The Starke County Commissioners passed along their support of having a celebration event for the newly finished upgrades at the Starke County Forest.
The Starke County Highway Department recently completed work to upgrade the old access trail into a gravel road with a parking lot at the site at 10655 E. Division Road in Knox.
Commissioner Kathy Norem said it would be nice to recognize the Starke County Park Board’s effort in making improvements at the Starke County Forest.
“We’ve got a major project that was finished by the park board with a nice grant from the Starke County Community Foundation,” commented Norem. “It’s one of their first big successes so I feel like we should have some kind of public welcoming ceremony, whether that be a ribbon cutting or a day where they come and tour the place. They could take some pictures and see the improvements that have been made. I’m thinking that if it was sometime around when the leaves change the weather would still be nice and they would have time to plan their festivities.”
The work was funded by a $15,000 grant from the Hardesty Memorial Endowment Fund.
The commissioners approved a motion to make the offer to the park board to host the event. The commissioners will provide funding for refreshments.
The park board may discuss details during their next meeting in September.