Public Opinion sought for design plan of new Porter County Park

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The Porter County Board of Parks and Recreation has been working on the master plan for a new 65.3 acre park to be constructed along County Road 900 in Valparaiso, about a mile north of Sunset Hill Farm Park. They plan to have a design finalized in January so they can begin breaking ground shortly thereafter, but they are seeking more input from the citizens this park would serve.
The master plan for the Brookdale County Park will be discussed by the board during their second public open house on Thursday, Dec. 2 from 7-9 p.m. The event will take place in the Commissioners Chamber of the Porter County Government Office, located at 115 Indiana Ave. in Valparaiso.
Superintendent of Porter County, Indiana’s Department of Parks and Recreation Walter Lenckos is hoping for more of a turn out this time around than the handful of people that came to voice their opinions at the first board meeting.
“Our board meetings are always open; the public is encouraged to come give their input,” he said.
The plan is to have the consultant team that is currently working on the design of the park, to take feedback and adjust their design plans accordingly, based on the information they collect at these public open houses.
Lenckos said that after holding interviews and working with the public, there are currently three alternatives being presented at Thursday’s meetings. Each alternative, he said, has pros and cons, but
“It’s actually the first time the county parks department is going from start to finish with such a project,” Lenckos said. “It’s totally new, totally fun and totally community driven.”
One of the first drafts of a plan for the park created by the board included, among other things, three softball fields, one baseball field, three fields that would double as football and soccer fields, trails throughout the park, a boardwalk through part of the wetlands, an amphitheater and a site that would possibly be used to house a Boys and Girls Club.
“It’s really exciting. We just have to be able to deliver on it,” Lenckos said. “The key to our success on this project is people’s involvement.”

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