The Parklands Dedication and Grand Opening Today

Jasper (NNDC) Click videos to view the opening ceremony.

 

A special dedication ceremony for the Jasper Park Department’s The Parklands of Jasper park begins at 10:30 this morning (Saturday) with a ribbon cutting on the boardwarlk of the Pavilion, located within the park at 800 West 15th Street. The official grand opening of the park, open to the public, begins at 1 p.m.

The Parklands of Jasper is a 75-acre nature-based destination park located in the area of the former Jasper Country Club on the city’s North side.

The new park features:

  • Two miles of walking trails including multi-purpose paths made possible, in part, by benefactors and an Indiana Department of Natural Resources Land and Water Conservation grant.
  • A walking signature bridge which is lighted at night to draw attention to park.
  • Three ponds, all connected by elevated pathways, one which will be stocked by the IDNR for fishing.
  • Approximately 25 acres of woods made possible by benefactors and the Indiana Bicentennial Nature Trust.
  • Two waterfalls which are fed from a well on the property.
  • A wetlands area for nature studies.
  • The Pavilion – an indoor public event space seating 160 people with a prep kitchen from MasterBrand Cabinets and a 2,000sf picnic deck overlooking a fish pond.
  • A splash pad with three rock features and 42 jets.
  • Four GTFit outdoor exercise pods from Memorial Hospital & Health Care Center with 10 pieces of exercise equipment.
  • An Adventure Play Area featuring climbing rocks and balance beams.
  • A Tree Fort.
  • A Musical Playground from the Jasper Kiwanis Club.
  • A connecting path from the City’s existing multi-use trail is being built this summer.

The Parklands of Jasper provides an optimum platform for collaboration between the city, schools, state and the private sector. It is estimated that nearly $2.5 million dollars of donated funds, grants, or in-kind contributions are part of the $7.5 million dollar project including an endowment. In addition to serving Jasper citizens, it is anticipated The Parklands of Jasper will become a regional destination. The total investment in the park is $7 million dollars.

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