FAIRBANKS, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – John Waterman said today was almost two decades in the making.

“We’re getting to the end where they will be donating the land to the park.”

After 18 years, Waapaahsiki Siipiiwi Mounds Historical Park celebrated a land donation on Friday.

The donation, which is expected to be finalized in the coming weeks, is from Indiana Michigan Power. Waterman, a former state senator and councilmember for the park, said they plan to apply for grants when they officially receive the land.

“Hopefully we’ll start building more trails, there’s money available through [the Indiana Department of Natural Resources] on trails,” he said. “We’re going to hit that first because we want to get trail structure put in here and then hopefully get an equine trail for horses.”

A little over a dozen people attended the ceremony, which included music and food. Waterman said the land had great historical value to him and his peers.

“The historical part is just amazing. The finds when we were clearing this place out… Tomahawks, arrowheads, old money,” he said.

Waterman said the land has been long been used for educational purposes for local youth, something he hopes continues.