Staff Report , Pharos-Tribune, Logansport, Ind.
July 11, 2022—A special ceremony to honor late judge Julian Ridlen at AIM High Park, 2496 E. County Road 125 North, came with some additional news.
Cass County announced Sunday will invest in hiring Johnson Consulting of Chicago in a move to kick start park development plans that have stalled for 15 years.
Ridlen had wanted to expand the park with more baseball diamonds and other sports facilities that could be utilized for tournaments. Ground was broken in 2007 to begin adding four baseball fields and up to eight football and soccer fields at the park thanks to donated farmland from the Cass County Commissioners.
The park was originally created by the Honorable Julian Ridlen as one of the many programs he developed for area youths. He passed away on Oct. 10, 2017, at the age of 77.
Johnson Consulting has assisted with the development of similar facilities in Bloomington, Elkhart, Hammond, Richmond and in many other states across the nation.
“They are going to come to town for us,” said Judge Stephen Kitts, who presided over the ceremony. “They are going to conduct research and market analysis determining who needs the park, what facilities are needed to accommodate those needs, project recommendations for the approximate size and scope of the venue for the market, financial impact analysis.”
Over 30 people attended the ceremony on July 10 to honor the late judge. The park was officially dedicated and renamed as the Julian Ridlen Aim High Park.
“The county is making a substantial investment in this park and this project is back on the track,” Kitts said during the ceremony.
Originally published in the Pharos Tribune on July 11, 2022.