The Parklands of Jasper Celebrates Groundbreaking
The City of Jasper has officially begun work on a significant quality-of-life project, as reported by Inside INdiana Business. The city held a groundbreaking ceremony on March 27 at the site of The Parklands of Jasper, a 75-acre nature-based destination park in the center of the community.
A BGD team led by partner William J. Kaiser Jr. assisted on the project that will feature a 10-foot wide, two mile multi-use trail, water features, ponds, a pavilion and multiple exercise stations.
The park will be located on the former Jasper Country Club golf course, which the city purchased in 2013, and 25 acres next to the property. The city bought the club for around $1 million borrowed from its Rainy Day Fund, which has since been repaid. Indiana's Bicentennial Nature Trust, the Indiana Heritage Trust and other benefactors helped fund the purchase of the additional land.
Jasper Mayor Terry Seitz calls the project a "P4," or a public private philanthropic partnership. He says the park in the center of the community will be "a future destination for residents and visitors."
According to the City of Jasper, The Parklands look to promote learning in an ecological environment through the site's natural characteristics and eventual transformation, while also enhancing the creative spirit and civic pride of our wonderful community.