The town of Argos is underway with the first of two major projects as part of its Stellar Communities designation. The Marshall County town has broken ground on upgrades to Pond Park, which it says will help raise the quality of life for residents and visitors.
Ed Barcus, president of the Argos Park Board, says the project includes the addition of a gazebo, picnic shelter area, seating, restrooms and parking. Crews will also build a bridge to the small island in the park, as well as a fishing dock and small playground equipment.
The name “Pond Park” is an unofficial name, which the board plans to change with input from the public.
“There was never an official naming of the park,” said Barcus. “Years ago people just started referring to it as Pond Park. Our hope is engaging the community to name the park will result in something a little more fitting.”
The park project is expected to be complete this fall.
Argos is one of the communities included the Marshall County Crossroads, which received the 2019 Stellar Communities designation in December. As a result of the designation, the region is slated to receive $13 million in funding for specific projects detailed in its application.
The town will also focus on revitalizing its downtown space, more information for which is expected to come at a later date.
“It is exciting to see all the hard work of many people come to fruition,” said Mandy Campbell, one of the Argos representatives on the region’s Stellar Regional Planning Team. “Ideas developed in our own town hall meetings, presented on the stage at the state house, and now breaking ground is surreal. I’m looking forward to spending time in the new developed spaces in Argos.”