Cops closing M'ville lovers' lane; Pruzin Park weeds, trash also targeted

2012-09-30T19:49:00Z 2012-09-30T21:31:03Z Cops closing M'ville lovers' lane; Pruzin Park weeds, trash also targetedChas Reilly chas.reilly@nwi.com, (219) 662-5324 nwitimes.com
September 30, 2012 7:49 pm  • 

MERRILLVILLE | The town is addressing multiple concerns expressed recently about Pruzin Park, 5750 Tyler St.

Town Councilman Don Spann said there has been "a love connection problem" in the parking lot of the facility.

Spann said police have been notified, and officers are monitoring the park.

A resident told councilmen last week that there is excessive trash and overgrown vegetation at Pruzin.

Parks Superintendent Caryn Wilson said she has noticed more trash at the facility since new playground equipment was installed earlier this year.

She said the new equipment has attracted more visitors to the park.

The town regularly has collected the trash when it has become a problem, Wilson said.

The resident also said overgrown vegetation has made it difficult to use the boardwalk on a trail at Pruzin.

The vegetation is part of a wetland in the park.

Town officials asked if it would be a problem to cut that vegetation if it's considered protected.

Matt Lake, executive director of Merrillville's Stormwater Utility, said the town is allowed to trim it if it is causing accessibility problems.

"We'll get that addressed," said Bruce Spires, public works director, of the overgrown vegetation.

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