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Chesterton Park Board endorses enforceable hours of operation

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The Chesterton Park Board voted unanimously at its meeting Tuesday night to endorse an ordinance which would codify the hours of operation for the town’s parks.

The ordinance came to the board at the request of the Police Department, which is looking for a more formal definition of “open” and “closed” than “dawn” and “dusk,” with an eye toward keeping the parks clear of people after dark.

The new hours of operation, should the Town Council agree to enact the ordinance: from 15 minutes before sunrise, to 15 minutes after sunset.

Associate Town Attorney Connor Nolan did say that the hours of operation could be extended with a special use permit or for an event.

Superintendent’s Report

In other business, Superintendent Shane Griffin reported that the skate park off South 15th Street has at last been demolished and the site cleared. “It looks much nicer,” he said. “We’ve been getting a lot of compliments from the public.”

Also: the splash pad at Chesterton Park and park restrooms were officially opened to the public on July 4. “We’re working on social distancing and the restrooms are being cleaned daily,” Griffin noted. “A lot of wipedowns.”

Finally, Griffin added, new picnic tables have been installed at the new shelter at Dogwood Park.

“The parks look wonderful,” Member Candy Tucker said. “The mowing looks good. Kudos on the skate park. We’re getting a lot of positive feedback.”

Hopkins Ace Hardware Donation

Meanwhile, members gratefully accepted a donation to the Park Gift Fund of $3,094 from Hopkins Ace Hardware, presented by Mark Hopkins.

Moneys for the donation came from a round-up campaign earlier this year at Hopkins Ace.



Posted 7/8/2020




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