(FAYETTEVILLE) – Members of the Fayetteville Lions Club, Rotary Club, and Purdue Extension turned out for a dedication of the playground equipment.
The Fayetteville Lions Club Park was one of four locations chosen by Purdue Extension Offices in Lawrence County for a grant.
The park is located between Bedford and Fayetteville on State Road 158 approximately 3.5 miles west of Bedford.
The grant is a Center for Disease Control Grant to help combat youth obesity. The grant process was opened for two years and concluded in 2018. Purdue University applied for the grant for the organizations and the four locations awarded the grant was Fayetteville Lions Park, Judah Community Park, Springville Community Park and Gym (purchase of basketball goals and volleyball net for the gym) and Mitchell Community Park, with everything in yellow and blue colors.
Fayetteville Lions, Rotary Club, Purdue Extension And Purdue University teamed up to build the playground and plant trees at Fayetteville Lions Park
The dedication for Mitchell Community Park will be on April 13, Judah sometime next month, and Springville Community Park at a later time.
Children having a good time on the new playground equipment. The playground is open to the public at any time during park hours and a few rules for the grounds.
In addition to the playground equipment, Bedford Rotary Club also donated 10 trees, and with the help of Lions Club members planted the trees in two locations at the park.
Three generations enjoy park, from left to right – James Robinson, Roxie Robinson, Hallie Dixon, Taylor Dixon, Tillman Dixon
“This was a joint effort between these organizations. Rotary does not have a Park, and both organizations are community oriented both locally and internationally.” Said Karin Dubois.
Bedford Rotary member Jim Cessna, Karin Dubois, and Duane Terry of Bedford Lions Club are teaming up to fight obesity in Lawrence County.
Fayetteville’s Field of Dreams
After the construction of the new Fayetteville School, the Fayetteville community lost its baseball diamonds. And in 2009, efforts started to find a location and build a new ballpark.
Last year, more than 200 children with 19 teams played baseball, T-ball, and this year hope to add a softball team for the girls as teams where co-ed in the past.
It takes almost 100 volunteers to run scoreboards, umpires, coaches, assistant coaches, and people to prepare the fields for play. There is always a need for more volunteers, and especially umpires.
This could be teenagers willing to volunteer and umpire a few games.
The deadline for area youth to register for a baseball or softball team is Saturday. You can sign up at the park, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.
Upgrades continue at the park
It started with just one ball diamond, now they are currently two ball fields, restroom facilities, and barn for event rental, playground equipment, and shelter house for a picnic. The playground equipment is available for the public to use, with a few grounds rules for the facility.
The barn is available for rentals and events.
For rental information, you can contact Kevin Stailey at 812-583-6796 or go to their Facebook page to obtain more information on the Fayetteville Lions and their programs.
The next fundraiser for the group will be Saturday, April 13, from 4:30 p.m. until 7 p.m.. at the Multi-purpose building behind the Fayetteville Baptist Church. Ham and Beans, Cornbread, Slaw, Fried Potatoes, Drink, and dessert will be served.
Prices are $6 in advance, $7 at the door.
Rotary Club to celebrate 100 years this year
The Bedford Rotary Club will celebrate 100 years this year, according to Jim Cessna, the club will have a celebration at the Downtown Depot with more information forthcoming on dates, times and event details.