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Porter Park Board getting costs for upgrades; Perfect Pint a hit

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By PAULENE POPARAD

Increased lighting and new playground equipment could be in store for Porter Parks.

Park director Brian Bugajski said he discussed park lighting with assistant Porter police chief Todd Allen. Recommended was more lighting near the community building at Hawthorne Park and installation of lighting at Porter Cove Park, where there is none.

Bugajski plans to obtain estimates for the work, and will look into grants for solar lighting equipment.

Some of the proceeds from the recent Porterís Perfect Pint brewfest might be used to help fund the purchase of playground equipment, especially for toddlers and young children. On Park Board member Ross LeBleuís motion the cost will be investigated.

Member Jeff Bailey said it would be good to have playground equipment suitable for special-needs children.

Board president Rondi Wightman said 724 tickets were sold for the Perfect Pint and an additional 200 people were involved with the 40 specialty-beer brewers present and volunteers who manned the event in a 60-foot by 160-foot tent at Hawthorne.

Porter business owners Liz Tilden and Leroy Flores organized the festival, which is a fundraiser for the Porter Park and Fire departments. Wightman thanked Fire Department members who helped as well as citizens Patty Raffin, Bill Sexton, Jack Kashak, and Ray and Zella Olson.

Bugajski thanked Tilden and Flores for their efforts, and members of the Duneland Seniors and Budís Buddies, the latter a friends of the parks group, for their assistance.

In other business, LeBleu suggested the Park Department reach out to local businesses who want to help refresh the Hawthorne landscaping after ongoing construction of the Orchard Pedestrian Way hike/bike trail is completed through the park. Final pedway grades were shot Tuesday and asphalt will be installed next week.

Attention turned to the Oct. 27 Boo Bash childrenís Halloween party at the community building from 1 to 3 p.m. Bugajski said judges for the costume contests have been selected, and members of the Lakeshore Drifters 4-H group have agreed to help park volunteers.

 

Posted 10/16/2013