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Quotes opened for new playground equipment

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After a slow winter, the Chesterton Park Board is barreling into the spring, and folks can expect to see a lot of movement soon on a long list of bond-funded projects.

Begin with the installation of new playground equipment at Dogwood, Chesterton, and Olde Towne parks. At their meeting Tuesday evening, members voted unanimously to take under advisement a trio of quotes received for the work.

The quotes:

¥Hacienda Landscaping of Plainfield, Ill.: $82,000.

¥Green-Up Landscape, also of Plainfield: $106,404.

¥Wampler Works Inc. of Rensselaer: $134,500.

The playground equipment for each of the three parks has already been purchased and delivered. Total cost of the new sets: $242,906, funded through a $2-million bond issued late in 2015.

Dogwood Park Restroom

By unanimous vote members also authorized Superintendent Bruce Mathias to solicit a minimum of three quotes for the demolition and removal of the current restroom facility at Dogwood Park; and for the installation of a foundation and utilities for a new one, which has been purchased --at a cost of $138,140--from Concrete Modular Systems Inc. of St. Petersburg, Fla. The demolition of the old restroom facility and the installation of a new foundation have each been estimated to cost less than $150,000, the statutory threshold at which a municipality must go out to bid for the work.

Softball Field Lighting

Finally, members voted unanimously to authorize Mathias to seek a scope of work from DLZ for the design of a lighting and electric plan for the installation of lights at the Dogwood Park softball fields. Town Engineer Mark O’Dell noted in a memo to the board that DLZ designed the plan for the current field lighting, has “all the drawings for what is existing out there, and can design this fairly easily.”

O’Dell is recommending that any plan subsequently submitted by DLZ provide for one fully lighted field and for four future light locations, in the event the Park Department wants to purchase the lighting at a later date. “This way all of the infrastructure is under the ground and the town would just have to purchase the lights,” O’Dell said.

Splash Pad

In other business, Mathias reported that installation of a splash pad at Chesterton Park should begin by the end of the month. That splash pad was purchased--at a price of $195,770--from Splash Zone of Mesa, Ariz., and will be sited south of the tennis courts.

Duneland Exchange Club

Meanwhile, members voted unanimously to authorize the Duneland Exchange Club to hang its Prevent Child Abuse banner from the bandstand in Thomas Centennial Park.

That banner will be hung--tied with ties, not nailed or stapled to the bandstand--on April 1 and be removed on April 30.

The Duneland Exchange Club has been putting the banner in the park, during its month-long campaign, every April for the last 10 years.


Posted 3/8/2017




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