Thursday, December 21, 2023
AUBURN, Ind. – The sale of a 2.7-acre tract of land at Memorial Park to DeKalb Metal Finishing will bring an end to traffic issues along Fifteenth Street.
For years trucks utilizing the manufacturing facility’s truck docks have block the eastbound lane of traffic, causing traffic backups during the facility’s operating hours. The sale of the land will allow DeKalb Metal Finishing to relocate the truck docks off of Fifteenth Street.
With the sale of the land being completed on Friday, DeKalb Metal Finishing donated an additional $100,000 to the city, which will benefit the renovations to Memorial Park.
Memorial Park renovations will be made possible through the Hoosier Enduring Legacy Program (HELP). The city received $1 million matching grant through the HELP program, which will drastically transform the park. Renovations will begin in late 2024 and continue through 2025.
During a short check presentation ceremony Thursday morning at Memorial Park Dennis Fry, DeKalb Metal Finishing owner said he is excited for the transformation of the park. He was accompanied by Matt Morris, manager and Dave Houser, plant manager.
Representing the city was Mayor Mike Ley, Natalie DeWitt, council president, Emily Prosser, council District 5 representative, Eric Ditmars, superintendent Auburn Parks and Recreation Department and Kellie Knauer, Building and Planning Department administrator. Ann Finchum, executive director of Auburn Main Street was also on hand.
The transformation of the park will include nearly a mile of walking trails, pickleball courts, fitness nodes along the trail, a new restroom and pavilion and more.