The skate park off
South 15th Street, at the Prairie Duneland trail head, is coming down.
At the Chesterton
Park Department’s meeting Tuesday night, Superintendent Bruce Mathias
requested and was granted authorization to dismantle the skate park.
Mathias told the
board that the skate structures are 10 years old now and “have become a
The skate park will
not be re-built at the present site, Mathias said, but at some point a new
one will be constructed in Dogwood Park, one with more robust, concrete
tubular structures. It’s unclear if there will be funds remaining from the
$2-million park bond issued in 2015 to pursue a new skate park, he added,
but even if there are it won’t be pursued this year.
asked President Paul Shinn before the board voted on Mathias’ request.
“No, it needs to
go,” Member Candy Tucker replied.
“It needs to go,”
In other business,
a couple of dozen members of the Duneland Flyers youth baseball league were
in attendance on Tuesday, to thank the board and the Park Department for its
“On behalf of my
teammates, we would like to thank the Park Board, Hilary, and Bruce for
working with us and allowing us to use the fields at Dogwood Park,” Bryce
Doud said. “Without the use of those fields, we would not be able to improve
our skills to the point at which they are now and our team would not have
been able to have the successful season that we had last year.”
“We were able to
practice and host scrimmage games last year that helped our team surpass 25
wins and finish in fifth place in the BPA World Series,” Sebastian Boswell
said for his part. “Your allowing our program to use those fields is
developing the youth in the Duneland community and allowing us to represent
the Town of Chesterton on and off the field with pride.”
“We, like the older
Flyers teams, want to represent this community on and off the field, with
pride,” added Braylon Doud. “Thank you.”
Coach John Kallen then presented a check to the board in the amount of $860,
to pay this season’s field usage fees. The teams will be using the fields
from 4 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from April 1 through July 31.
The Duneland Flyers
will be holding a fundraising spaghetti dinner and silent auction from 3 to
7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, at Chesterton High School. Tickets will be available
at the door.
voted unanimously to allow the Duneland Diamond league, plus two adult
leagues, to use the field at Chesterton Park.
In lieu of usage
fees, Duneland Diamond will continue to upgrade and maintain the field,
located at the northwest corner of West Porter Ave. and South Fifth Street.
Dan Ameling noted
that a 30-foot flag pole has been installed in center field, as part of an
Eagle Scout project pursued by Quinn Conway of Troop 908, who raised $3,000
for the structure.
Ameling did note
that better lighting needs to be installed before a flag is raised
From the floor
Chesterton Art Center Executive Director Wendy Marciniak proposed a
partnership between the Art Center and the Park Department for the purpose
of exploring an artistic treatment of the new restroom facility at Dogwood
“We love the new
restroom that has been put up there and would like to collaborate on a
project to decorate the walls,” Marciniak said. “We’d like to see if we can
create something beautiful on those walls and create a sense of ownership
with everyone who uses Dogwood Park and who come to the Chesterton Art
“I think that’s a
great idea,” Shinn said.
Chesterton Art Fair, sponsored by the Chesterton Art Center, is now held at