‘Little bit of everything’ at Columbian Park

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LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — With the feeling of summer finally arriving, officials with the Lafayette Parks Department stopped by News 18 at Noon to discuss what’s happening this season at Columbian Park.

Director of Operations Jon Miner said the Columbian Park Zoo changes to its summer hours, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, starting Saturday.

“So, a lot of exciting things happening at the zoo,” explained Miner. “We had — I believe, the latest count was — 17 goat kids born this spring. The butterfly garden is in full swing and, of course, we have the new train depot right there in the center of Columbian Park.”

But it’s not just the zoo visitors enjoy, Columbian Park would not be complete without its pool. Miner said Tropicanoe Cove opens its gates for the season Saturday at 11 a.m. and will be open Sunday, noon to 6 p.m., and Monday, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. for the Memorial Day weekend.

“So, we’re looking forward to folks coming out and enjoying the pool. And even if they’re not coming out specifically for the pool, there’s a lot of things going on in Columbian Park,” said Miner. “They can check the zoo out, and also start to see the beginnings of the renovations that we’re actually doing to Memorial Island.”

It’s not just the ‘ole fan-favorites either, Support Services Coordinator Alex Dewitt told News 18 at Noon that there are some new additions coming this season to Columbian Park.

This year kicks off the first annual Art in the Park, an art and music celebration, that will take place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. every other Wednesday beginning May 28, Dewitt said.

“So, we’ll be celebrating by having local artists and food vendors out, and local bands on Memorial Island within Columbian Park,” said Dewitt. “Well, diversity is what it’s all about.”

Dewitt said bands range from local rock to Latin fusion. She said they just wanted to “give it a little bit of everything.”

Another new addition, according to Dewitt, will be family movie night. Columbian Park will host a movie night on Memorial Island from 6:30-9:30 p.m. on the last Friday’s of May, June, July and August.

“We’ll do kids crafts, some entertainment, and then a movie showing around 8 p.m.,” said Dewitt.

As you can see there is a “little bit of everything” on the docket for Lafayette’s Columbian Park this season. If you need further information on Columbian Park or its facilities, click here.


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