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.
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
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
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
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
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
Ð across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.
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.