Public input requested for Lake County parks' five-year plan

2014-02-24T00:00:00Z Public input requested for Lake County parks' five-year planTimes Staff
February 24, 2014 12:00 am  • 

CROWN POINT | The Lake County Parks and Recreation Department is in the process of updating its Five-Year Parks and Recreation Open Space Plan for 2014 to 2019. The plan, a guideline for future development and management, will be submitted to the Indiana Department of Recreation in April.

"Public input is important to the park board and staff," said Sandy Basala, superintendent of Visitor Services. "Please leave your mark and participate by filling out the online survey."

Visit and click on the link on the home page. For a hard copy, call (219) 769-7275 and request that one be sent. For questions, contact Craig Zandstra at (219) 769-7275 or

Woodland Indian Camp opens

The public is invited to see how Woodland Indians in Lake County lived before the white man settled when volunteers from the Great Lakes Woodland Alliance set up camp at Buckley Homestead County Park, 3606 Belshaw Road, Lowell, for Native American Maple Sugaring.

Open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, re-enactors will boil down the sap into maple sugar. Dress warmly for this free outdoor program.

To visit, follow the trail from the parking lot on Hendricks Road through the orchard and cross Belshaw Road. Take trail east of the 1916 barn to the Pioneer Farm, then follow path southeast of the log house.

Pruning the trees

A free Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop will be conducted at 10 a.m. March 3 at Deep River County Park, 9410 Old Lincoln Highway, Hobart.

Meet Lake County Parks horticulturist Bryan McKay in front of Wood’s Historic Grist Mill and walk to the orchard for a demonstration. Learn about insect control, sprays and year-round-care for trees. Dress for the outdoors. Call (219) 947-7275.

Search for Tranquility Base

Volunteers from the Calumet Astronomical Society will host “Searching for Tranquility Base” from 6:30 to 9 p.m. March 8 at the Conway Observatory. Go south from Ind. 2 on Hendricks Road to the “T” at Belshaw Road, then east (left) to Chase Street, the first right, and south for one mile.

Use telescopes and binoculars to view the Sea of Tranquility, where Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin touched down and became the first men to land on the moon.

Park in the designated visitor parking area. Call (773) 639-5491 for a weather update before heading to the observatory. Dress for weather conditions.

Maple Sugar Time

Maple Syrup Time will return from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 8-9 and 15-16 at Deep River County Park.

Meet at 10, 11, noon, 1, 2 and 3 to learn how maple trees are tapped. Stroll to the sugar shack where the sap from the tree is boiled, evaporating the water and leaving sweet syrup.

Visit with colorful Voyageur-era volunteers as they make maple sugar over an open fire. The miller will be grinding corn into stone-ground cornmeal in Wood's Historic Grist Mill.

In the Visitor Center, the video “Maple Sugar Farmer” will be shown at 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30. The gift shop will feature pure maple syrup, maple sugar candy, and souvenirs.

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