Town of Shelburn Purchases the Shelburn Ball Diamond and Town Park from Northeast School Corporation for $1
At one time, Shelburn had two elementary schools and a high school. The West Ward Elementary School was located where the Shelburn Ball Diamond is now and the East Ward Elementary School was located where the Town Park is on Mill St. When those schools were closed and consolidated into Shelburn Elementary School in the late 50's, it was agreed upon that the properties would always be used for recreational purposes for the Town of Shelburn. Over the years it was always assumed that the Town of Shelburn owned these properties. However, earlier this Summer Clerk-Treasurer Melissa Copeland was working on a grant for improvements at the Shelburn Ball Diamond and found that wasn't the case. During her research Melissa discovered that the Town of Shelburn didn't actually own their Ball Diamond or their Town Park and that the Northeast School Corporation did. She immediately reached out to Northeast School Corporation Superintendent Dr. Mark Baker to discuss the possibility of Shelburn securing the properties. Dr. Mark Baker and the School Board agreed that Shelburn should own their own Ball Diamond and Town Park and on July 11, 2023 the Shelburn Town Council voted to purchase the Ball Diamond and Town Park property from the Northeast School Corporation for the price of $1. The real estate exchange has been finalized and for the first time ever, the Town of Shelburn now 100% owns their Ball Diamond and Town Park. The Shelburn Park Board has worked tirelessly this Summer to secure a grant for improvements to the Shelburn Ball Diamond and is currently in the process of planning future upgrades to the Town Park as well. There will be a lot of exciting things coming for the youth of Shelburn in 2024!