Curt Slyder • firstname.lastname@example.org Saturday 9/27/08
Children who live just south of downtown Lafayette have a new place to play.
Before a crowd of about 30 city and community leaders, Community and Family Resource Center officials cut the ribbon Friday morning at Triangle Park at 425 South Fifth St.
The 1.4-acre park includes a playground, two shelters and a lot of open space for children to play.
"A lot of volunteer labor and a lot of volunteer work was put into it," Mayor Tony Roswarski said.
"We got shelters for moms to bring kids and the equipment is for all age groups," said Bob Carpenter, president of the Ellsworth-Romig Neighborhood Association, which was involved in the project.
Originally the site of a hominy mill in 1892, the park includes two sections of the mill's original stone walls that are still standing. Children from New Community School painted a mural in the back corner of the walls.
The property's former owners, Dorothy and Thomas McCaw, donated the land to the CFRC in 1986 to be developed into a park.
City groups, union members and individuals all helped design and build the park, said Pam Biggs-Reed, CFRC's executive director. "We're very happy to officially open it to the neighborhood," she said.
Carpenter said the park will make a huge difference in the neighborhood, recalling the day several weeks ago when workers put mulch under the playground equipment.
"We got done a little before noon," Carpenter said.
"Kids got out of school at noon that day. Twenty minutes later there were a dozen here."