FREDERICKTOWN — The Knox County Partners in Tourism group met Wednesday evening at the Fredericktown Community Park to discover everything the Fredericktown Park District has to offer.
After enjoying hot dogs, marshmallows and apple cider, the group heard from host Bill Whaley, director of the Fredericktown Community Park. “Thanks for this opportunity,” said Whaley, in addressing the group. “We’re proud of our park. It has been here since 1980, starting with 14 acres. Today, we have 130 acres and five parks,” he said.
Whaley told of the history of the park, telling of many individuals and groups who came together to help make the park possible. “It was a rare opportunity to get this. It became reality with the help of a lot of different people. The Fredericktown spirit was great. We found ways to get it done.”
Like a hidden jewel tucked away in a little corner of Fredericktown, the park is still a secret to many. “There are so many people who say ‘I had no idea this was here,’” said Whaley. “They come here and see our spectacular views, see our amenities the park has to offer and the different programs available at the Education Center, and they are simply amazed. This adds more than anything else to the community in many aspects.”