West Lafayette's newest regional park
Cason Family Park exemplifies how community generosity makes a lasting impact for generations. Thanks to community member Lynn Cason, a 14-acre parcel was donated to the Foundation to preserve the Morris Schoolhouse and develop future park space. Located on Cumberland Avenue, near US 231, the nearly 30-acre designated park is currently in the design phase, with construction expected to begin in 2023. Cason Family Park will feature nature-play-focused playgrounds, trails, water features, public facilities, and Morris Schoolhouse.
The Morris Schoolhouse has a rich history as one of over 100 schoolhouses in the region. This modest schoolhouse was constructed in 1879 and operated for nearly 40 years. The Morris Schoolhouse was lucky enough to have Lynn Cason become its caretaker beginning in 1964.
When Cason decided to sell the schoolhouse's land, he was determined not to leave the building behind. The parcel of land east of the original location was donated to the Foundation and, with community support, moved the schoolhouse to its new home. Led by past Foundation board member Sue Eiler, community members and volunteers rallied together to restore the building for future educational programming. To learn more about the restoration of Morris Schoolhouse, click here!
Cason Family Park will be the community's newest regional park since the 1980s! Careful consideration went into the park's design for sustainable maintenance, nature-based play for children of all ages, and unique recreational activities. Below are some of those essential amenities for the community to enjoy!
Developing the next regional park for our community takes resources to make it happen. From nature-play-focused playgrounds, to programming the Morris Schoolhouse, your contributions will make Cason Family Park a reality. Donate today!