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June 24, 2013

Vissing Park’s grand opening draws families

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JEFFERSONVILLE —

Tom Galligan, former Jeffersonville mayor, said Vissing Park improves the city’s quality of life by giving people a safe place to visit.

“The community is a lot better off because families have a place to come, kids have a place to come and adults have a place to walk and feel safe in,” Galligan said.

And for some citizens, the park is just in their back yard. Dean Ratzliff, 35, of Jeffersonville, said he lives in a neighboring subdivision. He said before work began, Vissing Park wasn’t quite as nice.

“The park was much smaller at the time and we would do some walking or light jogging,” Ratzliff said. “There would be some kids who would ride their dirt bikes through and there were so many trees that there wasn’t a lot of light. That kind of gave it an oppressive feel.”

But now, he, his wife and his daughter walk to the park a couple of times a week since the renovations.

“I think it improves the value of my home. It’s made me think about joining the softball league, and we have a park that we can walk to with our daughter.”

Northam said he hasn’t heard a lot of negative feedback about the park, but he’s taken some suggestions to heart. He said in the next few weeks, the playground near the basketball courts should have a slide and a merry-go-round should arrive and begin installation soon after.

Vissing said Mayor Mike Moore did a good job finishing the project and is proud of the results.

“Dad would have loved to be here today,” Vissing said. “He would have liked to see the people here and the kids having fun.”

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