The Chesterton Park
Board is going out to bid for renovations at Kipper and Waskom parks.
include the removal of the basket court in Kipper Park--serving the
Westchester South subdivision--and the addition of a shelter, benches, and a
play structure for kids 5-12 at a cost of $262,000. Specifications will
allow for an alternate bid to install a play structure for kids 2-5 as well,
at additional cost $30,000 to $45,000.
also include the installation of an ADA playground, basketball and tennis
courts, a shelter, and concrete sidewalk at Waskom Park--serving the
Ironwood subdivision--for a total estimated cost of $539,120.
both parks will not begin until spring 2018, but Town Engineer Mark O’Dell
said it is possible that demolition could begin before the end of the year,
The cost of both
projects would be financed from a $2-million bond issued in late 2015.
The board voted
unanimously 3-0 at its meeting Tuesday night to open bids at their next
meeting, Nov. 7. Member Mark Dickinson was absent.
In other business,
the decorative island on the Duneland Prairie Trail near its intersection
with 23rd Street has been removed due to overgrowth, Superintendent Bruce
construction of a new restroom at Dogwood Park is expected to begin soon
with a new concrete foundation poured next week and completion of the
facility expected this month, Mathias said. The new facility will be located
behind and to the east of the old one, the demolition of which had not yet
reported that repairs have been made to the boardwalk at Coffee Creek Park.
He reported that there were many visible holes and cracks in the boardwalk
and sinking areas resulting from floods earlier this year. Repairs were made
to spindle supports, and the boardwalk was painstakingly re-leveled.
Mathias said, Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg and his crew have been
assisting with the removal of dead and dying trees in several Chesterton
Splash Pad Closure
Member Jim Crawford
took a moment at the end of the meeting to bring up the seemingly premature
closure of the splash pad at Chesterton Park, on Sunday, Sept. 10, noting
that that the hottest week of the season fell after Labor Day and well after
the pad’s closure. “It was a freak year,” Crawford said.
Mathias, for his
part, said that the pad was closed in the typical window for such
attractions, after the start of school and at the beginning of fall. He did
say that, in theory, he could have re-started the pad during the week of
unexpectedly warm weather but that before doing so the water would have to
have been tested for bacteria levels, a process which takes a minimum of
four days. “I could easily flip the switch to turn it on, but that doesn’t
mean the water is safe,” Mathias said.
Although the water
is chlorinated, treated with UV light, and regularly tested for bacteria,
there is no guarantee of the water’s condition after it sits unused for a
period of time, Mathias added.