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July 16, 2014

Parks Board OKs Deming restroom work

Group floats idea of expanding park’s disc golf course

TERRE HAUTE — The Terre Haute Parks Board on Wednesday took action to move forward with plans to remodel restrooms at the swimming pool in Deming Park, a popular attraction on the city’s east side.

During its monthly meeting at Torner Center in Deming Park, the board voted to accept the $27,400 bid submitted by a local construction services company,  Earl C. Rodgers & Associates Inc. The project is scheduled to begin in September and should take about two weeks to complete.

 Parks Superintendent Eddie Bird said the restrooms were in “bad shape.” Work needed to be done to the bathrooms’ exterior and interior, including replacement of fixtures and doors; power washing and painting of walls and ceiling; and installation of water closets, porcelain sinks with support legs, changing tables, among other fixtures. Also part of the remodel may be the installation of fixtures that would follow Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations.

The restrooms will be closed during the remodeling, but other restrooms in the park will be available, Bird said.

Because the availability of the restrooms is important, “we want to get it done as quickly as possible,” he added.

Also at the meeting, the board heard a request from a representative of The Crossroads Disc Golf Club, about the possibility of expanding the 18-hole disc golf course, located at the north side of Deming Park. The course currently spans about 30 acres of rolling hills and woooded area.  

Jason LaBella, one of the organization’s leaders, told the board that there are several reasons why they need the expansion.

“We’ve got a lot of residents asking for more places to play,” LaBella said of one reason. Another reason is the possibility of hosting bigger future disc golf tournaments, including the state championships.

He said previous tournaments held at the course brought more than 100 people both from the local area and other states.

“We’re growing,” LaBella said, and players are attracted to the Deming Park Disc Golf Course because of the park’s beautiful trees and hills, he added.

 LaBella presented two possible areas for expansion, and park officials gave the OK to explore the possibility of expanding on one of them: a 17-acre site, located on the southwest area of the park, close to the corner of Poplar Street and Fruitridge Avenue, he said.

The area has room for about nine to 12 holes, he added.

LaBella said a plan and layout will be presented to the board in the coming months.

Tribune-Star Reporter Dianne Frances D. Powell can be reached at 812-231-4299 or dianne.powell@trib


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