Bloomfield Chamber hears about progress at the park

Monday, June 10, 2024

The Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce heard from Park Board President Brenda Hughes at this month’s regular meeting. Hughes presented on advancements, grants and work completed at the park throughout her past two years on the board.

Bloomfield Park Board members include Hughes, P.D. Haywood, Laura McIntosh and Kevin Wrigley. The board’s mission statement, as included in an informational packet presented by Hughes, states “Bloomfield remains committed to making facilities and services available to anyone, regardless of resident status, ability to pay or physical/mental ability.”

Over the years, the group has moved toward making the park ADA-accessible through efforts including the addition of ADA youth and toddler swings, an ADA-compliant playground and ADA sidewalks that connect all three parking areas.

The park’s shelter houses have received numerous upgrades such as new tables, chairs, double-paned windows, epoxy floors and a kitchenette with refrigerator and microwave. Shelter houses can be rented for $50 per day by calling Sondra Thompson at Town Hall at 812-384-4114.

On Jan. 5, 2023, Bloomfield signed a contract with Regional Opportunity Initiatives (ROI) for receipt of a READI grant totaling $100,000 of READI funds with a matching $100,000 from the town. The grant was attained with the intention of repurposing the outdated tennis court space and creating two pickleball courts, repairing and resurfacing an asphalt basketball court, repurposing the outdoor shelter house to an adult exercise equipment area and adding an ADA-compliant playground.

Upon receiving the grant, public interest in the park rose as a result of the various improvements. Other examples of work completed by businesses and individuals include the following:

• Ellington Tree Service removed a large tree and stump where the pickleball court was to be located

• Ground Penetrating Radar Systems (GPRS) of Bloomington located utilities

• The Town of Bloomfield removed the youth basketball court and poles with speakers

• A&K Fencing removed old fence and installed fencing around pickleball courts

• Duke Energy routed electrical wiring underground for four lights and placed dusk-to-dawn lights in playground area

• Hughes Electric poured concrete bases and installed four lights

• Whitfield Concrete Construction placed a concrete barrier wall

• Flynn Asphalt resurfaced the basketball court, outdoor shelter house and pickleball courts

• Leslie Coatings installed nets and coatings

• Kinetic Recreation installed exercise equipment in Mark Jones shelter house and the ADA-compliant playground on a rubber poured-in-place base

Hughes thanked the crew of offenders from Wabash Valley Correctional Facility who have assisted in beautification efforts at the park for the past two years, including duties such as painting picnic tables and bathroom stalls, landscaping with mulch in flower beds as well as cleaning shelter houses.

Hughes also thanked numerous community members and businesses for contributing to upgrades at the park at no cost, stating “There were a lot of people who stepped up.”

Hughes’ future ideas for the park include creating a walking trail connecting the park to the lagoon, installing corn hole boards, carving a tree trunk by the South Shelter House into a cardinal, refurbishing the gazebo through potential grants and implementing a park sign in honor of the late Sophie Haywood, which donations will be accepted for.

In other business:

Fireworks will be launched July 4 from the school’s sports facilities at dusk. The Greene County Community Band is slated to play at the event while the American Legion will present our nation’s colors. Food vendors will also be in attendance, and a complete list is projected to become available soon.

The Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce will host an after-hours event Wednesday, July 24 including food and drinks in an open-forum style from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Bloomfield American Legion. The event will be open to all community organizations, both for profit and non-for-profit, for individuals to converse about their businesses and ventures.

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  • Well done Brenda!

    -- Posted by swpdds on Tue, Jun 11, 2024, at 9:49 AM
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