Revamp draws visitors to Hobart's Festival Park

2013-07-15T18:38:00Z 2013-07-16T07:06:06Z Revamp draws visitors to Hobart's Festival ParkDeborah Laverty deborah.laverty@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2223 nwitimes.com

HOBART | Day or night, the city's Festival Park is the place to be this summer, Parks Superintendent John Mitchell said.

New lighting and a number of electrical outlets were added to the Lake George lakefront earlier this spring, allowing a better view for night visitors.

"It lights up the area, so it's a nice place to walk," Mitchell said.

Other changes earlier this summer included the new metal benches, new fencing at the front of the Community Center and new garbage cans.

Marcia Kertz, the owner of a child day care, is a regular to Festival Park, bringing her young students to take advantage of the new  playground equipment and free Arts in the Park program.

"They really like coming here," Kertz said.

On a recent weekday at the park, young moms pushed their children on swings while older residents fished in Lake George or enjoyed the sun.

Improvements made this summer at Festival Park, 111 E. Old Ridge Road, have added to a major facelift done last year, Mitchell said.

Those improvements, which included replacing a 20-year-old water fountain, were funded with about $100,000 bonded by the city.

The new Festival Park fountain includes a flower garden, iron fencing and lighting.

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