The Town of Shelburn's Park Board was awarded a $12,000 grant for upgrades and repairs to the Shelburn Ball Diamond. The updates and repairs will consist of making the entire park ADA compliant as well as installing a safety net to protect spectators and children on the playground from foul balls, a new shelter house with picnic tables, a new swing set, and more! The previous swing set was destroyed in a storm during the Spring of 2021 and while there is still a playground there, the area at the ball diamond is the only safe and usable park area in the Town of Shelburn.
Clerk-Treasurer Melissa Copeland stated that she's focused on bringing the quality of life back to Shelburn and the Park Board is really spearheading the efforts on giving the people of Shelburn somewhere safe for kids and families to spend their time. "We have a lot of families here in our little town and new families who are moving in. We want to give everyone, of all ages, somewhere to gather together as a community. We hope that the updates to the Ball Diamond will give the town more sense of pride and will inspire the younger generation to get out and play some ball!
The Shelburn Park Board hopes to have this project completed by the end of March, in time for a "Grand Opening Celebration" at the beginning of the 2024 Spring Baseball and Softball Season. They are already working on their next grant opportunity to make much needed upgrades to the Town Park on East Mill St as well as restoring Dawson Pond. The Shelburn Park Board consists of Danielle Schalburg, Jenny Ransford, Heather Lewis, and Melissa Copeland. The Park Board President Kenny Miller passed away earlier this year and Copeland says they plan to plant a tree at the newly updated park in his memory when the project is finished.
Presenting the check and pictured with Copeland is Wabash Valley Community Foundation Board Chair, Ally Orwing.