Dozens of supporters came out to Calumet Park for a ribbon cutting to debut the new and improved park, and children lined up excitedly anticipating the opening the of the gate to the splash pad.
LaGrange City Council voted in September to spend $100,000 on park improvements after several residents in the area approached the council requesting revitalization of the area.
Renovations to the park include a new basketball court, a splash pad, paved walkways, revamped pavilion and concession stand as well as picnic tables and grills stationed throughout the park.
The majority of funding came from special-purpose local option sales tax money with the remainder coming from a community development block grant, according to LaGrange Mayor Jim Thornton.
“I hope that this will become a model for what can be done throughout the city,” Thornton said. “It takes leadership, it takes time and it takes great partners.”