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Donations sought to expand fitness park

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SWING: Professional Piddlers (from left to right) Stan Bippus, Richard Wymer, Jerry Martin and Bill Lucker work on the Lake Clare Fitness Park last summer. This spring, they plan to add more obstacles to the course.
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AUCTION:Juergen’s Do It Center employee Abby Haskett stands next to the structure that is being auctioned off to help pay for materials for the tire obstacle and warped wall that areplanned tobe installed this spring.

by Andrew Maciejewski - amaciejewski@h-ponline.com

The Professional Piddlers Association, a group of retired veterans who volunteer locally and built the Lake Claire Fitness Park, is asking for support to help raise money to install more features on the obstacle course.

Since it was installed, the park has seen constant traffic from both inside and outside of the county, drawing groups from as far as Indianapolis to try it out. Stan Bippus, President of the Professional Piddlers, said the park was built to get young adults, children and parents outside playing together while also remaining physically fit.

The park was built entirely from donations and volunteers, and this March, the Professional Piddlers are planning to install two warped walls, one for adults and one for children. A warped wall is an obstacle that gained notoriety on the television show American Ninja Warrior, and it is a nearly 14-foot curved ramp that contestants have to run quickly in order to reach the lip before pulling themselves on top of the wall.

They also plan to install a tire obstacle that is similar to a cargo net climb, where people will climb a grid of tires before reaching the top and climbing down the opposite side.

In order to raise money to pay for the cost of materials, they have constructed a structure that can be used as a tiny library, a landscaping piece, an accent piece in a business office, or perhaps as a storage container in a children’s bedroom for toys, books, or clothing. The “tiny library” is 22 inches wide, 14 inches deep, and 28 inches high. 

This structure can be won via a blind auction and will be on display at the Juergen’s Do It Center in Huntington until March 16, 2019. Individuals may write down a bid for the structure until 8:00 pm on March 16th at Juergen’s or by calling 260-224-6635 and leaving a bid along with their name and phone number.

Anyone who would like to make a donation to the fitness park to help raise money for new obstacle can send their donation to the Fitness Park, Huntington County Community Foundation at 356 West Park Drive in Huntington, IN 46750.