(WHAS11) -- It's the new face of Charlestown, Ind. city leaders hope a new family park will signal more growth in their community.
“I think that if there is stuff to do when they are small, and as they grow, that will make them want to stay here,” Melissa Luther, a mother who lives in Charlestown, said. “…that’s great and there are so many businesses coming here and room for new houses. I think it's wonderful.”
The Family Activity Park opened this week in Charlestown, Ind.
“I am excited about it,” Kelly Cissell said. “We don't have anything like the water park or the spray grounds in this local area so it's nice to have something closer.”
The $1.8 million park includes a spray ground, roller skating rink, a skate park and a playground. The bulk of the money to build the park came from redevelopment funds and the rest came from the general fund surplus.
City leaders hope the park is positioning Charlestown to retain families and bring in new families.
“With the bridge coming in and River Ridge off Highway 62 and what we need is to just get our families to stay here to come here and to facilitate what we have and make people want to stay here,” Rhonda Davidson, supervisor of the Charlestown Parks and Recreation, said.
What you see here is just the beginning. Two, 18 hole, putt-putt courses will go in behind the playground and the city is in early talks with the school system to put in a pool for the students to use for swim teams.