A Duneland boy scout shooting for his Eagle Scout rank will be making the
Duneland Diamond ballfield in Chesterton Park an even nicer place to watch
At its meeting Thursday night, the Park Board heard from David Archibald of
Troop 908, who beginning in June will install a small concrete pad for a
trash can and composite wood bench near the new dugout, with a station
stocked with bags for the disposal of dog waste.
Archibald will also complete the other half of the brickwork behind
homeplate, a project started last year.
Archibald said that he’s recruiting manpower from his fellow members of
Troop 908 and is right now busy fundraising for the project, which he
expects will cost around $1,800.
Member Paul Shinn asked Archibald whether he’s been coordinating the project
with Dan Ameling of Duneland Diamond, the guiding force behind the rehab of
the ballfield, and Archibald said he has.
Members congratulated Archibald on the project and thanked him for his
In other business, Superintendent Bruce Mathias reported that the skate park
off South 15th Street recently got a six-hour cleanup. A thorough safety
inspection of the facility has not yet been conducted, however, he said,
following the board’s decision last month to postpone demolition of the park
to the fall, pending a clean bill of health.
Mathias also reported that the new restroom facility at Dogwood Park is
fully operational--a water service line has been installed--but that the
restrooms do not yet have electric service. The Park Department is working
with NIPSCO on the power hookup.
In addition, the wood fence at Coffee Creek Park along East Morgan Ave. has
been taken down, after a vehicle recently hit and damaged it. “It was past
its time,” Mathias noted.
Finally, Mathias said that last month’s Corkscrew & Brew fest at Thomas
Centennial Park in Downtown Chesterton--sponsored by the Duneland Chamber of
Commerce--was an “excellent” success.
Meanwhile, Town Engineer Mark O’Dell reported that the bids for the
rehabilitation of Waskom and Kipper parks will be opened at a special
meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, April 16.