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