The Chesterton Park
Board voted unanimously at its meeting Tuesday night to endorse an ordinance
which would codify the hours of operation for the town’s parks.
The ordinance came
to the board at the request of the Police Department, which is looking for a
more formal definition of “open” and “closed” than “dawn” and “dusk,” with
an eye toward keeping the parks clear of people after dark.
The new hours of
operation, should the Town Council agree to enact the ordinance: from 15
minutes before sunrise, to 15 minutes after sunset.
Attorney Connor Nolan did say that the hours of operation could be extended
with a special use permit or for an event.
In other business,
Superintendent Shane Griffin reported that the skate park off South 15th
Street has at last been demolished and the site cleared. “It looks much
nicer,” he said. “We’ve been getting a lot of compliments from the public.”
Also: the splash
pad at Chesterton Park and park restrooms were officially opened to the
public on July 4. “We’re working on social distancing and the restrooms are
being cleaned daily,” Griffin noted. “A lot of wipedowns.”
added, new picnic tables have been installed at the new shelter at Dogwood
“The parks look
wonderful,” Member Candy Tucker said. “The mowing looks good. Kudos on the
skate park. We’re getting a lot of positive feedback.”
gratefully accepted a donation to the Park Gift Fund of $3,094 from Hopkins
Ace Hardware, presented by Mark Hopkins.
Moneys for the
donation came from a round-up campaign earlier this year at Hopkins Ace.