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Rebuilding Together projects win kudos from Park Board

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Chesterton Park Department officials expressed their appreciation for the volunteers who turned out recently to refurbish facilities at both Dogwood and Friendship parks.

Park director Bruce Mathias said workers with Rebuilding Together Duneland did a great job cleaning out a shop building at Dogwood so it can be utilized in the future.

Park Board member Mark Dickinson said the interior of the activity building at Friendship Park was painted, renovated and shelves were built. “We did a lot of demolition in there so it’s a much more open area and brighter.”

He thanked RTD volunteers for doing a wonderful job, as well as Jack and Sandy Cutler for the donation of a door.

All Chesterton parks are gearing up for the start of summer. Mathias said water has been reconnected to them and an unsafe shelter at Dogwood was removed; the concrete pad will be taken away later. He noted a car show is slated for May 31 in downtown Thomas Park.

On another matter, Park Board member John Kroft said the board hasn’t seen anything of or had any input on an update of the master plan being prepared by a consultant. Mathias said a representative will attend a Park Board meeting, hopefully in June.

Tuesday’s meeting was unusual in that it was conducted with nine people, most of them standing, in the lobby of the Chesterton town hall.

Primary election workers had just closed the polls in the town hall’s public meeting room at 6 p.m., the same time the Park Board meeting was to have begun there. Poll workers needed to pack up their materials and equipment before leaving.

It was determined there was no alternate room or area in the building where the Park Board meeting could be conducted, so park liaison Town Council member Sharon Darnell who was present said the meeting could take place in the lobby. “Call it to order. Do it,” she said.

Both poll workers and park officials left the building at approximately 6:30 p.m.


Posted 5/7/2014