Finchville Park to be dedicated Sunday

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By Walt Reichert

Finchville Park is finally taking shape, and its new shelter and trail will be dedicated this weekend.

The dedication starts at 12:30 p.m. Sunday with an old-fashioned potluck lunch. Shelbyville/Shelby County Parks and Recreation, which runs the park, will provide chicken and drinks and guests are asked to bring a dish. Those wanting to come should RSVP to the parks at 633-5059.

The shelter contains an open, covered space with picnic tables. Inside are restrooms, an activity area and an open space for meetings. Shelbyville/Shelby County Parks and Recreation Director Clay Cottongim said the space inside would hold 40-50 people.

The paved trail circling the perimeter of the 13-acre park will be dedicated to Opal Metts, a long-time resident of Finchville known for her walking about the community, Cottongim said.

The county paid $90,000 for the property in 2004. Both the shelter and trail were funded with state and federal grant money. Cottongim said the shelter cost approximately $125,000.

Long-range plans call for athletic fields, playgrounds and a splash park. Cottongim said the park plans to put in a playground by the end of this summer. The park may also put in soccer goals later this summer on land that has been graded and seeded. Future projects will have to wait on funding and grants, he said.

“The splash park will probably go in last because it's going to take a pretty good chunk of change,” he said.

Former Magistrate Jim Robertson, who represented Finchville on Shelby County Fiscal Court when the park was purchased in 2004, said he is pleased with the project so far.

“I'm glad to see them following the master plan laid out for the park,” Robertson said. “Finchville is very fortunate to have the first park in the county outside the limits of Shelbyville or Simpsonville.”