Chalmers Designs Nature Park Logo

Chalmers, 13, Designs Sugar Creek Nature Park Logo
Journal Review 4/8/2009
by Frank Phillips

Years, perhaps decades from now, Hannah Chalmers will be able to point to the logo for the Crawfordsville Nature Park and say, “I designed that.”

Chalmers, 13, had the winning entry in the logo contest conducted by the Nature Park committee.

“It came down to two entries and we chose Hannah’s,” said Shannon Hudson, a committee member.

The entries were judged without names attached so each entry would be evaluated on its own merit. Hudson is also Chalmers’ science teacher at Tuttle Middle School. All Tuttle students were invited to submit a logo, including the 145students in Hudson’s classes.

Chalmers said, “I go down to the creek a lot and I drew what I saw there.”

She said she hasn’t seen an eagle at the creek, but wanted to use one in her drawing

.“It’s an excellent logo,” said Gary Weliever, committee member. “We will take it and use it well.”

Josh Carpenter, a local graphic artist, digitized Chalmers’ design, adding color to it. Hudson said students found it daunting when they learned the winning logo would be displayed at the entrance to the 64-acre park that will stretch across U.S. 231 from Elston Park ball diamonds to Sugar Creek.

The logo will be used on literature and in various other ways to promote the Nature Park.

“It will be around as long as the Nature Park,” Hudson said.

Mayor Charlie Coons presented Chalmers with a plaque Tuesday, expressing appreciation for her work on the logo, as her family looked on.

Chalmers is the daughter of Mike and Julie Chalmers. Her sisters, Lindsay and Sarah, were present.

Work has begun on the Nature Park. A parking lot has been graded and paved using material donated by the Indiana Department of Transportation, left over from the U.S. 231 N. project. City equipment was used to lay the pavement, Coons said.

A clean up day has been planned May 16 by Friends of Sugar Creek and the Nature Park Committee. It will start at 8 a.m. and lunch will be provided. Interested persons should meet at Elston Park by the softball diamonds. Call the mayor’s office,364-5160, for more information.

In November, nearly 40 people helped pick up trash from the area ,said Troy Mitchell, a committee member.

A budget of $56,347 has been set for the park with $21,178 raised as of Tuesday. The budgeted amount will be used for materials to build two large shelters, 17 picnic tables, a weather station and other items.

Recently, money has been donated by the Montgomery County Community Foundation and Indiana American Water Company for three picnic tables. Many other donations have been made as well, Coons said.

“When I got this position, I knew I wanted to utilize the acres near the ball fields,” Coons said. “With all the bad economic news, what a positive entrance to our town this will make.”