Merrillville subdivision lands new park

2013-09-11T20:02:00Z Merrillville subdivision lands new parkChas Reilly, (219) 662-5324
September 11, 2013 8:02 pm  • 

MERRILLVILLE | The Preserve subdivision has its own park after years of waiting.

Playground equipment and a rubberized surface recently were installed on property in the subdivision along Mississippi Street and south of U.S. 30.

Town Councilman Shawn Pettit said the project still requires some landscaping, but that hasn't stopped many Preserve residents from visiting the new facility.

"A lot of people have been down there," Pettit said.

Town leaders have worked for several years to create the park.

"I'm glad to finally see it in," Merrillville Parks Superintendent Caryn Wilson said.

The parcel in which the park was created was donated to Merrillville several years ago, but town officials didn't record it in the town's name at that time.

The property was later sold in a tax sale to a private owner.

Merrillville bought the land in the 2100 block of 87th Avenue last year for $23,000. Funds from the Mississippi Street tax increment financing district were used for the purchase.

The Preserve subdivision isn't the only area of town to receive a new park.

Merrillville is developing Union Park in the 7200 block of Broadway. A completion date hasn't been established for that facility, which will honor local unions.

Wilson said she also is working to update some existing parks in town.

During each of the last two years, the council has appropriated $75,000 from the cumulative capital development fund for new park equipment.

Wilson said she hopes that will happen again in 2014 to continue the upgrades. She said there will be an evaluation of Merrillville park properties to determine equipment needs at the town's parks.

Copyright 2014 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

About Merrillville

Town Hall

7820 Broadway Ave. Merrillville, IN 46410
Fax: 219.756.6170

Police Department

7820 Broadway Merrillville, IN 46410
Emergency: 911
Non-emergency 219.769.3531
Administration: 219.769.3722
Crime Tip Hotline: 219.756.6180 ext. 54

Fire Department

26 W. 73rd Ave. Merrillville, IN 46410
Emergency: 911
Non-emergency 219.769.0004
Fax: 219.756.6170

Parks & Recreation

5750 Tyler Place Merrillville, IN 46410
Phone: 219.980.5911

Lake County Public Library

1919 West 81st Avenue Merrillville, IN 46410
Phone: 219.769.3541

Merrillville Community School Corporation

6701 Delaware Street Merrillville, IN 46410
Phone: 219.650.5300