Design For New Jasper Park Approved

Posted: Updated:
Additional funding for the plan awaits consideration from the Jasper Common Council. Additional funding for the plan awaits consideration from the Jasper Common Council.

The Jasper Park and Recreation Board has approved design plans for a 75-acre park. The $5 million project will convert the area into the Parklands of Jasper.

The park will be built on land, part of which is the former Jasper Country Club golf course, which the city purchased in 2013. The park board recently announced the purchase of an additional 25 acres adjacent to the golf course. Funding for that purchase came in part from the Bicentennial Nature Trust

"These are endeavors that will set the tone for Jasper for the next 50 years, maybe longer," said Jasper Mayor Terry Seitz. The new park has been described as a nature-based destination park for all ages.

The city has received a $20,000 gift from the Dubois County Community Foundation as well as a $100,000 park endowment for the project. The design for the Parklands of Jasper now goes to the Jasper Common Council for consideration of additional funding.

The Bicentennial Nature Trust was set up by former Governor Mitch Daniels in 2012. The program aims to "preserve and protect important conservation and recreation areas throughout Indiana by matching donations of land or dollars. The Department of Natural Resources says any land purchased with BNT funds will become part of the public trust to ensure its protection.

  • Perspectives

    • How to Build an Effective Team

      Many leaders who are looking to increase overall productivity at their company are implementing collaborative team environments. This growing trend is backed up by a recent study that states collaborative work environments lead to an increase in overall profitability. However, teams are only effective if built correctly. Don’t expect a group of employees to work well together if you throw them in a room without cultivating any sort of trust or team building.



  • Most Popular Stories

    • Eleven Fifty to Move Headquarters

      Eleven Fifty Academy has announced plans to relocate. The nonprofit coding academy says it will invest $5 million to move its national headquarters to a 25,000-square-foot space in downtown Indianapolis near the Indiana Statehouse. Eleven Fifty says it will maintain its existing space in Fishers and has additional plans to add more locations statewide in the future. The organization says it aims to bring its staff to more than 150 over the next six years. Founder Scott Jones...

    • (photo courtesy The Times of Northwest Indiana)

      Hammond Pulls 135 Jobs from Illinois

      A Hammond factory recently vacated by Michigan-based Lear Corp. didn’t sit empty for very long. Midland Metal Products has taken over the former seat factory, having relocated from Chicago after 95 years. 

    • ‘Transformation’ Continues in Westfield

      Indiana’s fastest growing city is showing no signs of slowing down.  Mayor Andy Cook says now that Westfield has established itself as a destination for family sports with the Grand Park Sports Campus, the $35 million Grand Junction Plaza will transform the city’s downtown into a destination, a place “where people want to be.”   Cook says the project, more than a decade in the making, is an example of a place making strategy necessary for Midwest...
    • Gateway Park will lead into the downtown district.

      Plans For New Muncie Facility Halted

      Plans for a $75 million project at the former BorgWarner site in Muncie have come to a halt.  Nigel Morrison, director of Waelz Sustainable Products LLP says “a campaign of misinformation tainted the process and ultimately made it impossible for the city council to continue supporting the project.” The project was first announced in January and was slated to create up to 90 new jobs. The announcement follows the opposition of Muncie residents who...

    • Kevin Jowitt

      Noblesville Police Chief Stepping Down

      Noblesville Police Chief Kevin Jowitt as announced that he will retire in January. He has served 43 years in law enforcement, the past 10 as chief. The city is one of only nine Indiana agencies that have national and state accreditation and is the only department in the region to have police officers in every school building.