Volunteers and town officials revitalizing Shoals

SHOALS – Residents and town leaders in Shoals are sprucing up the town.

A beautification board is making efforts to take Martin County’s seat to the next level by planting flowers, attaching bridge boxes to the bridge spanning White River, and applying for grants to continue improvement efforts.

The town received a grant for $189,000 from the Community Foundation Partnership to improve the Shoals Community Ballpark with new fencing, walkway lighting, safety netting, and a new playground. A ribbon cutting will reveal their efforts on May 25th.

The town is also working to develop a piece of land the town purchased near the Shoals Community Ballpark.

The Shoals Farm and Arts Market will kick off June 3 and will operate the first and third Saturdays of the month through October at the Shoals Community Ballpark. 

Now officials are looking to revitalize the downtown area by becoming affiliated with Main Street Indiana, a downtown revitalization program managed by the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs. 

Downtown Shoals

Those entering Shoals are now treated to new signs pointing visits to some of Shoals’ features like the Jug Rox, the boat ramp, and Nubbin Ridge Trail.

Students at Shoals Community Schools are also helping to spruce up their town with the annual Jug Rox Make a Difference Day. Every year since 2019, between 50 to 70 students work to spruce up the town by mowing, painting curbs, and fire hydrants, and picking up litter. This year they worked on a town mural.

Shoals is a river community and more improvements are on the way. If you would like to get involved and learn more about upcoming improvements attend the Main Street meeting set for Monday, June 5th at 4 p.m. at Shoals Town Hall.

Information: Southern Indiana Business Report.