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New Park Opens Tuesday In Bloomington

Will Detmer Park to sit on 18 acres at Vernal Pike and Curry Pike.

A new park on the west side of Bloomington opens Tuesday at dawn.

Will Detmer Park sits on the corner of Vernal Pike and Curry Pike. Bloomington parent Cortney Walcott says the location is prime for her family.

“We always tend to head to the east side of Bloomington to visit a park and so it’s to have something of this nature here closer to home,” says Walcott.

The Detmer family donated the 18-acre piece of property to the Monroe County Parks and Recreation foundation. Funding for the project came from grants and donations. Assistant Administrator Kelli Witmer says the park has many features such as a community garden and fishing and walking trails.

“There’s a Karst greenway that’s in production right now,” says Witmer, “and it’s from Karst Farm Park. Eventually it will be hooked up to Detmer Park here and it will also go to the new YMCA, it’ll go past Highland Elementary, Grandview Elementary, Cook Inc., Ivy Tech. So the connectivity is something that we’re really looking forward to.”

There will also be space designated for the Hoosier Hills Food Bank to grow produce and teach about organic gardening.

There will be an official ribbon cutting ceremony at the park in early October.

Shameka Neely

Shameka Neely, a native of Nashville, Tennessee enthusiastically joined WTIU as Senior Reporter/ InFocus Producer in the news department. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational and Corporate Communication, with a minor in Marketing and Masters of Arts Degrees' in Administrative Dynamics and Communication all from Western Kentucky University. Shameka also holds a Master of Arts degree in Journalism from Indiana University.

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