Beth Myers has completed 14 years of service as a Member of the Logansport Parks & Recreation Board, and attended her last meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019.
Beth joined the Parks Board in March 2006 where she replaced someone who was unable to complete their term. Beth was appointed by Mayor Mike Fincher, and also served under Mayor Ted Franklin, and Mayor Dave Kitchell. Beth has served as Secretary, Vice President, and President. She has also served as the board representative to the Logansport Parks & Recreation Foundation for 8 years.
At first, Beth was appointed initially due to her years of involvement with the Tower Park Swimming Pool, as a lifeguard and then the Pool Manager. Then later, Beth’s love of writing, and history motivated her to research and write the histories of Fairview Park, Spencer Park, Huston Park, and the Benjamin Long Recreation Center.
Several significant things took place in the Logansport Parks while Beth was in office:
- Master Plans for the parks were completed every 5 years, and Beth was always involved in helping to get that done.
- Moving Dykeman Park Municipal Golf Course from a tax supported park to a self-sustaining park.
- The Eel River Run, and the Cole Bridge at Riverside Park were completed during Beth’s tenure.
- The land was donated by the Huston Family, and developed through numerous donations for Huston Park.
- The Penman Building was donated by Drs Jeffrey Penman & Connie Owens, and later developed to be the Logansport Parks Service Center.
- Established the Logansport Parks & Recreation Foundation, with 501c3 coming in 2013
- Mobile Stage donation by the Cass County Community Foundation
- The rehabilitation of the Tower Park Pool into the Muehlhausen Aquatic Center
- Recruit Parks Administrators 3X, in 2015, 2016, 2018.
- Established Logansport’s Christmas In the Park in 2017.
- Led the Parks Board to determine to make Riverside Park a priority in the grand plan!
From current Parks Board President, Duane Ullom: “Beth led by example and trained the “newbies” on the business of the Parks Board. Her dedication and energy have been a driving force in achieving the Logansport Parks System that we have today. It has been a wonderful experience serving with Beth…She will be greatly missed!”
Parks Administrator Janet Fawley agreed: “Beth has been a ‘rock’ for the Parks Department – she has always been a dependable source to get things done, to be a voice of reason for difficult decisions, and a strong leader in determining our direction. Beth’s favorite saying is “Rock On!” and I guess it really fits.
Beth has helped us get where we are today through her gentle nature, strong leadership, and great sense of humor. Her grace under pressure has made being a part of the Parks Board a pleasure for all. Beth will be missed a great deal, but we send Beth off with gratitude, and well wishes for her future endeavors!
SOURCE: News release from Logansport Parks & Recreation Board