The concrete for
the new splash pad at Chesterton Park has been poured, Town Engineer Mark
O’Dell reported at Tuesday’s meeting of the Park Board.
“It looks good,”
O’Dell said, although, he added, “the weather has been very hard on the
O’Dell did note
that he’s personally surprised by just how large the splash pad is, when
you’re actually standing there looking at it. “It’s 75’ x 75’, which doesn’t
look all that big on paper,” he said. “But yeah, it’s big.”
In fact, the venue
itself is going to be even bigger than originally planned. The decision’s
been made to add concrete “bump-outs” at each of the four corners as well as
two others, on the west side and the east side, for the placement of picnic
tables, benches, and umbrellas. The idea, O’Dell said, is to make the splash
pad as user-friendly as possible for parents watching their kids playing.
“They’ll be good places to sit down, watch, and relax.”
The splash pad will
feature six main interchangeable attractions, including a four-bucket tilt,
a three-bucket-tilt, an arch, an umbrella, and 30 separate water jets with a
variety of sprays.
which is being financed through a $2-million bond issued late in 2015.
New Dogwood Park
In other business,
O’Dell reported that installation of the new playground equipment at Dogwood
Park could begin as soon as next week, weather permitting.
O’Dell did say that
the contractor, Hacienda Landscaping of Plainfield, Ill., has estimated it
will take approximately four weeks to complete the installation.
Even then, however,
the equipment won’t be available to kids until fall-protection turf has been
installed. O’Dell said that he’s currently working on specifications for the
turf and that he’s hopeful children will be clambering over the new
equipment by July.
Cost of the
equipment: $182,109. Cost of the installation: $82,000. Estimated cost of
the turf: $250,000. This project is also being financed through the bond
voted unanimously to give the Duneland Chamber of Commerce the okay to use a
portion of Thomas Centennial Park during this year’s edition of the European
The European Market
begins its 2017 run on Saturday, May 6. It will run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
every Saturday during the season through Oct. 28.
Hooked on Art
Members also voted
unanimously to authorize Frontline Foundations Inc. to hold the sixth annual
Hooked on Art festival in Thomas Centennial from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday,