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Chesterton Park Board spends bond funds on new playground equipment and restrooms

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The Chesterton Park Board continues to put the proceeds of the $2-million bond issue to good work.

At its meeting Tuesday night, members voted unanimously to purchase two new sets of playground equipment: a tot set, at a cost of $23.596.12, for Chesterton Park; and another set, at a cost of $37,201.03, for Olde Towne Park.

Those prices donít include installation, which depending on when the sets are actually delivered--Superintendent Bruce Mathias is hoping for an eight-week turnaround--wonít be until later this fall or even next spring.

One of the high-profile bond projects, of course, is the acquisition of new playground equipment at Dogwood Park, to replace the stuff a lot of parents remember using when they were kids. That gear hasnít yet been ordered but is near the top of Mathiasí to-do list.

Restroom Bids

In related business, members voted unanimously to take under advisement the two bids received for a new prefabricated restroom facility at Dogwood Park, another bond project.

The bids:

* $138,140.35 from Concrete Modular Systems Inc. of Tarpon Springs, Fla. Price includes materials, delivery, and installation.

* $273,700 from Gariup Construction Company of Gary.

The new restroom will occupy nearly the same footprint, on the east side of the park, as the present one.

Splash Pad


Members also voted unanimously to go out to bid for the installation of the new splash pad at Chesterton Park, a bond project as well.

Town Engineer Mark OíDell told the board that he and Mathias have nearly finished fine-tuning the design of the pad with its manufacturer, Rain Deck of Mesa, Ariz., which submitted the low bid of $104,686, and that they should be ready for the install very soon.

The pad will be sited south of the tennis courts.

Waskom Park

Meanwhile, members voted unanimously to retain the services of DLZ to provide a grading solution to the drainage problem at Waskom Park on Michael Drive.

All the playground equipment is being removed and basketball and tennis courts being installed, and Mathias wants a recommendation on the best place on the three acres to site the new courts.

Banner in Thomas Centennial Park

Finally, members voted unanimously to authorize the Duneland Chamber of Commerce to hang a banner from the bandstand in Thomas Centennial Park promoting its annual Party in the Park on Saturday, Aug. 13.



Posted 8/3/2016





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