Anglers looking for
a route down to the Little Calumet River can now take a newly constructed
trail in Hawthorne Park.
Director Brian Bugajski announced at the Town Council’s meeting Tuesday
night that--with help from the Shirley Heinze Land Trust, on National Trail
Day, June 1--two-thirds of a planned one-mile trail was cut and cleared. The
trailhead can be accessed at the pedestrian bridge over the Little Calumet
River on Waverly Road.
“It’s a nice little
hike,” Bugajski said. “It’ll take you right to the river.”
his gratitude to Shirley Heinze for the assistance.
He also, in other
matters, expressed his gratitude to the Porter Police, Fire, and Public
Works departments for making the annual Summer Safety Fest at Hawthorne Park
a huge success.
“It was one of the
best crowds we’ve had in eight years,” Bugajski said. “It was perfect
weather for the helicopter to land in the park. Everybody had a great time.”
In other business,
Fire Chief Jay Craig was pleased to report that the new flag poles “are up”
in the memorial area to the west of the parking lot at the fire station.
as part of Sid Augustyn’s Eagle Scout project--number five and will fly the
U.S. flag, the State of Indiana flag, the PFD’s flag, a POW flag, and the
Armed Services flag.
landscaping still need to be done--and funding for that work raised--but
Craig is delighted that Augustyn has gotten the ball rolling. “I’m just
excited the flags are up.”
The memorial area
was started by Craig’s father, the late Lewis Craig Sr., some time ago but
voted unanimously to adopt an ordinance authorizing two separate additional
The first is in the
amount of $50,000, moneys already approved and earmarked for the PFD’s new
engine. The balance of the cost of the engine will be defrayed through a
additional appropriation is in the amount of $5,000, a grant awarded by the
Lake Michigan Coast Grant Fund, to be used to design an ADA-compliant
walking path between the existing parking area and the southern shoreline at
Indian Springs Park.
Warm weather, at
long last, appears to have pushed out the rain, and summer has come to
Police Chief Jamie Spanier at Tuesday night’s meeting of the Town Council to
remind folks with beach-parking permits: the permit does no good in your
glove compartment or on your desk at home. If it’s not displayed in your
vehicle’s window, you will get a ticket.
Spanier noted that
he’s received complaints from permit-holders who neglected to display their
permits while parking at Porter Beach. “But the permit isn’t valid if not
properly affixed to the window,” he said.