“Lakeside Body Shop volunteered to refurbish and repaint two of the bounce critters, and so did Trent Body Shop,” Evans said. “They look amazing.”
Lakeside Body Shop owner Mark Vest said he was motivated to help by seeing other community members putting in their time to spruce up the park.
“It seemed like they had been trying hard to clean up the park, so being that they needed [them] painted, it’s something we thought we should do,” he said. “We offered to help the park and the kids, and to help make it look nice.”
Vest, whose business specializes in automotive body repair, assigned the task to Automotive Customizer Travis Miller, an employee since 2009.
“I did them at the shop,” Miller said. “We did a full restoration on them and filled the old casting voids that had a tendency to either get filled with pea gravel or wasps. It’s nice to know there’s an interest in them.”
Evans was particularly pleased with the detail and care shown by both body shops.
“Lakeside did some custom shadow work and lots of detail,” Evans said. “Trent did wonderful pin-striping and lots of detail. All four critters also had to be repaired and have holes filled.”
Cody Kluesner, Automotive Paint Specialist at Trent Body Shop, which specializes in automobile body repairing and painting, said Evans called Trent last year about the project.
“Janette called to see if the work was something we would mind doing, and we said we would be happy to,” he said. “She dropped the two off last fall, and we worked on them here and there, between jobs.”
Kluesner said the creatures have been coated with UV-resistant auto paint and clear coat, and should last a good long while.
“I need to bring my little granddaughter up there,” he added.
Evans said she is happy to get help from the community, and appreciates businesses offering to do what they do best in order to make the park a better place for all residents.
“I want those guys to know they are appreciated,” she said. “I love all my volunteer help.”
Lakeside Body Shop is located at 345 14th St. Northwest in Linton, and can be reached at 812-847-2619.
Trent Body Shop is located at 633 A Street Northwest in Linton, and can be reached at 812-847-7552.
Thanks, from Banx. Photo by Patti Danner