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Boxcar restroom closed for the winter; contract for landscaping approved

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The boxcar restroom in Thomas Centennial Park has been locked and will remain closed until the Duneland Chamber of Commerce’s Cork Screw & Brew event in March.

As Park Superintendent Bruce Mathias told the Chesterton Park Board at its meeting Thursday night, usage of any of the park system’s restroom facilities “drops to almost nothing” in the winter, and by closing the restrooms and turning down the thermostat to 50 degrees, some heating savings can be realized.

The boxcar restroom does remain operational, however, he said.

Meanwhile, members voted unanimously to approve a $15,326.98 contract with Lakeshore Landscaping to landscape the area in front of the boxcar restroom and caboose comfort station. That price includes the bricks, MS4 Operator Jennifer Gadzala said, and Lakeshore will be providing the boulders, gravel, and planting soil at no charge.

In addition, members voted unanimously to authorize Gadzala and Town Engineer Mark O’Dell to begin researching appropriate security lighting and surveillance cameras for the site.

Moneys for the landscaping, lighting, and cameras will come from the $76,407.88 raised last spring by a crowdfunding campaign.

Waskom and Kipper

In other business, O’Dell reported that the Waskom and Kipper park rehab projects are on hold for the winter and that what work is left on them will resume early in the spring.


Mathias also reported that the Christmas lights have been removed from Thomas Park and that Santa’s House was slated for removal today.

Mathias noted that frequent rain in December played havoc with the decorations.

2019 Officers

Members opened the meeting by electing Candy Tucker president of the Park Board; Mark Dickinson, vice-president; and Paul Shinn, secretary.



Posted 1/11/2019




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