Grant awarded for final leg of Hobart lakefront improvements
By Karen Caffarini Post-Tribune correspondent August 16, 2014 1:28PM
Updated: September 19, 2014 6:09AM
HOBART — The Hobart Parks Department has been awarded a $100,000 grant that will allow it to begin the final leg of improvements along the Lakefront District.
The work will be done in three phases and plans include shoreline stabilization, a fishing pier and kayak and canoe ramps.
The improvements will be made along a 700-foot stretch of Lake George shoreline, beginning near the playground area, wrapping around the community center and ending by a residence on Lake Park Avenue, parks employee Julie Mandon said.
The LARE grant, awarded by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, will allow the parks department to begin the project, but additional grants will be needed to finish it, Parks Superintendent John Mitchell said last week.
“We’ll continue to look for other grants to pay for the next two phases,” said Mandon, who applied for the grant.
She said the LARE grant is for $80,000, with the city needing to match $20,000, a portion of which can be achieved through in-kind work by department employees.
Mandon said the final stretch hasn’t been stabilized yet and sediment is entering the lake. She said the money will be used to place rip rap rocks, boulders and native plantings along the lake.
Work will probably begin in the spring, Mandon said.
She said an Americans With Disabilities-accessible kayak and canoe launch site and fishing pier will be done in a later phase.
Plans for the improvements were presented to the Park Board at a December 2013 meeting by Craig Glazier, of Ratio Architects Inc. He said some areas along the shoreline have a complete drop and would be cut back to a 20 percent to 30 percent grade.
He said invasive plants would be replaced with native plants in the stabilized area.
Glazier also said at that meeting that portions of the guardrail that runs from the community center to the dock are unnecessary and create a barrier to the water and should be removed, a couple interpretive signs need to be restored or replaced and two to three storm pipes are sticking out into the water and need to be addressed.
He said the entire plan would take several years to complete and would cost about $600,000. However, about $100,000 of that amount would be shaved off the total by having Park Department employees do the preparation and demolition work, Glazier said.