Central Park is quickly becoming a popular destination for Dyer residents.
The 77-acre park, located at Calumet Avenue and 213th Street, has been in development since about 2008 and now includes a shelter, pavilion and restrooms and a handicapped-accessible picnic area. It also has several ball fields, a walking and bike path.
The three-acre dog park is set to be completed in the near future.
“We have a really wonderful partnership with the park board for the development of that park,” said Rick Eberly, the Dyer town manager.
The parks department submitted a “wish list” of projects to the town’s redevelopment commission. The list includes a range of projects, ranging in cost from a few thousand dollars to several hundred thousand dollars.
The list includes everything from signage, fencing and drainage projects to more far-reaching goals like 9-hole disc golf course, shelters, and an athletic area that would include an in-line hockey rink, two tennis courts and three half-court basketball courts, said Dr. Jethroe Smith, president of the redevelopment commission.
Eberly said other possibilities include a band shell and a recreational building for indoor activities.
The park will also include a wetland that will be a part of storm water detention in the park, which will clean and slow down water before it is discharged into a stream.
Eberly said it will take a few more years to finish work on the park, but when it is complete, he hopes it will be as popular as Centennial Park is for people in the Munster area.
“It will be a number of years before it is fully developed, but we have a nice start,” Eberly said.