The Chesterton Park
Department’s birthing this summer of a new playground at Dogwood Park and
the splash pad at Chesterton Park--both projects midwifed, as it were, by
the Park Board and Town Engineer Mark O’Dell--has been recognized by the
Duneland Chamber of Commerce.
At its annual
Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, July 19, the Chamber will present a New
Construction Award to the Park Department.
Bruce Mathias announced at the Park Board’s meeting Tuesday night.
playground has been open for use for several weeks now. The splash pad was
opened on July 5 at a ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by the Chamber. Both
were projects funded by a $2-million bond issued late in 2015.
Member Paul Shinn
took a moment at the end of the meeting to express his gratitude to Mathias,
O’Dell, and Park Department Administrator Hilary Thomas-Peterson for their
hard work in seeing both projects through to completion. Shinn also thanked
Chamber President Maura Durham for organizing the very fine ribbon-cutting.
In other business,
Mathias reported that the new playground at Chesterton Park has also been
mulched and is now open. The new playground at Olde Towne Park has been
mulched too, he said, but the contractor has yet to remove some equipment.
The total cost of
the three new playgrounds: $242,906. Total cost of their installation:
$82,000. Total cost of mulching them, in lieu of installing much more
expensive fall-protection turf: $3,000.
The cost of the
splash pad: $104,686. Cost of its installation: $195,770.
voted unanimously to reject the only quote received for pouring a concrete
foundation for the new restroom at Dogwood Park. The quote, submitted by
Gariup Construction Company of Gary: $57,000.
According to a
motion read by Member Candy Tucker, the board opted to reject the quote
because it proved significantly higher than O’Dell’s estimate of $25,000 to
$32,000, probably because most contractors in the area “have already
obtained and scheduled their projects for the summer.”
instead to authorize Mathias and O’Dell to negotiate a foundation contract
in the open market.
The restroom itself
has been purchased, at a cost of $131,140, from Concrete Modular Systems
Inc. of St. Petersburg, Fla.
Kipper and Waskom
By unanimous votes
members also authorized DLZ, its contracted engineering consultant, to
proceed with the technical design of upgrades to Kipper Park in the
Westchester South subdivision and Waskom Park in the Ironwood subdivision,
after approving preliminary drawings for both.
In Kipper Park all
playground equipment and the basketball court will be removed and replaced
with a pair of play structures designed for kids 2-5 and 5-12. Pavers will
be installed, a shelter, a couple of benches, and greenery, the idea being
to convert the park from an active-use facility to a more passive-use. Total
estimated cost: $202,150.
Waskom Park, on the
other hand, will remain an “active” facility, with a brand-new ADA
playground, basketball and tennis courts, shelter, and sidewalk. Total
estimated cost: $489,520, with asphalt walking surfaces; or $532,420, with
concrete walking surfaces.
Chesterton Art Fair
Earlier in the
meeting, Wendy Marciniak--the executive-director of the Chesterton Art
Center and of the Chesterton Art Fair--told the board from the floor that
the Art Fair organizers are “very excited to be at Dogwood Park again this
year,” after the “great response” from artists and visitors alike to the new
venue in 2016.
“It’s great to work
with Bruce,” Marciniak added. “He’s always smiling, always happy, always
wanting to help.”