A new wetland
observation deck at Sunset Hill Farm County Park is ready for visitors.
Located on the northeast side of the pond, the viewing platform provides
access for birdwatching and observing wetland wildlife. It will also serve
as a place to provide educational programming about wetland plants and
animals, which has become a popular topic of Porter County Parks programs
since restoration of the pond began in 2014.
The pond - named
“No-Can-Do Pond” - was dug in 1952 as a fire suppression resource for the
original farm at Sunset Hill. No one was allowed to fish, swim or boat in
the pond, which is how it earned its unusual name. Today the Porter County
Parks Department continues to rehabilitate the once man-made pond into a
The installation of
the new observation deck was made possible with help from local
organizations. “This area was overgrown and inaccessible just a couple of
months ago,” said Parks Superintendent Walter Lenckos. “Thanks to volunteers
from Lakeside Wealth Management at this year’s United Way Day of Caring, we
were able to clear this entire section of land in only one morning.”
Funds for the
project were provided by NIPSCO through the Parks Department’s ongoing
partnership with Porter County Parks Foundation. Volunteers from NIPSCO also
completed a large part of the platform’s construction in early September.
Visitors can enjoy
the observation deck from dawn to dusk at Sunset Hill Farm County Park, at
775 Meridian Road, Liberty Township.
Educators can also
schedule a field trip for their students by calling the Porter County Parks
naturalist office at 219-465-3641.
about the Porter County Parks Department can be found at