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Motorized vehicles not welcome at Brookdale County Park past parking lot

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Porter County Parks Superintendent Walter Lenckos said at Thursday’s Park Board meeting that motor vehicles are not allowed at Brookdale Park along the pond and trail area.

Brookdale Park is located at 919 North on County Road 50 West in Liberty Township.

Fishing has become a popular activity at the park over the past summer, Lenckos said. Meanwhile, he reported to the board that someone keeps driving their blue and white all-terrain-vehicle through the property.

“Please let your friends and neighbors know that ATVs are not allowed in the park,” Lenckos said. The Parks Department is also putting up signage to ask people not to drive through.

Vehicles may park in the designated parking area, which Lenckos said can accommodate 40 to 50 cars.

Parks Communications Director Darlene Cohn said that she has received phone calls from people with mobility issues and disabilities who would like to access the pond. She and Lenckos are working on ways to make it easier for them to experience the park.

Deer hunting program

Also regarding Brookdale, Lenckos said they will not be using the property for deer hunting archery programs this year, nor will it be allowed at Hawk Ridge Natural Area in Pine Twp.

The program will be offered this year at one location -- the former prison property on County Line Rd. in Pine Twp.

Lenckos said they will monitor the deer activity on the new acreage acquired at Brincka Cross Gardens on Furness Rd. with cameras and see if it would be an appropriate place for deer hunting in the future.

NIHPA Tractor Show

Jack Kashak of the Northern Indiana Historical Power Association, which has an agreement with the Park Board to store equipment at Sunset Hill Farm in exchange for services to the Parks Department, said that NIHPA’s annual Fall Harvest Festival and Antique Equipment Show at Sunset Hill will be in two weeks.

Friday, Sept. 22 will be an education day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and over 300 fourth graders from around the county will be at the park to see the tractors, other farm equipment and demonstrations.

Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 23 and 24, there will be a parade with the historic machinery, wagon rides, a kiddie tractor pull and antique trucks by American Truck Historic Society. NIHPA will be serving a pork chop dinner on Saturday.

The Festival, which is in its 41st year, will have daily crop demonstrations and exhibits like bailing, threshing and corn shelling, Kashak said.

The event is open to the public with a $5 admission. Children ages 12 and under are free. Hours are 9 to 5 p.m. Kashak also told the board that NIHPA had eight of its antique tractors in Saturday’s parade at the Valparaiso Popcorn Festival.

Other business:

-- Lenckos encouraged the board to attend several events including the Sunset Hill Farm Field Trip Day on Thursday, Sept. 28, the inaugural Indiana Dunes Outdoor Adventure Festival on Oct. 6-8 hosted by the National Lakeshore, and the preview night for Winter Lights Festival at Sunset Hill Farm on Nov. 17, hosted by the Porter County Parks Foundation.

-- In the attorney’s report, Board Attorney David Hollenbeck said the Memorandum of Understanding for the Illiana Railway Garden Society has been finalized and signed to allow IRGS to display their model train set and village at Sunset Hill Farm for the public to enjoy. Hollenbeck also reported the survey work for the land swap agreement with the neighbor at Brincka Cross Gardens is being done.

-- The County Council’s review of the Parks’ 2018 budget will be on Monday, Sept. 25, Lenckos said.

-- The next Park Board meeting Oct. 5 may be moved to Room 102A at the County Administration Building as the County Council has scheduled budget hearings for that evening.




Posted 9/11/2017




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