A special dedication was given for the Jasper Riverwalk Labyrinth on Wednesday afternoon by Jasper Mayor Terry Seitz, making the dedication to current and future citizens of Jasper as well as all those who visit.
Executive Director of the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs, Bill Konyha, and Sister Rose Mary Rexing, OSB were on hand as guest speakers joining local representatives and the public for the ceremony.
Konyha explained that the partnership between the agency he works for and the Indiana Office of Tourism Development supported the Labyrinth project with grant funding.
During his address, Konyha reflected on being from the Wabash area and that as he took leadership roles he and his colleagues learned about the investment strategy of developing a quality of place for current and future generations.
Konyha says that his office wants to to turn the population rate issue around by making communities an incredible place to live, by aligning community assets with amenities future generations seek in a 21st century environment.
This strategy is among many that has come from a program called Place Based Investment Fund. Aside from investing in developing a community space, another element of the program fund is to create partnerships such as private philanthropy, community foundations, local government, individuals, and private sector among others.
Also, in parallel to the concept of investing in community growth, Sister Rose Mary elaborated on the importance for people to also invest in their inner peace. She talks about the proper use of the Labyrinth indicating that people can use 3 stages to experience a spiritual journey with each step.
Mayor Seitz stated that Sister Rose Mary provided an outstanding guidance and proper use of the path and encourages the public to experience the Labyrinth with respect of its usage as well as other areas of the river walk.