Hobart announces new park programs
By Karen Caffarini Post-Tribune correspondent April 9, 2013 11:42AM
Updated: April 14, 2013 10:42PM
HOBART — From those wanting a green thumb to seniors wanting to go for a swim, the Hobart Park Department has a announced new programs for spring.
Residents who live in an apartment or have a small yard may be able to grow their own vegetables by renting one of 24 lots in a community garden at Fred Rose Park on Eighth Street. Parks Superintendent John Mitchell said the lots are 10-feet-by-10-feet in size. The cost is $20 per lot and the park department will fertilize and water them.
Mitchell said residents can begin planting seeds May 1 and vegetable plants around Mother’s Day.
Starting June 11, the city’s seniors will be able to swim laps at the Hobart Community Pool free of charge and without interruption from younger swimmers. Mitchell said the pool will open an hour early, from 10 to 11 a.m., on Mondays and Wednesdays just for seniors to swim laps.
Mitchell said the seniors don’t have to be pool members to take advantage of the new program.
In an effort to have more trees in some of the city’s newer parks, Mitchell has implemented a memorial tree program in conjunction with Remus Farms. He said interested residents could purchase certain trees at Remus and the parks department will plant them.
Mitchell also said work will begin soon on repairing the bathrooms at Robinson Lake Park back. However, he said workers won’t know whether the pump works until they turn the water on.
Sandy O’Brien, with the Friends of Robinson Lake, said there are a few long-term issues at the park that need to be addressed, including four-wheelers coming from the adjacent St. Sava property and making ruts in the ground.