The Porter County
Park Board is moving ahead with the proposed education center at Sunset Hill
Porter County Parks
Board member Drew Armstrong said at Thursday’s meeting that plans have been
adjusted to improve the indoor handicapped bathroom and tweak the location
of the public exterior restrooms. Armstrong also thanked the County Council
on their work so far in the consideration of the project.
Parks Board member
Craig Kenworthy said his idea for a “two stage cooling” system in the
building would make it more economical and energy efficient.
upwards of $100,000 to be raised for the project before it becomes a
Porter County Parks
Foundation President Brian Waisenan reiterated the foundation’s positive
outlook on the project, and expressed confidence that the remaining funds
needed can be reaised for the silo like building. Waisenan thanked the board
for their hard work on the education center.
The County Council
has tentatively approved the Porter County Parks budget for 2018 without
taking action on the deapartment’s capital requests. The general fund budget
remains the same from the previous year at $3.8 million.
the County Council for their patience and understanding during the budget
hearing, as well as their continued support.
Superintendent Walter Lenckos said that the council has asked the board to
coordinate with the County Commissioners on the department’s capital
Sunset Hill Trail
Lenckos updated the
board on Sunset Hill Park’s new trail markers and interpretive signs. Park
staff are currently getting pricing for the markers, and stickers for the
markers, along with interpretive signage. Grants for the markers are
included in the parks current funding, and the updates are on track to be
done before winter.
President Rich Hudson asked for an update on Sunset Hill’s “bush piles” in
the park’s prairie. Lenckos explained that the piles are helpful to the
creatures that live within the park and the Indiana Department of Natural
Resources has requested that they remain in place.
NIHPA Fall Harvest
Lenckos thanked the
public for continued support of the Northwest Indiana Historical Power
Association’s Fall Harvest Festival.
The weekend event,
which celebrated its 41st year, was held in September at Sunset Hill Farm.
Despite the ninety degree heat, a good crowd of attendees and around 400
fourth graders visited over the weekend.
thanked the NIHPA for the smooth transition and easy clean up of the park
immediately after the event.
NIHPA member Jack
Kashak told the board about their success - despite the weather. “All in all
I think everything ran well, and the fourth graders enjoyed themselves
immensely,” Kashak said. “We got the tractors and the equipment out at the
end of the show about the quickest I’ve ever seen.”
encouraged the public to visit Sunset Hill Farm this Saturday, from 10 a.m.
to 5 p.m., for the annual Celebration of Wildlife event, which features
various wildlife groups and is organized by the Wildlife Management Board.
mentioned that the inaugural Indiana Dunes Outdoor Adventure Festival this
coming weekend will feature around 100 family friendly activities across the
-- The Kouts Lions
Club met with Lenckos recently on the proposed Aukiki park. The Lions are
“very excited” for the park and will help in any way they can with the park
when it's developed, Lenckos reported.
-- Talks have begun
with a Porter County citizen on donation to the deparment of 6 acres in
Union Township. The parcel may have a role in county drainage plans, Lenckos