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Grant funded design work underway for ADA route at Indian Springs Park

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Lake Pratt at Indian Springs Park in Porter has been a great spot to hook bluegill and crappie since its creation in the late 1960s

Named after long-time Porter resident Meno Pratt, the lake was created by sand mining operations for the construction of I-94, and for more than 50 years its densely foliated shores were frequented by fishermen who braved poison ivy and mosquitoes in search of the perfect catch.

In the summer of 2015, as the Park Department prepared for the inaugural MS4 Kids Fishing Derby, a large portion of the southern lakefront was cleared and the poison ivy was eradicated.

With the removal of that vegetation, residents of the Woodlake Springs neighborhood and Park Department staff noticed that park usage began significantly to increase, as anglers began reporting catches not only of pan fish but also of catfish, small and large mouth bass and northern pike.

As usage of the park increased, however, a problem began to loom: a large elevation change between the existing parking area and the lakefront left no easy or safe way for park patrons get to the water.

In an effort to rectify the problem, the Porter Park Department applied for, and was awarded in late 2018, an Indiana Department of Natural Resources Lake Michigan Coastal Program Small Grant in the amount of $5,000 to help pay for the design of an ADA accessible route between the existing parking lot at Indian Springs Park and the recently cleared southern lakeshore.

After a competitive proposal process, the town hired Abonmarche Consultants Inc. to complete a study of the area and to produce a design that will allow people of varying abilities to safely travel down the steep hill. Field and design work is currently taking place.

Once the study is completed and construction drawings have been created, the town plans to pursue additional grant funding to implement the new design and further increase the public's ability to safely access this amenity. A public presentation will take place in June to showcase the work currently taking place, and the outcome of the plan.

Funding for the planning portion of the project was provided in part by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Lake Michigan Coastal Program. The Lake Michigan Coastal Program (LMCP) supports coordination and partnerships among local, state, and federal agencies and local organizations for the protection and sustainable use of natural and cultural resources in the Lake Michigan region.

For more information please contact Brian Bugajski, director of the Porter Park Department, at (219) 983-1042 or parks@townofporter.com

 

Posted 4/18/2019

 
 
 
 

 

 

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