Henslee Park is a pocket park located just south of New Carlisle where a filling station was built back in the 1930s. The station closed sometime in the late 1950s and that left a location that seemed more suited to green space than anything else.

Resident and New Carlisle Council Member Mike Lowrey saw a photo on social media posted by Dave McWhorter and he started thinking about how restoring this historical piece of New Carlisle might just bring more attention to the park that has not been very busy in recent years.

With help from McWhorter, James Coburn, Alec Ashbaugh, Bruce Wenck and Ward Moeller, the idea of restoring the station is becoming a reality.

The plan is to use the existing photos so that the plans for building the replica can be drawn and estimates on materials, vintage signage and reproduction gas pumps can be purchased.

To date Lowrey has received permission from the City of New Carlisle and ODOT to move forward with the planning. The estimated cost is between $6,000 and $8,000 all financed by donations and fundraisers. This project will be a zero cost to taxpayers.

The work will all be done by volunteers and it will take some time to gather the funds before the actual construction can begin. If you would like to make a donation to this project, please contact Mike Lowrey at 543-8435.

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