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Soccer tournament planned at Dogwood; donated car cruise entertainment sought

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Dogwood Park is going to be a busy place June 15.

Duneland Soccer Club will host a regional spring tournament with 48 teams playing on six fields non-stop for six hours.

DSC president Mark O’Dell told the Chesterton Park Board last night, “(Our tournament) was a huge success last year and they begged us to do it again.” O’Dell said the league was very pleased with Dogwood, its parking and facilities, and how well DSC organized the event.

“That brings a lot of people into town,” said Park Board president Vince Emanuele. “Last year was great over there.”

With a food vendor, stand-by ambulance and golf-cart escorts for those unable to walk distances, O’Dell said he believes DSC has planned extensively to run a safe, competitive event for players and their families but if the Park Board sees anything DSC can do better to let the club know.

Cruise bands sought

The Park Board discussed the growing popularity of the classic-car cruise nights in downtown Chesterton the last Saturday of each month from 5 to 9 p.m. now through September.

Board members said while the event isn’t a car show with judges and awards in an effort to keep costs down, it’s a family-friendly way to spend a summer night. The last cruise night had about 100 cars on display, it was noted.

Bands have donated their time and talent to perform at the car cruise, but the board indicated it would like to have donated entertainment on a regular basis. Food vendors also are welcome but will have to register with the town.

To arrange for a date, bands/vendors are asked to contact 331-4298.

Also Tuesday, the Park Board voted 4-0 to tell Frontline Foundations that the proposed 20-foot banner organizers want to hang for approximately one month between trees at Thomas Park for a September art festival is too large. A smaller banner hung on the park gazebo for not more than two weeks was recommended instead.

Trail design coming

Emanuele asked about the status of the Westchester/Liberty Trail that passes on the south side of Dogwood at 23rd Street along County Road 1100N and eventually east to South 11th Street, 5th Street and Calumet Road.

Responding as Chesterton town engineer, O’Dell said the town received a $412,000 grant and will begin design this year; future construction on a portion of the trail will take place although additional phases will require additional grant awards.

Emanuele said the trail will be a great safety improvement for children in the area, especially those walking to and from Dogwood.

It was reported that the tennis and summer park programs will start in the next few weeks, and that repairs at Friendship Land Park are in progress.


Posted 6/4/2014