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The Awareness Washington County (AWC) Class of 2014 is pleased to announce the GRAND OPENING of its class project – the COMMUNITY FITNESS PARK – on Thursday, July 9 at 5 pm.

The public is invited and food and drink will be available. Come celebrate the opening of this family friendly park which is located at the corner of Homer and Mill Streets in Salem, Indiana.Community Fitness Park_Salem, Indiana

The Community Fitness Park is in close proximity to the Walking Trail, contains 9 pieces of permanent outdoor exercise equipment and is free to the public.

The Salem Tree Board has generously agreed to provide and plant shade trees at the site. Picnic tables made by local craftsman Jacob Schmidt will be placed amongst the trees.

Further local support has come from equipment sponsors, as well as materials and financial donors; Eddie Gilstrap Motors, John Jones, St. Vincent Salem Hospital, Salem Crossing, GKN, Senior Citizens Center, Jeans Extrusions, Jason Wade State Farm, La Gene’s Jewelers, Quick Seal, Meadowview, Fox Purlee, Knapp Miller Brown, Marshall Monuments, Salem Lumber, Deer Country, Ace Hardware, Ewen Insurance, Anne Terrell and Tom Fultz. Residents of the immediate neighborhood have donated good will, valuable advice and insight as well as tools.

The class extends a special thank you to Temple and Temple, who excavated and drilled through rock in order to prepare the site; without their help, the project would have been impossible at its current location. Property was donated by the City of Salem; it was formerly owned and donated by the Tarr family.

The purpose of Awareness Washington County is to develop informed, skilled, and committed civic leadership. The program is designed to assist a diverse group of participants in acquiring a broad understanding of the issues facing the Washington County area, fostering leadership potential, enriching leadership skills, and building relationships that will facilitate collaborative efforts in resolving today’s and tomorrow’s challenges. It is a leadership development experience different from most of the trainings given by companies.

AWC helps individuals develop and strengthen their own leadership potential, empowering them to make positive change in the community wherever they see the need. Anyone who lives or works in Washington County is eligible for membership. Contact Marji Morris ([email protected]) or Debbie Mildenburger ([email protected]) for more details or to join next year’s class.