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[7] Sen. Hershman: Funding Approved for Prophetstown Pool, Indiana Veterans' Home

STATEHOUSE (April 13, 2012) — Prophetstown State Park now has the funding it needs to build a swimming pool that will help generate more visitors and revenue growth, State Sen. Brandt Hershman (R-Buck Creek) announced today.


Hershman said fellow State Budget Committee members met this morning and approved Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) project funding generated through bond refinancing by the Indiana Financing Authority (IFA). Hershman has been working with the DNR and the IFA to identify funds to finance construction of a pool on the Tippecanoe County recreational site for several years.


“I appreciate DNR and IFA officials’ dedication to this issue,” Hershman said. “Residents of Tippecanoe County have specifically listed access to swimming as an important concern during public meetings. The lack of a facility has become more prominent since Battleground was forced to close its aging town pool in 2010.”


While estimates from the DNR Division of Engineering place the pool project costs between $3.5 and $3.75 million, Hershman said DNR officials also predict the additional draw of an aquatic center would increase funds available to cover the costs of the facility.


“With a new pool, campground stays will increase, helping completely fill the park’s campgrounds on weekends and offset costs,” Hershman said. “Other Indiana recreational sites have seen similar benefits from adding aquatic facilities. Brown County State Park opened a water attraction in June of 2008, and the amenity generated more than $1 million in additional funds during its first year of operation.”


Hershman added that State Budget Committee members also approved funding to replace 31-year-old elevators at the Indiana Veterans’ Home in West Lafayette, which provides nursing and domiciliary care for Hoosier service men, women and their spouses.


“Officials noted these elevators are critical to the services offered at this West Lafayette home, and they’ve been down for weeks at a time,” Hershman said. “We must ensure those who’ve made so many sacrifices for our freedoms have access to the appropriate health-care tools and facilities they need.”