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Funding nearly complete for grain bin activity center at Sunset Hill

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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.

Fundraising 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 money into.

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.

Winter Lights

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, and staff.


NIHPA President 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.


Posted 12/14/2017




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