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Memorial eyed for Roy Flaherty, friend of the parks

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The late Roy Flaherty wasn’t just a long-time member of the Chesterton Park Board. He was in fact a tireless benefactor of the parks who dedicated himself to this community’s green spaces.

And Park Superintendent Bruce Mathias--who counted Flaherty as his friend--wants to see the man fittingly remembered.

At the Park Board’s meeting Tuesday night, Mathias suggested the possibility of giving Flaherty’s name to one of three pocket parks in town, located respectively in the Golfview Estates, Westwood Manor, and Olde Towne subdivisions.

Or--perhaps more appropriately--the board could opt to name the splash pad to be installed next year at Dogwood Park after Flaherty, Mathias proposed. More appropriately, because Flaherty spent many hours of his time at Dogwood, supervising the PACT workers (Prisoners and Community Together) as they policed sticks and brush, maintained the shelters, painted benches and picnic tables.

In any case, Mathias asked members to think about an apt way to memorialize Flaherty. “He was a friend of the parks and he was a friend,” he said.

“I think that’s a great idea,” Member Jim Crawford agreed. “I’ve had a couple of people approach me about that already.”

Flaherty died on Sept. 22, at the age of 64. He served on the Park Board for 12 years as well as on the Chesterton Cemetery Board.

Remembering Mitch Winey

Meanwhile, Mathias announced that the parts for the Mitch Winey Memorial Drinking Fountain have been delivered and he expects to install it this week, between soccer fields No. 3 and No. 4 at Dogwood Park, where Winey was a standout player in the Duneland Soccer Club before joining the Chesterton High School team.

The drinking fountain is a project spearheaded by the Mitch Winey Foundation, with the assistance of the Duneland School Club.

Winey--Cadet Mitchell Alexander Winey, U.S. Army, CHS Class of 2014--died on June 2 in a training accident at Fort Hood, Texas, after completing his second year at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Bond Project Update

In other business, Mathias reported that Town Engineer Mark O’Dell is currently preparing specs for the installation of new playground equipment at Dogwood Park and a new splash pad at Chesterton Park. Mathias expects to go out for bid--or quote--later this fall, with installation to be done late in the winter or early in the spring next year.

The playground equipment was purchased for $182,109.36; the splash pad, for $104,686. Neither price includes installation.

O’Dell is also waiting to receive drawings for a new manufactured restroom at Dogwood Park from the successful low bidder, Concrete Modular Systems Inc. of St. Petersburg, Fla. The price of $138,140.35 does include installation.

All three purchases were made with funds from last year’s $2-million bond issue.



Posted 10/5/2016




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