Southside Park improvements celebrated

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    Children from the Southwest Quad neighborhood join City of Noblesville officials as they cut a ribbon to re-open Southside Park, following improvements made during the summer. (Submitted photos)
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    From left, Noblesville Common Councilor Greg O’Connor, councilor Chris Jensen, Assistant Engineering Director Jim Hellmann, Parks Director Brandon Bennett, Mayor John Ditslear, Planning Director Sarah Reed, Council President Megan Wiles, Councilor Wil Hampton and Noblesville Parks Board Member Carl Johnson.

The City of Noblesville, Noblesville Parks and Recreation and local residents celebrated the improvements made to Southside Park and adjacent areas within the Southwest Quad neighborhood this summer with a ribbon cutting Aug. 2.

Renovations to the park were funded by a Community Development Block Grant along with city funds. The total project costs were $250,000, with approximately 95 percent covered by the CDBG funds.

“I’m proud to see the positive impact these changes have made in the Southwest Quad neighborhood,” Mayor John Ditslear said. “Parks are important in our community. Throughout Noblesville this year, we have shown this investment with the improvements at Southside Park, the opening of Federal Hill Commons and the work starting at Finch Creek Park.”

Improvements made at Southside Park include new playground equipment, resurfaced basketball courts with new basketball goals, benches throughout the park and a new backstop and resurfaced infield on the baseball diamond. In the neighborhood, the city replaced 1,200 feet and added 300 feet of sidewalk and replaced 11 concrete alley approaches.

“The improvements at Southside Park were very much needed and welcomed. Not only did it give our children nicer and more safe equipment to play on, it also improved the look of our area,” neighborhood resident Marissa McKamey Warner said. “The equipment, the new sidewalks, the revitalized basketball court, and even the addition of the benches, it all improves our experience at the park, and I know myself and my family will be enjoying this park a lot more in the future.”

Area youth teams also will benefit from the improvements on the sports fields as they continue to use the practice fields during baseball season.

Encompassing three acres between Second and Third streets and Washington and Pleasant streets, Southside Park was established in 1952.

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