Thousands on the line for Vigo County parks

VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) – The Vigo County Parks and Recreation Department has always been pretty proactive about their business.

But this year marks a big one for them and there’s a lot in the works for the next 12 months.

The 10 people working at Vigo County parks are stretched kind of thin this year. At least three projects in the works over the next 12 months.

One of the biggest, acquiring the old Pfizer property. That’s north of Dallas Road in southern Vigo County. More than 800 acres and they got it for a steal, only $50,000 for land valued at more than $2 million.

“This will expand the land Vigo County parks manages by about 33 percent. It’s a huge undertaking, a wonderful piece of property,” said Kara Kish, Vigo County Parks and Recreation Department.

The planning for this park will be 12 months in the making.

“We need to map out the trails, get the trails on the ground. We’re looking to establish a dog park, a playground, restrooms,” said Kish.

Bono Road leads to the future site of the monumental 300-acre Griffin Bike Park. This tangle of trees and wide open field will soon be filled with 16 miles of trails and a seven-acre terrain park.

But don’t leave West Terre Haute out of the mix.

“Dewey point will be the hallmark of the Wabashiki state fish and wildlife area. The first things we’ll be doing is putting a shelter and restrooms on the grounds, at which point INDOT will come pave the parking area,” said Kish.

The Wabashiki trail system is extensive for this size city, and they’re not letting up on making sure it’s world class.

“We currently have seven miles of trail. We’re looking at about another two miles of trail to extend north of West Terre Haute,” said Kish.

Thousands of dollars are spent on these county parks. But what does that mean for you?

“Having quality parks in the community is essential to the quality of life. You need to have open space. You need to have places to take yourself, your family, to experience nature, and we provide that,” said Kish.

The parks department hopes to finish the upgrades to Dewey Point by October and they’re also planning to spruce up the two neighborhood parks in West Terre Haute.

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