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Hobart seeks Lakefront Park walkway solution

Bricks along walkway Lake George Lakefront Park Hobart appear have collapsed along railing. | Joe Puchek~Sun-Times Medifile

Bricks along the walkway at the Lake George Lakefront Park in Hobart appear to have collapsed along the railing. | Joe Puchek~Sun-Times Media, file

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Updated: September 14, 2014 6:19AM



HOBART — Parks Superintendent John Mitchell said Monday he hopes to provide a long-term fix to the deteriorating walkway along Lakefront Park, from the Clocktower to Chase Bank, in the next several months.

“The whole sidewalk has lowered 4 to 5 inches in some areas. Some areas are completely washed out,” Mitchell told the Park Board at its meeting.

He said there probably are more pedestrians walking along the lakefront than in the downtown area.

“It could be a tripping hazard,” Mitchell said.

He said park employees have been going to the area every time there’s a heavy rain to put the bricks lining the walk back in place and compact it.

A resident had complained of deteriorating memorial bricks on the walkway at one of the public sessions for the Hobart Master Plan.

At the time, Mitchell said a lasting fix could cost as much as $100,000.

In other matters, the board approved a request by Rainbow Serenity to hold its third annual Music & Art Fair from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 13 at Veterans Memorial Park, 5899 E. 73rd Ave.

Rainbow Serenity is Northwest Indiana’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community center.

Its CEO, Brandon Wagman, said the fair will include youth and adult artists, musical entertainment and local vendors.

He said cost is $10 a person; ages 6 and under are free.

Board member Charlotte Sills asked why the group requests
Veterans Park instead of one of
the others in the city, noting there is limited electrical supply at the site.

Wagman said the park provides easy access for fair-goers and an opportunity for future growth for the fair.

He said 100 people attended the fair last year.

The board also gave local environmentalist Sandy O’Brien permission to once again conduct prescribed burns at Fred Rose and Robinson Lake parks this winter.

O’Brien asked that the parks department consider using native species when landscaping around the new radio communications tower that will be built in the rear of Hillman Park for the E-911 consolidation. Mitchell said she could pick out the trees she would like them to plant.



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