VINCENNES, INDIANA (January 29, 2016) The Knox County Community Foundation is partnering with Vincennes University to help support the Kimmell Park Community Project, which seeks to revitalize and restore Vincennes’ 8.5 acre riverfront park and its adjoining 54 acres of woodlands. Vincennes University has established a designated non-permanent fund with the Community Foundation to support the project, and all gifts to the fund will be utilized toward the improvement of Kimmell Park. As the sponsoring organization, the Knox County Community Foundation will receive donations toward the project, through the fund, and be a vehicle for contributions to assure the Project’s completion.
The revitalized Kimmell Park will feature recreational space along the river’s edge, hosting not only visitors to the park daily but also larger community and regional events. The Kimmell Park Community Project will help foster additional overall economic growth in Knox County and be an important initiative for improving quality of life and public spaces in the county.
“The Knox County Community Foundation is proud to be a part of this revitalization and important quality of place initiative,” says Laura Bogard, President of the Knox County Community Foundation’s Advisory Board. “We are pleased to receive donations toward the project which will forever make a difference in our community.”
The project compliments several other initiatives taking place in Vincennes including the recent Oliphant Drive improvements, Second Street Renovation and Main Street revitalization.
In the 1930’s the historic Kimmell Park was funded by Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal in conjunction with the Works Progress Administration (WPA). Located along the banks of the Wabash River, Kimmell Park was a thriving tourist attraction and destination for families in Southwest Indiana. The riverfront and Kimmell Park can again become a place that significantly benefits the development of Vincennes’ downtown area, enhances the city’s ability to attract businesses, creates a more desirable convention and visitor environment, and provides a venue for entertainment events to be enjoyed by visitors and residents.
About the Knox County Community Foundation
Celebrating 20 years, the Knox County Community Foundation is a charitable resource devoted to the local community.
A partner of the Community Foundation Alliance with oversight by a local 24-member Advisory, the Foundation is made up of a collection of over 130 funds, established by caring people who give back to causes and organizations in the community. Gifts to the Foundation leave a permanent legacy through the power of endowment, where earnings are used to make grants and scholarships that benefit the community forever.
The Knox County Community Foundation helps people make a difference where it matters, invest in the future of the community they love, and create greater good together. The Foundation’s office is located in at 20 N Third Street, Suite 301 in Vincennes. To learn more, call 812.886.0093 or visit www.knoxcountyfoundation.org.