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Parks a top priority in Merrillville

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MERRILLVILLE | A recently completed five-year parks master plan has produced a goal attracting much attention from Merrillville officials.

Town Manager Bruce Spires said there has been “a lot of talk” about pursuing a new community center in Merrillville.

The new parks master plan approved in January shows a need for a new community center in town.

Merrillville currently has a community center located in north Merrillville, but the master plan indicates a larger community center is needed in a central location in town.

Spires said it could take several years to accomplish the goal of bringing such a facility to town.

Among the work needed to be done is selecting a location for the facility and determining a funding source for the project, he said.

Another recreational opportunity the town has in its sights is completing the second phase of a project to extend the C&O bike trail in Merrillville.

Spires said the trail will be extended from Broadway to Mississippi Street during the second phase. The town last year began work to acquire right of way for a trail head planned near Mississippi Street.

Other Merrillville departments and entities also have long-term plans.

Spires said there are many infrastructure projects the Redevelopment Commission has planned or is in the process of planning.

A project to reconstruct and widen Mississippi Street to four lanes from 101st Avenue to just south of U.S. 30. is included in those goals.

The town also is working with the Indiana Department of Transportation on a project that would widen the 101st Avenue bridge over Interstate 65, Spires said.

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