The Porter County
Park Board announced at its meeting last week that it hopes to move forward
with plans for a new grain bin themed activity center at Sunset Hill Farm
County Park by March or April.
activities continue for the center. The building is designed to look like a
grain bin-- circular with galvanized steel on the outside--and house some of
the educational activities that take place at the park.
According to board
member David Canright, the grain bin project is being funded by private
donations and grant money and, while there’s still a funding gap, the board
is close to meeting its goal. Before the grants can be used, the County
Commissioners must approve an ordinance creating a new fund to deposit the
Park Board Attorney
David Hollenbeck worked with Superintendent Walter Lenckos to draft the
ordinance and hopes to bring it before the Commissioners at their Jan. 16
meeting if the funding gap can be closed before then. The ultimate goal is
to move forward on the project by March or April.
In other business,
Parks Superintendent Walter Lenckos praised volunteers and county employees
for their work on Winter Lights, which he says has been a success despite
bad weather. He especially thanked Northern Indiana Historic Power
Association (NIHPA), the Duneland Photography Club, and volunteers including
local high school students. He extended further thanks to the Park
Foundation, which hosted a successful preview night for partners, sponsors,
Nick Misch echoed Lenckos’ sentiments about Winter Lights. NIHPA provided
wagon rides at the festival, and participation picked up later in the night,
though it was slow at first, he said. NIHPA also participated in the
Twilight Parade in Chesterton for the first time this year, and is planning
to up fundraising efforts within the coming months to support building
repairs, Misch added.