Park Board Approves Feasibility Study For Spray Pad At City Pool

(BEDFORD) – The Bedford Parks Board approved a feasibility study for a spray pad.

Discussions between the Parks Department, Mayor’s Office, and Bedford Recreation Foundation have been ongoing for some time whether to construct a SprayPad at a location within Bedford.
The ideal location would be at the pool; however, it could be in another place.
The feasibility study will cost $4,900 and is the first step in doing the project. It will allow those interested in constructing the spray pad to know what to expect, and costs associated with the project.
If officials determine to go ahead with the project, the Bedford Recreation Foundation, as well as the City of Bedford will contribute up to $75,000 each for the project.
Barry Jeskewich Park Director gave updates:
The Bedford Parks Department has purchased fencing for the Beech Grove Cemetery.
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The project has already started, and they will continue to get the fencing replaced around the cemetery.

  • Playground equipment installation at Garden Park is almost complete. Some of the equipment is also handicap accessible.
  • The Orbit Soccer Association installed steps at the Stalker Field also curbs were placed at the location.
  • Striping at Garden Park and Wilson Park is underway
  • New Cameras are being installed at various locations in the park system. These include the following areas, around the pool, Thornton Shelter House, Parks Department Office, Maintenance Garages, Murray Park, and Club House.
  • Brookside Park sign is now installed.
  • Painting of doors, installing gutters at Wilson Park at the external bathroom.

Gary Dorsett Recreation Director reported on upcoming events:

  • This Saturday Easter Egg Hunt Murray Forest Park at Noon, 8,000 eggs and the Easter Bunny will be present.
  • Softball sign-up have concluded, There will be a total of 42 teams this year.
  • The Butch Fish Santa Slugger registrations are ongoing. Deadline to register is May 9, the fee is $160. Teams will consist of Men’s and Coed
  • Duck Derby is May 18 at noon at the Thornton Pool; Ducks are on sale at the Bedford Parks Department, Boys/Girls Club of Lawrence County, and Dr. Sowder’s Office.
  • Spots remain open for the Learn to swim program-lessons.
  • Walking Group – Meet Monday- Thursday meet at 8 a.m. at Thornton Park, in front of the Park Office.
  • Reds vs. Cubs – May 14 will depart Parks Department Office at 3:30 p.m. game time 6:40 p.m. Cost is $40 a person.
  • Starting in July on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. will be the new Zumba Class. Susan Blyeth and Debra Craton will be teaching it.
  • Yoga begins on May 7th.

Golf Professional Taylor Graeter gave an update on Otis Park:

  • Signups for PGA Jr. League is available online
  • Signups for the First Tee of Indiana at Otis Park Golf Course are online
  • Hosted the first Otis Park Men’s Club meeting on Monday, April 6th. A total of 15 people showed up and discussed many things in benefiting the golf course. The next meeting will be Monday, May 13, at 6 p.m. at the Otis Park Golf Course.
  • Boys High School Golf is underway. So far, they competed in Seymour Invitational. Also, competed the first time at Evansville Mater Dei Tournament at Victoria National. Next matches at New Albany on May 5, and Washington on May 3.
  • Otis Park will be hosting our Par-3 Challenge this Saturday. It is a 9 a.m. shotgun start. There will be food, prizes and lots of fun. So far, they are 8 teams signed up and the deadline will be Thursday.
  • The BNL Invitational will be April 27 at Otis Park. Tee times will start at 8 a.m. for the High School Boys and 1:30 p.m. for the Middle School teams.
  • May 5 BNL Girls Basketball Scramble. Registration is open and it is 8 a.m. shotgun.
  • Neeson Golf Scramble Memorial Scramble Saturday, May 25 at 8 a.m. at Otis Park Golf Course. The event hosted by the Otis Park Men’s Club to help raise money and benefit the golf course. Signups at the Otis Park Golf Shop. Mr. Neeson was well known to volunteer his time around Otis Park.