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Splash pad to close for the season after Sunday

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The new splash pad at Chesterton Park will end its season on Sunday, Sept. 10.

That news from the Park Board’s meeting Tuesday night.

Park Superintendent Bruce Mathias reported that the splash pad will be taken off line at the end of the day on Sunday and staff will begin to prepare it for winter.

With high temperatures only in the upper 60s to low 70s through the weekend--according to the Weather Channel app--the splash pad may not see that much use anyway as its season ends.

Mathias said he expects the splash pad to re-open on Memorial Day 2018 for its first full season.

Mathias did add that a malfunction in the power supply to the computer board did force the Park Department to close the splash pad on Tuesday, although he anticipated that the problem would be rectified within 24 hours. “Outside of that glitch, it’s been an excellent, excellent addition to our community,” Mathias said.

Kipper and Waskom Parks

In other business, members voted unanimously to authorize Mathias to go out to bid--pending a review of specifications by legal--for upgrades at Kipper Park in the Westchester South subdivision and Waskom Park in the Ironwood subdivision.

In Kipper Park all playground equipment and the basket court will be removed and replaced with a a play structure designed for kids 5-12. Pavers will be installed, a shelter, a couple of benches, and greenery. Estimated cost: $262,000. Specs will provide for an alternate bid under which a play structure designed for kids 2-5 would be installed as well; estimated cost of the additional structure, $30,000 to $45,000.

In Waskom Park a brand-new ADA playground would be installed, basketball and tennis courts, shelter, and concrete sidewalk. Total estimated cost: $539,120.

The cost of both upgrades would be financed with the proceeds of the $2-million bond issued late in 2015.

Holiday Editions of

European Market

Meanwhile, members voted unanimously to approve two special holiday editions of the European Market, at the request of Duneland Chamber of Commerce President Maura Durham:

* The first will coincide with Small Business Saturday and the Hometown Holiday Celebration on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 25. Durham said that this specially scheduled European Market “won’t conflict at all with the regular Hometown Holiday events.”

* The second will move the hugely successful Mistletoe Market from its current venue at Westchester Intermediate School to the usual European Market site in the Chamber parking lot at 220 Broadway and at Thomas Centennial Park, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2.

“I’m all for bringing all the people we can to the Downtown,” Member Mark Dickinson said.

Duneland Prairie Trail

Mathias took a moment at the end of the meeting to note that a portion of buckled asphalt--caused by tree roots--has been removed and re-paved on the Duneland Prairie Trail, on the section west of South Babcock Road, on the approach to the bridge over Ind. 149.




Posted 9/7/2017




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