By Woodrow Polston
Vandalia—If there is one thing that a city or town can be proud of, visually speaking, it is the welcoming appearance and atmosphere of its parks.
Here in Vandalia, there are numerous options to choose from when planning a picnic, taking the kids to a playground, spending some time in the pool, or perhaps simply going for a walk. Recently, one of these inviting outdoor destinations received some additional perks for outdoor enthusiasts.
Courtesy of the Vandalia Rotary Club, Tri-County Park on South Highland Street has added several new pieces of fitness equipment. Installed by the Vandalia Street Department, these exercise stations along the walking trail provide various options for visitors looking to shape up, or perhaps break up the routine of their morning walk or evening jog.
Speaking on behalf of the Rotary Club, City Administrator Darren Berry said, “The equipment purchase was made possible with a grant and it was decidedly a good investment for the community.” He noted that the Change maker Grant was made available through Rotary District 6060 to complete a spring or summer service project for the community. The total was a $1,000 grant.
As new employment opportunities in Vandalia are becoming visible on the horizon, the city’s population should see a steady climb in growth. If there is housing available, the variety of fine parks coupled with retail shops and restaurants that are here, should easily anchor new prospective residents.
President of the Vandalia Rotary Club, Debbie Hopke, said, “Since Tri-County Park is home to a walking track, Aquatic Center, disc golf, playground equipment and park shelters, the addition of fitness stations along the walking track seemed like a perfect idea. Three stations were added to include a Stamina Outdoor Fitness Multi-Station Gym, Power Tower, and Fitness Strider.”
She added that, “Vandalia is a progressive community always looking for ways to improve and grow. Rotary’s mission is to provide service to others and work with community leaders and businesses to improve the community. The addition of the fitness equipment will enhance the park and benefit many people for years to come.”
Tri- County Park also has an interesting attraction for book lovers. Courtesy of the Vandalia Library, park goers can read the pages of a children’s book that are posted along the walking trail behind the Aquatic Center.
These things make this park a true gem that adds rich value to the city of Vandalia, and to the lives of those who make up the community.
So, if you are out and about, the Parks Department encourages citizens to go by and see these new additions. If you are looking to work in some pull ups or elliptical action to your walk, you are in luck.