---- — The City of Rushville is welcoming yet another new amenity to its park system! Thanks to Danny Mathews and the Park’s Department and to Jemmy Miller and the Street Department, Rushville now has a canoe/boat launch ramp on the Flatrock River. The new ramp is the first phase of a plan to open up the river and the south side of Riverside Park for public access. South Riverside Park is located south and west of the State Road 3 Bridge over the Flatrock River.
“The Flatrock was very important to the early settlers and to the development of Rushville and Rush County,” said Mayor Mike Pavey. “It is time the City rediscovers this wonderful asset and takes advantage of it.”
The ramp is designed for the launching of small boats and canoes and it will allow residents and visitors the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful vistas and fishing that the river offers. The cost of the ramp and gravel access is estimated to cost around $3,000. The project has been aided by the help of William Farthing, who used the parking lot design and construction as his Eagle Scout project. The remainder of the projects construction was provided by the Rushville City Departments.
The curb cuts along the highway are presently being redesigned to upgrade the access to allow an entry and exit lane. When the Street Department’s work load lessens, their goal will be to widen the lanes down into the parking area. Bollards will be added to restrict motor vehicles in the parking lot and to have access into the remainder of the park. The new parking will allow access to the south side nature trail.
“The south side nature trail is unbelievable! It is a great escape, and I hope citizens take advantage of it with this new access,” said Mayor Pavey.
An official ribbon cutting will be announced in the Spring of 2014.