Starke County Park Board Reevaluating Five-Year Plan

starke-county-courthouseEfforts to create a five-year plan for Starke County park facilities have hit a bit of an obstacle. The Starke County Park Board had been discussing the possibility of getting a grant from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs to help pay for the planning process. But to qualify for the grant, the county would have to prove that residents’ incomes fall beneath a certain threshold. Continue reading

Knox Mayor Elaborates on Performance Stage Plans

Wythogan Park Performance Stage rendering
This rendering of the performance stage in Wythogan Park shows the location of the proposed amenity to the northeast of the entrance facing U.S. 35.

Knox Mayor Dennis Estok is turning his focus to building an ampitheatre at Wythogan Park now that the splash pad is complete. During last night’s town hall meeting, Estok said the new amenity has been an unparalleled success. Continue reading

Knox Mayor Unveils Performance Stage Rendering, Seeks Input

Wythogan Park Performance Stage renderingKnox Mayor Dennis Estok is ready to focus on the next planned Wythogan Park improvement. He shared a rendering of the proposed band stage with the city council Tuesday evening. The 18×30 foot structure will sit in the grassy area between the park entrance and the splash pad. Estok wants to use local fieldstones for the retaining walls and columns to mirror the columns at the park’s entrance. Continue reading

WoodStarke Planning Continues

WoodStarke logoPlans are moving ahead for the third annual WoodStarke festival. Visitors to this September’s event in Wythogan Park in Knox can expect to see several musical acts and various types of artwork, including woodcarving, photography, and painting. Organizer Jacob Lippner says there are even plans to work with library representatives to incorporate the written word into WoodStarke 3. Continue reading

Knox Eases Into Golf Cart Ordinance Enforcement


Knox residents whose golf carts are equipped with headlights and taillights will be allowed to drive them to Wythogan Park for Saturday’s events leading up to the fireworks show. However, they will still be charged the $10 per vehicle gate fee to get in and will not be allowed to drive their carts around the park while the activities are going on. Continue reading

Ribbon Cutting Scheduled for Knox Splash Pad

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Knox Councilman Don Kring and Mayor Dennis Estok lay sod at the splash pad in Wythogan Park in anticipation of Saturday’s ribbon cutting.

The splash pad in Wythogan Park is ready for summer. Knox Mayor Dennis Estok is hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony for the city’s newest attraction on Saturday, May 28 at 11 a.m. Members of the public are invited. Continue reading

Knox Council Approves Band Stage Funding

City_of_Knox_LogoThe City of Knox did not receive a grant to build a band stage at Wythogan Park, but that doesn’t mean the project will be scrapped. Mayor Dennis Estok told the city council last night the city has received a $10,000 anonymous donation for the project. The Knox Redevelopment Commission has also set aside $40,000 for it. Continue reading