Winamac Council Member Proposes Beach, New Programs for Town Park

Entrance to the Winamac Town Park

Attracting more visitors to the Winamac Town Park is the goal of several ideas presented to the town’s park board last week. Town Council Member Dave Schambers said he’d seen pictures of a beach that existed decades ago in the park and wondered if that might be a cheaper alternative to building a new swimming pool.

He noted that Culver’s beach sees a lot of use, and he offered to contact the Indiana Department of Natural Resources to see if the town might be allowed to create one along the Tippecanoe River. Schambers also raised the possibility of offering programs in the park during the warmer months. He added that a local resident might be willing to lead an “art in the park” class.

Schambers also asked board members about the park’s alcohol policy. He noted that if the town were to offer concerts in the park, a beer garden could bring in a bigger crowd. Board members said that alcohol is not prohibited in the Town Park, but under the terms of donation of the parkland, it’s not allowed to be sold there.

Town Attorney Justin Schramm said he could do some research into the issue, if it’s something the park board wants to pursue. Board member Jon Chapman added that another solution could be to have vendors sell the alcohol just outside of the park during events.