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April 5, 2020

2/26/2020 1:58:00 PM
Solar celebration
Governor to cut ribbon, also join in on June 6 Tripton Park opening
Gov. Eric Holcomb, left, with Mayor Mike Ochs during a visit to Jennings County a year-and-a-half ago, will be back in North Vernon on June 6 to cut the ribbon on the city’s solar project.—Staff Photo by Bryce Mayer
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Gov. Eric Holcomb, left, with Mayor Mike Ochs during a visit to Jennings County a year-and-a-half ago, will be back in North Vernon on June 6 to cut the ribbon on the city’s solar project.—Staff Photo by Bryce Mayer
Mayor Mike Ochs has announced that Gov. Eric Holcomb will travel to North Vernon on Satur­day, June 6, to officially "cut the ribbon" on the city's innovative $5 million solar project, marking North Vernon as one of Indiana's greenest cities.

The ceremony will take place outdoors at Tripton Park's amphitheater and where the largest display of solar panels is just visible to the east at the city's wastewater treatment plant. The governor is expected to make a few remarks on the innovation needed to meet the state's increasing energy needs.

The city's decision in 2017 to power its various departments with solar has drawn attention statewide. Just recently, officials from Dearborn County visited North Vernon to learn more about the city's experience thus far and its energy savings. Shelby­ville, Ind., is also currently undergoing its own transition to solar power thanks in large part to North Vernon's success story, according to officials.

The governor's visit here is just one of many activities planned that day as Tripton Park is formally celebrated as the city's newest and most complete playground for all ages.

The party will be all day on June 6 and crammed with activities to highlight and introduce all areas of the park, a 55-acre tract that formerly was the Muscata­tuck Country Club Golf Course, which was founded in 1922, and then the Ford's Crossing Golf Course until previous owner Dean Ford closed it in 2014.

The Tripton Park events on June 6 will include a disc golf tournament; a mile run/walk; fitness demos at the yoga pad and the exercise area; a fishing tournament; and various entertainment at the amphitheater, including a magician.

Gov. Holcomb will speak at 12:30 p.m., noted the mayor, who said it will indeed be a wonderful day for everyone living here in Jennings County.





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