EAST CHICAGO | The Park Board wants to demolish three unused structures in city parks.
Park Superintendent Francisco Rosado said a concession stand in Marktown Park and an old school building that was converted into a neighborhood center in Roxana Park are both beyond repair.
He said the Veterans Park warming house has a slight chance of being salvaged, but that it is in bad condition inside and a notice of violation was recently received from the Building Department regarding the structure.
"The door on the outside of it has rusted out, so we have to board it up," Rosado said.
The warming house has been broken into and currently holds old equipment.
"They tried to steal the ductwork for the heating and air conditioning system," Rosado said. "They ripped out the plumbing."
He said the warming house was used years ago when the basketball court at Veterans Park was iced over for skating, but that it expensive to do so and there has been no demand for for it.
The Public Works Department will be contacted first to determine if the city can perform the demolitions.
"If it does need to go through bidding, then (Rosado) will bring that back to the table," Park Board President Lilia Ramos said.
In other park news, Rosado said he would soon present an official policy to the board regarding opening city pools to East Chicago residents as cooling spots when the temperature or heat index reaches a certain level.
"No (pool) passes will be necessary for those days," Rosado said.
Mayor Anthony Copeland issued a directive that the pools be open to residents last week when temperatures were high, Rosado said.