PRINCETON — Gibson County Council members agreed this week to establish a line item for deposit of the reimbursable $200,000 Indiana Department of Natural Resources grant for improvements to Hopkins Family Park.

New Gibson County Park Board president Jim Hook reported the grant has been received and the donation of additional acreage from the Hopkins family to meet the $200,000 in-kind local match has been accomplished.

The park, located on Seedtick Road 1.5 miles west of Interstate 69 near Francisco, was established four years ago with the initial donation of 41 acres of family farmland to the county by Richard and Gwen Hopkins. The Hopkins family plans to eventually donate a total 160 acres to expand the park for recreation, rural education and leisure activities.

Last month, board member Will Niederhaus reported plans to develop a tournament-quality cross country course for high school and college runners this year. Other goals for 2019 include enhanced walking trails, adding a 9-house disc golf course that can be expanded, construction of a fishing lake with a handicap-accessible pier, building restrooms and hosting events including a fall car show.

Recent additions at the park include signage on the park trail by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife to illustrate native grasses and flowers and Monarch butterfly-friendly plants at the park.

Park board members meet at 6 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at the Gibson County South Annex at 203 South Prince Street in Princeton.

The park receives no funding other than donations and grants. Donations of money or in-kind contributions are welcome, email parksboard@gibsoncounty-in.gov for more information.

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