Valparaiso parks will continue improvements through winter
By James D. Wolf Jr. Post-Tribune correspondent December 18, 2012 9:14PM
Updated: December 22, 2012 9:50PM
VALPARAISO —The Parks Department managed to get all seven of its fall projects under budget, although some are still waiting to be completed by staff over winter.
The department got playground equipment for 200 East park, but staff will install it in spring.
Parks also has the material to repair equipment and attractions for Flounder Park, a skateboard park inside Rogers-Lakewood Park, over the winter.
And the restrooms at Old Fairgrounds Park will be improved over the winter.
The parks department had traded $250,000 of impact fee money with the city so the city could complete the planned pathway from Ogden Gardens south to Lincolnway and the parks could do the fall work.
Impact fee money, which comes from new developments, can only be used for new projects.
The city gave $250,000 to the parks department to be used for improving parks; however, parks staff prioritized projects in case the money wasn’t enough.
Flounder was last on the list.
Other projects included improving drainage at Kiwanis field, paving the Westside Park lot, resurfacing the Tower Park parking lot and buying a needed truck to replace a 1992 one.
Parks Director John Seibert said the department spent its budget on other projects, too, leaving 50 cents in the Economic Development Income Tax fund.
The first phase of improvements at Bicentennial Park came in $2,000 less at $73,000.
The department improved drainage, laid sewer pipes for buildings of Phase III and improved a fence.
The marquee at Central Plaza Park cost $35,000, which was $5,000 less than anticipated.
Other equipment cost $90,000, Seibert said.