A ceremonial event took place today in Bloomington with a double purpose. This is the seventh historical marker in Bloomington. Community members, alumni and distinguished guests commemorated an area that has a lot of history.
Seminary Park is where Indiana University began more than two centuries ago. Officials today, including IU provost Karen Hanson, unveiled a historical marker on the property.
“Indiana University has a very long history, and a very bright future because of that there’s just something enduring about the commitment to education in this state,” Hanson said. “In the early days they wanted to have a place where they could educate the youth and that commitment has not waivered for almost 200 years, and that does give us hope about the future.”
Eight trees in the park were destroyed in May when violent storms passed through Bloomington. At today’s ceremony, Cook executive Steve Ferguson and his wife Connie announced the donation of 100 trees for the city, plus another 150 for Indiana University.
They marked the donation with a ceremonial tree planting. “The best friend on earth of man is the tree,” Ferguson said.
In his remarks, Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan said there is a renewed effort to beautify the area. “This is a city park, the city acquired it in 1974 for one dollar from the Monroe County school corporation.”
“There’s a whole since of renewal in this area, we’re going to have right next door the new downtown post office, the B-Line trail is just a block away, and the south Walnut street scape project,” he added.
The B-Line Trail opening is slated for early next month.