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Pawnee Park

Known as "The Picnic Capital of Nebraska", first opened in 1925 and encompasses almost 153 acres adjoining the Loup River and Van Berg golf course.

This park is home to American Legion and Columbus High School baseball. Pawnee Park is home to Columbus High School and Scotus Central Catholic football, track, and tennis.

This park is also home to Pawnee Plunge Water Park, with expansion to be completed by the 2015 swimming season.


  • 1904 Union Pacific Steam Locomotive
  • 2,000 Seat Stadium (Football & Track)
  • Andrew Jackson Higgins Memorial (More Info)
  • Quincentenary Belltower (More Info)
  • Disc Golf (Map & Score Card)
  • Eight lane All Weather Running Track
  • Family Recreation Playground Areas
  • Fishing
  • Horseshoe Pits
  • Living Tree Museum
  • Rose Garden (maintained by Master Gardeners)
  • Sand Volleyball Courts
  • Picnic Shelters - For reservations contact City Clerk
  • East (250 people)
  • West (850 people)
  • Skate Park
  • Tennis Courts - lighted until 12:00 am
  • Winter Ice Skating


Patricia Valentine

Sunday, June 10, 2018
This is one of the best parks to go to in Columbus. There are two separate sides to the park and both are very large. On one side there is a skate park, a large canopy with picnic benches underneath, two play grounds and an area of water for fishing. The other side of the park has several more play grounds, a larger area of water to fish or watch the ducks, a sand volley ball court and a large canopy area with tables underneath. This park is home to a very important Columbus memorial. Its a beautiful display. There is a large trail that wraps around the park to enjoy bike rides, runs or walks. You can also park your car anywhere in the park and walk to the river.

Brad VanKley

Friday, June 8, 2018
Great park for kids. There are several play grounds spread out around the park. There is a disc golf course. Andrew Jackson Higgins memorial is a must see. The park has a water park great place to cool down.

Carolyn Marano

Monday, May 14, 2018
Love this park. so big. basketball, volleyball, playground slides for kids wide green well maintained ground. jogging playing or walking...have pond for fishing. restroom .lots and lots of picnic tables and grill. go for this park you'll love it.

Karissa Rowley

Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Daughter had a lot of fun, but there are barely any bathrooms. Have to walk quite a ways to get to a bathroom.

Lizzie Countryman

Sunday, July 1, 2018
Worth the drive from Omaha! Great family fun and low prices!

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