The city of Batesville and officials from Margaret Mary Health have broken ground on a new park in the city. The project is being funded by a $200,000 grant from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Land, Water and Conservation Fund, and is expected to be complete in 2019.
The city says construction on the park will begin early next year. MMH donated the three-acre property to the city to develop the park. When complete, the park will include amenities such as a walking trail, playground sites, picnic tables and benches, an observation deck and parking areas. The trail will connect to an existing walking path behind the MMH Outpatient & Cancer Center.
"At MMH we are passionate about improving the health and wellness of our community and one way to support this is by creating more access to parks and recreation," said Tim Putnam, chief executive officer of MMH. "The ability to contribute to the development of an additional park is exciting and we are proud to work with the city on such an important project. We hope it will provide additional families safe access to quality park facilities and further enhance the work that has already been completed at our campus with the walking trail."
The city says an additional $25,000 has been donated to the project from private citizens and the Batesville Parks Department is accepting monetary donations for the purchase and installation of additional amenities at the park.