Work at Hobart's first gateway winding down

2013-10-24T19:15:00Z 2013-11-08T18:32:38Z Work at Hobart's first gateway winding downDeborah Laverty deborah.laverty@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2223 nwitimes.com

HOBART | Initial work at the first of four gateways marking the city's new Lakefront District will soon be winding down.

Most of the concrete and underground work will be completed by Nov. 4 at the gateway located near the entrance of Festival Park, Robert Fulton said.

"They will be able to set up and pick up work again in March or whenever the weather breaks," Fulton said.

Fulton serves as an assistant to Mayor Brian Snedecor. 

The completion of the initial work at the Festival Park gateway also means the opening of a portion of Old Ridge Road, from Lake Park Restaurant to Front Street, that's been closed during construction, Fulton said.

The Festival Park gateway will include signage, a 10-foot wide pedestrian crossing, landscaped median and other improvements.

"It is the first of the four gateways planned by the city," Fulton said.

In addition to highlighting that area, the gateway also will make the crossing safer, he said.

Other gateways will be located at Lincoln Street at the Doughboy statue, Third Street at the bridge and Third Street at Duck Creek.

City officials last spring approved plans to make it easier for outsiders to access Hobart's downtown.

Three boards joined together to approve a newly designed logo seal and sign system for the downtown Lakefront District.

Director of Development Denarie Kane said a study last year revealed a need for a new branding plan for Hobart's downtown.

The new logo, which will be a part of the gateways, incorporates the clock tower, which is identified with Lake George, and the color blue to tie in to the lake.

The rebranding is a cooperative effort of several city departments and boards, including the Redevelopment Commission, the Park Board and the Sanitary/Storm Water District.

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