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Middlebury residents soon to have new park

Middlebury residents may soon be able to enjoy a new park.
Gloria E. Salavarria
Posted on Feb. 8, 2013 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Feb. 8, 2013 at 12:20 p.m.

MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury now has property for a new park to be called Old Mill Park and Trail and it is on the Little Elkhart River north of Riverbend Park.

The Friends of Middlebury Parks purchased 3.4 acres of property along the east short of the Little Elkhart River and across from the popcorn plant from Forrest Wanberg Jr., president of the Wanberg National Popcorn Co.

The purchase also was made possible through a grant from the Elkhart County Community Foundation. Funds from the grant will also be used to begin development of the new park.

The name for the new park is in recognition of the property once being a part of the former grist mill, the oldest structure in Middlebury, which is located within the present-day popcorn plant building.

Joel Miller, treasurer for the Friends of Middlebury Parks, said, “The development of the park will be completed as funding is available, but will include multipurpose trails and a boardwalk, an informational kiosk, canoe launch, picnic tables and a parking area.”

Levi King, president of the Friends, added, “We appreciation the grant from the Elkhart County Community Foundation making this possible and we also thank Forrest for helping make this important addition to the Middlebury Parks.”

The Friends of Middlebury Parks is a not-for-profit organization with a mission of enhancing the parks in Middlebury and assisting the Middlebury Parks Department in maintaining and improving the parks.

For additional information on the Old Mill Park and Trail or to become a member of the Friends of Middlebury Parks organization contact Levi King at 596-6954.

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