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Park Enhancements Enjoyed

A picturesque space receives a refresh and serves as a place to foster community and well-being. In the fall of 2021, Pulaski County Tribe initiated a community enhancement effort to revitalize the area on the west side of the swinging bridge at the Winamac Town Park. Efforts to date (summer 2023) include:

  • aesthetic improvements to the historic artesian well structure

  • an interpretive sign featuring the history of the well

  • two bench swings

  • permanent art exhibits (catfish, heron, sunflowers)

  • two small canvas murals

  • plants along the pickleball court fence, around trees, and around one of the bench swings

  • free public Art in the Park (May 2022) event featuring hands-on activities and artwork

The various plants add to the charm of the space. They help set the stage for a tranquil experience, along with the two new bench swings with a beautiful view of the river. The swings were sponsored by Don & Lynn Darda and Al Breyfogle.

The new 3-D silhouette artwork depicts just a few of the natural elements that can be enjoyed in Pulaski County. The catfish not only represents wildlife found in the Tippecanoe River but also the native people who were here before us. Winamac, loosely translated in the Potawatomi language means catfish. The artwork was commissioned through local artist Patrick Pitcher and funded by a grant provided by the Indiana Arts Commission. The community was able to provide input and help PCT choose the artwork subject matter.

PCT volunteers have spent many hours picking up debris, removing overgrowth, power washing, staining, painting, planting, and planning. We are grateful for the community support and enthusiasm surrounding this project. Phase 1 has been well-received and resulted in increased utilization of the west side of the park. Based on the positive impact and feedback received, PCT is pursuing additional placemaking efforts to further enhance this public space. Phase 2 has commenced with plans for the cultivation of a pollinator garden, tree planting, and installation of additional artwork.

There are a variety of opportunities for community members to contribute:

  • Volunteer to help with plants and maintenance

  • Monetary donations to offset the expense of equipment rental, landscape supplies, plants

  • In-kind donations of non-invasive plants

We appreciate all of the past support and look forward to continued community partnerships to enhance Pulaski County. #ittakesatribe More information will be forthcoming as Phase 2 progresses.


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