East Chicago goes green, thanks to IDNR grant

2013-06-02T20:10:00Z 2013-06-02T21:58:36Z East Chicago goes green, thanks to IDNR grantPaul Czapkowicz Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
June 02, 2013 8:10 pm  • 

EAST CHICAGO | Half of the 92 trees bought through a $15,000 grant received from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources already have been planted in the city, said Francisco Rosado, superintendent of parks and recreation.

The purpose of the grant was to replace trees that had been infected with the emerald ash borer, Rosado said.

There are more than 500 emerald ash trees in the city that will eventually have to be taken down because they will all become infected, Rosado said.

Mostly elm and maple trees have been planted so far, and the rest of the 92 trees are expected to be planted by the end of the summer.

Rosado told the Park Board recently that one of the new trees planted in Washington Park was found snapped in half.

"So we're going to see about getting that replaced," he said.

In other news, Park Board Vice President Richard Gillis opened three quotes for a project to install a walking/bicycling path in an open space at Goodman Park, 401 E. 148th St.

The bids ranged from slightly more than $60,000 to almost $79,000. The board is expected to vote on the bids at its June 11 meeting.

Rosado said the path would make the park more usable for those who live in the area.

Board member Gilberto Cantu expressed concern over a lack of mulch to create safe landings for children at city playgrounds.

Rosado said he will look to buy additional mulch, provided funds are available.

"The mulch in the playgrounds that we have replaced has been much more than I anticipated," Rosado said. "Last year, we spent almost $8,000 on mulch and it didn't cover what I thought it would cover."

Rosado told Gillis there have been no injuries reported at parks where there is a lack of mulch.

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