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Goshen has more time for Fidler Pond plans

Justin Leighty
Posted on April 26, 2012 at 1:00 a.m.

GOSHEN — The looming May deadline to raise money to buy Fidler’s Pond and turn it into a city park isn’t looming anymore.

“We got an extension until November,” said Jim Wellington, the park board member who’s spearheading the effort to raise the purchase price of nearly $600,000.

They’ve received $125,000 in pledges to help purchase the land, and asked the Elkhart County Community Foundation for $150,000 to turn the old quarry pond into the largest park in Goshen.

The city recently filed a matching grant request with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Wellington said. “If we get those two grants, we’re done,” he said.

Though it will be a while before they get word on both, “I’m hopeful, and it’s possible we could get it to use for part of the summer,” Wellington said.

Even if it’s later in the year, “sometime is better than never,” Wellington said.

Earlier this year the Goshen Park Board agreed to accept the pond, located on Lincolway East between Monroe Street and College Avenue.

The site is about 100 acres and has a 1.5-mile trail around the pond.

Aggregate Industries agreed to sell the site. Wellington said, “I really hope we get it.”

Wellington wants to see the park used for boating, bicycling, running and walking.

“I really think it’ll make the community better,” he said.

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