Friedman Park opens Saturday with run, festival

May 24, 2017

By Shannon Hall

A $5.5 million Warrick County park will celebrate its grand opening with a race and a small festival this weekend.

Friedman Park will open Saturday with a ribbon cutting at 7:30 a.m. followed by a 5K walk/run and a small  park festival.

The park spreads out over 100 acres off Oak Grove Road between Anderson Road and Indiana 61.

The festival will celebrate the park’s opening, said Steve Roelle, a board member for the nonprofit Warrick Trails, which focuses on developing a network of trails in the county and is hosting the event Saturday.

Roelle said if people stop by Saturday, “they will see it’s like no where else in the region.”

“It’s really going to be the place to get out, enjoy some sunshine and enjoy some open space in Warrick County,” Roelle said.

The park features several shelters, an amphitheater, a playground and a one-mile trail for people to running, walking and biking.

“I really like that there’s a one-mile paved loop here,” Roelle said. “It’s a safe place to come out here with your kids said he’s excited that the park is opening. He said Friedman Park provides different opportunities for Warrick County residents.

“I think it gives a place for families to go,” Saylor said.

Saylor previously sat on the parks board before being elected as commissioner last fall. The park is finished now, but Saylor said the vision was that additional amenities could be added in the future if money is available.

Both Saylor and Roelle said that the park adds a quality of life aspect that people look for when they consider moving to an area.

“When you don’t have (a park) in the area to service the major population … we just thought it was a great addition and it would be very beneficial to the residents of this area,” Saylor said.

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