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Shelbyville's oldest park targeted for upgrades in 2022

A restoration project for Shelbyville’s oldest public park is slated for 2022 and a new Girl Scouts project could land there as well.

On Wednesday at the Shelbyville Parks and Recreation Department’s board meeting, Noah Henderson provided an update on plans to make Morrison Park more interactive.

Historical information stations and concrete pads for 9 Square and GaGa Ball games are in the discussion stages as well as a potential walking trail for the park.

Henderson is spearheading the Morrison Park renovation project and already has funding in place from the Blue River Community Foundation. He is expecting a donation from Indiana Grand Racing and Casino as well.

No official plans for the park’s restoration are finalized.

Laura Morrison Park was dedicated on June 19, 1928, nearly 20 years after Morrison asked the city to purchase the 12 acres of land. Morrison Park, 801 S. West St., is the only city park that is completely surrounded by residential neighborhoods.

Local Girl Scouts made a presentation Wednesday for a proposed Zen Garden that they would like to create in Morrison Park.

The Zen garden, a traditional Japanese meditation spot, would include trees and floral landscaping as well as a water feature and benches.

The Girl Scouts are currently collecting plastic caps and lids that will be recycled into benches.

Parks board member Tammy Knox, who works for Indiana Grand, offered up a large collection of plastic lids from her work place. Henderson offered to see what Ryobi has stored away.

Prior to the start of the presentations, the board elected Gary Bowen as president and Gary Nolley as vice-president. Also serving on the board are Tammy Knox and Terie Anderson.

The board meets the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at 4:15 p.m. in the parks department’s board room, 945 S. Tompkins St.

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