It was an
eight-minute--and yet nevertheless a report-rich--meeting of the Chesterton
Park Board on Tuesday night.
Begin with this
announcement, made by Member Wendy Marciniak: the next cleanup day at Coffee
Creek Park will be held on Saturday, Oct. 5, time to be announced, all
Specific jobs have
yet to be determined, Marciniak added. Look for further information in the
“Hopefully it won’t
be too hot or rainy,” she joked.
In other business,
Park Superintendent Bruce Mathias reported that he hasn’t yet selected a
date on which to close the splash pad at Chesterton Park for the season,
noting that--though it can get chilly in September--it can still also be hot
enough to warrant a visit to the pad.
“I just don’t want
to close it too early,” Mathias said. “I’m watching the weather.” At the
moment one more sampling is scheduled, for Monday, Sept. 9, and the pad will
tentatively remain open to the public through the end of the week. But
whether Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 14-15, will be the pad’s last weekend of
the season, at the moment Mathias can’t say.
Mathias did say
that the splash pad suffered a “minor malfunction” last week but it was
quickly repaired, before the pad was even scheduled to open that day.
Assistant Superintendent Shane Griffin reported that two sets of cornholes
have been installed at Dogwood Park, located at Shelters No. 1 and 6.
But it’s strictly
BYOB, Mathias added: “Bring Your Own Beanbags.”
Boxcar and Caboose
in Thomas Park
Town Engineer Mark
O’Dell reported that work is currently being done on the caboose comfort
station in Thomas Centennial Park. A couple of windows, for instance, are
leaking, with Trout Glass & Mirror on tap to fix them, he said, while MS4
Operator Jennifer Gadzala is looking into quotes for a locking system along
the lines of the one now in use on the boxcar restroom.
that a fountain has been installed and is now on line in Thomas Park,
located just in front of the boxcar and caboose. Some landscaping of the
fountain remains to be done.
reported that work on the rehab of Waskom and Kipper parks is nearly done,
and down to “punch-list items.” DLZ recently conducted an inspection of the
two work sites and has been in communication with the general contractor,
Gariup Construction Company.
“It’s all minor
stuff,” O’Dell said. “But we’re still holding the retainage until the issues
get worked out.”
Taste of Duneland
Mathias took a
moment at the end of the meeting to express his appreciation of the fine job
done by the Duneland Chamber of Commerce in its sponsorship of the annual
Taste of Duneland event in Thomas Park on Saturday.
“The whole Taste of
Duneland was excellent,” Mathias said.