EAST CHICAGO | City Council members gave a long list of suggestions to the city's park superintendent this week regarding how a $331,000 windfall should be spent.
The money was collected recently by the state from defendants in an anti-racketeering case that included defendant and former East Chicago Mayor Robert Pastrick. It stemmed from the sidewalks for votes scandal.
Mayor Anthony Copeland has said that money would go to city parks.
Sixth District Councilwoman Gilda Orange asked parks Superintendent Frank Rosado about installing swings and slides that are accessible to disabled residents.
"We have a number of special needs children here in this town, and I've been asking about that for the last few years," Orange said.
Orange also expressed concern regarding the lack of basketball nets in city parks.
"We did not put up any basketball nets last year," Rosado said. "And the previous years, as soon as they were put up they were gone. They were stolen."
Orange asked if steel nets could be installed.
Several council members said better signage is needed in city parks to indicate rules such as no parking, hours of operation and no dogs allowed.
First District Councilman Adrian Santos said a resident called him regarding a pit bull chasing children in Edward Valve Park.
Santos also said he thinks all parks should have benches in front of playground equipment.