Indian Trails Park sees improvement

A newly built band shell sits at Indian Trails Park in Aboite Township. The cover was designed for use with the park’s annual Concerts on the Green series, which kicks off July 10. (Megan Knowles)

By Megan Knowles

ABOITE TOWNSHIP — Visitors to Aboite Township’s Indian Trails Park may have noticed some changes in the past several weeks.

About two weeks ago a band shell was constructed at the park by Raber Patio Enclosures and Furniture from Shipshewana.

The addition was made with the annual summer concert series in mind, Aboite Civil Township Office Manager Chris Perez said.

“It is just a cover just so our bands won’t have to be so concerned about the weather,” she said. “If it’s questionable they can still set up and have their equipment protected.”

The band shell is part of other improvements to the park including renovations to the playground — also completed by Raber — as well as landscaping and restroom renovations, Perez said.

“We replaced their roof on their clubhouse where the swing set is,” Raber President Chris Schlabach said. “They have another gazebo we repaired (as well).”

The new band shell took about four days to construct, Schlabach said, as did the additional repair work.

Funds for the updates came from leftover monies from a park improvement loan, Perez said.

“A couple years ago we built the pickleball courts, and that project came in under budget so we were able to have some leftover money to make other improvements,” she said.

The band shell comes just in time for the first Concerts on the Green performance of 2019, which will take place July 10 at the park.

Natural rock seating has also been added, according to the township’s Facebook page.

“I just invite everyone to come out and see all the improvements our new trustee has made to the park and just join other members of the community and enjoy the concerts,” Perez said.

New trustee Mike Meyers took office Jan. 1.