LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)—Demolition is underway for the Jenks Rest Building at Columbian Park. It is being torn down to make way for additional parking and a new restroom. The decision is part of Lafayette park's master plan.
The Jenks Rest Building has served the community in many ways for many years. Park leaders say with all of the revitalization happening in Columbian Park, it'll help contribute to just that.
According to Lafayette Parks & Recreation the building is named after George E. Jenks who created a family trust fund. The funds would eventually be generously gifted to the city. The purpose was to construct a "public pavilion" in Columbian Park. Jenks Rest Building opened its doors in 1961.
It served as a home for many local organizations such as Junior Achievement and 4-H. Lafayette Parks & Rec Superintendent Claudine Laufman said demolishing this piece of history is very sad. But it will serve a greater purpose.
"We will have new programs, new facilities, we've got the new penguin exhibit at the zoo, we have Loeb Stadium, all of these different projects are just really enhancing the overall experience at Columbian Park and certainly restrooms are a big part of that," said Laufman.
Laufman said demolition started Monday morning around 8 and will take two weeks before it is completely demolished.