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Next cleanup day at Coffee Creek Park Saturday, October 5

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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 volunteers welcome.

Specific jobs have yet to be determined, Marciniak added. Look for further information in the Chesterton Tribune.

“Hopefully it won’t be too hot or rainy,” she joked.

Splash Pad

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.


Meanwhile, 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.

Mathias reported 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.


O’Dell also 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.


Posted 9/5/2019




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