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Park Board okays RFP for Coffee Creek Park design

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The Chesterton Park Board has authorized Superintendent Shane Griffin and Town Engineer Mark O’Dell to prepare a request for proposals (RFP) for the design of the proposed Coffee Creek Park “reinvention,” as its advocate, Mark Hopkins, is calling it.

At their meeting Wednesday evening, members voted unanimously to greenlight an RFP, based on concepts developed by Hopkins in consultation with Redbud Landscape Services of St. John. Member Paul Shinn initially suggested an RFP for just the seating layout, in the “bowl” of Coffee Creek Park, at the southwest corner immediately adjacent to Lois Lane, but Associate Town Attorney Connor Nolan indicated that the RFP could also include the other “components” or elements of Hopkins’ vision: an amphitheater adjacent  to the sledding hill, an expansion of the sledding hill itself, and the construction of gently staired paths leading down the slope from Lois Lane.

Members also voted unanimously to approve an RFP for the design of a new Coffee Creek overlook structure.


In other business, Griffin reported that the Park Department is now preparing for the holiday season and beyond. “We’re getting everything ready for Christmas and ready for winter,” he said.

Among other things, the Christmas lights have been removed from storage and are being tested, with the decoration of Thomas Centennial Park to begin in the next couple of weeks. Griffin was unable to say at this point where the traditional Thomas Park Christmas tree will be coming from.

Also: all restrooms have been closed and winterized, with the exception of the boxcar restroom in Thomas Park, which will remain open through this season’s edition of the Mistletoe Market.

Tree Planting

Meanwhile, Griffin told the board that six new trees have been planted at Dogwood Park West, by the north parking lot; a large tree by the soccer fields which came down in a storm has been replaced; and a tree planted as well as Chesterton Park, between the baseball diamond and the splash pad.


Posted 11/6/2020




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