Exciting Things Coming to New Carlisle Parks

May 26, 2019

This summer will mark some great events and changes at both Memorial Park and Bourissa Hills.  The Park Board will be unveiling a new kiosk at the northeast  corner of Memorial Park depicting the history of that site.  


Photos include the Carlisle Collegiate Institute, New Carlisle High School, and pictures of each decade including the 1935 Girls Basketball team, the School Band of 1948, the 1955 Men’s Basketball County Champs, the Tigerettes from 1963,  the last graduating class of 1968, to just name a few.  


Special thanks for their donation of time to both Dana Groves, of Historic New Carlisle  for providing these historical photos and narrative and Steve Ruby, from the Troyer Group for formatting this beautiful 4’ x 6’ sign.  Thanks also to Smith Concrete for donating the cement needed for the sidewalk to this sign. It  will be installed in the near future so  please take a walk through Memorial Park this summer and pause for a look.


The Children’s Park Program will kick off on Tuesday, June  4th at 10:00 under the leadership of Malarie Varnak and meet twice weekly until July 25th. Each program will last 1 hour and is aimed for ages 3-8 years old.  Parents are encouraged to accompany their children for these activities  that they can do together.  Check Facebook for location and activity.

 

Summer Park Program
June 4: Explore the Parks Scavenger Hunt    
June 6: Guest Speaker - Potowatomi Zoo Creature Adaptations
June 11: Flower Pot Painting & Planting
June 13: Hopscotch Challenge/Chalk Making
June 18: Night Sky
June 20: Obstacle Course/Relays
June 25: Guest Speaker - Potato Creek, Campground Safety
June 27: Rainsticks
July 2: Water Balloon Mural Painting
July 4: Independence Day - No program
July 9: Mud Day
July 11: Color Theory Crayon Art
July 16: Create Your Own Juice
July 18: Guest Speaker - New Carlisle Fire Department
July 23: Chimes
July 25: Parade Float Decorating
July 27: Hometown Days Parade

 

This summer marks the 20th anniversary of the Summer Concert Series, and it will be renamed the Steve Vojitko Summer Concert Series in memory of former town council member, Steve Vojitko who introduced these concerts and tirelessly scheduled each performance.  


We are adding two additional concerts this year - the last two Wednesdays in June as well as every Wednesday in August at 6:30 p.m. So please bring your lawn chairs to Memorial Park and enjoy this free hour of entertainment.  
Thanks to the United Methodist Church of New Carlisle for once again providing complimentary popcorn and water to the audience.

 

Steve Vojitko Summer Concerts
June 19: Friends Jazz Trio
June 26: Elvis & The Sweet Sensations
August 7: Jackson Band
August 14: Down by the Dock
August 21: Oscar & the Majestics
August 28: Brittany Lee Moffitt

 

Bourissa Hills will also receive a couple of exciting  additions this summer.  Park Supervisor, Roger Grove, has designed and constructed a 32 foot bridge which will soon be installed along the trail.  It is  sure to be a favorite attraction for adults and kids on their walk through the scenic woods.


The New Carlisle Olive Township Library has partnered with the Park Department on a future project creating a Story Trail.  Kids can take a walk and read a story on our Story Trail and experience great children’s stories in a unique way.  It’s a wonderful opportunity for the family to read and play together.


Watch for updates on all of our future activities in the New Carlisle Parks by visiting our Facebook Page and The New Carlisle Gazette.

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