Ribbon chopping for brand new exercise and childcare heart in Columbus | KSNF/KODE

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Columbus, KS. – A ligament was severed at two new facilities in Cherokee County.

On Monday, August 16, the Red Iron Activity Center and the Virginia Crossland Early Childhood Center in Columbus, Kansas held their open house.

The 24,000 square foot facility spans both centers and is located at 605 S East Avenue. The Red Iron Activity Center provides a place for the community to exercise and opens up more opportunities for Columbus.

We’re going to bring back the classic snowball basketball tournament. We changed it a few years ago but it was a really big boom for the community that brought 120 teams together in six weeks.

Robin Wells, director of the Red Iron Activities Center

This was something that was needed across the county for Cherokee County, as well as the 12 counties where SEK-CAP operates, due to a lack of infant and toddler care and education.

Joanie Burke, Director of Early Childhood Care at SEK-CAP

This childcare facility has been in operation since 2018 and was made possible by a Head Start grant. It will open once it has final approval from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.