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
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
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
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.