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Rotary Club and Duneland Diamond team up at 5th and Porter Avenue

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In 2012 Dan Amling, president of the Duneland Diamond Babe Ruth Baseball team in Chesterton, was looking for sponsors to help fund a complete rehab of the field at 5th Street and Porter Ave. At the same time the Chesterton-Porter Rotary Club was looking for a service project that it could get behind. Ultimately, Rotary under the then leadership of Brock Lloyd gave $10,000 to Duneland Diamond and pledged to help out with providing volunteers from the club on service days at the ball field. Rotary also pledged to give $1,000 every year for ten years.

Under the supervision of Dan Amling and Joe Conway, with the help of the Chesterton Park Department, the field has gone through a transformation. New fencing was put up and trees were planted beyond the fence in the outfield. The infield and outfield got new grass and a clay dirt mixture was added to the infield.

In the fall of 2016, Connor Archbald, a Scout in Troop 908, Chesterton, partnered with Duneland Diamond and Rotary to complete his Eagle Scout project at the field. New bull pens were built down left and right field using paving stones, along with general landscaping and painting parts of the two dugouts. The Park Department provided fencing for the dugouts.

Then in 2017, Quinn Conway, also a Scout from Troop 908, completed his Eagle Scout project at the field. Approximately 5,000 paving bricks were laid behind the fences along the baselines next to the dugouts. Rotarian Bob Dunbar and his wife generously donated $10,000 to pay for the paving bricks. The project also included installation of a 30 foot flag pole, placed behind the fence in center field.

Underway is the first of three phases that will make up David Archbald's Eagle Scout project. Archbald is also from Troop 908. Approximately 1,000 paving bricks were laid around the previously built flower box at the corner of 5th and Porter.

Phase two will include another 4,000 bricks behind home plate, connecting the previously laid bricks. All of these bricks were purchased by the money donated by the Dunbars.

Phase three will begin next spring and will consist of building and installing a new park bench along the walking path. There will also be a garbage can and a station that will provide waste bags for people walking their dogs at the park.

It is a pleasure to see what can happen when many people and organizations come together to pool their resources. Please stop by the field to see and appreciate all the changes that have taken place over the past six years.

Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people can unite and take action to create lasting change across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.

The Chesterton-Porter Rotary Club meets weekly at the WPL Baugher Center, 100 W. Indiana Ave., Chesterton, on Tuesdays at 11:45 a.m. for a lunch and a program, out by 1 p.m. Visitors are always welcome.



Posted 11/14/2018




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