When the Hamilton County Parks and Recreation Department revealed this month a local business owner was willing to donate 50 acres of land to the agency, it described it as a gift that would benefit generations to come.
The contribution would allow the department to immediately expand 10 acres of Potter’s Bridge Park near Noblesville and build a 30-acre man-made lake for boating and fishing.
But there was a catch. And residents nearby say it’s a pretty big catch.
In order to build the lake, the benefactor, Chris Beaver of Beaver Materials, would need to excavate gravel for 10 years.
Hamilton County Parks plan an expansion and man made lake like this one at Potter’s Bridge Park. (Photo: John Tuohy/IndyStar)
Now, the residents fear their quiet cul-de-sacs near the park will be disturbed by growling heavy machinery, rumbling dump trucks, large