Trails planned for Brincka Cross Gardens
By James D. Wolf Jr. Post-Tribune correspondent August 1, 2013 11:50PM
Updated: September 5, 2013 6:33AM
VALPARAISO — Work on the Brincka Cross Gardens parking lot and trails will soon begin, although it’s uncertain to what extent.
The Porter County commissioners have promised $15,000 toward the parking lot, and Porter County Parks and the Recreation Department has received 10 proposals for the trails system, starting at $36,000 and going to $60,000 — when estimates were for $50,000 to $60,000.
There’s an apparent donor for buying land for the project, although Lenckos couldn’t give a name and said no specific dollar amount has been offered yet.
“No matter what, we have the funding in place for the full designs and engineering,” Parks and Recreation Superintendent Walter Lenckos said.
Construction could start next year on 1.5 miles of trail.
More could get done if the department receives a Recreational Trails Grant from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.
Lenckos said he’s heard rumors Porter County will receive money from it but won’t commit to anything until he sees it in writing.
The board also accepted the designation of the Parks Department as the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4) educational arm of Porter County.
MS4 is the Environmental Protection Agency’s program to manage storm water runoff.
Lenckos said that the county recycling, soil conservation and planning department are also involved in the matter.
Also at the meeting, the subject of the parks department’s sponsorship of programs at Brincka Cross and other parks came up because of some fall programs.
Parks Board member Craig Kenworthy called for a vote to immediately abolish some programs listed in the July-December parks and recreation “The Reporter” catalog of classes.
Kenworthy mentioned a séance program offered Oct. 19, an animal totems program offered Sept. 14. He also brought to attention a dream interpretation program for Oct. 26.
Board members talked about implications for religious groups using park land, and the vote changed to not promoting any group offering such programs in rented park space before the board tabled the vote until the program leaders appeared before the board in September.
“That is against my beliefs,” he said.
“Nobody here has been to it; it’s been described in a pamphlet we don’t have in front of us,” board member David Canright said.
Board attorney David Hollenbeck said he didn’t think it would be a
matter of religion and noted that dream interpretation has its roots in psychology.
Kenworthy called the programs
“satanism” and “occult.”
Lenckos said that the office has
received some complaints about the programs.