The new interactive art park in New Bremen will be under construction soon. The brain-child of Christy Shell of Zeal Coaching for Life and Career, and in partnership with Enrichment, etc!, the Village of New Bremen and Dianne Komminsk, this park is destined to draw visitors from all over the region to interact, explore and participate in a way that traditional parks do not allow. Some of the park features are: an embankment slide, a splash pad, a sun-shade structure by Tork Werks, hillside seating, and a commissioned lion sculpture. The park will be developed in the 3.4 acre area between the Lock Keeper's House and The Crown Pavilion.
In late fall of 2013, the members of Enrichment, etc!, (Michele Bambauer, Cathi Hall, and Linda Tinsley, all of New Bremen), asked permission from the village of New Bremen to apply for a grant from the 2015-16 State of Ohio Capital Bill. With the support of both Senate President Keith Faber and Representative Jim Buchy, a $250,000 grant was awarded to make improvements to the area formerly known as the Lions Club Park. In addition, the village of New Bremen has allocated $300,000 for the construction of a new 1200 square foot restroom facility to the south of the park area. This restroom facility will be located directly north of the current Crown Pavilion, alongside the historic Miami Erie Canal towpath. Dianne Komminsk, life-long resident of New Bremen, has pledged to fund the remaining portion of phase one of the park project and has dedicated an additional fund to provide for the longevity and maintenance of the park.
Since spring of 2014, the park committee has worked with John Freytag Associates and the Village of New Bremen on formulating a whimsical, but cohesive park plan. When approached by the park committee for possible sponsorship of an art piece for the park, Dianne Komminsk embraced the project, and has since become the project's primary benefactor. In addition to her love of art and her community, she believes strongly in giving back: “We need to have a passion for giving to our community. It doesn't have to be in dollars. We need to 'do': What we can, when we can, and how we can.” On April 20, 2015 the New Bremen Village Council voted to name the park, “Komminsk Legacy Park” in honor of Ms. Komminsk's generosity and her family history with the village.
Phase two of the project will begin Winter, 2016. A portion of the grant funds will be allocated to a collaborative community art project. The New Bremen TLC-OCCL and the New Bremen Class of 2022 have already donated funds to get this started, however it will take the whole community for this portion to come to fruition. There will be opportunities for monetary donations to the park through the New Bremen Foundation. These funds will be used for additional interactive art pieces and accent pieces, such as benches and swings, throughout the park.
The community is invited to the official ground-breaking for phase one of the Komminsk Legacy Park on Sunday, June 7th at 6:30pm at the Crown Pavilion, New Bremen. This will coincide with the Summer Concert Series event sponsored by the Village of New Bremen and Family Fun Night sponsored by Enrichment, etc!. Roger DeMange will provide entertainment for the evening. Interactive music, art, and games will be provided for “kids” of all ages. Please join us for this fun evening in the park!
source: Press Release from Enrichment, etc.