Friedman Park has Grand Opening

In Warrick County, the excitement for the grand opening of Friedman Park was so tangible Saturday; it could be cut with an oversized pair of scissors.

The design phase for Friedman Park started two years ago. One year ago, architects went to work.

"I was particularly proud to work on this project. I'm from Newburgh. I've got kids that will be out here playing on the playground,” architect Jason Barisano said. He handled the park’s buildings.

The 5.5 million dollar project never would've happened without approval from the Department of Economic Development.

"They said yes a lot to our ideas, and that always makes architects happy,” architect Dan Engelbrecht said. He handled the landscaping.

"Quality of life is a big issue in economic development now, and getting people to move into the area. I mean not only do we want to attract businesses to the area, but we need to attract the work force,” Economic Development Department Executive Director Larry Taylor said.

The fruits of their labor: a 100 acre park featuring trails perfect for races like Saturday’s 5K and 10K, 50 species of trees, a playground for kids, and an amphitheater.

"I think this is gonna be a huge boom to Warrick County. Not just Warrick County, I think all of southwest Indiana here,” Warrick Couty Parks Director Joe Schitter said.


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