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Parks department to hold public hearing on bonds

A crowd of about 50 people gathered at the foot of the elevated boardwalk in Blue River Memorial Park on a windy Friday afternoon for the official opening of the riverway bike-pedestrian trail which now goesto Kennedy Park.

By JOHN WALKER - jwalker@shelbynews.com

On April 25, the Shelbyville Parks and Recreation Department board of directors will hold a public hearing on a proposal to issue up to $3 million in bonds.

The department wants to issue the new bonds to refinance existing bonds issued in 2005 to build Blue River Memorial Park, 725 Lee Blvd.

Money from the sale of the new bonds will also go toward improvements at the park.

“We’ll be putting in sewage infrastructure along with a maintenance building,” said Mayor Tom DeBaun at a ribbon cutting ceremony at the park Friday marking the official opening of the city’s bike-pedestrian trail. 

Sewers are needed at Blue River Memorial Park in order to host large-scale athletic events, such as the regional NCAA track and field meet scheduled for this fall. The events are expected to bring thousands of visitors and tourism dollars to the community.

The public is welcome to attend the bond hearing at the parks board meeting which begins at 4:15 p.m. on April 25 at the Carl McNeely Civic Center, 945 S. Tompkins St.