natural children’s playground at Sunset Hill Farm continues to attract
donations from businesses.
Porter County Parks
Superintendent Walter Lenckos on Thursday revealed three companies who are
wanting to extend some generosity.
Association of Realtors has agreed to pledge $2,500 to help purchase musical
instruments for the playground. Praxair, which was one of the businesses
participating in last year’s Day of Caring by paving a path for the
playground, has also agreed to donate for sensory plants for the native
garden. Third, Lenckos said Smith Ready Mix of Valparaiso will provide the
parks department with concrete.
playground replaces the former playground area near the main entrance of
Sunset Hill Farm.
“I am extremely
excited that these (organizations) are partnering with us,” Lenckos said.
announced to the Park Board that the Parks Department’s any-bullying program
has been selected to be one of the beneficiaries of Porter-Starke Services
Casual for a Cause campaign.
employees can dress casually on Fridays when they donate funds. The funds
are distributed to local organizations that promote wellness in the
Lenckos said with
the help of Porter-Starke, 50 more local kids will be able to partake in the
parks’ anti-bullying program.
meeting included more talk about fundraisers. This month through June,
Figure 8 Brewing in downtown Valparaiso (150 Washington St.) will give 25
cents per every order of its “Where Lizards Dare” beverage as part of its
quarterly “Philanthropint” fundraiser to the County Parks Department.
Lenckos said the
community is invited to “Homebrew and Hops Night” on Wednesday, April 20 at
Figure 8 Brewing for a presentation on brewing and local hop farming which
will feature the Where Lizards Dare drink.
In other news,
Lenckos said the parks department will be applying for grants available
through The Conservation Fund and the Indiana Lake Michigan Coastal Program
for the further development of Hawk Ridge Natural Area, one of the newer
county park properties. Formally known as the Cain property, the location is
on Old Chicago Rd. near CR 500E in Pine Twp.
property had been purchased using grants, including one from The
Also on Thursday:
-- The board
approved 6-0 to request the County Council’s approval of creating a new
programming coordinator position using the salary money approved for the
former parks planner.
-- Lenckos said he
will seek an outside firm to conduct a community needs survey for the
updated Parks Master Plan to be updated later this year.
-- Porter County
Parks Foundation President David Nevill said the Foundation is continuing to
look at refurbishing the Superintendent’s House at Sunset Hill Farm. The
Foundation would like to seek bids on the structure, he said.
-- The May-August
edition of the parks programming guide will be mailed out to residents in
the next few days.