September 9, 2019 / Vincennes University hosting Kimmell Park
playground ribbon cutting
VINCENNES, Ind. – Kimmell Park has seen great changes in recent
years, including a new playground that was funded through a community
effort and a state grant.
Everyone is invited to celebrate the completion of the Vincennes
University Community Playground with a ribbon cutting on Sept. 18 at
10 a.m. at Kimmell Park, 2014 Oliphant Dr.
The project was funded in part through the Indiana Housing and
Community Development Authority’s CreatINg Places program. VU exceeded
the $50,000 fundraising goal necessary to receive a matching grant
through the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority with
the help of community partners who recognize how the region’s families
and children will benefit from this outstanding play area.
The playground was made possible through contributions from Farbest
Foods, Old National Bank, Burkhart Insurance Agency, First Vincennes
Savings Bank, Ford Sawmills Inc., Futaba Indiana of America
Corporation, German American Bank, and Knox County Community Foundation.
Located close to a shelter house and restrooms, the new playground
features multiple play structures with slides and climbing pieces in
addition to several swings, including expression swings.
The 1930s development of Kimmell Park was funded in part by President
Franklin Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration jobs program.
Following the construction of an attractive shelter house and other
park facilities, the city park attracted families from southwest
Indiana and became a tourist attraction. It is on the National
Register of Historic Places.
With the goal of revitalizing the park and capitalizing on the
riverfront, the City of Vincennes, Vincennes Parks Board, and VU
worked cooperatively in 2015, with all parties agreeing to transfer
ownership of the 8.5-acre Kimmell Park and its 54-acre woodlands to
its neighbor, VU, with covenants to ensure that the property remains a
public park. VU pledged to lead efforts to make major improvements and
enhance security using its VU Police Department. A grand opening and
ribbon cutting was held on Aug. 29, 2017 to celebrate the completion
of more than $3 million in park renovations.
Kimmell Park is located between Oliphant Drive and the Wabash River,
beginning at the intersection of St. Clair Street on the south and
ending at the University’s baseball complex on the north. The park
offers gorgeous and panoramic views of the river, and a riverfront
walking and bicycle path connects it to downtown and the George Rogers
Clark National Historical Park.
VINCENNES UNIVERSITY - Indiana’s First College
VU is state-supported with campuses in Vincennes and Jasper, the
Aviation Technology Center and American Sign Language program in
Indianapolis, Early College Career and Technical Education Centers,
and additional sites such as the Gene Haas Training and Education
Center in Lebanon, the Logistics Training and Education Center in
Plainfield, and the Gibson County Center for Advanced Manufacturing
and Logistics in Fort Branch. A leader in developing Early Colleges
statewide, VU also offers instruction at military sites throughout the nation.
In addition to offering a wide range of associate degree and
certificate programs, VU also offers bachelor’s degree programs in
technology, homeland security, nursing, secondary education programs
in mathematics and science, and special education/elementary education.
VU enrolls students from throughout Indiana, 35 other states, and 17
countries. Tuition and fees are the lowest among Indiana campuses with
residence halls. VU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
Founded in 1801, VU is Indiana’s first college and is the only
college in the nation founded by an individual who would later become
President of the United States. William Henry Harrison, the ninth U.S.
President, founded VU while serving as governor of the Indiana
Territory. More information is available at www.vinu.edu.
Vincennes University Newsroom
MARCIA MARTINEZ, University Life Reporter & Sports
812-888-4164 office, 314-599-1519 cell,
Department of University Relations, www.vinu.edu/newsroom