Anita Carfield, manager of Waggener Community Pool, addressed the Rushville Parks Board Tuesday night in regard to the summer swim season.

Carfield reported that there were 13 individual passes, three group passes and 51 family passes to the pool sold thus far. Swim lessons are off to a slow start, but will hopefully pick back up with the end of area Vacation Bible Schools. (See Thursday’s edition of the Rushville Republican for more news on the Waggener Community Pool).

Parks Department director Danny Mathews reported that he has not yet had time to tend to the skate park, but that the matter is on the top of his agenda. Vandalism in the parks has been down to the presence of the Parks Patrol and other park-goers, he said.

Mathews also reported that his staff is hard at work preparing the grounds for this weekend’s Relay for Life in South Veterans Memorial Park.

June 24 will be the next concert at the Riverside Park Amphitheater with Soulbus and Toy Factory performing.

“The last concert went well, and I really hope this one will be the same,” Mathews said.

The Parks Board also addressed the issue of the use of the curtains by patrons who rent out the amphitheater for personal events. The cost to rent the amphitheater for weddings, family reunions or other gatherings is currently set at $100 for a damage deposit and $150 for rental. Renters are warned up front that the damage deposit is nonrefundable if the amphitheater is not left in the same shape it was found in.

Saturday, a wedding was held in the facility. Due to the rain, wedding party members used the $5,000 curtains on the amphitheater to block out the elements. They used a sharp instrument to cut the curtains down from their secured locations without permission and moved a scissor lift from inside the amphitheater to the outside, exposing it to the rainy weather.

This drew concern from the Parks Department, as well as the board, due to the high cost of the curtains. The members voted to re-word the lease to read: “If curtains are the be used, the renting party must notify the city at least three days in advance of the event so that arrangements can be made to release them by city personnel only. An additional fee of $100 will be included in the rental of the facility for the use of the curtains.”

Mathews also reported that he was given a quote from Hoosier Hoops in regard to new regulation-size goals for the Laughlin Park.

“I think these goals would be a really nice addition to a park that really needs a lot of attention right now,” Mathews said. “It’s time for improvement.”

The Parks Board granted the request.

David Hasecuster also reported that at 6 p.m. Friday evening in Carthage, a skatepark demonstration will take place on Main Street for skating enthusiasts. (See Thursday’s edition of the Rushville Republican for more information on this special display.)

Community members are also reminded by the Parks Department that children and their bicycles should steer clear of the fitness trail in South Veterans Memorial Park in conjunction with the Relay for Life weekend. Patrons are asked to park at the Rush County Fairgrounds in the gravel lot. A people-mover will be provided for the event.

Rushville Republican staff writer Elizabeth Gist can be contacted at (765) 932-2222 or via e-mail at To add a comment visit our Website at