Money is tight in Vigo County.
But as tight as it is, county officials have identified Lee Fields Park as one of the places to invest and put money back into the community.
The park is located on Ferguson Hill in Sugar Creek Township. Spreading over seven acres, Lee Fields Park has been under the care of the Vigo County Parks and Recreation Department since 1975.
Since then, this neighborhood park hasn’t gotten much financial attention. Now for the county to allocate thousands of dollars for this park’s redesign is a big investment in the West Terre Haute community.
Changes made to this park are important to those who use it. Several residents met with the Vigo County Parks and Recreation Department to share their input for this park’s redesign
“This is a lot of money,” says Kara Kish, Superintendent of the Parks Department. “This is $100,000 in tax dollars that’s going to improve this community. So you’re going to see greater recreational opportunities, and lots of recreational needs are going to be met through this park. An increase in property values.”
This method of involving the community in the park’s redesign process has worked out well for Vigo County in the past. Georgia & Ida Smith Park was also redesigned a couple of years ago. It’s an award-winning park that incorporated community input.