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Talk continues of artistic treatment for new restroom facility at Dogwood Park

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By KEVIN NEVERS

A month after Chesterton Art Center Executive Director Wendy Marciniak approached the Chesterton Park Board, to propose a partnership for the purpose of giving the new restroom facility at Dogwood Park an artistic treatment, she was back before the board to update members on her progress.

At the board’s meeting Tuesday evening, Marciniak said that she believes the right medium for such a treatment would be mosaic, something “bright and colorful and shining when the sun hits it.”

Marciniak further suggested that the mosaic--of whatever design--might best be affixed to a wooden structure, say, which could then be placed on the exterior of the restroom building itself, so it “can be taken down for maintenance and updating.” Marciniak does not envision a full ground-to-roof piece but more along the lines of a strip of mosaic.

She’s also hopeful of self-funding the project, through grants and donations. “We don’t want this to impact your budget,” Marciniak said.

Marciniak concluded by saying that, at the moment, she wasn’t making any specific request. Instead, she just wanted to keep the board apprised of her efforts, with an eye toward finalizing a design and the nuts-and-bolts of the project this summer.

Duneland Exchange Club

In other business, at the request of Duneland Exchange Club rep Patty Campbell, members voted unanimously to authorize the Exchange Club to place a banner promoting Child Abuse Prevention Month on the bandstand in Thomas Centennial Park, tie blue ribbons to streetlights there, and--this year for the first time--distribute throughout the park 10 or so small rocks painted with the Prevention Month logo. The club will also be placing pinwheels in the park for children to take home, Campbell said.

The banner and ribbons will go up on March 31 and be removed April 30.

Fee Waiver for Chamber Event

Meanwhile, at the request of Duneland Chamber of Commerce President Maura Durhan, members voted unanimously to waive the $500 alcohol usage fee for events at Dogwood Park.

On May 5, the Chamber is sponsoring “Region Games” a fundraiser for charities organized by the Full Circle Young Professional Group, and Durham said that the $500 fee would substantially cut into proceeds from the event.

Super’s Report

Superintendent Bruce Mathias, for his part, reported that the Christmas tree in Thomas Centennial Park has been removed.

He also noted that the horseshoe pits at Dogwood Park have been removed and concrete cornhole blocks purchased to replace them.

Special Meeting to Open Bids

Finally, members voted unanimously to hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, April 16, for the purpose of opening bids for the rehabilitation of Waskom and Kipper parks.

In November the board formally rejected separate bids for each park’s rehab after they came in significantly higher than the engineer’s original estimates of $539,120 for the Waskom project and $262,000 for the Kipper project.

Staff subsequently revised the specifications to make them cleaner and clearer, the two projects have been combined into one, and contractors are being required to attend a mandatory meeting before they submit their bids.

The rehab project is being funded through the $2-million park bond issued in 2015.

 

Posted 3/16/2018

 
 
 
 

 

 

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