Green spaces equate to quality of life, and that’s been part of the vision for Munster for decades.
Starting in the later decades of the 20th Century, subdivision developers were required to set aside a certain percentage of land as dedicated parks.
However, those areas north of Ridge Road and west of Calumet Avenue developed before and after World War II weren’t designed with those requirements. Carving out green space in a town with more than a century of heritage takes creative solutions, especially in the more vintage sections.
Town officials are planning just that along Manor Avenue from Ridge Road to Broadmoor Avenue.
This street of older brick duplexes and a few single-family homes is being acquired by the town and will be demolished to make way for a long block of green space, says Tom DeGiulio, Munster town manager and head of the Munster Parks Department.
“There is a lack of open space in that part of town. We’d like to put in a tot lot playground,” DeGiulio says. “It will be a nice tie in with the bike trail.”
Most of these units are rental property and the town officials have negotiated with the owners of 30 units, he says. Appraisals of the properties will be done in April.
“(The units) will be demolished as they are acquired,” DeGiulio says.
New lighting will also be added to this area. Designs for the park are still being completed. Money for the entire project will come from park bonds.