Flood control offers recreation opportunities
By Kitty Conley email@example.com April 30, 2013 11:18AM
Crown Point plans to create a pond with recreational amenities on Broadway. | Photo provided
Updated: May 2, 2013 1:37PM
CROWN POINT — Water from the Purdue University incubator property on the east side of Broadway and north of 101st Avenue in Merrillville drains to Lateral # 1 of the Beaver Dam Ditch on the west side of Broadway in Crown Point.
As construction of houses and business and paved roads increases, so does the water during storms. In 2008, when the area was hit by so much flooding Broadway was not passable.
At that time Mayor Dave Uran and city engineers and consultants got an idea going: Build a park that is centered around a pond of almost 17 acres.
It will be a place to play, to enjoy a walkway around the pond, and will include a boat launching site, piers, accessible fishing bump-outs off of the path, a shelter, concession stand and restrooms, all with parking and driving access off of Madison Street.
On April 24, the Board of Public Works and Safety approved a contract with the Indiana Department of Transportation for the storm drainage improvements going across State Road 53, Broadway, and into the property in Crown Point.
This is an 80 percent state- and 20 percent city-financed project. The city’s share will come to $66,000 and the work up to this point will be for a total of $320,000.
Lake County Surveyor George Van Til, whose department does all the work on regulated drains, and the County Drainage Board, made up of the County Commissioners with Commissioner Gerry Scheub spearheading the project, want to help with the regulated drain part of this equation.
INDOT is responsible for the maintenance of Broadway. With this flood water running at its own will over and under their road it will deteriorate at a rate up to 10 times faster than the rest of the street. Without this work the Town of Merrillville will see residents and businesses being flooded out in the future as has happened in the past.
City officials are investigating more funding sources for this project.
But they are also keeping mind that it doesn’t have to be ugly to be effective.
Since this is an INDOT funded project, all contracts will be advertised and let by INDOT.