Monday, July 03, 2000

Trenton park to be dedicated

City plans July Fourth celebration for 30-acre project

By David Eck
Enquirer contributor

        TRENTON — After nearly 30 years of false starts, Trenton is set to dedicate a community park on Independence Day.

        “It's something that's been in the planning stages since back in the 1960s,” City Manager Mel Ruder said. “We've actually started on three other occasions in various locations in town. It's something that we've had on-again, off-again for the 25 years that I've been here.”

        The 30-acre park — at Peyton and Dell drives — is part of a larger 160-acre parcel the city bought in 1995, said Kim Lapensee, Trenton's director of planning and economic development.

        It includes two sets of playground equipment, a nearly mile-long walking trail, restrooms, a picnic shelter, the makings of an amphitheater and open fields.

        The development cost slightly more than $255,000 and was paid for with local funds, grants and a donation.

        “It's a very exciting time to be in this community and it's something we've looked forward to for years,” Mayor Roy Wilham said. “The public in Trenton wanted an area where it's not relegated to baseball, softball. They wanted a place where they could go and relax, and that's going to be the place to do it.”

        Future plans for the park could include more picnic shelters and, perhaps, a sand volleyball court, Mrs. Lapensee said.

        “It will be a park (with) something for everyone in the city of Trenton,” Mr. Wilham said. “It gives people someplace to go instead of always having to pack up and go out of town. Some people are within walking distance of this park.”

        The city opted to tie the park's dedication with a one-time July Fourth celebration.

        The event begins at 6 p.m. and will include balloon sculpting, a magician, kids' activities, a concert by Mustang Sally — a 6-member female country band — and fireworks, Mrs. Lapensee said.

        The planned celebration seems to have struck a chord with residents, officials say.

        “I heard some ladies talking a couple of weeks ago that they changed their vacation because they wanted to be here that night,” the mayor said. “I think that's a general feeling.”


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