The Chesterton Park Board met Tuesday evening and heard from a few residents
who support improvements and expansion of the parks.
Richele Howard, of Chesterton, urged the park board to look for vacant,
undeveloped land in Chesterton with an eye toward preserving open space. She
is particularly interested in an area near the Post Office which she says
would make a nice natural area. She documented for the board the various
wildflowers growing on the meadow-like area.
Larry Jackson, also of Chesterton asked the board to allow him to work to
broaden the paved areas at the entry barriers on the Duneland-Prairie Trail.
Jackson’s father fell near one and broke his leg, Jackson told the board.
The board agreed to have Jackson review the length of the trail and work
with park superintendent Bruce Mathias to identify areas in need of
Paul Tharp, a local resident, told the board that concerns about arsenic in
the parks has been overblown.
The park has hired a new full-time maintenance staff person. Michael
Billings is a former Marine and has worked part-time for the park this past
year. Billings will work full-time with Mathias.
Mathias reported the renovation of the Santa house is nearly complete.
General maintenance throughout the park has been proceeding along with a lot
of leaf blowing.
The Park Board will meet on Tuesday, Nov. 16, to begin work on the next 5
year Master Plan. The plan is one of the basis used when the park applies
Also, the board voted unanimously to send a letter to the Chesterton Town
Council members requesting Vincent Emanuele, president of the park board, be
re-appointed when his term expires at the end of this year.
Information for this report was provided by Beth Marshall, administrative
assistant at the park department.