The new splash pad
at Chesterton Park will end its season on Sunday, Sept. 10.
That news from the
Park Board’s meeting Tuesday night.
Bruce Mathias reported that the splash pad will be taken off line at the end
of the day on Sunday and staff will begin to prepare it for winter.
temperatures only in the upper 60s to low 70s through the weekend--according
to the Weather Channel app--the splash pad may not see that much use anyway
as its season ends.
Mathias said he
expects the splash pad to re-open on Memorial Day 2018 for its first full
Mathias did add
that a malfunction in the power supply to the computer board did force the
Park Department to close the splash pad on Tuesday, although he anticipated
that the problem would be rectified within 24 hours. “Outside of that
glitch, it’s been an excellent, excellent addition to our community,”
Kipper and Waskom
In other business,
members voted unanimously to authorize Mathias to go out to bid--pending a
review of specifications by legal--for upgrades at Kipper Park in the
Westchester South subdivision and Waskom Park in the Ironwood subdivision.
In Kipper Park all
playground equipment and the basket court will be removed and replaced with
a a play structure designed for kids 5-12. Pavers will be installed, a
shelter, a couple of benches, and greenery. Estimated cost: $262,000. Specs
will provide for an alternate bid under which a play structure designed for
kids 2-5 would be installed as well; estimated cost of the additional
structure, $30,000 to $45,000.
In Waskom Park a
brand-new ADA playground would be installed, basketball and tennis courts,
shelter, and concrete sidewalk. Total estimated cost: $539,120.
The cost of both
upgrades would be financed with the proceeds of the $2-million bond issued
late in 2015.
Holiday Editions of
voted unanimously to approve two special holiday editions of the European
Market, at the request of Duneland Chamber of Commerce President Maura
* The first will
coincide with Small Business Saturday and the Hometown Holiday Celebration
on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 25. Durham
said that this specially scheduled European Market “won’t conflict at all
with the regular Hometown Holiday events.”
* The second will
move the hugely successful Mistletoe Market from its current venue at
Westchester Intermediate School to the usual European Market site in the
Chamber parking lot at 220 Broadway and at Thomas Centennial Park, from 9
a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2.
“I’m all for
bringing all the people we can to the Downtown,” Member Mark Dickinson said.
Mathias took a
moment at the end of the meeting to note that a portion of buckled
asphalt--caused by tree roots--has been removed and re-paved on the Duneland
Prairie Trail, on the section west of South Babcock Road, on the approach to
the bridge over Ind. 149.