The Morrison Park beautification project is in full focus now after Wednesday’s Shelbyville Parks and Recreation Department’s board meeting.
Noah Henderson, an accountant at Ryobi in Shelbyville, is spearheading a project to clean up the World War I memorial statue and add new amenities, including a walking trail, in the city’s oldest park.
The parks department board approved Henderson to purchase the supplies for a 9-Square game, a GaGa Ball game and historical information signage for the park.
The board also was informed that the ground preparation for concrete pads for the two new games and the concrete itself were being donated to the project by local businesses to keep costs down.
Henderson, jumpstarted by a grant from the Blue River Community Foundation, learned Wednesday that Horseshoe Indianapolis, formerly known as Indiana Grand Racing & Casino, is donating $5,000 toward the beautification project.
The project should be fully-funded now, according to Henderson, although the cost of the walking trail is to be determined because the City of Shelbyville could apply for a grant to offset the costs of the trail.
What Henderson needs is volunteers to help spruce up Morrison Park on a volunteer day slated for May 28.
In other parks board news, the parks department is seeking a part-time special events coordinator. New parks department director Rob Van Til expects the job position to be posted Thursday.