The big news is out of the bag now. The Cowsills are returning to Indian Lake next spring. They sang “Indian Lake,” a top 10 hit in the ‘60s that has been adopted as the Lake’s very own anthem. It’s been 10 years since the Cowsills have performed at Indian Lake.
Also, more big news: A disk golf course will be built at Indian Lake State Park and an archery range is planned along with new beach playgrounds and shade shelters.
So, what’s with all these big announcements? Well, it’s that time of the year for the annual big meeting of the Indian Lake Development Corporation.
They call it Dredge Day, which may prompt one to conjure up images of the bottom of a lake being dredged of weeds and sediment by some big barge-looking floating machine. And although the ILDC has been instrumental in all aspects of enhancing dredging efforts at the lake, “Dredge Day,” really has more to do with “dredging up” a review of what has been accomplished at the lake over the past year and a peek into the future of what is soon to come.
“It is an annual event where the Indian Lake Development Corporation invites local and state legislators, department directors and other dignitaries to spend the day at Indian Lake, make presentations and give ideas for the Lake’s future,” said Dale Frymyer, president of the ILDC
“Leaders get an opportunity to see first-hand what has been accomplished at Indian Lake, which sets a foundation for future projects. The ILDC also utilizes this day as an opportunity to thank all those who have been instrumental in aiding the lake through funding from various sources,” adds Frymyer.
In 1983, the ILDC was established as a non-profit organization whose mission is to partner with the Indian Lake State Park Manager on projects that are for the improvement of the Park.
Projects past and present
Past and current ILDC projects include: the construction of a multi-purpose building at the state park campground, co-sponsorship of the Fall Festival & Maple Syrup Festivals, the Memorial Tree Program, assisted in funding of the lake’s weed harvester/ dredger, construction of the new dog park at Old Field Beach, and acquiring funds for playground equipment for all around the lake.
This year’s Dredge Day was the 35th Annual where over 100 stakeholders gathered at the multipurpose building at the State Park’s campground on Friday, September 14th. Featured speakers included Russells Point Mayor Robin Reames, Indian Lake Watershed Project Executive Director Abbi Hastings, Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce & CVB Executive Director Pam Miller, State Representative Nino Vitale, Logan County Commissioner Dustin Wickersham, Logan County Sheriff Randy Dobbs and Dredge Administrator Tom Grabow.
Some of the highlights of this year’s meeting include the following announcements: Dredge administrator Tom Grabow reported that the equivalent of over 7000 dump truck loads of sediment has been dredged out of the lake so far this year, Pam Miller reported that the Chamber had a very successful year of community events and festivals, businesses reported strong sales during the tourist season, Sheriff Randy Dobbs reported the start of a new citizens police academy. It was also reported that opiate abuse is down in the community, the new 7.6 million spillway was completed this year, Nashville Hitmakers raised significant funds for the Watershed Project and State Park manger George Sholtis stated that Indian Lake State Park was the second highest revenue earning state park in Ohio.
Some exciting future projects and events that were revealed at the meeting include an announcement from Pam Miller that the Cowsills will be returning to the lake to perform in the spring, construction of an archery range at Moundwood is planned, the adding of playground equipment to Fox Island, plans for a disk golf course and construction of new shade Shelters at Old Field Beach( which is already underway)
ILDC President Dale Frymyer and ILDC Park Volunteer Chairman Charlie Strete also reviewed many of the other volunteer projects done by the ILDC members over the years.
Ron Brohm is a regular contributor to this newspaper.