The Lincoln Center Park in Fulton is soon to become a reality.
The committee applied for and received a grant from the Consolidated Electric Foundation - The Peoples Fund - in June, 2013. They awarded $1,000 to be used to update the baseball field. New equipment, including bases/anchors/plugs/cleanout tool, pitcher mound, home plate and landscaping rake were funded in addition to a field marker and sand for the infield. Several volunteers the worked diligently this spring to get the field in shape for the teams to play.
Currently, the Cardington Baseball League is using the field for practice with hopes of scheduling games later in the season.
It was in the late summer of 2013 that the Lincoln Center Park Committee began the process of getting the state permit required to build the shelter.
The committee followed the steps required for the permit, first of which was a preliminary review with high level drawings, an Appeal Hearing to exempt the need for handicapped restrooms and a building plan review with architectural drawings. The building permit was approved in late May, 2014.
The committee is working with Carter Lumber Company, Green Camp, to build the shelter. They have provided the architectural plans, building construction materials and detailed instructions for building the shelter, the cost estimated currently at $10,000.
The committee also met with Neil Swonger, Cardington-Lincoln High School FFA advisor and the students are building and donating five full size picnic tables for the shelter project and they hope to participate in the construction as needed.
In addition, the Cardington FFA Alumni is donating $500 to help fund the cost of the concrete needed for the project.
Enhancing the park is the Future Lincoln Center Park sign, designed and erected in the park area fronting Main Street in Fulton. Erected in October, 2013, the design of the sign was created by Shelley Hickman and donated by Randy Burns.
The shelter construction will begin July 1 with Jim Carroll leading the effort and Carl George overseeing the concrete portion of the project. Carroll has several volunteers lined up to help. “We will need all the help we can get,” said Mayor Terri Hickman, also a committee member.