The Jennings County Parks and Recreation Department (JCPR) is seeking public input as it begins the process of creating a new five-year master plan for both the Muscatatuck Park and Eco Lake Park.
"We will first be looking at the current inventory of the planning area while also reviewing and researching recreational trends and standards," said Greg Martin, JCPR director. "Soon we will be reviewing issues, site plans and maintenance issues."
Martin and the JCPR board is encouraging as many people as it can from the community to participate in the research and planning process. All ideas are welcome that potentially could make the county's parks even better, he said.
"The first half hour of each of our county park board meetings the rest of this year will be designated for master plan review and public input," Martin said. "We welcome anyone who is interested in helping us further develop our outdoor recreational areas."
Park board meetings are held the fourth Tuesday of each month at the JCPR office and Visitor Center near the front entrance at the Muscatatuck Park. Meetings start at 5:30 p.m. Additional time and more meetings will be added as needed, according to Martin.
The Jennings County Swim Club has been working at filling the planter balls in downtown and uptown North Vernon. The city pays the club $1000 a month for the work; in 2018, the club was paid a total of $3,000 which it uses for expenses. "The youngsters have been making a big difference with their work and we commend them," said Jack Kelley, City Councilor. From left are Hannah Young, Emily Young, Hannah Webster, Coach Chaz Wilson, Coach Ethan Suding, Coach Ashton Koons, Paige Hoffman, Danny Hoffman and Todd Hundley. Not pictured but also helping: Jonathan Jones.-Staff Photo by Bryce Mayer