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Boxcar restroom likely to open for use by end of October

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The retrofit of the boxcar restroom in Thomas Centennial Park should be completed and the facility open for public use by the end of October.

So Chesterton MS4 Operator Jennifer Gadzala reported at Tuesday’s meeting of the Park Board.

In any case, Gadzala added, that restroom will certainly be open for use well before the Hometown Holiday Celebration on Saturday, Nov. 24.

Interior lighting is currently being installed although the general contractor, Larson-Danielson Construction Company of LaPorte, is still awaiting delivery of a load of corrugated metal. “It’s a difficult-to-find gauge,” Gadzala noted.

Outside the boxcar, Larson-Danielson is building the deck and “it looks fabulous, very rustic,” Gadzala said. “Larson-Danielson is doing a great job.” Meanwhile, metal railings for the deck are in fabrication and a landscaping fence should be delivered in three to six weeks.

Decisions have not been made yet on landscape plantings nor on exterior lighting, Gadzala added, and a water line serving a newly installed drinking fountain still needs to be installed in-house.

Gadzala told the board that at some point this fall--probably after the restroom is up and running--a grand opening will be scheduled.

Chamber Events

In other business, and by unanimous votes, members approved the full use of Thomas Park for the following Duneland Chamber of Commerce events:

* Downtown Trick-or-Treat, 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26. In past years only the Chamber parking lot was used for this event, Chamber President Maura Durham told the board, but some organizations have indicated that this year they would like to distribute candy in the park. For the safety of the several thousand people expected to attend, Broadway between South Calumet Road and Third Street will be closed; as well as South Calumet Road between the Norfolk Southern grade-crossing and West Indiana Ave.

* Hometown Holiday Celebration and Small Business Saturday, Saturday, Nov. 24, two days after Thanksgiving. Many of the European Market vendors will be on hand as well as horse-drawn carriages. “Last year it brought a lot of people into the Downtown for the whole day, not just for the Twilight Christmas Parade.” Durham also requested and received from the board authorization to install another giant Christmas tree in the park, after Park Superintendent Bruce Mathias and Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg said that their departments would be happy to assist with the installation.

* Mistletoe Market, Saturday, Dec. 1. Last year only the Chamber parking lot was made available for vendors but Durham asked for full use of Thomas Park “just in case.”



Posted 10/3/2018




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