The Chesterton Park
Board voted Monday to designate Duneland Soccer Club as the primary holder
for soccer-field use at Dogwood Park this season, and thanked DSC president
Mark O’Dell for the league’s $1,000 monetary donation.
Vote was 3-0 with
member Jim Crawford absent. The meeting took the place of the regularly
scheduled March 4 board meeting due to an anticipated lack of a quorum that
O’Dell said DSC’s
spring season will be March 30 to June 15 with 300 boys and girls
participating in Saturday or Sunday games. Nine fields will be used, he
noted, making parents and children happy that all games will be played at
one location now.
In all, 14 DSC
traveling teams and 19 in-house teams will use Dogwood Park as their home
O’Dell said the
Park Department’s aeration of the fields last fall improved their condition,
and that the club continually receives compliments from other teams about
the park’s well-maintained fields and improved parking. DSC will pay for
this year’s field fertilization and provide at least three portable
restrooms at Dogwood during the spring season.
Park Board member
Mark Dickinson asked if concessions would be sold at Dogwood. O’Dell said
none other than through a licensed vendor for a tentative June 15
donation to the park’s gift fund can be used at the discretion of the Park
Board or park superintendent Bruce Mathias. Board president Vince Emanuel
told O’Dell, “Thank you for running the program. You do a good job. There’s
never been any complaints.” If some do arise, assured O’Dell, he is the
contact person to address them.
In related action
the Park Board unanimously approved use of one or two Dogwood Park east
baseball diamonds for State Park Little League play contingent on
coordination with Mathias. No SPLL representative was present although a
request had been made. Mathias said a field-use permit can be submitted to
obtain the required information.
During his report
Mathias advised that the Park Department has $371 available to it for use as
earnings from an original $5,315 gift to Park Departments approximately 15
years ago from the Porter County Community Foundation. The current account
balance is $9,500 for all participants.
and the Park Board agreed to let Chesterton’s share keep accruing for future
Board members John
Kroft and Dickinson expressed hope that the snow drifts and large, plowed
snow piles melt so people can use more of the parks again. Kroft thanked
Mathias for keeping the parking lot at Coffee Creek Park open so sledding
can be enjoyed there.