Dykeman Park receives the “go-ahead” funds for a new clubhouse

During the regular meeting of the City of Logansport Common Council, the Council voted in favor of supporting Ordinance 2023-13, in which they pledged $1 million investment as installments of $200,000 each year for five years to invest in the construction of a new clubhouse at Dykeman Park Municipal Golf Course. This positive vote follows a request by the Logansport Parks & Recreation Board in Resolution 2022-09, in which they and the Logansport Parks & Recreation Foundation will raise the additional needed funds from private donors. The Council’s commitment is conditional upon the additional funds being raised.

For more information and a short video regarding the plans visit: logansportparksfoundation.org/

The goal of funds to raise is $3.5 million to build the Dykeman Clubhouse, AND to build it by the Spring of 2026 – the 100th anniversary of the Dykeman Park Municipal Golf Course. The opportunity to celebrate the 100th anniversary in a new clubhouse at Dykeman Park Municipal Golf Couse in 2026 would create an historic and memorable stage for the NEXT 100 years of the Dykeman Park Municipal Golf Couse in Logansport.

The Logansport Parks & Recreation Foundation has recruited a chairman to lead a committee of citizens to publicly & privately raise the necessary funds to build a new structure. Brad Rozzi, a well-respected Logansport attorney and a supporter of the Dykeman Park Municipal Golf Course has agreed to chair this fundraising effort. Members of the Dykeman Clubhouse Fundraising Committee include Brannon Meagher, Chad Higgins, Chuck LaDow, Kyle Smith, Michael Bowditch, Tammy Helvie, Golf Course Manager & Pro, Dean Vietti, and Parks Administrator, Janet Fawley.

The Logansport Parks & Recreation Foundation has worked with KJG Architecture to determine the strengths and weaknesses of the current clubhouse. During their study of the clubhouse, they determined that updating the current clubhouse would require approximately $1 million to simply update and repair the current clubhouse, without amenities that are still needed.

KJG Architecture was then contracted to develop preliminary plans and renderings for a future structure that would satisfy our current and future needs. A NEW structure would satisfy the need for a community room, a golf simulator, handicap accessible facilities, indoor and outdoor gathering spaces, energy efficient mechanical operations, upgraded technical amenities, a garage that would contain all city-owned golf cars, and most of all, a fresh, new inviting facility for the community and our visitors (all of which cannot be satisfied with the current clubhouse).

The Dykeman Park Municipal Golf Course provides opportunities to the City of Logansport, its citizens, and those living in surrounding areas in many ways including:

  • As a positive economic development tool, this public golf course provides opportunities for local and visiting individuals and businesses to gather in small and large groups to play golf, discuss their respective issues and programs, as well as raise funds for non-profits or causes that effect local change.
  • The youth in our community have historically utilized the golf course as a place to convene and interact in a positive and healthy manner, all while engaging in a competitive sport, all of which is good for the positive development of our youth.
  • The entire family can participate and derive enjoyment from this healthy lifestyle activity;
  • Golfers of all ages may engage in healthy physical activity coupled with the added benefit of enjoying a game that is mentally challenging and builds character;
  • All who play the game of golf are taught essential life skills and sportsmanship;
  • The golf course turf serves as a filter for runoff and controls flooding;
  • The open green space provides a cooling effect as well as prime habitat for an abundance of wildlife for the surrounding property;

Questions may be directed to the Parks Administrator at 574-753-6969 or email to parksadministrator@cityoflogansport.org.

SOURCE: News release from Logansport Parks and Recreation Department

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