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.”
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.