Friends of Ouabache SP receives donation for tower restoration
Efforts to restore the Ouabache State Park fire tower recently received a boost from ProFed Credit Union.
ProFed presented the Friends of Ouabache State Park group with $500 toward restoring the tower.
The credit union is also accepting donations for the project at its Bluffton and Decatur branches.
The 100-foot tower at Ouabache State Park was built in 1935 by the Civilian Conservation Corps. The tower needs repairs. Park officials closed it in April 2015 due to safety concerns.
Restoration is expected to cost about $75,000. Due to budget constraints, the project must be funded entirely through donations.
Before its closure, the tower was a popular park feature. On busy weekends, an estimated 100 visitors would climb it daily to view the park, its bison enclosure, and the surrounding farm country.
Friends of Ouabache State Park is a nonprofit group with a mission of improving the park.
To donate to the project, visit gofundme.com and search for Restore the Fire Tower.
ProFed Credit Union serves businesses and consumers in Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Noble, Wells and Whitley counties.
Ouabache State Park (stateparks.IN.gov/2975.htm) is at 4930 E. St. Road 201, Bluffton, 46714.