The splash pad at
Chesterton Park will be open for business this summer.
Bruce Mathias is unable to say exactly when.
At the Park Board’s
meeting Tuesday evening, Mathias reported that DLZ is currently designing a
“deadman” concrete block to which the splash pad’s vault--containing its
various operations systems--will be bolted and otherwise secured
The block is
specifically being engineered to resist the degree of hydrostatic pressure
which uplifted the vault out of the ground--in the process sheering the
pipes below the vault right off--following heavy rains early in May.
Town Engineer Mark
O’Dell figures the block will be approximately 5’ x 10’ x 12’’ and weigh
between five and eight tons. “Once it’s in the ground and the vault is fixed
to it, the vault should never move again,” Mathias said.
At the moment, the
vault has been lifted from the hole and set safely aside while Mathias
inspects the integrity of the pipes. His findings thus far: all five main
pipes and all but three of the 25 or so pipes circulating water back and
forth from the pad have sustained damage and will need to be replaced.
Mathias did extend
his gratitude to O’Dell, the Stormwater Utility, and the Street Department
for hydroexcavating the site, to give him access to the pipes in the first
Mathis is confident
that the splash pad will be returned to service this season but
significantly less confident about when that might be.
Tucker took a moment to thank the Chesterton Duneland Kiwanis Club for its
generous donation of $500 to the Park Gift Fund.
And Mathias took a
moment to report that the season’s first Chesterton Cruise Night, on
Saturday in the Downtown, was a success.
“The car show went
really well,” he said.
The next Cruise
Night will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 29, along Broadway
between South Calumet Road and Third Street.