From building the McHale Complex at Riverside Park to hanging pots of pink petunias along downtown streets, Logansport resident Kathy Dingo led the charge on dozens of projects designed to beautify Logansport.
Praised for her ideas and drive to make them reality, Dingo, 64, passed away Wednesday.
Dingo, heavily involved in downtown revitalization efforts through Logan’s Landing, was recognized last year as one of Indiana Main Street’s 2012 Board Members of the Year and a co-recipient of the 2012 Beacon Award given by the Pharos-Tribune. Both honored her involvement with Logan’s Landing fundraiser “Dancing with Our Stars” and with efforts to establish several “pocket parks,” or small landscaped green spaces, throughout downtown Logansport.
She was involved in numerous committees and projects through Logan’s Landing including the Celebrate Logansport strawberry festival, Taste of Cass County, Art on the Avenue, Green and Clean Day, and the inaugural Italian Dinner that took place this past April.
The magnitude of her volunteer efforts was “totally phenomenal,” said Pam Leeman, a close associate of Dingo’s through Logan’s Landing. “It’s almost as though you go into anything that happened that’s major in the community, and she was there.”
In about 1994, Dingo, then a member of the Cass County Carousel board of directors, joined the carousel’s building committee to help raise funds for construction of the McHale Complex at Riverside Park. She remained on the carousel board through 1997, then was recruited by Logan’s Landing in 1999 to chair the fledgling downtown design committee.
Dingo spearheaded the Cole Park project while on the design committee, Leeman said.
“She not only was responsible for getting the donations to put the fountain in from the Cole family, she was there planning the shrubs ... anything that went into that park.” The Cole Park project earned Dingo Logan’s Landing’s Volunteer of the Year award in 2007.