Brick by brick



The walkway in front of the stage at the new Heritage Park in Brownstown will be constructed using 1,100 engraved brick pavers.

The terra cotta-colored bricks will be 4-inches-by-8-inches and 8-inches-by-8-inches. Area individuals, businesses and organizations can purchase bricks and have them engraved with names, dedications, important dates and slogans.

The smaller brick, which costs $100, can have up to three lines with up to 18 characters per line, including spaces and punctuation.

The larger brick costs $200 and has a maximum of six lines with up to 18 characters per line.

A sample of the smaller brick and forms for purchasing the pavers are available at Brownstown Town Hall, 200 W. Walnut St., during regular business hours.

Money from the sales helps finance the project.

During a recent Heritage Park committee meeting, Carl Shake announced he would buy all of the bricks. Shake, owner of Brownstown Electric Supply Co., also found someone to do the foundation work for the park’s pavilion at no cost to the town, and his company also will provide electricity and light poles for the 0.45-acre park at 121 E. Walnut St.

Project contractor Mike Tormoehlen has tabbed Andy Rumph with Woodlawn Life Celebration Centre in Seymour to do the engraving of the bricks.

The first placement of the engraved bricks will occur in early fall. For pavers to be in the first installment, they must be purchased by Sept. 9. Bricks purchased after that date will be added to the walkway at a later time.

John Nolting, a member of the Heritage Park committee and president of the Brownstown Town Council, said he hopes work on the 40-foot-by-40-foot pavilion is completed and more sidewalk is placed by the end of this month.

Recreation Unlimited of Noblesville began assembling the roof of the pavilion June 20, and the plans were to have it in place later that week. It has taken a little longer, however, to complete because of some minor issues.

“It is taking longer to put in the tongue and groove boards in that the roof is going to eventually cover up,” Brownstown Clerk-Treasurer David Willey said. “These tongue and groove boards will add a really nice look to the inside of the pavilion.”

Willey said the issue was easy to fix, but there were some other complications that slowed assembly of the roof.

One involved having a crane that was too small for the job, which forced a one-day delay so a larger crane could be brought to the site.

The project also was delayed briefly so Duke Energy could come and bury a power line that was going to end up being in the way of the new pavilion, Willey said.

The structure, which includes a cupola to match the look of the nearby Brownstown Public Library, costs $81,800.

In the fall, attention will turn to landscaping, which is being coordinated by Margie Strange, who works for Schneider Nursery Inc. She is a member of the Heritage Park committee.

Nolting said a class at Brownstown Central High School may help with the landscaping project.

The lawn also will be seeded in the fall, and a committee soon will be set up to handle scheduling of events at the park.

The committee also has begun discussions about erecting some type of historical display featuring information about the feed mill that stood for more than 100 years at the site of the new park.

Sally Lawson, a reporter with The Jackson County Banner, a sister paper to The Tribune, contributed to this story.

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Engraved brick pavers to be placed in front of the Heritage Park stage in Brownstown are available to order.

A 4-inch-by-8-inch brick is $100 and can have up to three lines with up to 18 characters per line, including spaces and punctuation.

An 8-inch-by-8-inch brick, with a maximum of six lines and 18 characters per line, is available for $200.

A sample of the smaller brick can be seen and order forms can be obtained at Brownstown Town Hall, 200 W. Walnut St.

To be a part of the first installment, the brick pavers must be purchased by Sept. 9.

Checks should be made payable to Brownstown Heritage Park.


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