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