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Valparaiso plans improvements at four trailheads

VALPARAISO — The city’s pathway system will get two trailheads — spots where people can begin walking or biking on trails — by summer’s end and two more will come soon.

The two Valparaiso Parks and Recreation director John Seibert announced at Tuesday’s Parks Board meeting will go in at Foundation Meadows Park and near the Kiwanis shelter at Rogers-Lakewood Park.

“A place to start or just a place to rest,” Seibert said.

The two were chosen because they have amenities such as restrooms.

The next two will be at Valplayso Playground Park and at Central Plaza Park after the second phase of that park is completed.

He said the trailheads will feature signs that show trail configurations.

The signs will resemble the wayfinding signs along U.S. 30 and the signs along the Duneland Kankakee Trail, which are similar.

The Valparaiso park system will eventually switch to that style of signs, Seibert said.

Before Valplayso becomes a trailhead, it will see improvements.

On Thursday, the parks department is accepting proposals for site work — improvements to the parking lot and refurbishing of the shelter and restrooms.

The Parks Foundation is financing the project.

The parks department is also planning to renovate the playground, keeping some of the current one and building around it.

That will be done during 2014 in time for the 20th anniversary of the volunteer-built park.

The park will also be inclusive for those with disabilities, the first such park in Valparaiso, Seibert said.

The department will be raising funds for the playground before 2014.

Also at the meeting, Seibert said work to widen the jogging track at Old Fairgrounds Park will begin within two weeks.

The track will increase from 6 to 8 feet wide and get resurfaced, and the path that connects the two parking lots will likewise be improved.



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