Work is expected to start soon on a new road and parking lot at the Starke County Forest. County Attorney Marty Lucas says an update on the project was given to the Starke County Park Board this week. “The project was delayed a little bit due to the flooding has kept Highway Superintendent [Rik] Ritzler very busy,” Lucas says, “and we hope to get that moving in the next few days.”
The park board was recently awarded $15,000 in grant funding from the Hardesty Memorial Endowment Fund. That will be used to upgrade the existing access trail into a gravel road, which will be called Hardesty Lane. It will lead to a new 10-to-12-car parking lot.