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June 24, 2013

Vissing Park’s grand opening draws families

JEFFERSONVILLE —

She sat down with her mother to eat a hot dog in the shade. Afterward, she said she might play on the swings or check out the playground on the other side of the park.

As for the politics in getting Vissing Park started or finished, Nevaeh Logan couldn’t have cared less. 

“We love it,” her mother, Betty, said. “We came to the old park; it was a little scary. Now that they’ve got it done, it’s amazing. We come down here about three days a week.”

The park’s grand opening on Saturday brought out local families along with past and present city officials who have worked to renovate it since 2010.

John R. “Jack” Vissing, a local attorney and the son of the park’s namesake, Richard Vissing, said his father would have loved to see families enjoying the park.

“He knew the city was growing in this direction and there wasn’t a large park in the city,” Vissing said. “There wasn’t any open space here before, and this is something he believed in.”

After a short ceremony, families checked out the park’s full-sized basketball courts, baseball and softball diamonds and two playgrounds.

The park also has walking trails through the woods, paved paths through the greenspace and tree-shaded  areas for hanging out.

Paul Northam, Jeffersonville Parks Department director, said in the six months he’s seen families visiting the grounds, he’s gotten a lot of positive feedback from residents.

“I can’t sit here and say there’s one thing that is more special about this park when there’s so many things families are doing and enjoying out here,” Northam said. “What I like most is seeing people walking their dogs and the youth groups or churches bringing their kids down here during the day.”

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