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
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
Vehicles may park
in the designated parking area, which Lenckos said can accommodate 40 to 50
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.
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.
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.
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
-- The County
Council’s review of the Parks’ 2018 budget will be on Monday, Sept. 25,
-- 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