the new grain bin activity center will take place on Friday, May 18, at the
sponsor event ahead of the Spring Out to Sunset Festival at Sunset Hill Farm
In February, Parks
Superintendent Walter Lenckos reported that the grain bin activity center
was 85 percent funded. At the Porter County Park Board meeting last night,
he announced that the Parks Foundation has continued to steadily meet its
fundraising goals and the groundbreaking for Phase I of construction on the
building is right around the corner--it will take place at a sponsor event
the night before Spring Out to Sunset.
The new activity
center will house some of the educational programs at the park and is
designed to look like a silo, with galvanized steel on the outside.
Restrooms for the grain bin will be funded from a $200,000 Land and Water
grant that Lenckos secured earlier this year. The project was broken into
two phases to meet the deadline for using the grant money while allowing the
Foundation more time to meet the overall fundraising goal. The project has
been funded only through private donations and grant money.
business, the Northwest Indiana Historical Power Association (NIHPA)--which
hosts wagon rides at Sunset Hill events, uses some buildings at the park,
and often contributes volunteer labor for upkeep of the park--made a
donation to the grain bin project. NIHPA President Nick Misch presented a
check for $1,500.
that he has started receiving applications for the two new part-time
positions of event and rental coordinator and public relations coordinator.
These positions will fulfill the duties formerly covered by a full-time
that the Park Department applied for, and won, funding through NIPSCO’s
environmental action grants. The funding is $5,000 that will go toward
cleaning up the east side of the pond at Sunset Hill by removing invasive
plants and restoring some native species.