Pharos-Tribune

June 5, 2013

Group to beautify Memorial Park

Motivation to create gateway to West Logan.

by Mitchell Kirk
Pharos-Tribune

LOGANSPORT — A west Logansport neighborhood group is teaming up with residents to beautify Memorial Park and create a gateway into the west side of town.

The project is being carried out through the Cass County Community Resource Network’s neighborhood initiative.

“Because of its location and high visibility, our network came up with the idea to be able to enhance it and beautify it and make it sort of a gateway into and out of west Logan,” said Cathy Miller, co-chairwoman of the West Logan Neighborhood Initiative Committee.

The initiative sets out to refurbish the park’s landscaping, much of which Miller said is old, along with adding benches and walking paths to make it more user friendly. The plan also calls for a flag depicting the West Logan logo, which was designed last year.

“It will pull residents in so they could take ownership and pride in the way it looks and keep it beautiful,” Miller said, describing it as a “sense of accomplishment not just for those on the committee but West Logan as well.”

Miller said this pride can already be seen through support for the project from several of the neighborhood’s residents.

“So far we have a lot of enthusiasm to move this forward,” she said.

Miller said she hopes this enthusiasm will continue after the project is completed so the park will be maintained in the future.

“What we would like to do with that is have the parks department mow the grass but all the landscaping we would like to be taken care of by the neighborhood initiative committee,” she said.

Each committee member would be responsible for maintaining the park for one month out of the year and would gather volunteers to assist, Miller added. “We feel we would get plenty of coverage to keep it looking fabulous and keep the weeds down.”

Miller said the group would like to use grant money, possibly fundraisers and United Way’s United Day in September to tackle the project, which would provide access to equipment, machinery and a core group of volunteers.

Pastor Anthony Cozzello of Revolution Community Church is co-chairman of the West Logan Neighborhood Committee. For the last two years, he said the group has been working to improve the area in ways like painting over graffiti and helping elderly residents take care of their yards.

“I live in this neighborhood, I see that there’s a need for creating beautification and creating more of a safe neighborhood,” he said.

The West Logan Neighborhood group meets at 6 p.m. on the last Tuesday of each month at Franklin Elementary School, 410 W. Miami Ave. Cozzello said while neighbors who have been attending these meetings have been very hands-on, more participation would always be helpful.

“We’ve had a handful of people that are all for it,” he said. “Most of those individuals are over the age of 50 or 60. They’ve lived in this community most of their lives and some of them have had a drug dealer move next door or someone who doesn’t take care of their property the way a property owner should.

“It’s been really hard to get families involved and hard to build a good-sized group that we really need for it. We would love for people on the west side of town to see they can have a role in making it better.”

Mitchell Kirk is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. He can be reached at 574-732-5130 or mitchell.kirk@pharostribune.com.

If you go:

WHAT: West Logan Neighborhood meeting

WHEN: Last Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m.

WHERE: Franklin Elementary School, 410 W. Miami Ave.

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