Hobart's Festival Park scheduled for improvements

2012-02-13T23:00:00Z 2013-07-15T17:06:05Z Hobart's Festival Park scheduled for improvementsBy Deborah Laverty deborah.laverty@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext 2223 nwitimes.com

HOBART | Some major sprucing up is being planned this spring at Festival Park, Parks Superintendent John Mitchell said.

"Festival Park is undergoing a face-lift," Mitchell said.

He said the improvements, which will include replacement of a 20-year-old water fountain, will be funded with about $100,000 left from money previously bonded by the city.

"This section is getting old," Mitchell said, referring to the Festival Park area.

Mitchell made his comments Monday during Parks Board meeting.

The new Festival Park fountain will include a flower garden circling it and the addition of ornamental wrought iron fencing and lighting.

"The old fountain needs to be replaced," Mitchell said.

Festival Park isn't the only park slated for improvements.

Park officials will be adding a new boat dock at Lakefront Park on Lake George just north of East Third Street, Mitchell said.

The sheet metal and pilings for the dock will be donated by Area Sheet Metal at an estimated savings to the city of $5,000 to $10,000, Mitchell said.

"The dock will be a big attraction for the model boat racers," Mitchell said.

On a related topic, Mitchell said the Lake George restoration dam improvements are nearing completion and an inspection by city officials is planned for Friday.

Work on the project, which continued through December, included construction of embankments on the lake's east and west sides. Workers also installed concrete block to keep the embankment from being eroded.

The Hobart Board of Public Works in June awarded a $1.7 million contract to Group Construction Co., the lowest of two bidders. In separate action last fall, the Park Board and Board of Public Works accepted a $1.7 million state grant for dam improvements.

In other business, the Park Board agreed to give a military discount to those renting the community center in the future.

Those who served with the military will receive a 50 percent discount when using the hall for after-funeral luncheons and a 25 percent discount for general hall rentals.

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