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Final phase approved for Columbian Park's Memorial Island project

A Lafayette gem is getting polished up.

Posted: Mar. 19, 2019 12:28 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -- Some big changes are coming to Columbian Park's Memorial Island.

The Lafayette Board of Works gave the go ahead for a design plan Tuesday morning. It's the third phase of the Memorial Island and Memorial Garden Master Plan.

Improvements include increasing the size of the island, adding a new board walk and increasing shade in the area. More seating will also be added around the existing ampitheater.

Lafayette Parks Superintendent Claudine Laufman said it will add a new attraction for an already popular place.

"People are using the park, but as we are adding these ammenities, we anticipate increased usage," she said. "It will be absolutely beautiful."

Laufman said it will only enchance what she calls the crown jewel of the Lafayette park system.

"Adding these improvements to the island and that area will really just make this a phenomenal place to visit," she added.

Laufman said the lagoon will also be cleaned and increased in depth.

Construction is scheduled to start in the late fall, and work will wrap up later next year.

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