Monroeville Park improvements kick-off will be March 25

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The town of Monroeville and its Park Board will break ground on Monday, March 25 to celebrate the start of the Monroeville Community Park Improvements Project and the first of many quality of life improvements to be completed within East Allen’s Rural Revival Regional Development Initiative.

The ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the park, 421 Monroe St. State and county officials will also be in attendance, as well as representatives of the AWS Foundation and the NewAllen Alliance.

“The end result of these park improvements will be a tremendous asset to the residents of Monroeville and southeastern Allen County. It will improve both the quality of life and the accessibility within our community. We would not have been able to complete this project without the support of the Allen County Board of Commissioners, AWS Foundation, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the NewAllen Alliance, and the Northeastern Indiana Regional Coordinating Council” Don Gerardot, Monroeville Town Council president, said in a statement.

Improvements will include a one-half mile ADA -ompliant asphalt bike-ped trail, an ADA compliant splash pad/spray park, two ADA compliant playgrounds with accessible surfacing, a new support facility with ADA compliant restrooms and future concession space, an ADA compliant fishing pier, a concrete bean bag toss game, and upgrades to parking and drainage. In addition to funding from the town of Monroeville, the project will also utilize a Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Grant from the Indiana DNR, an AWS Foundation Grant to assist with the accessible surfacing at the playgrounds, and funding support from the Allen County Board of Commissioners. Work on the entire project is scheduled to be finished by fall.

This project was developed over a three-year period, starting with Monroeville’s 2016 Strategic Investment Plan completed by the NewAllen Alliance, then followed by the Monroeville Park Board completing a 5-year Master Park Plan in 2017 that led to multiple grant applications and two grant awards in 2018. The project was discussed and planned in coordination with other projects within the East Allen Rural Revival Project, which received an Indiana Regional Stellar Community Designation from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs in December 2018 and includes the communities of Grabill, Harlan, Hoagland, Leo-Cedarville, Monroeville, New Haven, and Woodburn. The Monroeville Community Park Improvements Project is the first project within the East Allen Rural Revival Project portfolio to reach construction.