even with the loss of the school, the town of 303 is attracting more young families, according to Hanis. A new park for children was felt necessary.

The committee has been working on the park for three years. They thought they could build the park for $50,000 to $100,000. It ended up costing $130,000. A lot of the prep time has been spent raising funds.

“We didn’t realize how expensive the equipment would be,” Hanis said. “So it was a bigger financial commitment.”

They looked at a number of parks and companies in Omaha before picking one.
The equipment is Prague Panther blue and white with one exception. There is one pink piece of equipment, a special piece purchased with funds from the “Beat Breast Cancer Mud Volleyball Tournament” held each July.

There was great community support, and that has continued with Prague village council chairman Eddy Ourada, Prague residents Mike Rezac, Mike Schaffer, Martin Prohaska, Don Fujan, Justin Sousek, Tom Johnson and Nancy Stava all helping with the construction.

North Bend’s Boy Scout Troop 110 spent June 2 and 3 at the park putting the equipment together. It was the Eagle Scout project of Louis Johnson, who lives west of Prague and is a junior at North Bend Central.

Scouts helping Louis included Kaleb Ehlers, Owen Simanek, Nate McDonald, Owen Brodd, Josiah Brodd, Sean Mullally, Ethan Mullally, Danny Mullally, Bobby Kavan and Justin Sousek. Scout leaders and parents helping were Bob and Cheryl Kavan, Mike Spiker, Tom Mullally, Kragh and Shirley Johnson with sisters Christine Kavan and Abby Johnson also helping. Jarrod Morrow was there supervising the construction for Creative Sites Company out of Gretna

Hains said once the equipment is in place there will be concrete poured and then a rubber base. The goal is to have it all complete by the town celebration, Beer Barrel Days, Aug. 11-13.

“We have a passion to keep Prague going,” Prague committee member Stava said. “We have lots of roots here.”


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