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Duneland Soccer and State Park Little League to play at Dogwood fields

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The Chesterton Park Board voted Monday to designate Duneland Soccer Club as the primary holder for soccer-field use at Dogwood Park this season, and thanked DSC president Mark O’Dell for the league’s $1,000 monetary donation.

Vote was 3-0 with member Jim Crawford absent. The meeting took the place of the regularly scheduled March 4 board meeting due to an anticipated lack of a quorum that night.

O’Dell said DSC’s spring season will be March 30 to June 15 with 300 boys and girls participating in Saturday or Sunday games. Nine fields will be used, he noted, making parents and children happy that all games will be played at one location now.

In all, 14 DSC traveling teams and 19 in-house teams will use Dogwood Park as their home fields.

O’Dell said the Park Department’s aeration of the fields last fall improved their condition, and that the club continually receives compliments from other teams about the park’s well-maintained fields and improved parking. DSC will pay for this year’s field fertilization and provide at least three portable restrooms at Dogwood during the spring season.

Park Board member Mark Dickinson asked if concessions would be sold at Dogwood. O’Dell said none other than through a licensed vendor for a tentative June 15 tournament.

DSC’s $1,000 donation to the park’s gift fund can be used at the discretion of the Park Board or park superintendent Bruce Mathias. Board president Vince Emanuel told O’Dell, “Thank you for running the program. You do a good job. There’s never been any complaints.” If some do arise, assured O’Dell, he is the contact person to address them.

In related action the Park Board unanimously approved use of one or two Dogwood Park east baseball diamonds for State Park Little League play contingent on coordination with Mathias. No SPLL representative was present although a request had been made. Mathias said a field-use permit can be submitted to obtain the required information.

During his report Mathias advised that the Park Department has $371 available to it for use as earnings from an original $5,315 gift to Park Departments approximately 15 years ago from the Porter County Community Foundation. The current account balance is $9,500 for all participants.

Mathias suggested and the Park Board agreed to let Chesterton’s share keep accruing for future use.

Board members John Kroft and Dickinson expressed hope that the snow drifts and large, plowed snow piles melt so people can use more of the parks again. Kroft thanked Mathias for keeping the parking lot at Coffee Creek Park open so sledding can be enjoyed there.



Posted 2/25/2014




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