Memorial park in Whiteland gets new lights

Five new street lamps recently were installed in Proctor Memorial Park in New Whiteland.

The new lights were installed with help from a $5,400 grant from the Johnson County Community Foundation. The remaining $10,000 needed for the lighting project was raised in September during a welcome home motorcycle ride for Vietnam veterans. The lighting installation by Duke Energy cost $15,716.

The street lamps will provide better security for the park, according to a news release.

This is the third grant the park has received from the Johnson County Community Foundation since it was built in 2007. Previous grants were awarded for the park to add playground equipment and netting around the park’s pond, New Whiteland clerk-treasurer Maribeth Alspach said.

More street lamps may be added to the park later, but more money will need to be raised first, Alspach said.

Proctor Memorial Park was created in honor of Whiteland Community High School graduate Joseph “Joey” Proctor, who died while serving in Iraq in 2006. The park includes memorials for local military members, law enforcement and emergency responders, and is located at 499 Tracy Road.