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 Park Board to Consider Trails

April 4, 2007 - When it meets next Wednesday, the Knightstown Department of Parks and Recreation Board is expected to continue discussing the development and implementation of a five-year plan and proposals for the development of trails in and around town.

At the board's March 14 meeting, Steve Nelson provided the other four board members with copies of a draft of a five-year plan he obtained from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources website. Board members agreed to review the draft policy and discuss the matter further at the April 11 meeting. Board members hope development of a five-year plan will aid efforts to obtain grants for the park.

Nelson also briefed the park board on a "rails to trails" meeting he had recently attended in New Castle. He said Healthy Communities of Henry County's "Raintree Trails and Greenways System Plan" includes the possible development of a trail that would stretch north along an abandoned railroad corridor from Morgan Street to Knightstown Elementary School and, eventually, on to Royal Highlands Golf Club. This is also expected to be an issue discussed further next week.

In new business at last month's meeting, Board President Mac O'Connor noted that the park's American flag needed to be replaced. Board member Dan Denny said he would seek the Knightstown American Legion's assistance with this.

O'Connor also reported that Boondock Farms might host a bluegrass music festival similar to the one previously put on by Make a Difference Knightstown, Inc. He said he would contact MADK and seek permission to move a music stage being stored at the park out to Boondock Farms on South Grant City Road.

Nelson advised the board that town workers were soon expected to install new ceiling fans and lighting at the park shelter house. He also told them that the town had an extra desk, and possibly an extra computer, it was willing to provide for the park board's use at the shelter house.

With weed-eating, flower planting and painting to be done at the park, the board agreed to designate March 31 as a cleanup day. Denny said he would check on the availability of county work release detainees for that date.

Next Wednesday's board meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Sunset Park shelter house.

 

 

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