Elkhart, Ind., Mayor Dick Moore announced today the city is a recipient of the 2011 Cummins Environmental Challenge Grant.
According to a press release, the $10,000 check was presented to Moore by Kathy Rosebrook, senior process engineer at Cummins Onan Corp. in Elkhart. The grant will be used to make additional improvements to the former LaBour Pump brownfield on Sterling Avenue.
The property was historically an industrial manufacturing facility and closed its operations in 2005. Since that closing until July 2010 the property had been abandoned and was not only a deteriorating eyesore but also a public nuisance.
In July 2010 the City of Elkhart had the property razed and environmentally remediated in accordance with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) action plans. Potential uses for this very narrow strip of land were quite limited in scope. The City of Elkhart decided to transform this former brownfield site within the city’s industrial corridor into a self-sustaining environmental park.
Preliminary plans include raised bed gardens, a walking/biking path, and a greenhouse with community access. Future plans include renewable energy sources placed within the park such as wind and solar.
Cummins Inc. said it views the LaBour Pump project as a platform to increase their employees’ involvement and positively impact the community.
“This grant demonstrates Cummins’ long-standing commitment to the communities where its operations are located,” said Mayor Moore. “It is through gifts such as this that the city is able to make the improvements that are needed without putting additional strain on the city’s budget. I am proud and humbled by the dedication of our corporate partners and their employees that continue to demonstrate a desire to improve the community where they live, work, and play.”