Logansport Parks and Recreation Board actions from May 2023 meeting

SOURCE: News release from Logansport Parks and Recreation Department

During the regular meeting of the Logansport Parks & Recreation Board on Wednesday, May 10, 2023, the Parks Board took the following actions:

  1. Renewed an annual lease with Cass County Men’s Softball at the Riverside Park Softball Field and Concession Stand. Their season will begin following the “Squeal on the Eel” celebration.
  2. Approved on 2nd reading, Resolution 2023-01 Mobile Food Vendor Program to establish policies for mobile food vendors/food trucks to sell food inside the Logansport City Parks. Once an application is completed, mobile food vendors will pay either $40 per event or $150 per 6-month period.  It must now go to the Logansport City Council to be fully established in the city parks. To access a complete set of policies, visit the city’s website at cityoflogansport.org, then click on “access public records”.
  3. Approved Resolution 2023-02-Establishing and Naming a Dog Park at Muehlhausen Park.  It will be called the Wright Street Bark Park.  This is a long-time request from the public during the 2018-2022 Five-Year Master Plan. An earlier plan to build a dog park at Huston Park was scrapped because of the $750,000 expense. Now, the Logansport Parks Department is working with the Logansport Parks & Recreation Foundation to apply for a Patronicity Grant that will utilize the former softball field as the new Wright Street Bark Park and will raise approximately $70,000 — ½ from the grant and the other ½ coming from the crowd-funding campaign that supports it. Timeline for the construction of the bark park is Fall 2023/Winter 2024, with a spring 2024 grand opening.
  4. Approved request for free use of the Muehlhausen Aquatic Center from the Logansport Public Library for their summer reading program, from the Bike Rodeo, and a free day to be identified later as the pool opens in June.
  5. Reports were presented of work completed and actions taken from the Parks Administrator, the Golf Course Manager, the Recreation Director and the Maintenance Superintendent. 
  6. Visitors comments were then welcomed:
    1. Paul Willham spoke about preservation of the Spencer Park Lower Pavilion. He encouraged the Parks Board to utilize State and Federal preservation funds to take care of its deficiencies. In addition to the Parks Board statement that NO decision had been made regarding the repair or replacement of the shelter, the Parks Administrator stated that a Request for Proposal (RFP) has yet to be written to determine the cost of repairing the shelter.  
  7. After the meeting was adjourned, a group of citizens met with members of the Park Board to further discuss the pavilion and what it would take to preserve it.   

The Logansport Parks & Recreation Board meets regularly the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of the City Building located at 601 East Broadway.  Minutes from those meetings are always available online on the cityoflogansport.org website. 

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

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