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Drainage focus of Valparaiso’s Bicentennial Park improvements this year

Updated: April 4, 2013 6:43AM



VALPARAISO — The Bicentennial Park improvements this year will focus on drainage, both in the park and in the surrounding neighborhood.

Phase II of the four-part improvements will begin in April and last 30 to 60 days, and the cost is estimated at $130,000.

The expense will be shared among the city, Storm Water Board and Parks Departments, according to city Parks Superintendent John Seibert.

The work will pull the water from the center of the park to rain gardens and swales on the perimeter. Those will detain the water to allow the ground to absorb some, and some will be piped out. The new drainage system will also take in water from neighbors.

The improvements began last year with renovation of an adult baseball field into a youth field. Installation of electricity, water and sewer lines for a planned restroom building are planned for 2014.

“If we could gather up more funds, we could speed it up,” Seibert said.

Although this year’s work won’t last long, “the drainage is the key to everything,” he said.

Next year, the Parks Department plans to eliminate or renovate the park’s tennis court, build the new restroom and shelter building and improve the parking lot.

Seibert said city will also replace playground equipment.

In 2015, the Parks Department will renovate a second field and possibly the third.



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