Officials with the City of Huntingburg held a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday morning before commencing with construction on the new Market Street Park project.
The newly planned park will be located east of the Huntingburg Old Town Hall between Third and Fourth streets.
Once completed, the park will have many features, such as a plaza with tables and seating, a lawn terrace with seating, a performance pavilion, a terrace with seating, a market pavilion with a walkway and curbless parking on either sides, a walkway that will be called a legacy court, a legacy wall, a south lawn and a ring-shaped walkway that will have features like a pergola and community swings.
There will be a number of areas named after top donors to the project, including the Menke Plaza, the German American Pavillion and the Farbest Foods Commons.
The park’s $4 million cost will be covered by the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs’ Community Development Block Grant money appropriated to Huntingburg through its Stellar Communities designation, local tax incremental funds, economic development income tax funds and private monies committed by local partners.
A big announcement was the endowment for the project of $625,000.
Huntingburg Mayor Denny Spinner says the money is significant for the long-term sustainability of the project.
Spinner along with other city officials including park members, top donors, and others helped break ground on the project to showcase its beginning.
The mayor sees this as a way to revitalize Huntingburg’s Downtown, which is already strong.
At this time the area has been closed off to the public and will remain so till the project is completed sometime next summer.