Lafayette

The season’s major juried arts event, the Round the Fountain Art Fair takes place on the grounds of the Tippecanoe County Courthouse on Saturday, May 24th.

The city of Lafayette has officially moved its parking enforcement services in-house.

Two full-time employees will issue tickets and operate the city’s parking garage.

The staff will also serve as Downtown Ambassadors to answer questions or address concerns from residents and visitors.

Officials say a GPS-based digital system will make the process more efficient, and moving away from using a third party vendor will be more cost-effective.

The city is also making changes to the fee structure for on-street parking violations.

The city of Lafayette has named a new superintendent for its Parks Department.

Claudine Laufman is taking over the position, effective immediately.

She has been with the city for more than two decades, most recently as the director of the Columbian Park Zoo.

Mayor Tony Roswarski says Laufman will be charged with implementing ideas from the Parks Department’s recently completed five year master plan.

Roswarski says the Parks Department will also have a new Operations Manager.

A leading developer of regenerative medicine products is expanding in Lafayette.

ACell Incorporated is headquartered in Maryland, but opened its site in Duncan Park on Sagamore Parkway in 2006.

Initially housed in a 2,500 square-foot facility, the company currently occupies 28,000 square feet. An additional 14,000 square feet of new space will be constructed by late 2014.

ACell president Rodney Bosley says the new facility is needed to help the company continue to grow. It's being paid for by the developer of Duncan Park, INOK Investments.

A new park in Lafayette provides access to the North 9th Street trail and loop which connects to the Wabash Heritage Corridor.

Officials celebrated the opening of Trailhead Park this morning.

The property was once a vacant lot.

Funding from the city’s Redevelopment Commission made the transformation possible.

The park contains picnic tables, a drinking fountain, an information kiosk and bike racks, along with a five acre native prairie with native trees and flowers.

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