Fulton’s Lincoln Center park plans underway
By EVELYN LONG -
It will be called the Lincoln Center Park and will be located in the heart of the village of Fulton and when it is completed it will be a picturesque site for family activities ranging from ball games to a 539 (one quarter mile) foot walking path around the outer border of the park, a shelter house and a playground for the youngsters. There will also be a Memorial brick area. The ball area will include a baseball diamond, a basketball court and a tether ball area.
Teri Hickman, Fulton mayor, and Marsha Carroll, are co-chairing a committee whose goal is to develop the park with the help of a grant, donations from supporters and work by volunteers. Committee members are Randy Burns, Nancy Ciccone, Deanna Cox and JoAnn Krock.
The proposed park ground, once the site of the Fulton School, runs from West Main Street to Woodbine Street. A tree, planted by students attending the school in the early 1960’s will be dedicated when the park is developed. The ball field will be named the Bob Hold Baseball field in memory of Hold who was a supporter of and active with youngsters’ ball teams.
Hickman and Carroll said the committee is working on the design and cost estimates preparing to apply for grants to help finance the park. Letters have been sent to those who attended Fulton School, to Fulton residences and to local businesses seeking donations that include labor, monetary or time. They remind people that these donations are tax deductible and a receipt will be provided.
The women said they anticipate that the baseball/softball field will be ready for play by next spring. When the shelter house is completed it will be a place for families, organizations, reunions, etc. to meet. The150 x 50 foot playground will be filled with equipment that will offer children a diversity of entertainment. Included will be an Early Childhood swing; Spring mates Chipmonk, Duck, Pony and Turtle; a duo see saw, a heavy duty swing set, and a tire swing.
The background of the park begins in 1872 when a township hall (IOOF) building was constructed and located near the center of Lincoln Township. This was the birth of Lincoln Center Village. In 1881 Lincoln Center Village became the village of Fulton. The park will be called Lincoln Center Park in honor of Lincoln Township and the original name for the village of Fulton.
Hickman said that development of the park will be done with all local labor and local estimates will be sought.
“We want the community to know that what we’re doing here it for the kids, families and the community. It will be open to everyone,” said Hickman.
For more information or to make a donation contact Hickman at 419–864-9155 or Ciccone at 419–864-9194.