The stay of
execution which the Chesterton Park Board issued last year for the skate
park off South 15th Street--initially intended to last only through the
summer of 2018--has apparently been extended indefinitely.
That, after Member
Mark Dickinson had occasion to ask Superintendent Bruce Mathias at the
board’s meeting Tuesday night what the status of the skate park currently
is. Mathias’ recommendation: the board should consider purchasing property
somewhere along 1100N--and accessible by the Westchester-Liberty Trail--and
build a brand new skate park on it. Depending on the size of the property,
other amenities could be sited on it too, Mathias suggested.
Funding for the
purchase, Mathias added, could come from park impact fees, a per-house
assessment paid by builders in new subdivisions, revenues for which may be
used only for the development of new parks serving those subdivisions.
follow-up question: until a new skate park is built, will the Park
Department continue to maintain the old one? Mathias said that it would.
Only a year ago,
the board formally voted to demolish the facility, located at the western
terminus of the Prairie Duneland Trail, after Mathias indicated that after
10 years it was showing considerable signs of wear and tear. A month later,
however--in March 2018--after a plea from one of the skateboarders
instrumental in getting it built in the first place, the board rescinded the
kill order, with the understanding that the stay of execution would likely
last only until the end of the summer.
“It will be good
for skating for the next season,” Mathias told the Chesterton Tribune
after Tuesday night’s meeting.
Dogwood Soccer Fields
In other business,
Mathias reported that he is well on the way to remediating the perennial
pooling problem in the middle of the soccer fields at Dogwood Park West.
Mathis is currently
at work installing 1,000 feet of stormwater pipe from west to east--with 100
feet already in the ground--which will drain the fields into the constructed
wetland on the northwest corner of Dogwood West.
New Shelter at
presented his plan to replace the picnic shelter located just west of the
playground at Dogwood Park East.
The current shelter
will be removed and a larger, ADA-compliant one built in its place, Mathias
New Vehicle Shed
proposed the construction of a 36’ x 80’ parking shed on the west edge of
the Park Department’s compound on 23rd Street.
already budgeted, Mathias told the board.
That shelter will
provide parking space for the Park Department’s fleet of vehicles, mowers,
and other equipment, which are currently crammed into a lean-to--exposed to
the weather--and a shed of much smaller dimensions, Mathias told the
Tribune after the meeting.