We could all use a
little tranquility in our lives.
Or--if you happen
to visit Thomas Centennial Park in Downtown Chesterton--a little
stylization of Laura Zaranski, owner of East Wind Acupuncture, who at the
Park Board’s meeting Tuesday night pitched her concept for a Trainquility
Path and Mindfulness Garden in Thomas Park, as one way for folks “to
experience peace, balance, and tranquility in our daily lives.”
Zaranski told the board, “was sparked by the rampant increase in mental
health issues and the rise of electronics that keep us from connecting to
ourselves, others, and the environment; and by the new renovations here at
Among other things,
the path and garden as Zaranski envisions them could include various
stations for yoga poses, a meditation bench and stones, a rock labyrinth,
and a reflection globe. It could be planted with such tactile plants as
sage, passionflower, chenille, and snapdragon, and more fragrant ones like
peppermint and sassafras, and decorated throughout with wind chimes,
suncatchers, and tree art.
Funding could come
from the community and local businesses but the goal would be to make the
path and garden “low profile, low visibility, low cost, low maintenance, and
low upkeep,” Zaranski said. “It would be a unique park, one-of-a-kind in the
area,” and “great for all ages, all walks of life, all abilities.”
Zaranski noted that
East Wind Acupuncture is celebrating its 20th anniversary in Chesterton this
year, and this would be her way “to give back to the community that has
helped East Wind’s success.”
Zaranski’s concept a good one but indicated that they would need to review
Thomas Park’s master plan to see how it might be folded into its future
“Some great ideas,”
Member Jim Crawford said.
ideas,” Member Candy Tucker agreed.
Shinn, for his part, urged Zaranski and her partner in the project, Mary
Marshall, to meet and consult with MS4 Operator Jennifer Gadzala, who is
currently working on a landscaping plan for the boxcar restroom and caboose
comfort station in the park.
The board voted
unanimously to take the concept under advisement.
Train Cars (And More)
And while on the
subject of landscaping, Gadzala reported that she’s making good progress,
working with Chesterton Feed & Garden and Lakeshore Landscaping, in coming
up with a plan to landscape the area around the train cars.
Gadzala said that
she’s looking to plant “little islands of flowers, different pops of color,”
with flowers specifically selected for one of those islands to attract
Gadzala is also
exploring fencing for the area and has selected a three-foot tall aluminum
model with a wrought iron look.
reminded members to think about the options for lighting: ground, elevated,
mounted, or some combination thereof.
concluded, she and Tucker together have made their final choice for the
interior tiling of the boxcar restroom, and have communicated their decision
to Larson-Danielson Construction of LaPorte, the contractor doing the actual
At the moment, Town
Engineer Mark O’Dell reported, Larson-Danielson is framing out the boxcar’s
interior, and rough sawn lumber for the decking has been ordered and should
be delivered in about five weeks.