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Hobart’s summer fun plans taking shape

Kids play around splash pad Hobart Community Pool. | Jeffrey D. Nicholls~Sun-Times Media

Kids play around the splash pad at the Hobart Community Pool. | Jeffrey D. Nicholls~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: March 19, 2013 6:11AM



HOBART — The weather outside may have been cold and blustery, but inside City Hall the Park Department has been planning for a variety of activities this summer.

Parks Superintendent John Mitchell said he has been contacting companies that sell Americans with Disabilities Act-compatible equipment for pools in anticipation of installing a lift in each of the two pools and a handicapped staircase in the big pool, all at the city-owned Community Pool. The lifts would make the pools ADA-compliant, Mitchell said.

He said he hopes to have them installed in time for pool season this summer.

Mitchell also said the department has sent out a request for proposals to run the pool concession stand this summer. He said he already has received one reply and the deadline is Feb. 28.

In other matters, the board approved a contract for the Laser Light Show on Aug. 16 and 17 as part of the Lakefront Festival this year at a cost of $4,500, agreed to allow the Hobart Jaycees to hold its Fifth Annual Mud Volleyball Tournament at Rugby Field on Aug. 3 and 4, and allowed the Northwest Indiana Paddling Association to hold its second Kayak and Canoe event on June 15 at Robinson Lake Park.

Mitchell said he is working with the Jaycees on a restoration plan following the volleyball tournament to make sure no parking spaces are lost for the Lakefront Festival as in past years, when a portion of the parking area became too muddy as a result of rain and the tournament.

Mitchell said he will talk to Boyd Construction, which will pour sand over each court after the event and spread excess sand over the surrounding area. He said this should solve the problem.

Maggie Byrne, a board member and certified instructor with the Paddling Association, said more than 100 people came out to the event last year. She said people will be able to try out a canoe or kayak for free, and this year there may be some available for purchase, as well.

Byrne said this is one of 12 events the association is holding this summer.

Mitchell also reported that the Summer Market on the Lake will have revised hours this year, operating from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursdays instead of 2 to 7 p.m. like in the past.

“We think we can do more evening business and people can walk 50 feet and go to a concert,” Mitchell said.

The market is being held in the Community Center at Festival Park parking lot for the second year. Concerts and movies are held by the Revelli Bandshell in the park Thursday nights, too.



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