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Merrillville’s The Preserve will finally get its park

Updated: May 30, 2013 2:12PM



MERRILLVILLE — Children living in The Preserve subdivision should have a park to play in this summer.

The Town Council this week approved the acquisition of playground equipment earmarked for the new Preserve Park, the first park for the subdivision located east of Mississippi Street and south of Westfield Southlake Mall.

The approximately $70,000 cost will be paid out of the Mississippi Street Project Fund, Councilman Tom Goralczyk, D-4th, said.

This is the same fund that supplied the $23,000 needed to purchase land for the park in October 2012.

Councilman Shawn Pettit, D-6th, who lives in The Preserve, said at the time that the amount was the asking price of a group of investors who bought the lot at a Lake County tax sale along with 30 other parcels.

The property went to tax sale when the town didn’t record it properly. It was originally donated to the town by developer Frank Morin of Accent Homes in Merrillville.

“I’m satisfied it’s coming to completion,” Pettit said of the park.

He said he doesn’t know when the equipment will be installed.

“It’s based on when the equipment comes in,” he said.

The council this week also approved the allocation of $75,000 to replace equipment at John A Stefek Park at 70th and Harrison.

An inspection last year of all town parks found multiple safety concerns, often as a result of aging and outdated playground equipment.



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