The Thomas Marshall Plaza will encompass the entire 21×88 lot. It will have a paver sidewalk through the park with three paver patio areas. Four teakwood planter boxes will span the property line adjacent to the alley to prevent cars from driving into the park. Flowering plants, shrubs and trees will provide a lush and attractive surrounding (see attachment TMP rendering). The requested $9,341 Downtown Enhancement Grant funds will be used toward the construction and installation of the park. In addition, a $10,500 grant has been committed from the Community Foundation of Whitley County for the construction and installation of the park. Three Birds Casual, a local outdoor furniture company, has committed $13,248 in-kind of teakwood furniture pieces including two benches, two square dining tables, eight armchairs, and four planter boxes. Fahl Colors, a local landscape company, has committed &750 in-kind for design, labor and materials. Columbia City has committed a $2,000 contribution for construction and grant administration.
Thomas Marshall, a lawyer from Columbia City, was most famously the 28th Vice President of the United States under Woodrow Wilson. He was also the Indiana governor who ended child labor in Indiana and a friend of the Gates family – the original developers of the ‘Alice’ building.
Columbia City is experiencing a lot of road construction this summer! Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is currently working on repaving State Road 205 from YMCA to Main Street. They are also working on repaving Main Street (State Road 9) from US 30 to Radio Road. When these projects are complete, it will greatly enhance Columbia City. Please be aware of workers and machinery, avoid these areas if possible.
The Splash Pad at Morsches Park is a great place for kids to cool off and play. There are tables and benches for adults to sit and watch as their children play in the water. Morsches Park is located at 1035 East State Road 205 in Columbia City. Water wheelchairs are also available for anyone to use if they are interested. Contact the Park Department for more information on how to get access to the water wheelchairs. The Park Department can be reached at 260-248-5180.
Splash Pad Hours For 2016
Summer hours: May 30th – September 6th
Monday – Friday: 10am – 8pm
Saturdays & Sundays: Noon – 5pm