The Christmas Parade!
I would like to thank those involved with building ERNA's anual Christmas parade float this year. We came in 4th out of 160 or so floats. We want to give a special thanks to Gary for all his help with this years float. We welcome suggestions for next year, and invite all of our neighbors to come walk/ride in the parade with us.
the Float, from start to finish.
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."
The Ellsworth-Romig neighborhood received a beautification boost from the daffodil planting project taken on by residents and a group of Purdue students.
On a brisk October 22 nd morning a dozen students guided by Bill Baugh, Gary Brouillard and Bob Carpenter planted 2000 bulbs along S. 6 th St. and within the Lingle Triangle.
Property owners purchased bulbs which were also planted by the group "Neighborhood Housing Services," Gladys Wright, and Barry Rubin all benefited from the plantings in this way. Several other residents bought bulbs for their own planting at the same time. Those making arrangements and seeking sales of the bulbs were Gary Brouillard, Bill Baugh, John Howland and Tara Cook. A booth was set up on a Saturday Farmers' Market day so that the public could also participate in the bulb sales program. An article appeared in the Journal-Courier, as well, yielding orders from people throughout the area
So Spring of 2006 yielded a bright yellow glow at blooming time in April. The project will again occur in the fall of this year.
I would like to give a big Thank You to everyone involved for their help with our 2009 Block Party at Triangle Park. With your help we played croquet and bocce ball with the kids from Community & Family Resource Center http//www.cfrc.org/, drew chalk murals thanks to L. Vanderkolk, and had plenty of pizza thanks to Matt Sherger and Puccini's www.puccinissmilingteeth.com. Although it looked like it was going to be chilly, the sun came out and a good time was had by all. I cant wait to do it again next year!
Volunteers from the Ellsworth Romig Neighborhood association were part of the 157 people helping Tree Lafayette plant over 61 trees last Arbor day 2009.