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
* $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.
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,
* At Chesterton
* At Olde Towne
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.
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
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
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
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.