Although Lowell has expanded much since it was first platted in 1852, that growth has been measured with the same rural mindset upon which the town was founded; a mindset that has been the backbone and foundation of Lowell, allowing it to be a friendly town with a proud past and bright future.
The Lowell Parks and Recreation Department benefits residents and visitors through programs and recreational opportunities. Tom Sullivan, superintendent of parks, says that there have been many successes over the past year. “Soccer remains our largest program and again we hosted the Challenger British Soccer Camp for one week this year, as well as the MiniKickers program. Our tree count at Freedom Park is still growing. The Freedom Brick Walk is established and continues to grow. Disc golf is complete and we are hoping to utilize this new addition by hosting tournaments and possibly a youth instruction camp. We seeded 40 acres north of the entrance which makes a great spot for flying a kite or throwing a football around and one-half mile of gravel path has been laid and continues as a work in progress. Plenty of walking paths have been established including a partial wilderness path and we are getting closer to having ball fields become a reality at Freedom Park,” Sullivan says.
The Town of Lowell’s Tri-Creek School Corporation creates a progressive, collaborative, innovative and tech-centric school system that not only prepares students for thriving success in college, but a rich, full life beyond that. The school system serves 3,700 students at Lowell High School, Lowell Middle School, Lake Prairie Elementary, Oak Hill Elementary, and Three Creeks Elementary. In addition, the Lowell municipal services are superb. Erik Matson, chief of police, says they have recently embarked on a Neighborhood Watch program with terrific results. “We have about 19 people who have gone through our first orientation and training and we will continue our training quarterly to welcome in new members. It’s great to see the town working together to keep our community safe,” says Matson.
Tom Trulley, building administrator for the Town of Lowell, says that the parks and schools are just two of the things that make for an excellent quality of life in Lowell and the recent grown growth in residential and commercial building over the past few years shows it. “On the business side, our community development is progressing really well. We just put in a St. Franciscan Clinic that opened this year and features facilities with two doctors. We had a banquet hall that was built and it opened last fall, the Signature Banquet Hall, and the Trilogy Nursing Home will open this year with 91 beds. A Family Dollar Store is open,” says Trulley.
He continues, “Our housing was stable last year and we were up considerably since 2008, so we’re feeling really good about commercial and residential growth in our town. The town has also annexed over 100 acres which will make it easier for future development. It shows we have growth and potential for growth to provide for the citizens coming into Lowell.”