Winamac Park Board Considers Replacing Dead Ash Trees

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After years of removing dying ash trees from the Winamac Town Park, park officials are now beginning to look into replacing them.

Park Manager Dave DeLorenzo brought the issue to the park board Thursday.

He estimated that 90 to 95 trees have been lost to the emerald ash borer, although there are some that remain. He asked the park board about working with the Tree Committee to gradually plant a variety of new trees over the next few years.

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Winamac Park Board to Talk with Neighbors Before Allowing Changes to Veterans Memorial Park

The idea of expanding the green space in Veterans Memorial Park was again brought up during last week’s Winamac Park Board meeting. Fred Zahrt, who helped develop the park as part of the town’s tree committee, said replacing some of the gravel area with grass was part of their original plan.” The plan that I presented . . . included the whole property,” he explained, “and that included a tree or two back here and so forth.”

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Winamac Park Board to Hear Presentation on Potential Swinging Bridge Lighting Feature

A planned lighting feature for the Winamac Town Park’s swinging bridge continues to be discussed by the town’s park board. As of today, project organizers and town officials have exactly four-and-a-half years to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars and install the feature in time for the Memorial Bridge’s centennial.

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Cost Estimate for Swinging Bridge Lighting Feature to Be Presented to Winamac Park Board

The Winamac Park Board may soon have a firmer cost estimate for a proposed lighting feature for the Town Park’s Swinging Bridge. “Apparently, someone was up with Mr. [Greg] Henry, came up and saw him and have made another appointment. But they did some measurements on the bridge, as far as the lighting,” Park Board President Courtney Poor told the rest of the board last week. “And so he hopes to have some of that information, hopefully, maybe for the January meeting, as far as just estimates from that company. I had requested they have it by the 15th of January, I think.”

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Winamac Parks’ New Drinking Fountains Installed

Winamac’s new drinking fountains have been installed. Now, the park board plans to recognize one of the donors. Two decorative drinking fountains were placed in the Town Park: an ADA-compliant fountain along the trail near the basketball courts and one to replace the fountain between the swinging bridge and the restrooms. The park board shared the cost of a third drinking fountain for Rinehart Park with the town’s Lion’s Club.

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More Trees Removed in Winamac Town Park

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Tree removal continues in the Winamac Town Park, but some new ones are also being planted. Practical Tree Service has completed the removal of 15 trees according to the town’s specifications, according to Park Manager Dave DeLorenzo. He told the town’s park board last week that he also plans to remove some smaller ash trees himself, and he’s already cut one down by the volleyball courts.

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Restroom Vandalism Draws Concerns from Winamac Park Board Member

A Winamac Park Board member is voicing his frustration after someone apparently vandalized the new restrooms along the Winamac Parkway. “I went in there a few weeks ago to look and there was trash everywhere in there, and people went to the bathroom and plugged it up,” Chris Schramm told the rest of the park board last week. “I assume kids are doing that. I mean, it looked terrible.”

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Winamac Park Board to Get Update on Grant Application for Town Park Improvements

The Winamac Park Board is expected to get an update tonight on its application for grant funds for Town Park upgrades. The park board has applied for a Land and Water Conservation Fund matching grant to help pay for the replacement of the park’s main restrooms and get new equipment for the toddler playground. The application also contained various smaller items, including a permanent cornhole court, frisbee golf equipment, new basketball backboards, and a new bench.

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School Custodian Repairs Winamac Town Park Toilet, Amid Dispute Between School, Park Board

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A broken toilet that’s been a point of contention between the Winamac Park Board and the Eastern Pulaski Community School Corporation has been repaired, thanks to a school custodian. That’s what Park Manager Dave DeLorenzo told the park board last Thursday. “I received a phone call last night, in the evening, from Steve Lawson, who is a maintenance person at the school,” DeLorenzo said. “He, on his own time, went and repaired the toilet in the bathrooms up at the ball diamonds that the school was unwilling to address, and he decided that he would take care of that on his own.”

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Winamac Park Board Decides Not to Hire Outside Mowing Contractor

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The Winamac Park Board has decided not to contract out the mowing of the Town Park, but may use some extra part-time help on an as-needed basis. Park Manager Dave DeLorenzo told board members last week that he’s been able to get some help from other town departments, and when that’s not available, he can get someone to help him part-time. “I know that I have the ability to make a phone call and get a little part-time help,” he said. “I mean a day here or a day there. I’m not going to abuse that, at all.”

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