City and county may partner on park plan

The first joint effort to run recreational facilities in Logansport and Cass County may be in the offing.

Mayor Dave Kitchell announced Monday that he and County Commissioners President Jim Sailors have agreed to pursue a joint city/county master plan for Aim-Hi Park north of the city limits. The park, which was created to be part of the Family Opportunity Center south of the Cass County 4-H Community Park, has been maintained by the county, but many donations have been made to it since its inception.

The Pixie League played its games at the park last year. Players in the league participated in the inaugural Sue Jones Softball Tournament last year. The second tournament has been scheduled for July.

“This makes sense for both the city and county,” Mayor Kitchell said. “The complex is well-planned, but together, we can make it even more viable not just for the citizens of Clay Township where it is located, but for the entire community.”

Tournaments held at the park have attracted hundreds of visitors to the county over the approximate 20-year history of it. While it has been of use to youths at the Family Opportunity Center operated by the county, its public use provides a value-added benefit, Mayor Kitchell said.

“It’s our hope  that this can and will be a venue that is a magnet not only for Clay Township, but an attraction in the summer when baseball and softball tournaments are played.”

No date for the completion of the plan was set.

The joint effort was one of the goals the mayor unveiled in his 2018 agenda in January.

SOURCE: News release from Logansport Mayor Dave Kitchell