Bud Tilden loved Town of Porter parks; so much so he left $5,000 to them for
beautification in honor of his parents, Margaret and William G. Tilden, in
his will when he died Feb. 26.
To honor the former Park Board member, the current board agreed Tuesday to
organize Bud’s Buddies, a group to help fundraise for and support the Park
Department similar to the role the Friends of the Library fills for
Westchester Public Library.
The Park Board’s specific motion was to allow Bud’s Buddies to be formed
with the appropriate paperwork filed and non-profit tax status secured. The
approximately 25 persons in the audience Tuesday applauded following the
Park Board member Becky Maranto told them, “I felt the energy, the
excitement in the room, your passion. It takes all of us in the community to
move forward. I say thank you for coming.”
The Park Board unanimously allowed Joel Pisowicz to proceed with fundraising
to raise 100 percent of the money needed to bring an initial nine-hole
Frisbee (disc) golf course to Hawthorne Park.
At the May 17 meeting a layout will be discussed, but the course generally
will be located east of the gazebo between Rankin and Franklin streets.
Pisowicz said disc golf uses almost all of the same rules as traditional
golf except a disc is thrown into a standing metal basket. The player
completing the course with the fewest number of shots wins. Contestants
bring their own discs to play and course maintenance is minimal, he added.
Pisowicz said the individual tee baskets are mounted on a pipe that slides
into an anchor pipe concreted into the ground. For events like the
Chesterton Art Fair or other uses on the east side of Hawthorne, the baskets
can be taken out of the anchor pipes and temporarily stored.
A league is active in the area and tournaments could draw anywhere from 50
to 150 players, said speakers. Pisowicz said he wants to encourage those who
use the Hawthorne course to visit Porter businesses.
“I’m absolutely in favor of it,” said Park Board member Jessie Campaniello
of the proposal. Porter resident and Public Works superintendent Brenda
Brueckheimer said from the audience, “It’s a great thing for the town. It’s
a great sport.” She offered her assistance on the project.
July 4 festival
Brueckheimer said it would be a great opportunity for the disc golf course
to be ready and open for the July 4 Duneland community festival tentatively
planned for that weekend at Hawthorne.
Park Board member Patty Raffin said they’ve reserved July 3 and 4 for the
tri-town celebration, whatever form it takes, and the entire weekend will be
blocked for the festival in 2012.
Machelle Blount of the Duneland Business Initiative Group told the Park
Board as for this year, “ It’s such a tight, tight schedule, if people can
jump in and help out I think we could swing this. Otherwise, we’ll have to
wait until next year.”
DBIG sponsors the Wizard of Oz Festival and Bark in the Park in Chesterton.
After the meeting Blount said, “We are looking for assistance from other
groups” for the July 4 festival. A meeting will take place next week to
discuss the planning needed. Overall, she described the likelihood of having
a festival as favorable.
A community fireworks show at the Indiana Dunes State Park will take place
July 1 to kick off the holiday events. Tuesday, Gary Cutter approached the
Park Board about also having a road race that weekend that begins and ends
in Hawthorne; he was asked to submit a firm proposal.
Pet Pantry trial
with Park Board member Rondi Wightman absent was a trial period during which
Best Buddies Pet Food Pantry would be allowed to store its donations in the
lower level of the Hawthorne community building. The matter will be
discussed again May 17.
spokesperson Cheryl Plomann said she plans to collect and distribute food to
low-income Porter County residents with pets; the first distribution is
slated next month. “Without community support this can’t move anywhere.”
Plomann said the particulars need to be worked out, and the trial period can
be reassessed in June.
park superintendent Jim Miller was authorized to seek proposals to upgrade
or replace the air conditioning and 22 year-old furnace in the community
building. Miller said the AC was undersized when it was put in.
administrator Stephanie Miller said the Chesterton McDonald’s sponsored a
mobile food bank at Hawthorne that helped out about 180 families. She also
thanked Reprographic Arts; the Chesterton Jewel, WiseWay and McDonald’s;
Lakeshore Drifters 4H and Jeff Miller for donations that made Saturday’s
Easter egg hunt very successful despite the bad weather.
The Park Board
approved the Bailly School Daisy Troop’s request to use Hawthorne grounds
free of charge June 9 for a ceremony.
were State Park Little League’s request to allow a third-party vendor to
sell concessions during Hawthorne baseball games, and a separate request to
use the Porter Cove Park baseball fields for practice pending submission of
required insurance, waivers and rosters.