The City of Marion plans to renovate the fishing pond and inflowing streams at Matter Park in the summer/fall utilizing a crowdfunding grant. The City was awarded a $20,000 matching grant through the Community Foundation of Grant County requiring the City to raise a remaining $20,000 via crowdfunding.
Mayor Jess Alumbaugh stated, “The City is grateful for the opportunity and for the Community Foundation’s continued support of our parks. Contributing to the crowdfunding grant is a wonderful way for the community to invest in our beautiful Matter Park.”
The City committed funds for the project, and additional grant proposals were submitted.
The City plans to work with Ecosystems Connections Institute, LLC, to restore the pond and improve the beauty of the park through a two-phase, multi-task approach. The first phase will include renovation of the pond and two inflow streams. The pond banks will be restructured to reduce erosion and provide easier access to the water. Glacial stone and native vegetation will be installed to reinforce the banks, add natural beauty, and provide wildlife habitat. Fish nesting structures will be installed in the pond, and a variety of native fish will be restocked to improve recreational fishing. The second phase will involve the outflow stream from the pond to the Mississinewa River, and eventually glacial stone and native vegetation. The stream had been cleared of sediment in 2019 to flow freely to the river with support of local citizens such as Jim Gartland and Cindy and Courtney Gorman.
Project leader, Taylere McCoy, expressed, “We are excited for the opportunities the project will yield for the community, and for the partnerships created through it. It will improve aesthetics and add new opportunities for Matter Park visitors in order to reenergize a popular and safe spot for anglers of all ages. The pond and its streams will invite all to explore nature, discover wildlife, take pictures, or just relax. Importantly, water quality of the pond will be improved to prevent contaminants into the Mississinewa River.”
McCoy may be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or 765.668.4468.
The deadline to donate toward the matching $20,000 is July 11th, 2022.