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Happy Hollow Park Welcomes New Landmark

A giant new Praying Mantis is now the landmark of Happy Hollow Park

Posted: Aug 22, 2019 6:01 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - A giant new Praying Mantis is now the landmark of Happy Hollow Park- but don't worry it won't jump away!

The statue was put in this morning in front of the main entrance of the park. The Praying Mantis has three lighting bugs on it- that will soon be able to glow in the dark. The statue reaches 25 feet and was welded by artist Bill Secunda.

West Lafayette Parks and Recreation Assistant Superintendent Gregg Mitchell said the community is already visiting to take pictures with the park's new landmark.

"It's been pretty positive, they like it. It's a forward-looking community," stated Mitchell. "It's a good working relationship and people seem to be enjoying it," said Mitchell. 

Mitchell said their goal is to keep their park up to date.

"The trail, the playground, the overall beautification of the entrance and the artwork, it all kind of accumulate into what we're trying to accomplish and make our busiest park still our best park," said Mitchell.

There will be a ribbon-cutting September 15th at 2:00 p.m. The Parks Department will showcase its new hiking trails along with four new sculptures.

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