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Lakeland Park slated for upgrades, fundraiser and possible foundation

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The Burns Harbor Park Board is planning a major fundraiser to help finance installation of a landscaped brick patio at the Lakeland Park gazebo.

The gazebo is available for rental for weddings, parties, family functions and other activities now but after the upgrades, said Park Board president Marcus Rogala, expanded outdoor events would be possible there due to more seating for larger groups.

Rogala showed members of the Town Council the parkís plans at their recent meeting.

Displayed were laser-based engraved bricks that would bear the name or business of the purchaser. A similar brick fundraiser was used to promote installation of the synthetic turf at the Chesterton High School football field; commemorative bricks were set near the entrance to the stadium.

The Burns Harbor Park Department is offering varying brick sizes ranging from $250 to $1,750 for a large four-block array. Additional replica bricks are available at a reduced price for home or office use. Bricks may be engraved with three to six lines of text, with or without graphics.

More information about the fundraiser can be found at Brochures and order forms are available.

Other projects at Lakeland are tearing out the east beach staircase and adjacent bushes, and erecting a shelter near the arts & crafts building for more activity area. The childrenís art daycamp Cupcakes and Canvas is slated for Nov. 23 and participants can register at the park website.

Rogala said park officials are planning Burns Harborís first 5K run next June through Lakeland and the east side of town. The park has discussed partnering with a professional timing company for the race, and possibly hosting a band and beer garden in 2013, too.

Councilman and park liaison Greg Miller said coordination will be needed to comply with the townís assembly ordinance if it isnít amended first.

Rogala also advised heís taken a grant class and has begun seeking applications and grant awards for the park. The council voted 4-0 with Jeff Freeze absent to pay the $29.95 per-month fee for one year to participate in a foundation grant-service website all departments could use.

Miller said the town would pay for the service as long as any grantís required local matching funds are authorized by the council first.

Also being considered is the feasibility of forming a 501c3 non-profit group with its own board of directors that would be independent of the town yet work for the benefit of Burns Harbor parks. Rogala said some grants are only eligible to a foundation.

Budís Buddies, an independent group formed to benefit Town of Porter parks, is active there.

Councilman Mike Perrine said he supports Rogalaís research and willingness to help other departments, and Miller said Rogalaís efforts speak well of his commitment.


Posted 11/18/2013