IRMC Park dedication set
Indiana Regional Medical Center is finalizing plans to dedicate downtown Indiana’s new outdoor public plaza as IRMC Park.
The celebration at the people-gathering space along North Seventh Street between Philadelphia Street and Nixon Avenue will take place Saturday, March 1.
IRMC in 2007 purchased the naming rights to the pedestrian plaza with a $200,000 donation over five years from the hospital’s marketing budget.
IRMC will kick off the official opening of the park with an event called IRMC on Ice. A large ice carving will be crafted in the plaza that morning, and smaller ice sculptures will be on display in front of several downtown businesses: The Coney, Crooked Creek Creations, CNB Bank, Indiana Eye Care, Holiday Beverages, Grubs, Chateau Christine, Lucy Rae’s, Taz￩ Ristorante, Gatti Pharmacy, Wyant Fine Jewelers, William and Mary Gift Shoppe, The Finery, Renda Broadcasting, The Pizza House and Michael B Shoes.
The ice carvings will be designed by Indiana University of Pennsylvania Culinary Arts Department students with assistance from the IUP football team.
Giant Eagle Express and St. Andrew’s Village are also supporting the event.
The dedication celebration will also feature music, snacks, characters and strolling entertainment.
The event will be open to the public and will last from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Completed last fall as part of the borough’s continuing Indiana Economic Development project, IRMC Park has tables and benches, decorative lights, new trees and brick pavers in the new sidewalks. Utility wires that had been strung on poles have been moved under ground.
The park is expected to become the venue for several of the borough’s annual outdoor events and for concerts and similar gatherings.
Under the name-purchasing agreement, IRMC will use the pedestrian plaza several days a year for community health fairs, health care education seminars and health care screenings.