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Skate park will be open for 2019 season

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The stay of execution which the Chesterton Park Board issued last year for the skate park off South 15th Street--initially intended to last only through the summer of 2018--has apparently been extended indefinitely.

That, after Member Mark Dickinson had occasion to ask Superintendent Bruce Mathias at the boardís meeting Tuesday night what the status of the skate park currently is. Mathiasí recommendation: the board should consider purchasing property somewhere along 1100N--and accessible by the Westchester-Liberty Trail--and build a brand new skate park on it. Depending on the size of the property, other amenities could be sited on it too, Mathias suggested.

Funding for the purchase, Mathias added, could come from park impact fees, a per-house assessment paid by builders in new subdivisions, revenues for which may be used only for the development of new parks serving those subdivisions.

Dickinsonís follow-up question: until a new skate park is built, will the Park Department continue to maintain the old one? Mathias said that it would.

Only a year ago, the board formally voted to demolish the facility, located at the western terminus of the Prairie Duneland Trail, after Mathias indicated that after 10 years it was showing considerable signs of wear and tear. A month later, however--in March 2018--after a plea from one of the skateboarders instrumental in getting it built in the first place, the board rescinded the kill order, with the understanding that the stay of execution would likely last only until the end of the summer.

ďIt will be good for skating for the next season,Ē Mathias told the Chesterton Tribune after Tuesday nightís meeting.

Draining the Dogwood Soccer Fields

In other business, Mathias reported that he is well on the way to remediating the perennial pooling problem in the middle of the soccer fields at Dogwood Park West.

Mathis is currently at work installing 1,000 feet of stormwater pipe from west to east--with 100 feet already in the ground--which will drain the fields into the constructed wetland on the northwest corner of Dogwood West.

New Shelter at Dogwood East

Mathias also presented his plan to replace the picnic shelter located just west of the playground at Dogwood Park East.

The current shelter will be removed and a larger, ADA-compliant one built in its place, Mathias said.

New Vehicle Shed

Finally, Mathias proposed the construction of a 36í x 80í parking shed on the west edge of the Park Departmentís compound on 23rd Street.

Cost: $20,000, already budgeted, Mathias told the board.

That shelter will provide parking space for the Park Departmentís fleet of vehicles, mowers, and other equipment, which are currently crammed into a lean-to--exposed to the weather--and a shed of much smaller dimensions, Mathias told the Tribune after the meeting.



Posted 3/6/2019




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