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Landscaping of boxcar restroom is continuing

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The boxcar restroom at Thomas Centennial Park is now open for the season--from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day--but work on the facility’s landscaping continues.

As Chesterton MS4 Operator Jennifer Gadzala reported at the Park Board’s meeting Tuesday night, the pathways immediately in front of the restroom and caboose comfort station have been graveled and three decorative boulders placed at the boxcar’s east end, but a garden has yet to be designed and planted.

Gadzala said that she’s got her eyes on a “more cultivated look, a consistency of flowers and color, rather than wildflower-looking.”

A video surveillance camera has also been purchased, and now Gadzala plans to investigate lighting for the site. Member Paul Shinn volunteered to assist her.

Meanwhile, the installation of a fence just north of the facility is underway to prevent folks from wandering on or near the Norfolk Southern right-of-way just beyond, Gadzala said.

Finally, directional signage is being prepared for out-of-towners who may not know that the boxcar is actually a restroom, a donor plaque will soon be installed, and the water fountain and decorative fountain are being readied for installation as well, Gadzala said.

Members did vote unanimously to release the remaining $29,000 in Patronicity donations collected last year to pay for the landscaping, the lightning, and the signage, and for four park benches--at $750 per, “pretty darn cheap,” she said--identical to the ones already placed in Thomas Park.

Gadzala told the board that she will soon begin working on her final report to Patronicity, due on Aug. 2.

Chesterton Art Fair

In other business, members voted unanimously to waive the shelter fees for the Chesterton Art Fair, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 3-4, at Dogwood Park West.

Member Wendy Marciniak, executive director of the Chesterton Art Center--the sponsor of the fair--recused herself.



Posted 6/;6/2019





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