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Ceramic tiles capture the spirit of one community
By Chris Barnett / October 4, 2016 /   Loading Disqus...
Dozens of ceramic tiles are spread out on a piece of fabric the size of a sofa. They are awaiting installation at the Jamiel’s Park Outdoor Skating Rink in Warren.

The rink, which is the only Olympic-size inline skating rink in the area, is an important resource for the community. As part of the summer camp program, the town’s children worked with local artist Ellen Blomgren and the Imago Foundation for the Arts to produce the tiles.

Four different panels were created; each depicting colorful scenes of town life like playgrounds and boating. These panels will welcome visitors to Jamiel’s Park, a 13-acre waterfront park in the heart of downtown. This public art project will serve as an exhibit of the strong bond between residents and the community spaces that bring them together.

With the help of our $15,000 Centennial Community Grant, the town will permanently install these panels and repair and restore full public access to the rink. A bid for the restoration work has been accepted and the work will be completed this fall.

“Warren has a wonderful reputation for active participation by individuals and community organizations in local improvement initiatives,” says Town Manager Jan Reitsma. “This project reflects that spirit of volunteerism and collaboration, as well as the town council's ongoing commitment to provide, upgrade, and maintain open space and recreational facilities for public enjoyment.”
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