Date: August 22, 2023

Contact: Chris Proffitt, Director of Communications 




Westfield, IN - City Councilor and lifelong Westfield resident Joe Edwards was honored today at an event at the future Lantern Commons mixed-use development site at 161st Street and Westfield Boulevard. Front Street Partners, the developer of the 60-acre project, have named the future park in Lantern Commons, Joe Edwards Plaza.

In the surprise announcement that drew family, colleagues, and friends, Edwards expressed his gratitude, saying, “I’m not sure I deserve this, but I am honored.”

“My heart is in this city and this is where I will die. I will always think of Westfield with great fondness.”

Edward's grandparents, who farmed the property, formerly owned the land. Joe Edwards Plaza will be a Pocket Park that encompasses up to 1.25 acres. Westfield Mayor-Elect Scott Willis, a city council member, along with Councilor Scott Frei, worked with developers to make the park a reality.

“This piece of land is more than just a public park,” said City Council President, Mike Johns. “As I think about the park, I don’t think of it as a gift to Joe. I think of it as a gift from Joe to future residents.”

Edwards, a Republican, represents residents in council district 3 and is not seeking re-election. He also served on the Westfield Town Council from 1980 until 1991.