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Bids in for Chesterton Park splash pad

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The bids are in for the installation of the new splash pad at Chesterton Park.

At its meeting Tuesday night, the Park Board voted unanimously to take under advisement the three bids:

* $195,770, Splash Zone of Mesa, Ariz.

* $209,000, Grimmer Construction Inc. of Highland.

* $272,700, Gariup Construction Company of Gary.

The apparent low bidder, Splash Zone, is also the company which manufactured the splash pad and sold the set-up to the town earlier this year, at a cost of $104,686.

The splash pad--one of the projects being financed by a $2-million bond issued last year--will be installed south of the tennis courts at Chesterton Park.

Playground Equipment

Meanwhile, Town Engineer Mark O’Dell told the board that he continues to work on the specifications for the installation of three separate sets of playground equipment, already purchased and now on site:

* At Dogwood Park, cost $182,109.36.

* At Chesterton Park, $23,596.12.

* At Olde Towne Park, $37,201.23.

As soon as O’Dell has completed the specs, they will go to bid or quote or some combination of the two, depending on the estimated cost of the work. Installation is likely in late winter of 2017 or early spring.

The Downtown

In other business, Superintendent Bruce Mathias expressed his gratitude to Member Vincent Emanuele for the latter’s help in setting up the Santa’s House in Thomas Centennial Park.

And, Mathias added, the annual Twilight Christmas Parade, held on Thanksgiving Saturday, went splendidly. “The parade was really well done,” he said. “It was a wonderful parade.”

Corkscrew & Brew

Members also voted unanimously to approve the Duneland Chamber of Commerce’s request to hold the second annual Corkscrew & Brew event at Thomas Park on Saturday, March 18.

In a letter to the board, the Chamber indicated that a dozen or so regional wineries and craft breweries will be on hand and possibly a distillery or two, a handful of food trucks, and entertainment in the park throughout the event. Expected crowd: around 500.

Mathias told the board that Thomas Park will be fenced off for the duration of the event.




Posted 12/7/2016




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