LAFAYETTE, Ind. — A pair of big projects through Lafayette Parks and Recreation are nearly complete after earlier weather and supply-chain delays, according to Monday afternoon’s Lafayette Parks and Recreation board meeting.
Back in September 2021, Jenk’s Rest was demolished to make room for the much-needed restroom building at Columbian Park. The new structure was originally projected to be completed by the end of 2021, but because of staffing and supply chain issues, that completion date has been moved a few times.
According to Jon Miner, director of operations for Lafayette Parks and Recreation, the new restroom building is looking to be “substantially complete” by Friday. The arrival and installation of partitions are the last major pieces of construction still to be finished.
“Whether … it’ll be available for use this weekend or not,” Miner said, “we don’t know. We’ll have to see. Hopefully the partitions arrive on time and they don’t have issues with installing . “.”
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The CAT Park all-inclusive sports field had some announced developments at Monday’s meeting as well. This project began construction in March this year and will be completed very close to its original projected date of June 19.
“We’ll have to get the fencing up,” Miner said. “The posts are in but the fencing will go up. And then it’ll just be site clean-up … and then it’ll be ready to go We’re hopeful for maybe the end of next week, but realistically we might be looking at the end of this month. ”
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Three animals from the Columbian Park Zoo will be moving to the Hattiesburg Zoo in Missouri, according to zoo director, Neal Dale.
“The wallaby is a male that’s intact and we don’t want him comingling with the females that he’s related to,” Dale said, “so (he’ll be moved) so we don’t have inbreeding, basically.
“The (two) genets are an animal that we brought in before I was here, so they’ve been here for a few years. Initially, we had hoped that they were gonna become (available) for an educational program, and that just hasn’t worked out. And Hattiesburg Zoo is looking to put them on exhibit. “
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Upcoming events through Lafayette Parks and Recreation includes the “America” concert at 7:30 pm June 30 at the Long Center for Performing Arts, along with the second Art in the Park event, the summer-themed “Dance Night” 6-8 pm Tuesday, June 21, at Columbian Park.
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