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Fundraising underway for Bicentennial Park

Fundraising underway for Bicentennial Park
Fundraising underway for Bicentennial Park
Looking north, the former Wash-A-Rama Laundromat along Poplar Street in downtown Corydon is razed Dec. 9 to make room for Bicentennial Park. The Town of Corydon's municipal lot will likely be moved to the southwest corner of the property, with almost no parking spaces lost in the project. Photo by Alan Stewart

With the Taylor Siefker Williams Design Group in the process of creating what will become the new Bicentennial Park in downtown Corydon, focus has shifted toward fund-raising efforts as well as exactly what the park will contain.
Drawings presented to the Corydon Town Council and to the public were from Corydon’s Comprehensive Plan and were basically a wish list and not final renderings.
‘The town has contracted to finalize the design through (Taylor Siefker Williams) and they will be working with Main Street and Town of Corydon on those,’ Lisa Long, president of the Chamber of Commerce of Harrison County, said. ‘Everything on the preliminary design was listed as a priority through the Main Street Corydon focus plan and through the Comprehensive Plan.’
There are three items that are assured of being in place when the park opens: green space, some type of art feature and a gazebo. Beyond that, it’s hoped by some that a water feature ‘ perhaps a small splash pad ‘ and benches and shade trees will dot the park, which will be located in the current municipal parking lot between Chestnut and Poplar streets. The parking lot would likely be moved to the southwest corner of the property and still be within walking distance of businesses and second-floor living spaces.
‘The goal for the park is to create a gathering place within the emerging Chestnut Street Arts District. One of the key things we learned from Ball State and Purdue during our Hometown Collaboration Initiative year is that community gathering places are important,’ Catherine Turcotte, executive director of Main Street Corydon, said. ‘The square will always be a great gathering place, but we think Bicentennial Park will be as well. We envision people shopping along Chestnut Street and enjoying time relaxing in the park. It is a great initiative for our community during this, the bicentennial year.’
Much of the $1 million project has already been raised, with $300,000 coming from the Town of Corydon, $265,000 from the Harrison County Community Foundation (including a match and HCI match), $152,500 from the Chamber, $10,000 from the Corydon Capital Preservation Alliance, $7,300 from various donors and $3,000 from the O’Bannon Foundation.
The remainder of the $360,000 is hoped to be raised through the sale of bricks/pavers and sponsorship of aspects of the park.
The Chamber has committed to sponsoring a splash pad for $75,000.
Other sponsorship opportunities include the gazebo ($75,000), 10 shade trees ($1,000 each), four art walls ($10,000 each), eight park benches ($2,500 each) and 10 table and chair sets ($1,500 each).
Those wanting to purchase a brick/paver have options: 250 $100 bricks that include one line of engraving; 200 $250 bricks that include three lines of engraving; and 100 $500 pavers that include four lines of engraving or a logo.
When a brick or paver is purchased, half of the 100-percent tax-deductible donation will go to create the park (construction) and the other half will go to create the Bicentennial Park Endowment that will be held at the Harrison County Community Foundation. A 1:1 match will then be made by HCCF on the endowment portion and 2:1 on the construction portion of the donation.
For example, when a large paver is purchased for $500, the donation becomes $1,250 ($500 to the endowment and $750 to construction).
For more information about the bricks/pavers and sponsorships, contact Long by email at [email protected] or call Turcotte at 812-738-0120.
‘With the match by the Foundation, this is the time for us all to come together to complete the project and to create a lasting legacy,’ Turcotte said. ‘I hope that all of us who love Corydon will participate by buying a brick or paver.’

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