Rain, Rain, Go Away – So We Can Play

(BEDFORD) – The Bedford Parks Department met Thursday afternoon at the Parks Department Office. Park’s Director Barry Jeskewich was not in attendance so Tim Deckard was able to provide the Board with updates over the last month.

Rain has played a factor in several of the activities of the Parks Department this year. However, a lot is still being accomplished and events are still scheduled throughout the coming months. The All-Nighter was a success. They did have to shorten play due to the rain that enveloped over the city on Sunday morning.

The trip to the Reds and Astros professional baseball game is still on. There will be a full bus of people attending the game. Hopefully the game will not get rained out. Unless there is a severe storm normally those games are not canceled.

Several games at Murray Park have been canceled this year due to the rain. Over 23 games where canceled and play for this week will not take place as to not to damage the turf or get any players hurt.

Last Wednesday, a group from Bedford attended the Indian’s minor league baseball game in Indianapolis. This was a free game, as 20 tickets were donated by Jeff Qulye.

The Youth Running Club, which encourages youth to get active and out of their houses during the summer, is being well attended and continues to grow. The club meets on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s for K-6 year-olds. They meet at 8:00 a.m. at the Parkview Track and the meetings last up to two hours.

The Bedford Parks Department Dive-In movie will be July 3, 2019 at the John Lowry Pool.

Swim for Independence will be on June 24, 2019 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. persons of all abilities are encouraged to attend.

The Car Show on the Square will be July 13, 2019 register at the Parks Department Office. Cost is $10.

More than 31 participants took part in the First Tee of Indiana at Otis Park last week. Participants ranged from ages 6-12 and the event introduced them to the world of golf.

The Bedford Parks Department will be hosting the following Golf Tournaments:

  • Junior City – June 29-30, 2019. Tee times start at 1:00 p.m. The last day to register is June 26, 2019.
  • Ladies City – July 6-7, 2019. Tee times start around 9:00 a.m. Last day to register is July 3, 2019.
  • Senior City – July 6-7, 2019. Tee times start at 7:30 a.m. Last day to register is July 3, 2019.
  • Men’s City- July 13-14, 2019. Tee times start at 7:30 a.m. Last day to register is July 10, 2019.
All of the local playground equipment has been mulched underneath

Work continues throughout the parks system. Work at Garden Park includes installing restrooms, establishing some beehives, and laying mulch. Additional mulch was put down on the playgrounds at all the parks. The mulch was laid at a two-inch depth to help with safety.

The Bedford Police Department has patrolled the John Lowry Pool taking care of issues that they have experienced within the first few days of opening. Thanks to their efforts, the pool continues to be a safe environment for the whole family to enjoy. There have been a few arrests of juveniles, and security cameras installed in the facility have kept monitoring of the facilities easier. The police department will make frequent patrols of the pool and parking lot.

Limestone, Caves, and Karst will be presented on June 25, at 6:00 p.m. at the Wilson Park Shelter House located at 2211 Denison Avenue. The speaker will be Kristie Lindberg. Kristie has a wealth of experience with the Indiana caves and karst and will cover what is unique about our limestone and karst and why these systems are so fragile for stormwater and water contamination. She’ll explain what makes this part of Indiana globally unique.

Bring your questions and learn about Indiana Caves and Karst and the Limestone beneath our feet. RSVP by Friday, June 21, 2019 by calling Jordan Webb or Gary Dorsett. Phone 812-275-5692 email: jwebb@bedford.in.us or gdoresett2bedford.in.us.