Exciting Things Coming to New Carlisle Parks

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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