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					2007 through 2011
MASTER PLAN
        Six on the Lake
     Michigan City, Indiana
        219.873.1506
   www.michigancityparks.com
      MICHIGAN CITY PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT
                   2007—2011 MASTER PLAN
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                                     TABLE OF CONTENTS
1. Definition of Planning Area................................................................................. 3

    a. Acknowledgements ......................................................................................... 3

    b. Foreward ......................................................................................................... 4

    c. Planning Area/Community Description.......................................................... 5

    d. County Map .................................................................................................... 6

2. The Park Board/Department ............................................................................... 7

3. Parks and Recreation Facilities/Programs .......................................................... 12

     a. Facilities ......................................................................................................... 12

     b. Facility Location Map.................................................................................... 49

     c. Programs ........................................................................................................ 50

     d. Other Area Recreation Opportunities ............................................................ 53

     e. Esplanade/Encroachments.............................................................................. 60

4. Natural Features and Landscape ......................................................................... 61

5. Social and Economic Factors.............................................................................. 63

6. Accessibility and Universal Design .................................................................... 65

7. Section 504 Compliance Form............................................................................ 69
8. Public Participation............................................................................................. 70
9. Executive Summary ............................................................................................ 113
10. Method of Approach ........................................................................................... 115
11. Action Plan.......................................................................................................... 118
12. Board Resolution Adopting Plan ........................................................................ 133
13. Appendixes ......................................................................................................... 134
         - Appendix “A” Washington Park Master Plan
         - Appendix “B” Washington Park Zoo Master Plan
         - Appendix “C” Building Assessments and Proposed New Construction
         - Appendix “D” Trails and Greenways Master Plan
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                 DEFINITION OF PLANNING AREA
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                                 ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
                                              City of Michigan City
                                              Chuck Oberlie, Mayor
                                             John Schaefer, Controller
                                              Thomas Fedder, Clerk

Michigan City Common Council
1st Ward .................... Charles Lungren
2nd Ward................... Paul Przybylinski
3rd Ward ................... Ron Meer, President
4th Ward.................... Patricia Boy
5th Ward.................... Willie Milsap
At Large .................... Joe Doyle
At Large .................... Evelyn Baker                                  ______________________
At Large .................... Virginia Martin


Michigan City Park Board
President.................... Robert McKee. . . . . . Term:            01/07/07 through 01/04/11
Vice President ........... Phil Latchford . . . . . . Term:            01/03/06 through 01/04/10
Secretary ................... Tom Milcarek . . . . . . Term:           01/05/04 through 01/07/08
Member ..................... Phil Freese . . . . . . . . .Term:        01/03/05 through 01/05/09
Board Attorney.......... Patrick Donoghue


Michigan City Parks and Recreation Staff
Darrell Garbacik, Superintendent
Laura New, Office Manager
Jeremy Kienitz, Recreation Director
Darren Westphal, Maintenance Director
Johnny Martinez, Zoo Director
Randy Durham, Greens Superintendent
Jason Richardson, Director of Golf
Tara Miller, Senior Center Director
Shannon Eason, Payroll Clerk/IT Manager                                     ______________________
Debbie Studtman, Secretary
Lindsay Grant, Secretary



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                                                FOREWARD

Master planning for any project takes time, energy and a team effort in processing a guideline
for future implementation of goals and objectives. Recreation planning is a process that relates
the leisure time of people to space.

Recreation planning blends alternatives for using leisure time, space, energy, and money to ac-
commodate human needs. It should represent what people want, imaginative in projecting what
might be, and realistic in recognizing what is possible. While it is difficult to forecast the future
needs of recreation it is important to know the key elements that make a successful Parks and
Recreation Department.

The following are important needs in park and recreation master planning:

 An understanding of the importance and value of recreation and leisure in our ever changing
   world
 The appreciation of our natural resources and the knowledge to preserve and conserve them
 Fitness of the mind and body
 Vision, imagination and creativity
 Integrity, sensitivity and common sense
 Community involvement

Today’s parks and recreation department needs to be involved in many facets of our ever-
changing society. A review of recent trends has indicated it will be important to coordinate
park and recreation activities to meet today’s needs. It is apparent that parks and recreation
must take a greater role in our changing society.

A park and recreational master plan needs to be flexible and dynamic for unknown and unan-
ticipated issues that may be encountered.

While this park and recreation master plan is a five-year plan for Michigan City, it should be
used as a guide and tool for implementation of the action steps contained within. In addition to
being eligible to apply for grants, which we certainly plan to do, the Master Plan will provide
the Park Department with a common sense approach to our decision making and it will help us
to evaluate the available alternatives and set priorities and courses of action to meet identified
needs. We will continue to incorporate and analyze new information so that our plan will al-
ways remain current.




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                            PLANNING AREA &
                         COMMUNITY DESCRIPTION
Father Marquette mentioned the site of Michigan City, where Trail Creek empties into Lake
Michigan, in 1674 as the place where he met and made friends with the Pottawatomie Indians.
The plot for a town at the mouth of Trail Creek was made in 1830 and the village became
known as Michigan City in 1832 when the Michigan Road from Madison, Indiana on the Ohio
River terminated at Trail Creek and what is now known as Michigan Boulevard. Michigan
City was incorporated as a city in 1836.

Michigan City is located on the southern shore of Lake Michigan in LaPorte County, Indiana.
Porter County, Indiana forms the western boundary of the City. Downtown Michigan City is
located about ½ mile south of Lake Michigan in the ‘north end’ of the City. Downtown Michi-
gan City is located five miles from the Indiana/Michigan state line, five miles north of Inter-
state Highway 94, ten miles north of the Indiana East-West Toll Road, twelve miles east of the
Port of Indiana, five miles east of the Indiana Dunes State Park, thirty-seven miles east of the
Indiana/Illinois state line and fifty-five miles southeast of the Chicago Loop. Mt. Baldy, which
is part of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, is located within Michigan City, one mile
west of downtown.

Four expressway interchanges serve Michigan City, two on the Indiana East-West Toll Road
(I80/I90) and two on Interstate 94. In addition, six federal routes (US 35, 421, 20, 12, 6 and
30) serve the City. These highway systems provide Michigan City with superb access to the
Midwest and the nearby population centers of Chicago and South Bend. As a result, over a
million visitors per year utilize the various recreational opportunities in and around Michigan
City, including the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Washington Park and the local marinas.

A review of social, economic, demographics, utilities, schools, housing, employment and trans-
portation is an important aspect of the planning process. Review and analysis of the indicators
assist in the identification of current and expected demand for recreational facilities within the
City and its immediate surrounding urban fringe, specifically within 2 miles outside of the city
corporate boundaries.

The extents to which workers commute in or out of a community can have a great influence on
the character of that community. A community whose breadwinners find employment outside
the corporate limits is known as a “dormitory” community. A second type of community is the
“freestanding” community, one, which is usually found in the center of a rural or farming area.
These communities, while largely independent due to local agrarian of industrial pursuits, still
rely on the free movement of goods and services in and out of the city limits. Michigan City
can be described as a “satellite’ community. A satellite community is generally independent
with a well-established economy, but may depend on a certain influx or outflux of workers to
complement its work force and the work forces surrounding communities.


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                       PARK BOARD/DEPARTMENT
SUMMARY:

The Michigan City Park Board was created and established on July 9, 1956 by the City of
Michigan City, Indiana, Common Council Ordinance No. 1727, pursuant to authority granted
by the Indiana Legislature in the 1955 Park and Recreation Law (now known as the 1965 Park
and Recreation Law). Under the “Home Rule Law”, Indiana Code 36-10-3-3, the Michigan
City Common Council ordained on August 30, 1983, that said Board and Department be re-
established.

MEMBERS:

The Park Board consists of four (4) members appointed by the Mayor of Michigan City, Indi-
ana. Not more than two members of the Park Board shall be of the same political party. In the
event of a vacancy on the Board, the Mayor shall appoint a member to fill the unexpired term
caused by such vacancy.

TERM OF SERVICE:

Park Board members are appointed by the Mayor to serve a four-year term, which expires on
the first Monday in January of the year following the respective term, except that a member
whose successor has not been appointed shall continue in office until such successor is ap-
pointed and qualified.

MEETINGS:

Park Board meetings are open to the public and are typically held on the first and third Thurs-
day of each month at 5:00 p.m. in the lower level of the Park Office in Washington Park, Michi-
gan City, Indiana. The Park Board must meet, by Statute, at least quarterly.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Board shall:
1. Exercise general supervision of and make rules for the department;
2. Establish rules governing the use of the park and recreation facilities by the public;
3. Provide police protection for its property and activities either by requesting assistance
    from state, municipal, or county police authorities, or by having specified employees
   deputized as police officers.
4. Appoint the necessary administrative officers of the department and fix their duties;
5. Establish standards and qualifications for the appointment of all personnel and approve
    their appointments without regard to politics;
6. Make recommendations and an annual report to the Mayor of the City of Michigan City,
    concerning the operation of the board and the status of park and recreation programs in the
   district.
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7. Prepare and submit an annual budget in the same manner as other executive departments of
   the unit.
8. Appoint a member of the board to serve on another kind of board or commission, whenever
   a statute allows:
       A. Park Board Liaison to the Planning Commission
       B. Park Board Liaison to the Port Authority
       C. Park Board Liaison to the Washington Park Zoological Society

FUNCTIONS:

The Board shall:
1. Enter into contracts and leases for facilities and services;
2. Contract with person for joint use of facilities for the operation of park and recreation pro-
    grams and related services;
3. Contract with another board, a unit, or school corporation for the use of park and recreation
    facilities or services, and a township or school corporation may contract with the board the
    use of park and recreation facilities and services;
4. Acquire and dispose of real and personal property, either within or outside of Indiana;
5. Exercise the power of eminent domain under statutes available to municipalities;
6. Sell, lease or enter into a royalty contract for the natural or mineral resources of land that it
    owns; the money received to be deposited in a non-reverting capital fund of the board;
7. Engage in self supporting activities as prescribed by section 22 of the I.C. 36-10-3-22;
8. Contract for special and temporary services and for professional assistance;
9. Delegate authority to perform ministerial acts in all cases except where final action of the
    board is necessary;
10. Prepare, publish and distribute reports and other materials relating to activities authorized by
    this chapter;
11. Sue and be sued collectively by its legal name as the “City of Michigan City, Indiana, Park
    and Recreation Board” with service of process being had upon the president of the board, but
    costs may not be taxed against the board or its members in any action;
12. Invoke any legal, equitable or special remedy for the enforcement of this chapter, a park or
    recreation ordinance, or the board’s own action, taken under either, and release and transfer
    by resolution a part of the area over which it has jurisdiction for park and recreational pur-
    poses to park authorities of another unit for park and recreational purposes upon petition of
    the park or recreation board of the acquiring unit.


PARK BOARD:

Robert McKee, President (Democrat)
300 Wilshire Avenue
Michigan City, IN 46360
 First Term: January 4, 1999 – January 6, 2003
 Second Term: January 6, 2003 – January 1, 2007
 Third Term: January 1, 2007 – January 4, 2011


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PARK BOARD (continued):

Philip Latchford, Vice President (Republican)
439 Boyd Circle
Michigan City, IN 46360
 First Term: January 1, 1996 – January 3, 2000
 Second Term: January 7, 2002 – January 2, 2006
 Third Term: January 3, 2006 – January 4, 2010

Tom Milcarek, Secretary (Republican)
103 Beverly Court
Michigan City, IN 46360
 First Term: January 3, 2000 through January 5, 2004
 Second Term: January 5, 2004 through January 7, 2008

Philip Freese, Member (Democrat)
1012 Georgetown Road
Michigan City, IN 46360
 First Term: January 5, 2004 – January 3, 2005 (Completing Joe Doyle’s term)
 Second Term: January 3, 2005 – January 5, 2009

PARK DEPARTMENT STAFF:

Administrative Staff                                                  Maintenance Department
Full Time     Superintendent                                          Full Time    Director
              Office Manager/Bookkeeper                                            Assistant Director
              Payroll Clerk/I.T. Manager                                           Foreman/Mechanic
              Secretary                                                            Foreman/Handyman
Part Time     Secretary                                                            Foreman/Grounds
Seasonal      Parking Sticker Clerks                                               Custodian
                                                                                   Crew Leader
Parking Operation                                                     Seasonal     Custodians
Seasonal      Parking Supervisor                                                   Laborers
              Parking Assistant Supervisor
              Parking Attendants                                      Washington Park Zoo
                                                                      Full Time    Director
Senior Center                                                                      Curator
Full Time     Director                                                             Zookeeper
Part Time     Senior Center Aides                                                  Maintenance Craftsman
                                                                                   Office Manager
Recreation Department                                                 Seasonal     Cashier
Full Time            Director                                                      Concession Manager
Seasonal             Lifeguards                                                    Concession Attendant
                     Playground Director                                           Education Intern
                     Playground Supervisor                                         Gift Shop Manager
                     Playground Leaders                                            Night Watchman
                     League Directors                                              Zookeeper
                     Education Intern
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Michigan City Municipal Golf Course
Full Time     Greens Superintendent
              Director of Golf
              Asst. Greens Superintendent
              Mechanic
              Laborer
Seasonal      Asst. Clubhouse Manager
              Maintenance Laborers
              Shift Leaders
              Clerk
              Ranger
              Pro Shop Laborers/Carts
              Cook/Server



Partnerships:
The Michigan City Park Department partners with the following organizations:
Amtrak Railroad
                                                     Michigan City Economic Development
Baseball Players Association
                                                     Michigan City Engineering Department
Bike Stop
                                                     Michigan City Municipal Services
Blue Chip Casino
                                                     Michigan City Police Department
Chicago South Shore Freight
                                                     Michigan City Port Authority
Chicago South Shore Passenger, NICTD
                                                     Michigan City Sanitation District
Chi-Tech Construction
                                                     Michigan City Seniors, Inc.
City of LaPorte Department of Parks and Recreation
                                                     Michigan City Soccer Club
City Of Michigan City Planning Department
                                                     Michigan City Street Department
Coalition of Youth Serving Agencies
                                                     Michigan City Summer Festival
CSX Railroad
                                                     National Park Service-RTCA
DNR Division of Water
                                                     National Recreation and Park Association
DNR Fish & Wildlife
                                                     National Softball Association
DNR Law Enforcement
                                                     NIPSCO
Duneland Health & Wellness
                                                     Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission
Federal Railroad Administration
                                                     Piranhas Swim Club
Indiana Dunes State Park
                                                     Portage Park & Recreation Dept.
Indiana Parks and Recreation Association
                                                     Porter County Engineer Office
International Friendship Gardens
                                                     Porter County Parks & Recreation
J.F. New & Associates
                                                     Saves the Dunes
LaPorte County Convention & Visitors Bureau
                                                     SHE Hoosier, LLC
LaPorte County Park Department
                                                     St. Anthony's Hospital
Long Beach Town Council
                                                     The Medical Group
Mayor Oberlie
                                                     US State Dept. of Interior National Park Service
Michigan City Area School Corporation
                                                     Washington Park Zoological Society
Michigan City Chamber of Commerce
                                                     YMCA




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                                                                                                                                             Mayor                   City
                                                                                                                                           Park Board               Council



                                                                                                                                           Park
                                                                                                                                      Superintendent




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 SENIOR
              PARK                                                                                  MUNICIPAL                                                                                       WASHINGTON
                                                                                                                            ADMINISTRATION                          RECREATION                                                   CENTER
          MAINTENANCE                                                                                 GOLF                                                                                           PARK ZOO




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                               Maintenance                                                                                   I.T.             Office                 Recreation                           Zoo                  Director
                                                                                               Greens         Golf Pro
                                 Director                                                                                  Manager           Manager                  Director                          Director
                                                                                            Superintendent    Manager
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Senior
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Aides
                                                                                                                                                                                    Maint       Zookeeper       Office   Concession Mgr
                                                                                              Asst Supts       Asst Golf    FT Secretary      Parking     Sticker                 Craftsman     II—Curator     Manager    Gift Shop Mgr

Foremen                                                                        Custodian       Mechanic      Pro Manager    PT Secretary     Supervisor   Clerks
                                                                                               Laborer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Diet      Cncssn Attnds
                                                                                                                                                                                                Zookeepers               Gift Shop Cashier
                                                                                                                                            Asst Prkng                                                        Kitchen
 Crew                                                                           Seasonal                                                                     League      Life-    Day Camp
                                                                                                                                            Supervisor                                                         Aide
Leaders                                                                                        Seasonal        Clerks                                       Directors   guards      Staff
                                                                               Custodians
                                                                                               Laborers       Rangers
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Seasonal
                                                                                                              Starters                       Parking
Seasonal                                                                                                                                                                                        Zookeepers
                                                                                                              Cart Lbrs                     Attendants
Laborers
                                                                                                              Cook/Svr




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   PARKS AND RECREATION FACILITIES/PROGRAMS
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                                     FACILITIES
The Michigan City Parks and Recreation Department maintains 33 properties containing approxi-
mately 675 acres. Michigan City has a population of 33,822 which provides 19.97 acres of park-
land per 1,000 persons.

ADAMS PARK
This 12 acre park is located in the extreme southern section of the City approximately one mile
north of the U.S. 421/I94 interchange. Adams Park has two fenced and lighted ball diamonds, an
asphalt parking lot, playground equipment, drinking fountains and a picnic shelter. This park has
very poor soil and extensive drainage issues.

BEACHWALK
A 400’ ADA accessible wood boardwalk providing access from Lake Shore Drive to the Lake
Michigan beachfront. A local developer of an adjacent housing development, Beachwalk Resort,
located at 208 Beachwalk Lane, Michigan City, Indiana, donated the boardwalk. Beachwalk Re-
sort has retained First American Management Company, Inc. to manage the boardwalk. First
American Management Company replaced all of the rotted wood, repaired tread lighting on the
stairs and stained the entire structure in October of 2006. They have established a maintenance
fund to maintain Beachwalk and if it ever needs to be totally replaced they will replace it with an
alternative synthetic and low maintenance material versus actual wood.

CANADA PARK
Serves the Canada and Sheridan Beach neighborhoods of the City. There are tree covered sand
dunes on three sides of this one acre park which provide a natural barrier to the stiff winds off
Lake Michigan and adds to the picturesque setting of the park. The park contains a small ball dia-
mond and playground equipment.

CLEVELAND AVENUE PARK
The Michigan City Area Schools opened an Early Learning Center in August 2006 that is adjacent
to Cleveland Park. The Park Board granted an ingress and egress easement to the School Corpora-
tion at their public meeting on August 10, 2006. The Park Board retains the deed to the property
although it is now under the jurisdiction of and maintained by the Michigan City School Corpora-
tion. The corporation removed and replaced the chain link fences surrounding the property and
added a fenced in playground in 2006. The park also has a ball diamond and basketball court.

GARDENA PARK
This is a 12 acre playground equipment-purpose park in the Greenwood section of the City. The
park has two ball diamonds, one of which is lighted, three half courts for basketball, three picnic
shelters, a drinking fountain, a half mile asphalt walking trail, and indoor restrooms that are
opened seasonally. This park also boasts a 20,000 square foot playground, Little Lighthouse
Landing, which was built in conjunction with a community group that raised the majority of funds
for the materials and used volunteer labor. This playground is built with recycled materials and is
ADA compliant.
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HANSEN PARK
Located on the bank of Trail Creek and a small spring fed pond this 17.5 acre park offers play-
ground equipment, an observation deck overlooking the pond, two fishing pads, a picnic shelter,
a lighted basketball court, a walking trail, and off street parking. Since the pond is spring fed it
is relatively clean and supports a variety of aquatic fauna and flora. The pond is not deep
enough to prevent a total freeze which prevents any substantial fish population from develop-
ing.

HENRY LAKE
This 6 acre parcel located on the south end of the City is an undeveloped storm water retention
area. A small shallow pond exists but does not support fish or wildlife.

JERRIGAN’S HILL
Situated on a very small parcel on a hill above Trail Creek and Michigan Boulevard, this site
has no amenities and serves as an open space for the surrounding neighborhood.

KARWICK NATURE PARK
This 23.5 acre park is currently being developed. It will offer a public fishing site on Trail
Creek, walking trails and observation areas. This wooded site is habitat to many species of
small animals, deer, birds, flora and fauna.

KRUEGER MEMORIAL PARK and HALL
This park was named in honor of Spanish-American War veterans. The 37 acre State Nature
Preserve offers wide trails through the quiet woods, a basketball court, adequate open space for
unorganized play, and tree shaded picnic grounds on a rolling terrain. The park also has a rental
hall, Krueger Memorial Hall, which offers two fireplaces, kitchen, bar, and restrooms. The hall
is a well maintained two story log structure built from trees that were cut from the site using
W.P.A. funds during the Great Depression. The hall hosts gatherings ranging from family reun-
ions, weddings, club meetings, showers, and classes.

MAINTENANCE FACILTY
The Park Maintenance facility consists of 3.2 acres located on Highway 12 approximately 1.5
miles southeast of Washington Park with a building that houses park maintenance operations;
equipment, vehicle fleet, staff offices, etc. Aesthetic improvements are needed.

MICHIGAN BOULEVARD PARCEL
This parcel is leased for billboard advertisement.




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MILLENNIUM PLAZA
Located along Trail Creek this .5 acre park offers a stage with Greek theater style seating, a wa-
ter fountain, four built in picnic tables with checker/chess board tops, and benches along the
creek. This is a favorite spot for fisherman. Millennium Plaza is also home to the Michigan
City Firefighters and Police Officers Memorial. The monument was erected in 2006 to com-
memorate the 5th anniversary of 9/11. The life size bronze statues of a kneeling firefighter
along with a standing police officer consoling a child are the creation of artist Ron Pekar. The
monument also features two individual podiums with bronze plaques depicting the badge of
each department accompanied by department’s prayer. Behind this honorable display are five
flag poles; the tallest displaying our Nation’s flag which is lit continuously. The remaining
flags are of our State, City, Firefighters and Police.

MOTT’S WOODS
A 35 acre undeveloped forest and natural area located on the east side of the City. This area is
to be held in reserve and protected.

MUNCIPAL GOLF COURSES
The two municipal golf courses occupy 156 acres of land in the Golfview neighborhood of the
City. Each course offers 18 holes. The South Course underwent a major drainage and pond
development project in 1993/94. A computerized irrigation system was installed in 1997/98.
Several trees in the parking lot were removed and blacktop was installed in 2001. A major
overhaul of the pro shop took place in 2001. Expansion of service has been provided for the
public. In 2002 a snack shop was built at the south course with seating for approximately 25
people.

OAK HILLS PARK
The 5 acre Oak Hills Park offers baseball and basketball facilities as well as a shelter for pic-
nicking and a multi-playground area with a fountain. This attractive, tree shaded open space is
located across the street from the Dr. Martin Luther King recreation facility which greatly en-
hances recreation opportunities in the neighborhood.

PATRIOT PARK
This award winning 120 acre sports complex has quickly become one of the premiere sports
complexes in Northern Indiana. Quality tournament play, professionally managed events and
recreational class programs draws more and more people to Patriot Park and the greater Michi-
gan City area. The design and engineering invested into this park draws national and regional
events as well as media attention. The complex offers 4 full drained and professionally lit base-
ball/softball diamonds, 1 additional baseball field, electronic scoreboards, 2 press boxes, public
address system, on-site concession stand, ADA accessible restrooms with infant changing sta-
tions, ADA accessible playground, 1 mile non-motorized asphalt walking trail, picnic shelters,
picnic tables, ADA designated parking areas, and an on-site maintenance facility. Fully drained
soccer fields are currently under construction and should be playable by late summer 2007.


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PINEWOOD AVENUE TRIANGLE
Small parcel of land bounded by Pinewood Avenue and Overhill Trail. This site is undevel-
oped and unusable for park land.

PULLMAN PARK
This park site contains two lighted basketball courts, playground equipment, drinking fountains,
three picnic shelters, benches, bike rack, restrooms, and skate park. Built in 2005, The Michi-
gan City Skate Park is a premier skate park in the Midwest featuring the finest equipment avail-
able for skating and biking enthusiasts. It is also one of the largest skate parks in the entire
Midwest – if not the World - measuring in at 22,000 square feet with over 35 different ramps
and rails. During the fall of 2006 seventy trees of ten species were planted in Pullman Park.

RIDGELAND
This is a one acre neighborhood park with playground equipment, basketball court, benches,
bike rack and picnic shelter. The shelter was built with materials from the Urban Enterprise
Association using free labor from a Court sponsored Offenders Program in 2005.

RUBY WOODS
A 35 acre natural area with walking trails. Ruby Woods rules are specific to preserving this
nature park.

SENIOR CENTER
The Michigan City Senior Center is a 14,000 square foot facility located east of the Park Office
in Washington Park. This center provides social, recreational and educational activities, social
services and volunteer opportunities for older adults thereby encouraging an independent life-
style and continuing involvement in our community.

                      GOALS OF THE MICHIGAN CITY SENIOR CENTER
1.   Provide opportunities for older adults to experience a sense of achievement and productivity
     through volunteer activities both at and away from the center.
2.   Provide older adults with the information and referral services needed for assistance with
     family, personal, financial, health and other concerns.
3.   Provide opportunities that encourage older adults to use their skills, develop their potential
     and continue their involvement in the center and the community.
4.   Provide social and recreational activities to maximize socialization and minimize isolation
     through interaction with others.
5.   Circulate important information into the community informing the public of political, finan-
     cial, physical and social issues that involve and affect older adults.

TALL TIMBERS PARK
The majority of Tall Timbers 30 acres serves as a nature preserve. Several trails wind through
the wooded area of the park. There is playground equipment, park benches, a bike rack and one
basketball court. The park is located in the Lakeland area of the City.

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TRAIL CREEK GREENWAY
This multi-use non-motorized trail is 3200’ of 12’ wide asphalt with a 2’ shoulder that connects
Hansen Park to Winding Creek Cove and the pedestrian Peanut Bridge.

WALKER STREET PARK
This one acre neighborhood park offers playground equipment, a basketball court, picnic shel-
ter, drinking fountain, mounted picnic tables, park benches, and a bike rack.

WASHINGTON PARK
This 99 acre regional park is located along the shores of Lake Michigan directly north of the
central business district of the City. Dune grass covers the northern portion of the park except
in the west. The wide sandy beach, although a vestige from when lake levels were low, is a
popular bathing spot during the summer months. On the west end of the park is the lighthouse
pier. Built in 1904 the lighthouse is the most popular symbol of Michigan City. It is the only
public operating lighthouse in the State of Indiana and is under the jurisdiction of the United
States Coast Guard. The pier itself, which is under the jurisdiction of the Army Corp of Engi-
neers, is a favorite spot for fishing and watching sunsets and is frequently painted and photo-
graphed by local artists.

Most types of facilities common to city parks are found in Washington Park and are available to
the entire community. Michigan City residents are justifiably proud of this park. It’s attraction
lies with the W.P.A. stonework walls, benches, rock garden and pond. The historic band stand
was designed by H.M. Miles and was built in 1911. Today it is used primarily for weddings.
Washington Park is home to the Civil War Soldiers and Sailors Monument located at the en-
trance of the park, circa 1911. The female bronze figure at the top is 12 feet tall and represents
Victorious Peace. William O’Donovan and Jonathan Hartley, both New Yorkers, were the
sculptors. The monument was donated to Michigan City in 1893 by John H. Winterbotham, a
local manufacturer, bank director and senator in the late 19th century. The WWI Monument
sponsored by the War Mothers depicts a WWI “doughboy” in battlefield attire. The 6 foot
bronze figure stands on a 13 foot granite pedestal. The inscription reads “Lest we forget our
boys”. It was dedicated in 1926.

Washington Park offers an outdoor amphitheater, picnic shelters, playground equipment, rest-
room buildings, the Park Department Administrative Office, which is in dire need of renovation
or new construction, a Lifeguarded swimming beach, outdoor skating rink, tennis courts, public
access fishing, fish cleaning station, boat launch, and over 1,000 parking spaces. Washington
Park hosts many events including festivals, sporting events, City Kids Day Camp summer play-
ground program, and weekly summer concerts by the Michigan City Municipal Band.

Adjacent to Washington Park is a 30 acre marina containing approximately six hundred boat
slips. The marina is operated by the Michigan City Port Authority. The Old Lighthouse Mu-
seum built in 1858 is on the National Register of Historical Places and is located on the south-
west side of Washington Park. The Naval Armory stands at the base of the drawbridge con-
structed in 1932 at the entrance to the park.



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WASHINGTON PARK ZOO
The Washington Park Zoo is comprised of 15 acres located on a hilly sand dune. Nine acres are
used for exhibit space. The zoo exhibits over 220 animals of over 90 different species found
throughout the world. Under our new Assessments and Initiatives Plan (shown in its entirety in
Appendix “B”), the zoo is being developed into a modernistic “biopark” where animals are ex-
hibited in natural settings surrounded by botanical plantings. The Observation Tower can be
accessed from the zoo. The structure was designed by Fred Ahlgrim in an Art Deco style and
was built by the Works Progress Administration. It was dedicated on May 6, 1937. The Tower
is 110’ tall and sits on top of a 180’ sand dune offering spectacular views from its summit. The
Children’s Rotary Castle also contributes to the unique character of the zoo. The castle is a
stone building with crenulated towers and was modeled after the insignia of the U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers. It houses the zoo’s reptile collection.

WATER TOWER PARK
This 5.3 acre park serves the east side of the City with two ball diamonds, one basketball court,
two tennis courts, a shaded picnic area with drinking fountain and playground equipment. This
park does not have on-site parking and primarily serves the local neighborhood.

WEST 8th STREET TOT LOT
Located in the extreme northwestern section of the City, this park contains playground equip-
ment, a bike rack and a picnic shelter and serves as a small neighborhood park.

WINDING CREEK COVE
This 6.67 acre passive park serves as a trail connection to the Trail Creek Greenway. This park
has a paved parking lot and offers two crushed limestone hiking trails through the heavily
wooded area. The first trail is 1300’ long and leads to a fishing pad and a canoe launch. The
second trail is 450’ long and leads to an observation deck that looks out over Trail Creek.

ZILLA SQUARE
March Elementary School is adjacent to the Zilla Square Park which is 3 acres. The park fea-
tures a ball diamond, basketball court, playground equipment and a picnic shelter. The Michi-
gan City Area Schools maintain the park in accordance with an agreement with the Park De-
partment.




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                         Facility                                           Address                         Category       Accessibility Acres Open Dev            Equip     Fields     Court    Shelters    rooms       tains       Trails     Park    Other
                         Adams Park                                         307 Village Road               Neighborhood     Accessible    12       7       5       Multi       2           0         1      Seasonal       2           No        No     Off Street Parking
                                                                                                            Walkway to
                         Beachwalk                                          Lake Shore Drive Stop #7          beach         Accessible     1       0       1       N/A        N/A        N/A        N/A       N/A         N/A          No        No     Wooden walkway to the beach
                         Canada Park (Sox Park)                             300 Center Street                Mini Park      Accessible     1       1       0       Multi       1           0         0        No           No          No        No     Off Street Parking
                         Cleveland Park (Eastport
                         School)                                            300 Cleveland Avenue           Neighborhood     Accessible     6       5       1       Multi       1           0         0        No           No          No        No     Maintained by School System
                                                                                                                                                                                        (3) 1/2                                      .5 mile
                         Gardena Park                                       900 Gardena Street             Neighborhood     Accessible    12       7       5       Multi       2        courts       3        Yes          1         asphalt     No     Off Street Parking
                         Hansen Park (formerly
                         Sycamore)                                          100 E. Street                  Neighborhood     Accessible    17.5    16.5     1     Swing set     1           1         0      Seasonal       1           No        No     Fishing Pond, Off Street Parking
                                                                                                           Undeveloped
                         Henry Lake Area                                    630 Southwind                     Parcel        Accessible     6       6       0       N/A        N/A        N/A        N/A       N/A         N/A          N/A       No     Undeveloped, Storm Water Retention Area
                                                                                                           Undeveloped
                         Jerrigan's Hill Park                               801 E. 8th Street                 Parcel         Partially     1       1       0       N/A        N/A        N/A        N/A       N/A         N/A          N/A       No     Undeveloped Hillside Property

                         Karwick Nature Park                                700 S. Karwick Road            Nature Park      Accessible    23.5                     N/A                                                     No                    No     Under construction - completion Spring 2001
                         Krueger Memorial Hall                              801 Liberty Trail               Rental Hall      Partially    N/A     N/A     N/A      N/A        N/A        N/A        N/A       N/A         N/A          N/A       No     2 floors, kitchen & bar, accom. 300 ppl
                         Krueger Memorial Park                              801 Liberty Trail             Community Park     Partially    37       34      3        No         0           1         0        No           No        Multiple    No     Rental Hall, Off Street Parking
                                                                                                           Maintenance
                         Maintenance Facility                               2011 E. Highway 12               Facility        Partially   3.296     0               N/A        N/A        N/A        N/A       N/A         N/A          N/A       No     Maintenance Facility for Park Dept.
                         Michigan Blvd Parcel
                         (Billboard)                                                                          Parcel        Accessible     ?       ?       ?       N/A        N/A        N/A        N/A       N/A         N/A          N/A       No     Small parcel leased out to Billboard Co.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Greek Style Stage, Water Fountain, Fishing,
                         Millennium Plaza                                   55 Franklin Street            Community Park    Accessible    0.5      0.5    0.5      N/A        N/A        N/A        N/A       N/A         N/A          N/A       No     Off St. Parking
                                                                                                           Undeveloped
                         Mott's Woods                                       2000 Johnrue                     Woods           Partially    35       35      0       N/A        N/A        N/A        N/A       N/A         N/A          N/A       No     Undeveloped Wooded Area




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                         North                                              675 Warnke Road                  Facility        Partially    66       0      66       N/A        N/A        N/A        1         Yes        shop          N/A       No     18 hole Executive Golf Course
                         Municipal Golf Course -                                                            Enterprise
                         South                                              4000 E. Michigan Blvd.           Facility        Partially    90       0      90       N/A        N/A        N/A        1         Yes      1 at #6 tee     N/A       No     18 hole Regulation Golf Course




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                         Oak Hills Park                                     Drive                          Neighborhood     Accessible     5       4       3       Multi       1           1         1        No           1           No        No     Off Street Parking
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1 mile            Soccer Fields, Sledding Hill, Off Street Park-
                         Patriot Park             2224 N. 950 W                                           Sports Complex    Accessible    120      65     55       Multi       4           0         3        Yes          1         asphalt     No     ing
                                                  8th & Dickson over Trail                                                                                                                                                           800' as-
                         Pedestrian Peanut Bridge Creek                                                     Trail/Bridge    Accessible    800'    N/A     N/A      N/A        N/A        N/A        N/A       N/A         N/A         phalt      No     Observation Decks/benches 800' x 12' asphalt
                         Pinewood Avenue Trian-                                                            Undeveloped
                         gle                      700 Pinewood                                                Parcel        Accessible     1       1       0       N/A        N/A        N/A        N/A       N/A         N/A          N/A       No     Undeveloped Parcel
                                                                                                                                                                                       2 full - 2
                         Pullman Park                                       550 W. 4th Street             Community Park    Accessible    10       8       2       Multi       2         half        2      Seasonal       1           No       Yes     Off Street Parking
                         Ridgeland Park                                     620 Ridgeland Avenue             Mini Park      Accessible     1       0       1       Multi       0           1         1        No           No          No        No     Off Street Parking
                         Ruby Woods                                         West Barker Road               Passive Park      Partially     35      35      0       N/A        N/A        N/A        N/A       N/A         N/A          Yes       No     Off Street Parking
                                                                                                                                         40K Sq
                         Senior Center                                      2 On The Lake                 Community Use     Accessible     Ft     N/A     N/A      N/A        N/A        N/A        N/A       N/A         N/A          N/A       No     Primary Use is Senior Center/Rental Hall
                         Tall Timbers Park                                  3100 Springland Avenue        Community Park    Accessible    30       28      2       Multi       0           1         0        No           No          No        No
                         Trail Creek Greenway                                                                                                                                                                                         3200'
                         Trail                                              "E" Street to 8th & Dickson        Trail        Accessible   3200'    N/A     N/A      N/A        N/A        N/A        N/A       N/A         N/A        asphalt     No     Asphalt 3200' x 12'
                         Walker Street Park                                 900 Walker Street                Mini Park      Accessible     1       0       1       Multi       0           1         1        No           1           No        No
                         Washington Park                                    6 on the Lake                   Urban Park      Accessible    136      0      99       Multi       0           0         7        Yes          2         Fitness     No     See Below
                                                                                                            Enterprise
                         Washington Park Zoo                                115 Lake Shore Drive              Facility       Partially     6       0       6       N/A        N/A        N/A        N/A       Yes          1           No        No     Observation Tower/Deck & Ed Ctr Rentals
                         Water Tower Park          301 Broadway                                            Neighborhood     Accessible    5.3      2.3     3       Multi       2           1         0      Seasonal       1           No        No     Tennis Courts
                         West 8th Street Park (Tot
                         Lot)                      1501 W. 8th Street                                        Mini Park      Accessible     1       0       1       Multi       0           0         1        No           No           0        No     Off Street Parking
                         Winding Creek Cove                                 1400 E. 8th Street             Passive Park     Accessible   4.179    4.179   0        N/A        N/A        N/A        N/A        N           N           Yes       No     Off Street Parking
                         Zilla Square Park                                  300 E. Barker Avenue           School Park      Accessible     3       1       2       Multi       1           1         1        No           No          No        No     Maintained by School System
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                                             ADAMS PARK
                                                 307 Village Road




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                                                                      BLDG         ADAMS PARK PUMP HOUSE                                                             UNKNOWN      23,709.00
                                                                      LAND IMPRV   ASPHALT PARKING LOT AT ADAMS PARK - VILLAGE RD. AT SOUTHWIND DRIVE                UNKNOWN     170,060.00
                                                                      BLDG         SHELTER - ADAMS PARK                                                              UNKNOWN        2,100.00
                                                                      LAND         ADAMS PARK - 307 VILLAGE ROAD - 12 ACRES                                              1969     19,755.83
                                                                      PLAYGROUND   BENCH GREEN METAL PLAYER BENCH #01                                                     1978        300.00
                                                                      PLAYGROUND   BENCH GREEN METAL PLAYER BENCH #2                                                     1978         300.00
                                                                      PLAYGROUND   BENCH GREEN METAL PLAYER BENCH #3                                                     1978         300.00
                                                                      PLAYGROUND   BENCH GREEN METAL PLAYER BENCH #4                                                     1978         300.00
                                                                      PLAYGROUND   BENCH GREEN METAL PLAYER BENCH #5                                                     1978         300.00
                                                                      PLAYGROUND   BENCH GREEN METAL PLAYER BENCH #6                                                     1978         300.00
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                                                                      PLAYGROUND   BENCH GREEN METAL PLAYER BENCH #7                                                     1978         300.00
                                                                      PLAYGROUND   BENCH GREEN METAL PLAYER BENCH #8                                                     1978         300.00
                                                                      PLAYGROUND   BLEACHERS MULTI COLORED BLEACHERS - 5 TIER - #1                                       1978         800.00
                                                                      PLAYGROUND   BLEACHERS MULTI COLORED BLEACHERS - 5 TIER - #2                                       1978         800.00
                                                                      PLAYGROUND   BLEACHERS MULTI COLORED BLEACHERS - 5 TIER - #3                                       1978         800.00
                                                                      PLAYGROUND   BLEACHERS MULTI COLORED BLEACHERS - 5 TIER - #4                                       1978         800.00
                                                                      PLAYGROUND   BLEACHERS MULTI COLORED BLEACHERS - 5 TIER - #5                                       1978         800.00




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                                                                      PLAYGROUND   BLEACHERS MULTI COLORED BLEACHERS - 5 TIER - #6                                       1978         800.00
                                                                      BLDG         SHELTER - SHINGLED ROOF 24' X 16'                                                     1979       2,000.00
                                                                      LAND IMPRV   FENCE - 6' CHAINLINK AT ADAMS                                                         1990     11,600.00
                                                                      LAND IMPRV   FENCE - 8' CHAINLINK AT ADAMS PARK                                                    1990       6,210.00
                                                                      LAND IMPRV   FENCE - 8' CHAINLINK AT ADAMS                                                         1990     10,350.00
                                                                      INFRA        LIGHTING AT ADAMS PARK                                                                1990       6,584.00
                                                                      PLAYGROUND   PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT MEDIUM PLAY SYSTEM - ORANGE/WHITE/BLUE/YELLOW WITH BRIDGE         1991    10,000.00
                                                                      INFRA        FIELD - AG-LIME INFIELD #1                                                            1994       3,500.00
                                                                      INFRA        FIELD - AG-LIME INFIELD #2                                                            1994       3,500.00
                                                                      PLAYGROUND   BENCH PARSONS CONTOUR CANTILEVER PARK BENCH 2X4X6' SECOND SITE MAPLE, VS GREEN        1999         855.00
                                                                      PLAYGROUND   BENCH PARSONS CONTOUR CANTILEVER PARK BENCH 2X4X6' SECOND SITE MAPLE, VS GREEN        1999         855.00
                                                                      PLAYGROUND   BISON BASKETBALL SYSTEM - 1/2 COURT                                                   1999         465.00
                                                                      PLAYGROUND   BISON BASKETBALL SYSTEM - 1/2 COURT                                                   1999         465.00
                                                                      PLAYGROUND   PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT 4 SEAT SWING SET ITEM 3B                                          1999        860.00
                                                                      PLAYGROUND   PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT LARGE PLAY SYSTEM STRUCTURE ITEM 1D                               1999    17,665.00
                                                                      SIGN         SIGN WOODEN ENTRANCE SIGN - ADAMS PLAYGROUND                                          2001         492.50
                                                                      LAND IMPRV   ASPHALT BASKETBALL COURT - RESURFACE/REMARK COURT AT ADAMS                             2003      5,620.18
                                                                      LAND IMPRV   FENCE - 550' 5' HOME RUN FENCE                                                        2005       7,354.00
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                                                 CANADA PARK
                                                     300 Center Street




  CATEGORY                                  DESCRIPTION                           PURCHASED INVOICE PRICE
LAND          CANADA PARK - CENTER ST. AT FOGARTY ROAD 1 ACRE                      UNKNOWN     UNKNOWN
PLAYGROUND    PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT MEDIUM PLAY UNIT - BURGUNDY W/YELLOW & BLUE         1985       8,000.00
PLAYGROUND    PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT DOME CLIMBER                                         1987      1,200.00
PLAYGROUND    PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT CHALLENGE SCOPE MULTI CLIMBER SIX STATION UNIT       1995      7,592.37
SIGN          SIGN WOODEN ENTRANCE SIGN - CANADA PLAYGROUND                             2001        492.50




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                                         GARDENA PARK
                                             900 Gardena Street




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                                                                      LAND         GARDENA PARK - 900 GARDENA STREET - 12 ACRES                                            UNKNOWN      65,127.00
                                                                      INFRA        LIGHTING - ATHLETIC - 50' - 6 FIXTURES                                                  UNKNOWN      55,860.00
                                                                      BLDG         SHELTER - PICNIC - WOOD FRAME 12 X 24 SOUTH OF PICNIC SHELTER ALONG GARDENA STREET      UNKNOWN        5,600.00
                                                                      PLAYGROUND   BENCH GREEN METAL PLAYER BENCH #10                                                           1978        300.00
                                                                      PLAYGROUND   BENCH GREEN METAL PLAYER BENCH #11                                                           1978        300.00
                                                                      PLAYGROUND   BENCH GREEN METAL PLAYER BENCH #12                                                           1978        300.00
                                                                      PLAYGROUND   BENCH GREEN METAL PLAYER BENCH #13                                                           1978        300.00
                                                                      PLAYGROUND   BENCH GREEN METAL PLAYER BENCH #14                                                           1978        300.00
                                                                      PLAYGROUND   BENCH GREEN METAL PLAYER BENCH #15                                                           1978        300.00
                                                                      PLAYGROUND   BENCH GREEN METAL PLAYER BENCH #16                                                           1978        300.00
                                                                      PLAYGROUND   BENCH GREEN METAL PLAYER BENCH #9                                                            1978        300.00
                                                                      PLAYGROUND   BLEACHERS MULTI COLORED BLEACHERS - 5 TIER - #7                                             1978         800.00
                                                                      PLAYGROUND   BLEACHERS MULTI COLORED BLEACHERS - 5 TIER - #8                                             1978         800.00
                                                                      PLAYGROUND   BLEACHERS MULTI COLORED BLEACHERS - 5 TIER - #9                                             1978         800.00
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                                                                      LAND IMPRV   ASPHALT BASKETBALL COURT 33' X 100'                                                          1990      9,970.00
                                                                      LAND IMPRV   FENCE - 4' CHAINLINK AT GARDENA                                                              1990      9,430.00
                                                                      LAND IMPRV   FENCE - 6' CHAINLINK AT GARDENA                                                              1990      7,210.00




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                                                                      LAND IMPRV   PARKING LOT - GRAVEL - WROBEL & GARDENA STREETS (WEST LOT)                                   1990      9,900.00
                                                                      INFRA        FIELD - AG-LIME INFIELD LARGE FIELD                                                          1994      3,500.00
                                                                      LAND IMPRV   ASPHALT INSTALL 8' WIDE ASPHALT WALKING TRAIL - 1/2 MILE LONG - GARDENA                     1999     78,610.00
                                                                      LAND IMPRV   ASPHALT PARKING LOT AT GARDENA PARK                                                          1999    63,930.00
                                                                      PLAYGROUND   BIKE RACK GALVANIZED STEEL                                                                   1999        276.75
                                                                      PLAYGROUND   BIKE RACK GALVANIZED STEEL                                                                   1999        276.75
                                                                      PLAYGROUND   BISON BASKETBALL SYSTEM - 1/2 COURT                                                          1999        465.00
                                                                      PLAYGROUND   BISON BASKETBALL SYSTEM - 1/2 COURT                                                          1999        465.00
                                                                      PLAYGROUND   BISON BASKETBALL SYSTEM - 1/2 COURT                                                          1999        465.00
                                                                      PLAYGROUND   DRINKING FOUNTAIN, WALL MOUNT W/LEG SUPPORTS                                                1999       1,480.00
                                                                      PLAYGROUND   GRILL PEDESTAL MOUNT GRILL W/UTILITY SHELF                                                  1999          99.00
                                                                      PLAYGROUND   GRILL PEDESTAL MOUNT GRILL W/UTILITY SHELF                                                  1999          99.00
                                                                      PLAYGROUND   PLAYGROUND EQUPMENT - LITTLE LIGHTHOUSE LANDING 20K SQUARE FOOT                             1999     80,000.00
                                                                      BLDG         SHELTER - PICNIC - STEEL BEAM 20' X 28' WITH CEDAR SHINGLES - NORTH OF WALKING TRAIL        1999       6,820.00
                                                                      SIGN         SIGN WOODEN ENTRANCE SIGN - GARDENA PLAYGROUND                                              2001         492.50
                                                                      BLDG         BLDG SHELTER AND RESTROOM                                                                    2002    58,899.00
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                                            HANSEN PARK
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                                                                      LAND IMPRV    ASPHALT BASKETBALL COURT - 80' X 50' - (4) HALF COURTS, HANSEN PARK    UNKNOWN        13,300.00
                                                                      LAND          HANSEN PARK - 100 E. STREET - 17.5 ACRES                                   1962       19,636.29
                                                                      LAND IMPRV    BARRIER POSTS - BOLLARDS AT HANSEN PARK                                    1990        7,600.00
                                                                      PLAYGROUND    FOUNTAIN DRINKING, WALL MOUNT W/LEG SUPPORTS                               1999        1,480.00
                                                                      LAND IMPRV    NEW SIDEWALK, CURB/GUTTER AT HANSEN PARK                                   2001       10,594.20
                                                                      SIGN          SIGN WOODEN ENTRANCE SIGN - HANSEN PLAYGROUND                              2001           492.5
                                                                      BLDG          SHELTER - PICNIC - OCTAGON - STEEL FRAME                                   2006  * AGGREGATE
                                                                      LAND          HANSEN PARK/PASSIVE PARK/LWCF GRANT PROJECT 2006                           2006    * 824,957.46
                                                                      LAND IMPRV    DECK - OBSERVATION DECK OVER HANSEN PARK POND                              2006  * AGGREGATE
                                                                      LAND IMPRV    FISHING PAD - EAST HANSEN PARK                                             2006  * AGGREGATE
                                                                      LAND IMPRV    FISHING PAD - WEST HANSEN PARK                                             2006  * AGGREGATE
                                                                      LAND IMPRV    TRAIL - WALKING TRAIL, CRUSHED LIMESTONE, 850- X 6'                        2006  * AGGREGATE
                                                                      PLAYGROUND    ASPHALT PARKING LOT AND TURN AROUND                                        2006  * AGGREGATE
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                                                                      PLAYGROUND    BENCH - METAL, MOUNTED IN CONCRETE #1                                      2006  * AGGREGATE
                                                                      PLAYGROUND    BENCH - METAL, MOUNTED IN CONCRETE #2                                      2006  * AGGREGATE
                                                                      PLAYGROUND    BENCH - METAL, MOUNTED IN CONCRETE #3                                      2006  * AGGREGATE
                                                                      PLAYGROUND    BENCH - METAL, MOUNTED IN CONCRETE #4                                      2006  * AGGREGATE




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                                                                      PLAYGROUND    BENCH - METAL, MOUNTED IN CONCRETE #5                                      2006  * AGGREGATE
                                                                      PLAYGROUND    BENCH - METAL, MOUNTED IN CONCRETE #6                                      2006  * AGGREGATE
                                                                      PLAYGROUND    BENCH - WOOD, MOUNTED ON OBSERVATION DECK #1                               2006  * AGGREGATE
                                                                      PLAYGROUND    BENCH - WOOD, MOUNTED ON OBSERVATION DECK #2                               2006  * AGGREGATE
                                                                      PLAYGROUND    BIKE RACK MOUNTED IN CONCRETE                                              2006  * AGGREGATE
                                                                      PLAYGROUND    PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT 5-12 AGE GROUP                                        2006        9,054.54
                                                                      PLAYGROUND    TABLE - PICNIC, MOUNTED IN CONCRETE IN SHELTER #1                          2006  * AGGREGATE
                                                                      PLAYGROUND    TABLE - PICNIC, MOUNTED IN CONCRETE IN SHELTER #2                          2006  * AGGREGATE
                                                                      PLAYGROUND    TABLE - PICNIC, MOUNTED IN CONCRETE IN SHELTER #3                          2006  * AGGREGATE
                                                                      PLAYGROUND    TABLE - PICNIC, MOUNTED IN CONCRETE IN SHELTER #4                          2006  * AGGREGATE
                                                                      PLAYGROUND    TRASH RECEPTACLE MOUNTED IN CONCRETE #1                                    2006  * AGGREGATE
                                                                      PLAYGROUND    TRASH RECEPTACLE MOUNTED IN CONCRETE #2                                    2006  * AGGREGATE
                                                                      PLAYGROUND    TRASH RECEPTACLE MOUNTED IN CONCRETE #3                                    2006  * AGGREGATE
                                                                      PLAYGROUND    TRASH RECEPTACLE MOUNTED IN CONCRETE #4                                    2006  * AGGREGATE
                                                                      PLAYGROUND    TRASH RECEPTACLE MOUNTED IN CONCRETE #5                                    2006  * AGGREGATE
                                                                      PLAYGROUND    TRASH RECEPTACLE MOUNTED IN CONCRETE #6                                    2006  * AGGREGATE
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                                        OAK HILLS PARK
                                    716 Martin Luther King Drive




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                                                                      LAND          OAK HILLS PARK - 805 MARTIN LUTHER KING DR. - 5 ACRES                         UNKNOWN            0.00
                                                                      LAND IMPRV    ASPHALT BASKETBALL COURT - 80' X 50', OAK HILLS                               UNKNOWN      11,400.00
                                                                      LAND IMPRV    FENCE - 4' CHAINLINK AT OAK HILLS                                                 1988       7,900.00
                                                                      BLDG          SHELTER STEEL BEAM SHELTERS 20' X 28' WITH CEDAR SHINGLES                          1999    10,700.00
                                                                      LAND IMPRV    ASPHALT - PARKING LOT/BASKETBALL COUR                                             1999     20,000.00
                                                                      PLAYGROUND    BIKE RACK GALVANIZED STEEL                                                         1999        276.75
                                                                      PLAYGROUND    BISON BASKETBALL SYSTEM - 1/2 COURT                                               1999         465.00
                                                                      PLAYGROUND    BISON BASKETBALL SYSTEM - 1/2 COURT                                               1999         465.00
                                                                      PLAYGROUND    GRILL PEDESTAL MOUNT GRILL W/UTILITY SHELF                                         1999         99.00
                                                                      PLAYGROUND    PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT 6 SEAT SWING SET ITEM 3A (ONLY 4 SEATS INSTALLED)            1999       1,185.71
                                                                      PLAYGROUND    PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT BUNKER HILL 4 WAY CLIMBER                                    1999         912.81
                                                                      PLAYGROUND    PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT DELUXE MOUNTAIN CLIMBER                                      1999       1,302.03
                                                                      PLAYGROUND    PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT MEDIUM PLAY SYSTEM DARK GREEN/BLUE/BEIGE                      1999    11,162.30
                                                                      LAND IMPRV    FENCE - 217 FT OF 10 FT/9 GUAGE GALVENIZED CHAINLINK BASKETBALL FENCE             2000       4,070.00
                                                                      PLAYGROUND    TABLE 6' LONG AMERICAN TABLE WITHOUT BACK, 4"X4" SLATS, PINE, WALNUT STAIN         2000        719.00
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                                                                        CATEGORY                                      DESCRIPTION                          PURCHASED INVOICE PRICE
                                                                      LAND         HANSEN PARK/PASSIVE PARK/LWCF TRAIL/ PEANUT BRIDGE GRANT PROJECT 2006         2006  * 824,957.46
                                                                      LAND IMPRV   ASPHALT - PEANUT TRAIL 800' X 12' ASPHALT W/2' SHOULDER                      2006 AGGREGATE
                                                                      LAND IMPRV   DECK - OBSERVATION DECK #1                                                    2006 AGGREGATE
                                                                      LAND IMPRV   DECK - OBSERVATION DECK #2                                                    2006 AGGREGATE
                                                                      PLAYGROUND   BENCH - WOOD, MOUNTED IN CONCRETE #1                                          2006 AGGREGATE
                                                                      PLAYGROUND   BENCH - WOOD, MOUNTED IN CONCRETE #2                                          2006 AGGREGATE
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                                         PULLMAN PARK
                                                550 W 4th Street




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                                                                       CATEGORY                                             DESCRIPTION                                   PURCHASED INVOICE PRICE
                                                                      INFRA        LIGHTING FIELD LIGHTING ALONG 4TH STREET - 9 POLES WITH 4 LIGHTS PER POLE               UNKNOWN       29,000.00
                                                                      LAND         PULLMAN FIELD 4TH STREET AT WILLARD AVE.-10 ACRES                                       UNKNOWN       68,292.69
                                                                      PLAYGROUND BACKSTOP, BASEBALL                                                                        UNKNOWN        5,000.00
                                                                      INFRA        ASPHALT BASKETBALL COURT PULLMAN PARK                                                        1990      8,300.00
                                                                      LAND IMPRV   FENCE - 6' CHAINLINK AT PULLMAN                                                              1990     22,000.00
                                                                      PLAYGROUND BIKE RACK GALVANIZED STEEL                                                                     1999       276.75
                                                                      PLAYGROUND PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT LARGE PLAY SYSTEM STRUCTURE ITEM 1D                                       1999     17,665.00
                                                                      SIGN         SIGN WOODEN ENTRANCE SIGN - PULLMAN PLAYGROUND                                               2001       492.50
                                                                      INFRA        ASPHALT BASKETBALL COURTS-RESURFACE EXISTING COURT 1990 PROFESSIONAL SEALING/MARKING         2002      4,715.00
                                                                      INFRA        ASPHALT RESURFACED EXISTING BASKETBALL COURT BUILT IN 1990                                   2002     17,403.98
                                                                      LAND IMPRV   ASPHALT - PARKING LOT 6TH STREET/ 2 BASKETBALL COURTS                                        2002     17,404.00
                                                                      PLAYGROUND GOAL BASKETBALL GOAL UNIT #1                                                                   2002       591.00
                                                                      PLAYGROUND GOAL BASKETBALL GOAL UNIT #2                                                                   2002       591.00
                                                                      PLAYGROUND GOAL BASKETBALL GOAL UNIT #3                                                                   2002       591.00
                                                                      PLAYGROUND GOAL BASKETBALL GOAL UNIT #4                                                                   2002       591.00
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                                                                      PLAYGROUND GOAL BASKETBALL GOAL UNIT #5                                                                   2002       591.00
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                                                                      BLDG         SHELTER - STEEL BEAM/GABLE END, 16' X 20', BLACK ENAMEL FRAME/GREEN METAL ROOF               2003      4,632.00
                                                                      BLDG         SHELTER - STEEL BEAM/GABLE END, 20' X 28', BLACK ENAMEL FRAME/GREEN METAL ROOF               2003      7,728.00
                                                                      LAND IMPRV   BARRIER POSTS - BOLLARDS AT PULLMAN PARK - QTY 26                                            2004       910.00
                                                                      CAMERA       SECURITY CAMERA SYSTEM (2) STATIONARY (1) PTZ (1) BULLET W/DVR PULLMAN SKATE PARK            2005     10,244.50
                                                                      LAND IMPROV SKATE PARK AT PULLMAN FIELD                                                                   2005    777,898.82
                                                                      LAND IMPRV   LIGHTING - BASKETBALL COURT LIGHTING                                                         2005     21,765.00
                                                                      PHONE        PHONE - ADA COMPLIANT EMERGENCY PHONE - PULLMAN SKATEPARK                                    2005      1,245.00
                                                                      PLAYGROUND FOUNTAIN - DRINKING FOUNTAIN 450 WALL MOUNT GREEN NEAR BBALL COURT                             2005      1,160.00
                                                                      BLDG         BLDG RESTROOM BUILDING AT PULLMAN SKATE PARK                                                 2006     27,529.00
                                                                      BLDG         SHELTER - PICNIC SHELTER AT SKATE PARK                                                       2006      4,700.00
                                                                      LAND IMPRV   ASPHALT - PARKING LOT TRIANGLE BETWEEN 4TH ST/HWY 12                                         2006    268,117.00
                                                                      TREE         TREE - EIGHTEEN RED MAPLE TREES, LARGE GROWING SPECIES, 90' AT MATURITY                      2006          0.00
                                                                      TREE         TREE - NINE SYCAMORE TREES, LARGE GROWING SPECIES, 90' AT MATURITY                           2006          0.00
                                                                      TREE         TREE - ONE ZELKOVA TREE                                                                      2006          0.00
                                                                      TREE         TREE - SEVEN SWEETGUM TREES, LARGE GROWING SPECIES, 90' AT MATURITY                          2006          0.00
                                                                      TREE         TREE - SIXTEEN LOW GROWING SPECIES, 30' AT MATURITY                                          2006          0.00
                                                                      TREE         TREE - THREE PEAR TREES                                                                      2006          0.00
                                                                      TREE         TREE - TWELVE GINKGO TREES                                                                   2006          0.00
                                                                      TREE         TREE - TWO CRABAPPLE TREES                                                                   2006          0.00
                                                                      TREE         TREE - TWO HACKBERRY TREES                                                                   2006          0.00
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                                       RIDGELAND PARK
                                           620 Ridgeland Avenue




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                                                                      LAND         RIDGELAND PARK - 600 BLOCK RIDGELAND AVENUE - 1 ACRE                              UNKNOWN            0.00
                                                                      LAND IMPRV   ASPHALT BASKETBALL COURT 47' X 70' RESURFACE                                          1999     11,010.00
                                                                      PLAYGROUND   BENCH PARSONS CONTOUR CANTILEVER PARK BENCH 2X4X6' SECOND SITE MAPLE, VS GREEN         1999        855.00
                                                                      PLAYGROUND   BENCH PARSONS CONTOUR CANTILEVER PARK BENCH 2X4X6' SECOND SITE MAPLE, VS GREEN         1999        855.00
                                                                      PLAYGROUND   BIKE RACK GALVANIZED STEEL                                                            1999         276.75
                                                                      PLAYGROUND   BISON BASKETBALL SYSTEM - 1/2 COURT                                                   1999         465.00
                                                                      PLAYGROUND   BISON BASKETBALL SYSTEM - 1/2 COURT                                                   1999         465.00
                                                                      PLAYGROUND   PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT 6 SEAT SWING SET ITEM 3A                                          1999      1,185.71
                                                                      PLAYGROUND   PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT MEDIUM PLAY SYSTEM STRUCTURE ITEM 1C                              1999    12,108.00
                                                                      LAND IMPRV   FENCE - 200 FT OF 10 FT/9 GAUGE GALVANIZED CHAINLINK BASKETBALL FENCE                 2000       6,557.00
                                                                      SIGN         SIGN WOODEN ENTRANCE SIGN - RIDGELAND PLAYGROUND                                       2001        492.50
                                                                      BLDG         SHELTER - 6 POST SHINGLED ROOF W/CUPOLA - DIRT FLOOR                                  2005       1,883.65
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                                  TALL TIMBERS PARK
                                         3100 Springland Avenue




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                                                                        CATEGORY                                        DESCRIPTION                                 PURCHASED INVOICE PRICE
                                                                      PLAYGROUND   PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT "(3) PLAY STRUCTURES - PURCHASED PRIOR TO 1999               UNKNOWN      36,020.00
                                                                      LAND         TALL TIMBERS PARK - 3000 BLOCK SPRINGLAND AVE.- 10.186 ACRES                          1969     22,016.73
                                                                      LAND         TALL TIMBERS PARK - 3000 BLOCK SPRINGLAND AVE.- 4.821 ACRES                           1969     10,442.06
                                                                      LAND IMPRV   ASPHALT BASKETBALL COURT 33' X 100'                                                   1990       9,970.00
                                                                      PLAYGROUND   BENCH PARSONS CONTOUR CANTILEVER PARK BENCH 2X4X6' SECOND SITE MAPLE, VS GREEN         1999        855.00
                                                                      PLAYGROUND   BENCH PARSONS CONTOUR CANTILEVER PARK BENCH 2X4X6' SECOND SITE MAPLE, VS GREEN         1999        855.00
                                                                      PLAYGROUND   BIKE RACK GALVANIZED STEEL                                                            1999         276.75
                                                                      PLAYGROUND   BISON BASKETBALL SYSTEM - 1/2 COURT                                                   1999         465.00
                                                                      PLAYGROUND   BISON BASKETBALL SYSTEM - 1/2 COURT                                                   1999         465.00
                                                                      PLAYGROUND   PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT 6 SEAT SWING SET ITEM 3A (ONLY 4 SEATS INSTALLED)                 1999      1,185.71
                                                                      PLAYGROUND   PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT BUNKER HILL 4 WAY CLIMBER                                         1999        912.81
                                                                      PLAYGROUND   PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT DELUXE MOUNTAIN CLIMBER                                          1999       1,302.03
                                                                      PLAYGROUND   PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT MEDIUM PLAY SYSTEM DARK GREEN/BLUE/BEIGE                          1999    11,162.30
                                                                      SIGN         SIGN WOODEN ENTRANCE SIGN - TALL TIMBERS PLAYGROUND                                    2001        492.50




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                            TRAIL CREEK GREENWAY




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                                                                      CATEGORY                                DESCRIPTION                                PURCHASED INVOICE PRICE
                                                                      LAND       HANSEN PARK/PASSIVE PARK/LWCF TRAIL/ PEANUT BRIDGE GRANT PROJECT 2006         2006   * 824,957.46
                                                                      LAND IMPRV ASPHALT WALKING TRAIL 3200' X 12' W/2' SHOULDER                               2006   AGGREGATE




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                               WALKER STREET PARK
                                               900 Walker Street




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                                                                     CATEGORY                                         DESCRIPTION                                PURCHASED INVOICE PRICE
                                                                  LAND          WALKER STREET PARK - 900 WALKER ST -1 ACRE                                        UNKNOWN            0.00
                                                                  PLAYGROUND    PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT MEDIUM PLAY UNIT - BURGUNDY W/YELLOW & BLUE                      1985       8,000.00
                                                                  PLAYGROUND    PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT DOME CLIMBER                                                     1987       1,200.00
                                                                  LAND IMPRV    ASPHALT BASKETBALL COURT 33' X 100'                                                    1990      9,970.00
                                                                  PLAYGROUND    PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT CHALLENGE SCOPE MULTI CLIMBER SIX STATION UNIT                    1995      7,592.37
                                                                  PLAYGROUND    PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT HEAVY DUTY SWING W/SEATS #1004                                    1995        563.00
                                                                  BLDG          SHELTER STEEL BEAM SHELTERS 20' X 28' WITH CEDAR SHINGLES                              1999      6,820.00
                                                                  LAND IMPRV    ASPHALT - PARKING LOT/BASKETBALL COUR                                                  1999    20,000.00
                                                                  PLAYGROUND    BENCH PARSONS CONTOUR CANTILEVER PARK BENCH 2X4X6' SECOND SITE MAPLE, VS GREEN         1999        855.00
                                                                  PLAYGROUND    BENCH PARSONS CONTOUR CANTILEVER PARK BENCH 2X4X6' SECOND SITE MAPLE, VS GREEN         1999        855.00
                                                                  PLAYGROUND    BISON BASKETBALL SYSTEM - 1/2 COURT                                                    1999        465.00
                                                                  PLAYGROUND    BISON BASKETBALL SYSTEM - 1/2 COURT                                                    1999        465.00
                                                                  PLAYGROUND    FOUNTAIN DRINKING, WALL MOUNT W/LEG SUPPORTS                                           1999      1,480.00
                                                                  PLAYGROUND    PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT MEDIUM PLAY SYSTEM STRUCTURE ITEM 1C                             1999     12,108.00
                                                                  LAND IMPRV    FENCE 60 FT OF 10 FT/9 GAUGE BASKETBALL FENCING                                        2000      2,697.00
                                                                  PLAYGROUND    TABLE 6' LONG AMERICAN TABLE WITHOUT BACK, 4"X4" SLATS, PINE, WALNUT STAIN             2000        719.00
                                                                  SIGN          SIGN WOODEN ENTRANCE SIGN - WALKER STREET PLAYGROUND                                   2001        492.50
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                                    WASHINGTON PARK
                                                    6 on the Lake




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                                                                       CATEGORY                                 DESCRIPTION                        PURCHASED INVOICE PRICE
                                                                      LAND IMPRV   ASPHALT SKATING RINK - CURBING ASPHALT - 85' X 125'              UNKNOWN       398,000.00
                                                                      MONUMENT     CIVIL WAR MONUMENT - BRONZE FIGURE ON TOP                        UNKNOWN        10,000.00
                                                                      BLDG         DODGEM BUILDING PAVILLION                                        UNKNOWN        58,000.00
                                                                      BLDG         F.O.P. SHELTER                                                   UNKNOWN         7,800.00
                                                                      BLDG         FESTIVAL STORAGE GARAGE (SOUTH OF PARK OFFICE)                   UNKNOWN        13,000.00
                                                                      BLDG         FIRST BANK SHELTER - MILLER DAVIS                                UNKNOWN         7,200.00
                                                                      LAND IMPRV   FITNESS TRAIL - FEDDER'S ALLEY                                   UNKNOWN        13,387.00
                                                                      BLDG         GAZEBO - OLD BAND STAND                                          UNKNOWN         6,500.00
                                                                      BLDG         GUARDHOUSE & SHED (GREENHOUSE)                                   UNKNOWN        10,400.00
                                                                      BLDG         GUY FOREMAN BECENTENNIAL AMPHITHEATER                            UNKNOWN       112,500.00
                                                                      BLDG         J.C. STAGE PAVILLION                                             UNKNOWN        18,000.00
                                                                      BLDG         MAINT STORAGE GARAGE - 3 BAY POLE BARN - NEXT TO AMPHITHEATER    UNKNOWN        38,000.00
                                                                      BLDG         OLD LIGHTHOUSE MUSEUM - LEASED TO MC HISTORICAL SOCIETY          UNKNOWN             0.00
                                                                      BLDG         PARK OFFICE BUILDING - SIX ON THE LAKE                           UNKNOWN       177,000.00
                                                                      BLDG         PARKING BOOTH - LOT #1 ENTRANCE                                  UNKNOWN         6,700.00
                                                                      BLDG         PARKING BOOTH - LOT #2 ZOO ENTRANCE                              UNKNOWN         6,000.00
                                                                      LAND IMPRV   PARKING LOT - LOT #1 AND PARK OFFICE - 510 PARKING SPACES        UNKNOWN     1,082,000.00
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                                                                      PLAYGROUND   PLANTER BOXES                                                    UNKNOWN         5,000.00




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                                                                      PLAYGROUND   PLASTIC PLAYGROUND GROUP                                         UNKNOWN        37,000.00
                                                                      BLDG         RESTROOM BUILDING - FEDDER'S ALLEY                               UNKNOWN        44,000.00
                                                                      BLDG         RESTROOM BUILDING LOT #2                                         UNKNOWN        46,000.00
                                                                      BLDG         ROUND SHELTER                                                    UNKNOWN        16,700.00
                                                                      LAND IMPRV   SIDEWALK - FEDDER'S ALLEY ON LAKE SHORE DRIVE TO LOT#2           UNKNOWN       145,000.00
                                                                      BLDG         SIGN SHOP ATTACHED TO GREENHOUSE                                 UNKNOWN        10,400.00
                                                                      BLDG         SIGN SHOP ATTACHED TO GREENHOUSE                                 UNKNOWN        37,055.00
                                                                      BLDG         ST. ANTHONY SHELTER                                              UNKNOWN         6,500.00
                                                                      BLDG         SWEEPER GARAGE                                                   UNKNOWN         7,000.00
                                                                      LAND IMPRV   TENNIS COURT WASHINGTON PARK - 6 COURTS                          UNKNOWN        45,923.00
                                                                      MONUMENT     WWI MONUMENT BRONZE FIGURE ON 13' GRANITE PEDESTAL               UNKNOWN         5,000.00
                                                                      LAND IMPRV   CONCRETE BENCHES - WASHINGTON PARK - WPA                              1934       9,000.00
                                                                      LAND IMPRV   STONE WALL IN WASHINGTON PARK                                         1934     112,000.00
                                                                      LAND IMPRV   STONE WALKWAY - ROCK GARDEN AREA                                      1936      36,000.00
                                                                      LAND IMPRV   WPA WALL WASHINGTON PARK & FEDDER'S ALLEY                             1936     170,000.00
                                                                      LAND IMPRV   WPA WALL WASHINGTON PARK FEDDER'S ALLEY                               1936      58,000.00
                                                                      LAND         WASHINGTON PARK - 99 ACRES                                            1960     742,889.00
                                                                      LAND IMPRV   TENNIS COURTS - 3 COURTS IN WASHINGTON PARK                           1985     107,000.00
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LAND IMPRV                        PARKING LOT - WASHINGTON PARK LOT#2 CURBING                                             1987     36,500.00
INFRA                             LIGHTING - SKATING RINK - 2 POLES WITH 3 LIGHTS ON EACH POLE                            1988      2,500.00
INFRA                             OUTDOOR LIGHTING ALONG LAKESHORE DRIVE - ROUND DOMES                                    1988      8,600.00
LAND IMPRV                        BARRIER POSTS - BOLLARDS IN WASHINGTON PARK                                             1989    105,000.00
LAND IMPRV                        PLANTER FLOWER BOXES - WOODEN                                                           1990      5,200.00
PLAYGROUND                        DRINKING FOUNTAIN, WALL MOUNT W/LEG SUPPORTS                                            1999      1,480.00
PLAYGROUND                        PEDESTAL MOUNT GRILL W/UTILITY SHELF AT F.O.P. SHELTER                                  1999         99.00
PLAYGROUND                        PEDESTAL MOUNT GRILL W/UTILITY SHELF AT ST. ANTHONY SHELTER                             1999         99.00
BLDG                              TENNIS SHELTER - REBUILT NEW in 2002                                                    2002     20,000.00
CAMERA                            CAMERA SPECTRA SECURITY CAMERA SYSTEM, 3 CAMERAS, ANTENNA, PC, VIEW SONIC GS815         2004     21,475.75
SMALL TOOL                        SIGN - SCROLLING MESSAGE BOARD INFORMATION SIGN                                         2004     19,221.50
CAMERA                            ANTENNA - MINILINK WESD WIRELESS RECEIVER 90 DEGREE WITH 1 TRANSMITTER & WIRELESS       2006      2,345.00
CAMERA                            ANTENNA - MINILINK WESD WIRELESS RECEIVER 90 DEGREE WITH 1 TRANSMITTER & WIRELESS       2006      2,345.00
CAMERA                            ANTENNA - MINILINK WESD WIRELESS RECEIVER 90 DEGREE WITH 1 TRANSMITTER & WIRELESS       2006      2,345.00
CAMERA                            CAMERA - ALTRONIX AL2416 POWER SUPPLY FOR WASH PARK SEC CAMERA SYSTEM                   2006        175.00
CAMERA                            CAMERA - MISC WIRE, CONDUIT, CONNECTORS & (12) SIGNS FOR WASH PARK SEC CAMERA SYS       2006        816.40
CAMERA                            CAMERA - VIDEO/CONTROL ENCODER/DECODER KIT 1 PER CAMERA                                 2006      1,390.00
CAMERA                            CAMERA - VIDEO/CONTROL ENCODER/DECODER KIT 1 PER CAMERA                                 2006      1,390.00
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CAMERA                            CAMERA - VIDEO/CONTROL ENCODER/DECODER KIT 1 PER CAMERA                                 2006      1,390.00
CAMERA                            CAMERA - VIDEO/CONTROL ENCODER/DECODER KIT 1 PER CAMERA                                 2006      1,390.00
CAMERA                            DVR - DEDICATED MICROS 16-CHANNEL DVR W/320GB HD                                        2006      5,032.00
CAMERA                            DVR - DEDICATED MICROS PTZ KEYBOARD CONTROLLER                                          2006        695.00
CAMERA                            MONITOR - JVC 20" COLOR FOR WASH PARK SEC CAMERA SYSTEM                                 2006        385.00
TREE                              TREE - 13 CRABAPPLE TREES                                                               2006          0.00
TREE                              TREE - EIGHT CHOKE CHERRY                                                               2006          0.00
TREE                              TREE - SEVEN RED MAPLES, LARGE GROWING SPECIES, 90' AT MATURITY                         2006          0.00
TREE                              TREE - TEN NORWAY SPRUCE TREES                                                          2006          0.00
TREE                              TREE - TWELVE PEAR TREES                                                                2006          0.00




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                                  WATER TOWER PARK
                                             301 Broadway Street




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                                                                        CATEGORY                                   DESCRIPTION                                  PURCHASED INVOICE PRICE
                                                                      LAND IMPRV   ASPHALT WALKING TRAIL - ASPHALT - BETWEEN DIAMONDS & TENNIS COURTS            UNKNOWN      25,000.00
                                                                      PLAYGROUND   BACKSTOP, BASEBALL                                                            UNKNOWN        5,200.00
                                                                      LAND IMPRV   TENNIS COURTS AT WATER TOWER PARK                                             UNKNOWN      38,000.00
                                                                      LAND         WATER TOWER PARK - BROADWAY AT ROESKE AVE - 5.3 ACRES                         UNKNOWN        8,705.00
                                                                      INFRA        ASPHALT BASKETBALL COURT WATER TOWER PARK                                         1990       6,200.00
                                                                      INFRA        FIELD - AG-LIME INFIELD #1                                                         1994      3,500.00
                                                                      INFRA        FIELD - AG-LIME INFIELD #2                                                         1994      3,500.00
                                                                      PLAYGROUND   BIKE RACK GALVANIZED STEEL                                                        1999         276.75
                                                                      PLAYGROUND   FOUNTAIN - DRINKING, WALL MOUNT W/LEG SUPPORTS                                    1999       1,480.00
                                                                      PLAYGROUND   PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT LARGE PLAY SYSTEM STRUCTURE ITEM 1D                          1999     17,665.00
                                                                      PLAYGROUND   TABLE 6' LONG AMERICAN TABLE WITHOUT BACK, 4"X4" SLATS, PINE, WALNUT STAIN        2000         719.00
                                                                      SIGN         SIGN WOODEN ENTRANCE SIGN - WATERTOWER PLAYGROUND                                 2001         492.50




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                              WEST 8th STREET PARK
                                               1501 W 8th Street




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                                                                      LAND          WEST 8TH STREET PARK - 1400 W. 8TH STREET - 1 ACRE                                UNKNOWN            0.00
                                                                      PLAYGROUND    PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT - OLD - (1970'S) SLIDE-(2)SWINGSETS-DOME CLIMBER                 1970     20,000.00
                                                                      LAND IMPRV    FENCE - 6' CHAINLINK FENCE AT EIGHTH STREET PARK                                      1990       9,170.00
                                                                      PLAYGROUND    BENCH PARSONS CONTOUR CANTILEVER PARK BENCH 2X4X6' SECOND SITE MAPLE, VS GREEN        1999         855.00
                                                                      PLAYGROUND    BENCH PARSONS CONTOUR CANTILEVER PARK BENCH 2X4X6' SECOND SITE MAPLE, VS GREEN        1999         855.00
                                                                      PLAYGROUND    BENCH PARSONS CONTOUR CANTILEVER PARK BENCH 2X4X6' SECOND SITE MAPLE, VS GREEN        1999         855.00
                                                                      PLAYGROUND    BIKE RACK GALVANIZED STEEL                                                             1999        276.75
                                                                      PLAYGROUND    GRILL PEDESTAL MOUNT GRILL W/UTILITY SHELF                                             1999         99.00
                                                                      PLAYGROUND    PLAYGROUND EQUPMENT SMALL PLAY SYSTEM STRUCTURE ITEM 1A                               1999       8,990.00
                                                                      BLDG          SHELTER STEEL BEAM SHELTER 16' X 20' CEDAR SHINGLES                                   1999       3,898.00
                                                                      LAND IMPRV    FENCE - 234 FT OF 4 FT/9 GAUGE GALVANIZED CHAINLINK FENCE                             2000       2,791.00
                                                                      SIGN          SIGN WOODEN ENTRANCE SIGN - 8TH STREET PLAYGROUND                                      2001        492.50




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                      WINDING CREEK COVE PARK
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                                                                      LAND IMPRV    ASPHALT BASKETBALL COURT - 80' X 50' - (4) HALF COURTS, HANSEN PARK    UNKNOWN          13,300.00
                                                                      LAND          HANSEN PARK - 100 E. STREET - 17.5 ACRES                                   1962         19,636.29
                                                                      LAND IMPRV    BARRIER POSTS - BOLLARDS AT HANSEN PARK                                    1990          7,600.00
                                                                      PLAYGROUND    FOUNTAIN DRINKING, WALL MOUNT W/LEG SUPPORTS                               1999          1,480.00
                                                                      LAND IMPRV    NEW SIDEWALK, CURB/GUTTER AT HANSEN PARK                                   2001         10,594.20
                                                                      SIGN          SIGN WOODEN ENTRANCE SIGN - HANSEN PLAYGROUND                              2001             492.5
                                                                      BLDG          SHELTER - PICNIC - OCTAGON - STEEL FRAME                                   2006    * AGGREGATE
                                                                      LAND          HANSEN PARK/PASSIVE PARK/LWCF GRANT PROJECT 2006                           2006      * 824,957.46
                                                                      LAND IMPRV    DECK - OBSERVATION DECK OVER HANSEN PARK POND                              2006    * AGGREGATE
                                                                      LAND IMPRV    FISHING PAD - EAST HANSEN PARK                                             2006    * AGGREGATE
                                                                      LAND IMPRV    FISHING PAD - WEST HANSEN PARK                                             2006    * AGGREGATE
                                                                                                                                                                                               PARK




                                                                      LAND IMPRV    TRAIL - WALKING TRAIL, CRUSHED LIMESTONE, 850- X 6'                        2006    * AGGREGATE
                                                                      PLAYGROUND    ASPHALT PARKING LOT AND TURN AROUND                                        2006    * AGGREGATE
                                                                      PLAYGROUND    BENCH - METAL, MOUNTED IN CONCRETE #1                                      2006    * AGGREGATE
                                                                      PLAYGROUND    BENCH - METAL, MOUNTED IN CONCRETE #2                                      2006    * AGGREGATE
                                                                      PLAYGROUND    BENCH - METAL, MOUNTED IN CONCRETE #3                                      2006    * AGGREGATE
                                                                      PLAYGROUND    BENCH - METAL, MOUNTED IN CONCRETE #4                                      2006    * AGGREGATE




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                                                                      PLAYGROUND    BENCH - METAL, MOUNTED IN CONCRETE #6                                      2006    * AGGREGATE
                                                                      PLAYGROUND    BENCH - WOOD, MOUNTED ON OBSERVATION DECK #1                               2006    * AGGREGATE
                                                                      PLAYGROUND    BENCH - WOOD, MOUNTED ON OBSERVATION DECK #2                               2006    * AGGREGATE
                                                                      PLAYGROUND    BIKE RACK MOUNTED IN CONCRETE                                              2006    * AGGREGATE
                                                                      PLAYGROUND    PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT 5-12 AGE GROUP                                        2006          9,054.54
                                                                      PLAYGROUND    TABLE - PICNIC, MOUNTED IN CONCRETE IN SHELTER #1                          2006    * AGGREGATE
                                                                      PLAYGROUND    TABLE - PICNIC, MOUNTED IN CONCRETE IN SHELTER #2                          2006    * AGGREGATE
                                                                      PLAYGROUND    TABLE - PICNIC, MOUNTED IN CONCRETE IN SHELTER #3                          2006    * AGGREGATE
                                                                      PLAYGROUND    TABLE - PICNIC, MOUNTED IN CONCRETE IN SHELTER #4                          2006    * AGGREGATE
                                                                      PLAYGROUND    TRASH RECEPTACLE MOUNTED IN CONCRETE #1                                    2006    * AGGREGATE
                                                                      PLAYGROUND    TRASH RECEPTACLE MOUNTED IN CONCRETE #2                                    2006    * AGGREGATE
                                                                      PLAYGROUND    TRASH RECEPTACLE MOUNTED IN CONCRETE #3                                    2006    * AGGREGATE
                                                                      PLAYGROUND    TRASH RECEPTACLE MOUNTED IN CONCRETE #4                                    2006    * AGGREGATE
                                                                      PLAYGROUND    TRASH RECEPTACLE MOUNTED IN CONCRETE #5                                    2006    * AGGREGATE
                                                                      PLAYGROUND    TRASH RECEPTACLE MOUNTED IN CONCRETE #6                                    2006    * AGGREGATE
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                             FACILITY LOCATION MAP




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                                                PROGRAMS
    PROGRAMS (YOUTH)                                                  DESCRIPTION
CITY KIDS DAY CAMP                       AN 8-WEEK PROGRAM IN THE SUMMER WHERE CHILDREN AGES 6 – 11 ARE ABLE
                                         TO PARTICIPATE. THEY RECEIVE BREAKFAST AND LUNCH THROUGH THE MCAS
                                         WHILE RECEIVING AN ABUNDANCE OF PROGRAMMING. THE PARTICIPANTS RE-
                                         CEIVE SWIMMING LESSONS, A COMPUTER EDUCATION PROGRAM, A READING
                                         PROGRAM, ZOO EDUCATION, ART & MUSIC, AND A VARIETY OF CARDIOVASCU-
                                         LAR ACTIVITIES.
MCUBO                                    YOUTH BASEBALL PROGRAM FOR KIDS AGES 5 – 17. THE GAMES ARE PLAYED AT
                                         THE AWARD WINNING PATRIOT PARK. AS MANY AS 350 KIDS PARTICIPATE IN
                                         THIS LEAGUE EACH YEAR.
SOCCER CAMP                              MCHS HEAD BOYS SOCCER COACH, BRUCE STAHL, RUNS HIS SOCCER CAMP
                                         THROUGH THE PARKS & RECREATION. PARTICIPANTS COME TO CAMP, AT PA-
                                         TRIOT PARK, AND RECEIVE SOME OF THE BEST INSTRUCTION IN THE AREA.
TRACK & FIELD CLINIC                     MCHS HEAD TRACK & CROSS COUNTRY COACH, TIM BUMBER, RUNS THE FREE
                                         TRACK & FIELD CLINIC. CHILDREN OR ADULTS OF ANY AGE ARE ABLE TO COME
                                         AND PARTICIPATE.
 JR. GOLF                                MICHIGAN CITY GOLF COURSE IS WHERE JR. GOLF TAKES PLACE. THOSE WHO
                                         SIGN UP FOR THIS PROGRAM WILL RECEIVE PERCISE GOLF INSTRUCTION WITH
                                         PROPER FORM AND MECHANICS.
BEACH VOLLEYBALL                         EACH SUMMER THE VOLEYBALL PROFESSIONALS RUN BEACH VOLLEYBALL
                                         CAMPS FOR THE COMMUNITY. THE VOLLEYBALL PROFESSIONALS TRAVEL ALL
CAMP                                     OVER THE COUNTRY AND PUT ON PROFESSIONAL BEACH VOLLEYBALL TOURNA-
                                         MENTS AND THEN COME BACK WITH MORE KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERTISE TO
                                         PASS ON TO OUR CAMPERS.
PUNT, PASS & KICK                        EVERY FALL WE HOST A LOCAL PPK IN WHICH PARTICIPANTS COMPETE IN THREE
                                         DIFFERENT EVENTS (PUNT, PASS & KICK) IN HOPES TO ADVANCE TO THE SEC-
                                         TIONAL AND HOPEFULLY THE STATE AND NATIONALS.
PITCH, HIT & RUN                         AS WITH THE PPK, THE PHR ALLOWS YOU TO COMPETE IN THREE EVENTS
                                         (PITCHING, HITTING & RUNNING) IN HOPES TO ADVANCE TO THE NEXT LEVELS.
HERSHEY’S TRACK &                        THE HERSHEY’S TRACK & FIELD PROGRAM IS A WONDERFUL PROGRAM WHICH
                                         ALLOWS KIDS AGE 8 – 15 COMPETE IN A VARIETY OF TRACK EVENTS IN HOPES TO
FIELD                                    COMPETE AT A STATE LEVEL AND NATIONALS IN HERSHEY, PENNSYLVANIA.
LEARN TO SWIM                            IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE PIRANHA’S PROGRAM, THE PARK’S & RECREATION
                                         SPONSORS THIS PROGRAM.
MR. BASKETBALL CAMP                      FOR TWO SUMMERS, WE HAVE OFFERED THIS BASKETBALL CAMP WHICH HAS
                                         SEEN FORMER MR. BASKETBALLS FROM MICHIGAN CITY GIVE QUALITY BASKET-
                                         BALL INSTRUCTION TO THE YOUTH OF OUR COMMUNITY.
MCHS GIRLS BASKETBALL                    THE MCHS GIRLS BASKETBALL STAFF PUTS ON AN INSTRUCTIONAL CAMP FOR
                                         GIRLS IN THE MICHIGAN CITY COMMUNITY.
CAMP
KARATE                                   INSTRUCTOR GREG THIBEDEAU PUTS IN COUNTLESS HOURS OF INSTRUCTION
                                         TWO NIGHTS A WEEK FOR ANY PERSON INTERESTED.
PIRANHA’S                                A SWIM CLUB IN WHICH THE PARKS & RECREATION SPONSORS AND WORK BE-
                                         SIDE.
SKATEBOARD CAMP                          OUR NEWLY CONSTRUCTED SKATE PARK IS WHERE WE HOST THIS FIRST TIME
                                         CAMP. CAMPERS ARE REQUIRED TO WEAR SAFETY EQUIPMENT AND LEARN A
                                         VARIETY OF TRICKS WHILE PROPERLY HANDLING THEIR SKATEBOARD.
SOFTBALL CAMP                            MCHS SOFTBALL COACH, CANDY FEARE, OFFERS A GIRLS SOFTBALL CAMP IN
                                         THE SUMMER AT THE MCHS FACILITY.
VOLLEYBALL SKILLS                  &     VOLLEYBALL PROFESSIONALS OFFER INSTRUCTION IN A GYM-BASED VOLLEY-
                                         BALL PROGRAM.
DRILLS
DANCE CLASS                              CHILDREN ARE ALLOWED TO GAIN KNOWLEDGE IN THE PROPER STEPS OF BAL-
                                         LET AND TAP DANCING.
BASEBALL CLASS                           BART STORMER AND TIM YOUNG GIVE QUALITY BASEBALL INSTRUCTION
                                         THROUGHOUT THE YEAR MEETING ONCE A WEEK FOR AN HOUR.
YOUTH BASKETBALL                         IN ITS EARLY STAGES, THE PARKS & RECREATION IS OFFERING A YOUTH BAS-
                                         KETBALL LEAGUE FOR CHILDREN IN GRADES 5 – 8.
LEAGUE
GYMNASTICS CAMP                          THE MCPR JOINED WITH THE MCHS GIRLS GYMNASTICS COACH, GILLIAN KIEFT,
                                         TO OFFER A CAMP FOR THE YOUTH. THE CAMP FOCUSED ON PROPER TECHNIQUE
                                         AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF YOUTH GYMNASTS.
DRAMA CAMP                               ACT UP DRAMA CAMP CAME TO MICHIGAN CITY TO OFFER SNOW WHITE AND
                                         THE SEVEN DWARFS. KIDS AGES 5 – 12 COULD PARTICIPATE IN THE PROCUCTION.
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  PROGRAMS (ADULT)                                              DESCRIPTION
VOLLEYBALL LEAGUE             ADULTS 18 & OVER CAN PARTICIPATE IN OUR VOLLEYBALL LEAGUE. THERE ARE SEVERAL
                              DIFFERENT LEAGUES YOU CAN SIGN UP FOR BASED ON SKILL LEVEL.
BASKETBALL LEAGUE             ADULTS 18 & OVER CAN PARTICIPATE IN OUR BASKETBALL LEAGUE. BASED ON SKILL LEVEL,
                              YOUR TEAM CAN SIGN UP FOR DIFFERENT LEAGUES.
BEACH VOLLEYBALL              EACH SUMMER WE RUN AN ADULT BEACH VOLLEYBALL LEAGUE RIGHT AT OUR BEACH IN
                              WASHINGTON PARK.
LEAGUE
BEACH VOLLEYBALL              THE EVP TOUR COMES TO MICHIGAN CITY EVERY SUMMER TO HOST ONE OF ITS TOURS TOUR-
                              NAMENTS. TEAMS FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTRY TRAVEL HERE TO PLAY AS WELL AS LO-
TOURNAMENT                    CAL TEAMS IN THE AREA.
SLOW-BREAK BASKET-            A LEAGUE FOR ADULTS 35 & OVER.
BALL LEAGUE
SOFTBALL LEAGUE               ADULTS 18 & OVER CAN COMPETE IN OUR SUMMER & FALL SOFTBALL LEAGUES AT PATRIOT
                              PARK.
HOLIDAY BASKETBALL            ADULTS 18 & OVER CAN FORM A TEAM TO ENTER IN OUR HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT. THIS
                              TOURNEY TAKES PLACE BETWEEN CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR’S.
TOURNAMENT
KARSTENS 5K RUN/WALK          THE LATE, GREAT JERRY KARSTENS WAS AN AVID PHYSICAL EDUCATOR, OFFICIAL, AND
                              WONDERFUL MAN. THIS RACE WAS FORMED IN HIS HONOR AND IS RAN EVERY YEAR.



   The Michigan City Parks & Recreation Department currently provides a variety of recreational
   opportunities. We offer adult and youth activities ranging from organized leagues to camps and
   classes. The Recreation Director is a full time employee who is responsible for all of the
   programming with the Parks Department. The Recreation Director, as well as the Parks
   Department as a whole, continues to be open to new ideas and is willing to listen to those who
   utilize their programs. In order for our recreational programs to have success, we need a
   dependable and hard working staff along with collaboration and cooperation from other agencies
   and the residents of our community.

   The Michigan City Parks & Recreation Department strives to create and provide the community
   with programs offering recreational competition and opportunities in a family oriented
   atmosphere; while at the same time, adhering to and implementing Park Department budgets and
   policies. The enthusiasm, spirit and attitude of our participants are paramount.

   It has been through public input, information gathering and speaking to those involved in our
   programs that suggestions were made for some new recreational programs. The findings show
   that there is a need for new and improved programs for school-aged children and toddlers.

   Recreation opportunities which are currently provided by the Michigan City Parks & Recreation
   Department include:

   Adult Leagues:
   Softball – leagues & tournament (summer & fall)
   Basketball – leagues & tournament
   Volleyball – leagues & tournament
   Beach Volleyball – leagues & tournament

   Youth Sports:
   Michigan City
                 league & tournament Master Plan & fall)
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The Michigan City Parks & Recreation Departments goal is to provide as many opportunities to
the community as possible. The focus is to provide our youth with skills, values and experi-
ences that can carry over into the coming school year and life in general.

City Kids Day Camp - We offer CKDC to participants age 6 – 11 at the Park Office in Wash-
ington Park. This program provides supervision to campers while our supervisors take them
through activities each day. Through the YSA, we are provided different services such as
swimming, a library reading program, zoo education, a computer academic program, an art and
music program and food for breakfast and lunch.

Youth Camps and Clinics - track & field, beach volleyball, soccer, piranha swim club, Mr. Bas-
ketball Camp, dance, karate & baseball.

Hershey’s Track & Field – The Hershey’s Track & Field program made its debut in Michigan
City three years ago. This is a very popular event in which kids get to compete in a variety of
track & field events in an effort to go to the State Finals. Each year we have sent participants to
the State Finals.

MLB Pitch, Hit & Run – This is a fairly new competition in which participants compete in the
three events (pitching, hitting & running). The individual competition winners go onto the next
level at Regionals and eventually, if able, will go on to compete on a National Level at the
MLB All-Star Game. This program is FREE to all participants.

NFL Punt, Pass & Kick – Every year, we host the local PPK competition in Michigan City.
The program is FREE for kids ages 8 – 15. The National competition takes place at an NFL
playoff game in January.

Junior Achievement – The Michigan City Parks Department has been involved in an educa-
tional program through the Michigan City Area Schools. Once a week, for a six week period,
we travel to an assigned school and go through a 30 minute lesson with the class. We have al-
ways done first grade classes but will look at doing others in the future.

Other Activities – The Park Department also provides an area at the Washington Park beach-
front, which is guarded by Red Cross certified Lifeguards.

The Recreation Department will look to enhance the programs and opportunities it provides.




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OTHER AREA RECREATION OPPORTUNITIES
WASHINGTON PARK ZOO
219/873-1590
WASHINGTON PARK
MICHIGAN CITY, IN 46360

   - ZOO CAMP                               - BIRTHDAY PARTIES
   - OUTREACH PROGRAMS                      - EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS
   - SCHOOL FIELD TRIPS

PARKS

   - PATRIOT PARK                           - GARDENA PARK
   - ADAMS PARK                             - PULLMAN (SKATE PARK)
   - CANADA PARK                            - HANSON PARK
   - KRUEGER MEMORIAL PARK                  - OAK HILLS
   - RIDGELAND PARK                         - TALL TIMBERS
   - WALKER SREET                           - WATER TOWER PARK
   - WASHINGTON PARK                        - WEST 8TH STREET
   - KARWICK NATURE PARK                    - MILLENNIUM PLAZA
   - CLEVELAND PARK                         - FRIENDSHIP GARDENS

TRAILS

NIPSCO GREENWAYS – BEGINS A FRANKLIN ST. AND PYTNIA PARKWAY (AMES FIELD) AND CON-
TINUES EAST TO KARWICK ROAD.

PEANUT TRAIL – BEGINS AT THE PEANUT BRIDGE AND CONTINUES NORTH ALONG THE ABAN-
DONED CSS FREIGHT RAILROAD TO CENTER ST. AT CANADA PARK. (CONSTRUCTION WILL BE IN
2007/2008)

TRAIL CREEK GREENWAYS – BEGINS AT E STREET AND ENDS AT WINDING CREEK COVE (8TH &
DICKSON ST.)

SINGING SANDS LIGHTHOUSE TRAIL (PHASE I) – BEGINS AT HWY 12/COUNTY LINE, CONTINUES
EAST ALONG THE SOUTH SHORE FREIGHT ACTIVE LINE INTO WASHINGTON PARK FOR PHASE I,
AND ULTIMATELY WILL GO TO THE STATE OF MICHIGAN ONCE ALL THREE PHASES ARE COM-
PLETE.

WASHINGTON PARK

  - STATES ONLY WORKING LIGHTHOUSE          - MUNICIPAL BAND CONCERTS
  - SUMMER FESTIVALS                        - LABOR DAYS & OKTOBERFEST
  - ART FESTIVAL                            - IN WATER BOAT SHOW
  - BEACH & WATER SAFETY EXPO               - FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS (CHILI COOK-OFF)
  - FISHING PIER

WASHINGTON PARK IS A HISTORICAL PARK IN MICHIGAN CITY WHICH HAS CHANGED OVER
THE YEARS. THE MAIN BEACH AREA IN WASHINGTON PARK STRETCHES FOR OVER 2 MILES
AND IS UNLIKE ANY OTHER. THERE ARE SHELTERS FOR FAMILIES TO TAKE THEIR LUNCHES TO
AND AREAS TO GRILL OUT. THE SCENERY AND LANDSCAPE ADDS TO THE BEAUTY OF WASH-
INGTONE PARK. THE BEACH IS GUARDED ON A DAILY BASIS BY CERTIFIED LIFEGUARDS FROM
MAY – AUGUST.

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MichiganCLEAR DAY/EVENING YOU ARE ABLE TO VIEW CHICAGO FROM OUR BEAUTIFUL           LAKE-
FRONT. TOURISTS COME FROM ALL OVER TO DRIVE THRU AND WATCH THE SUNSET
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WASHINGTON PARK. IT IS A VIEW UNLIKE ANY OTHER. WE ARE LUCKY TO HAVE SUCH A
BEAUTIFUL LANDMARK IN OUR CITY.

MICHIGAN CITY GOLF COURSES

TWO EIGHTEEN (18) HOLE GOLF COURSES, PRO SHOP, FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL 219/873-
1516.

SENIOR CENTER

FILL YOUR DAYS WITH ACTIVITY AND SPECIAL HAPPENINGS, 55 AND OLDER TO JOIN, CALL
219/873-1504.

PORT AUTHORITY

FOR INFORMATION CALL 219/872-1712, BOAT CHARTER OPPORTUNITIES (SEE emichigancity.com
SITE).

FOCUS WATERSPORTS

JETSKI RENTALS AT WASHINGTON PARK BEACH. FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL 877-8155.

BIKE & KAYAK RENTALS

BIKE & KAYAK RENTALS OFFERS HIGH QUALITY BICYCLE AND KAYAK EQUIPMENT TO INDI-
ANA AND MICHIGAN VACATIONERS. YOU MAY PICK UP YOUR EQUIPMENT RENTALS AT WASH-
INGTON PARK. FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL 219/309-7234.

                                                   ***ATTRACTIONS***

                                       BARKER MANSION & CIVIC CENTER
                                                 219/873-1520
                                           631 WASHINGTON STREET
                                           MICHIGAN CITY, IN 46360

BARKER MANSION IS THE FORMER HOME OF LOCAL MILLIONAIRE INDUSTRIALIST JOHN H.
BARKER OF THE HASKELL & BARKER RAILROAD CAR CO., LATER TURNED PULLMAN STAN-
DARD. THE ENGLISH MANOR-STYLED HOME WAS BUILT IN 1859 AND REMODELED IN 1901, AND
HAS 38 ROOMS WITH ORIGINAL RARE WOODS AND FURNITURE, MARBLE, TAPESTRIES, AND IM-
PRESSIVE COLLECTION OF BOOKS.

                                             OLD LIGHTHOUSE MUSEUM
                                                    219/872-6133
                                                WASHINGTON PARK
                                              MICHIGAN CITY, IN 46360

                                    INDIANA DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE
                                                 219/926-7561
                                      1100 NORTH MINERAL SPRINGS ROAD
                                               PORTER, IN 46304

INDIANA’S ONLY NATIONAL PARK. STRETCHED ALONG 18 MILES OF SOUTHERN LAKE MICHI-
GAN SHORELINE AND FEATURES WOODED HIKING TRAILS, BEAUTIFUL BEACHES AND IMPRES-
SIVE SAND DUNES, INCLUDING MOUNT BALDY. UNIQUE ECOLOGICAL LANDSCAPES AND ENVI-
RONMENT RARELY SEEN ELSEWHERE. MORE THAN 15,000 ACRES AND IT’S OPEN YEAR ROUND.
VISITOR CENTER, MUSEUM/EXHIBITS, NATIONAL PARK SERVICE GUIDED TOURS, SELF-GUIDING
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                                             LAPORTE COUNTY PARKS
                                                219/326-6808 EXT. 223
                                        LAPORTE COUNTY COMPLEX SUITE 306 A
                                                 LAPORTE, IN 46350

SPRING/SUMMER

KIDS NATURE ARTS AND CRAFTS, OWLS AND MORE, BREAKFAST WITH THE BIRDS, PIONEER DAYS,
BIKE RACE, SUMMER DAY CAMPS, ENVIRONMENTAL CLASSES, PARENT CHILD DISCOVERY DAYS,
GROUP ADVENTURES.

FALL/WINTER

HALLOWEEN HAUNTED TRAILS, MOONLIGHT SKI AND FUN SKI.

                                                              4-H
                                                          219/873-7014
                                                   GOVERNMENT COMPLEX
                                                   809 STATE ST. SUITE 502 A
                                                       LAPORTE, IN 46350

4-H OFFERS ORGANIZED CLUBS IN THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES:

ANIMAL SCIENCES                                                       CREATIVE SKILLS
LEADERSHIP                                                            CONSUMER & FAMILY SCIENCES
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES                                                MECHANICAL SCIENCES
PLANT SCIENCE                                                         TRIPS

                                            MICHIGAN CITY PUBLIC LIBRARY
                                                      219/873-3040
                                                 100 EAST FOURTH ST.
                                                MICHIGAN CITY, IN 46360

THE SPRING & FALL FILM SERIES, BOOKMARKS AT NOON, GREAT BOOKS, GREAT DECISIONS, VOL-
UNTEER INCOME TAX ASSISTANCE, MEDITATION GROUP, BABY TALK, TODDLER TIMES & PRE
SCHOOL STORY HOURS, SUMMER READING PROGRAMS, WRITING OUT LOUD, AND MYTHS, MAGIC &
MYSTERIES.

                                              MOOSE SHOW & PARADE CORE
                                                      219/874-8213
                                                  1108 FRANKLIN ST.
                                                MICHIGAN CITY, IN 46360
                                                      JOE DOYLE

RIFLES, FLAGS, HONOR GUARD, BATON, COMPETITIONS & EXHIBITIONS, AND PARADES.

                               JACK & SHIRLEY LUBEZNIK CENTER FOR THE ARTS
                                                219/874-4900
                                              312 E 8TH STREET
                                           MICHIGAN CITY, IN 46360




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                               GREAT LAKES MUSEUM OF MILITARY HISTORY
                                               219/872-2702
                                             360 Dunes Plaza
                                           East U.S. Highway 20
                                          Michigan City, IN 46360

THE GREAT LAKES MUSEUM OF MILITARY HISTORY’S MISSION IS TO EDUCAT VISITORS ABOUT
THE MILITARY HERITAGE OF THE U.S. AND OTHER NATIONS, AND TO PRESERVE, RESTORE AND
DISPLAY MILITARY MEMORABILIA. OPEN YEAR ROUND.

                               RAGTOPS MUSEUM OF MICHIGAN CITY INDIANA
                                               219/878-1514
                                         209 W. MICHIGAN BLVD.
                                        MICHIGAN CITY, IN 46360

                                             FLIP’S CASCADE MOUNTAIN
                                                     219/872-3441
                                                     7297 W US 20
                                               MICHIGAN CITY, IN 46360

MINIATURE GOLF, GO-KARTS, BUMBER BOATS, BATTING CAGE, ARCADE ROOM, BASKETBALL,
WATER BALOON TOSS, KIDDIE CARS, TITANIC SLIDES, PICNIC AREA, AND A BIRTHDAY PARTY
ROOM.

                                              KERASOTES SHOWPLACE 14
                                                     219/872-5203
                                                   100 MEIJER DR.
                                               MICHIGAN CITY, IN 46360

                                                       CITY LANES
                                                        219/872-9930
                                                 1901 S. WOODLAND AVE.
                                                 MICHIGAN CITY, IN 46360

                                                    SUBURBAN LANES
                                                        219/879-9445
                                                 2820 E. MICHIGAN BLVD.
                                                 MICHIGAN CITY, IN 46360

                                            NORTHWEST ATHLETIC CLUB
                                                    219/879-4401
                                                 301 KIEFER ROAD
                                              MICHIGAN CITY, IN 46360

KICKBOXING, STEPPING OUT (ENERGETIC STEP CLASS), CIRCUIT CITY (STEP, TAE BO, RESIS-
TANCE ACTIVITY, AND AB), STEP, YOGA, STRETCH & FLEX, TENNIS LESSONS, AND MASSAGES.

                                    LIGHTHOUSE PLACE PREMIUM OUTLETS
                                                219/879-6506
                                             601 WABASH ST.
                                          MICHIGAN CITY, IN 46360

PREMIERE SHOPPING CENTER WITH SOME OF THE MOST POPULAR STORES (NIKE, GAP, DKNY,
CALVIN KLEIN, TOMMY HILFIGER, ANN TAYLOR, RALPH LAUREN, J CREW, GUESS, BCBG, PUMA,
REEBOK, BATH & BODY WORKS).

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                                      ***ACTIVITIES/LEAGUES/PROGRAMS***

                             CHILDREN'S INTERNATIONAL SUMMER VILLAGES
                                         GEOCITIES.COM/CISVMC
                                              PO BOX 462
                                        MICHIGAN CITY, IN 46361

SUMMER CAMP, SEMINAR CAMP, LOCAL WORK IN THE COMMUNITY, JUNIOR BRANCH.

                                              TRAIL CREEK ACTIVITIES
                                                    219/872-2422

SUMMER PLAYGROUND PROGRAM AND ACTIVITIES; LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL / GIRLS SOFT-
BALL PROGRAMS.

                                    THE OLD SCHOOL COMMUNITY CENTER
                                                 219/879-3845
                                              2501 ORIOLE TRL.
                                              LONG BEACH, IN

                                    MICHIGAN CITY PIRANHA SWIM CLUB
                             In cooperation with M.C. PARKS & RECREATION: 873-1506
                                            219/872-5924/DAN JENKINS

                                  POP WARNER FOOTBALL & CHEERLEADING
                                               219/874-3244
                                           KEVIN DEVEREAUX

                                           MICHIGAN CITY SOCCER CLUB
                                                  219/874-9068
                                                  JOSE MILLER

                                                   GYMNASTICS CLUB
                                                      219/874-7549
                                                     GILLIAN KIEFT

                                                  DUNES VOLLEYBALL
                                                      219/872-7102
                                                    RICK ASHMORE

                                             MCUBO (YOUTH BASEBALL)
                                                M.C. PARKS & REC.
                                                   219/873-1506

                                                       I.C. BASEBALL
                                                         219/874-8094

                                 TRAIL CREEK BASEBALL & GIRLS SOFTBALL
                                               219/879-0257
                                            BRIAN STUDTMAN




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                                                       ***THEATER GROUPS***

                                                       MAINSTREET THEATER
                                                            219/874-4269
                                                           807 FRANKLIN
                                                       MICHIGAN CITY, IN 46360

      VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES AND PLAYS

                                         ACTING THEATER OF MICHIGAN CITY INC.
                                                     219/872-4221

                                                     DUNES SUMMER THEATER
                                                           219/879-7509

                                                        FOOTLIGHT PLAYERS
                                                            219/874-4035

                                                ***YOUTH SERVING AGENCIES***


AGENCY                                       CONTACT               ADDRESS                                                 PHONE
                                                                   301 E. 8TH ST – MICHIGAN CITY, IN 46360
Boys & Girls Club                            Allan Whitlow                                                              219/873-2298
                                                                   1100 N MINERAL SPRINGS RD – PORTER, IN
Dunes National Lakeshore                     Kim Swft              46304                                                219/926-7561
                                             Rebecca Wil-          PO BOX 164 – MICHIGAN CITY, IN 46360
HOPE, Inc.                                   liams                                                                      219/874-4606
                                                                   817 LAFAYETTE – MICHIGAN CITY, IN 46360              219/873-2026
Hours for Ours/MCAS                          Chip Cotman                                                                    x311
                                                                   1200 E. COOLSPRING AVE – MICHIGAN CITY, IN
Imagination Station                          Deborah Chubb         46360                                                219/872-6723
                                                                   555 MICHIGAN AVE SUITE 101 – LAPORTE, IN
Leadership LaPorte County                    Jim Jessup            46350                                                219/325-8223
                                                                   621 E MICHIGAN BLVD. – MICHIGAN CITY, IN
The Housing Authority                        Virginia Mason        46360                                                219/872-7287
                                                                   101 W. 2ND ST. – MICHIGAN CITY, IN 46360
Lubeznik Center for the Arts                 Edwin Shelton                                                              219/874-4900
                                                                   100 E. MICHIGAN BLVD. – MICHIGAN CITY, IN            219/873-1400
Mayor's Office                               Jan Kostielney        46360                                                    X350
                                                                   SIX ON THE LAKE – MICHIGAN CITY, IN 46360
MC Parks & Recreation                        Jeremy Kienitz                                                             219/873-1506
                                             Lori Richard-         100 EAST 4TH ST. – MICHIGAN CITY, IN 46360
MC Public Library                            son                                                                        219/873-3045
                                                                   1001 E. COOLSPRING AVE – MICHIGAN CITY, IN
Michigan City YMCA                           Bruce Zahn            46360                                                219/872-9622
Minority Health Coalition/MLK                                      PO BOX 8515 – MICHIGAN CITY, IN 46360
Center                                       Albertine Allen                                                            219/879-1712
North Central Community Action                                     301 E 8TH ST. – MICHIGAN CITY, IN 46360
Agency                                       Dan Pishkur                                                                219/872-1201
                                                                   817 LAFAYETTE ST. – MICHIGAN CITY, IN 46360          219/873-2026
Safe Harbor                                  Herb Higgin                                                                    x310
                                                                   ONE WOLF TRAIL – MICHIGAN CITY, IN 46360
The Voyager Program                          Jennifer Hurt                                                              219/877-7183
Youth Service Bureau of LP County            Bonnie Schaaf         906 MICHIGAN AVE – LAPORTE, IN 46350                 219/362-9587


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  THE YOUTH SERVING AGENCIES PROVIDE SERVICES TO THE PUBLIC AND YOUTH OF OUR COM-
  MUNITY. THIS GROUP OF AGENCIES COLLABORATES THROUGHOUT THE YEAR TO PROVIDE
  SERVICES AT A LOW COST FOR OUR SUMMER CAMPS AND YEAR-ROUND AFTER SCHOOL AC-
  TIVITIES. WE WORK HARD TO GO AFTER GRANTS TO PROVIDE FUNDING FOR PROGRAMS AS
  WELL AS PROVIDING NEW IDEAS TO THE PUBLINC AND OTHER AGENCIES TO USE.

                                         ***MICHIGAN CITY AREA SCHOOLS***

                                           MCAS ADMINISTRATION BUILDING
                                                      219/873-2000
                                                 408 S. CARROLL AVE.
                                               MICHIGAN CITY, IN 46360


EARLY LEARNING                ELEMENTARY                 MIDDLE SCHOOLS   HIGH SCHOOL            CAREER CENTERS
EASTPORT EARLY                 COOLSPRING                        BARKER   MICHIGAN CITY            A.K. SMITH CA-
LEANING CENTER                                                             HIGH SCHOOL             REER CENTER
                                EDGEWOOD                        KRUEGER
                                      JOY                        ELSTON
                                    KNAPP
                                   MARSH
                                  MULLEN
                                   NIEMAN
                                     PINE
                               SPRINGFIELD




  THERE ARE A VARIETY OF SCHOOL BASED ACTIVITIES THAT TAKE PLACE YEAR ROUND IN
  MICHIGAN CITY:

       SCHOOL SPORTS (BASKETBALL, BASEBALL, FOOTBALL, GOLF, TENNIS, SOFTBALL, TRACK,
          CROSS COUNTRY, SOCCER, WRESTLING, BOWLING, CHESS, VOLLEYBALL, GYMNASTICS,
          SWIMMING/DIVING & SPECIAL OLYMPICS)

       SCHOOL CLUBS (ACADEMIC SUPER BOWL, THE ALPHA, ART CLUB, THE CITYZEN, COLOR
          GUARD, DECA, FRENCH CLUB, GERMAN CLUB, HONOR SOCIETY JAPANESE CLUB, SCIENE
          CLUB, SPANISH CLUB, SPEECH, THEATRE, VICA, VOYAGER PROGRAM, WEB WOLVES,
          BOWLING CLUB, WOLFETTES, STUDENTS GOVERNMENT, STEERING COMMITTEE)




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                  ESPLANADE/ENCROACHMENTS
                                 Sheridan Beach Esplanade/Private Property Use

         There are a number of property use issues which are of many years standing, involving
the Sheridan Beach Esplanade, a beach/lakeshore “promenade” approximately 2 miles long,
and averaging about 1000 feet in width, which is under the jurisdiction of the Park and Recrea-
tion Department, and private residence owners whose properties adjoin the Esplanade. These
problems date historically to a time when the building-permit processes followed by the city
were of a less formal character than they are today. The Park Department has taken action dur-
ing recent years to recognize the physical nature of these private property encroachments and to
provide an equitable, as well as legal, solution by means of leasing arrangements under which
the property owners are allowed to maintain only their historic encroachment uses, in exchange
for fair market annual lease payments by them to the Park Department. Approximately ten per
cent (10%) of these uses remain to be formalized by written lease agreements, and this process
will be completed during the year 2007.




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        NATURAL FEATURES AND LANDSCAPE

Most of Michigan City is situated on a nearly level plain that gently slopes toward Lake Michi-
gan. Sandy and organic soils predominate on this plain. Adjacent to Lake Michigan is a series
of sand dunes rising 120 to 180 feet above the level of the lake. Most of these dunes are tree
covered, however one particular dune, Mt. Baldy, has no tree cover. As a result, winds can
move the bulk of the dune several feet per year.

The increase in the level of Lake Michigan has caused considerable problems with shoreline
erosion. These erosion problems are exaggerated during storms. Trail Creek, a significant
stream within the City, meanders in a northwesterly direction toward Lake Michigan. Its mouth
is located at the western edge of Washington Park. Scattered throughout the City are numerous
wetlands. These wetlands are particularly abundant on the west side and in isolated pockets on
the far eastern side of the City.

The proximity of Michigan City to Lake Michigan, the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, wet-
lands, forests and fields has produced one of the richest wildlife areas in the State of Indiana.
This combination of physical features, plant life and animal life, continues to thrive. Despite
Michigan City’s proximity to one of the country’s largest urban conglomerations, there are over
1300 native species of plants in the Indiana Dunes, including arctic plants, desert plants and car-
nivorous plants. Nevertheless, human encroachment has created conditions unfavorable to the
survival of many species of the local fauna and flora.

Michigan City’s position at the southern tip of Lake Michigan has contributed to the variety and
abundance of birds that sets this City apart from the rest of Indiana. This phenomenon is par-
ticularly apparent during the months of September, October and November. Migratory patterns
of many birds tend to “funnel” into Michigan City and after the long track across Lake Michi-
gan, these migrating birds tend to congregate along the immediate Lakeshore. Literally, hun-
dreds of species of birds can be found in the Michigan City area. The City’s lakefront has long
been recognized as one of the premier birding sites in the State.

Over ninety species of fish inhabit the cold waters of Lake Michigan. Fish continue to thrive in
the lake despite man-induced upheavals in the lake’s ecosystem. One of the more significant
upheavals was the introduction of the alewife through the Wetland Canal in the mid-1950’s.
These fish multiplied rapidly, infesting Lake Michigan and threatening the survival of several
native fish species. Over the years, predators, such as the salmon, have aided in re-establishing
a semblance of a biotic balance in the lake. Numerous fishing tournaments testify to the abun-
dance of fish in Lake Michigan. Most recently, Trail Creek has become an important breeding
area of salmon and a very popular fishing site.

For additional references to man-made, historical and cultural features, please refer to the
Washington Park Master Plan (Appendix “A”).


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        NATURAL FEATURES AND LANDSCAPE
Good stewardship requires balancing ecological issues with the recreational needs of the com-
munity. The Park Department cannot exercise a completely myopic view of one side of this
issue over the needs of the other. Therefore, it is very important that the Park Department stays
focused on its mission in striving to preserve, protect and manage natural, historic and recrea-
tional resources and facilities in order to offer professionally managed leisure activities and pro-
gramming, while maintaining fiscal responsibility and efficiency through proper planning.




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               SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC FACTORS
                                                                      Michigan City       Indiana
   Population, 2003 estimate                                                 32,335     6,195,643
   Population, percent change, April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2003                 -1.70%        1.90%
   Population, 2000                                                          32,900     6,080,485
   Population, percent change, 1990 to 2000                                  -3.20%        9.70%
   Persons under 5 years old, percent, 2000                                   7.60%        7.00%
   Persons under 18 years old, percent, 2000                                25.00%        25.90%
   Persons 65 years old and over, percent, 2000                             14.10%        12.40%
   Female persons, percent, 2000                                            49.60%        51.00%
   White persons, percent, 2000 (a)                                         69.40%        87.50%
   Black or African American persons, percent, 2000 (a)                     26.30%         8.40%
   American Indian and Alaska Native persons, percent, 2000 (a)               0.30%        0.30%
   Asian persons, percent, 2000 (a)                                           0.50%        1.00%
   Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, percent, 2000 (a)                   Z            Z
   Persons reporting some other race, percent, 2000 (a)                       1.10%        1.60%
   Persons reporting two or more races, percent, 2000                         2.40%        1.20%
   Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin, percent, 2000                        3.10%        3.50%
   Living in same house in 1995 and 2000, pct age 5+, 2000                  53.40%        55.00%
   Foreign born persons, percent, 2000                                        2.10%        3.10%
   Language other than English spoken at home, pct age 5+, 2000               6.30%        6.40%
   High school graduates, percent of persons age 25+, 2000                  76.30%        82.10%
   Bachelor's degree or higher, pct of persons age 25+, 2000                12.10%        19.40%
   Mean travel time to work (minutes), workers age 16+, 2000                    18.7         22.6
   Housing units, 2000                                                       14,221     2,532,319
   Homeownership rate, 2000                                                 61.10%        71.40%
   Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2000                       $76,600       $94,300
   Households, 2000                                                          12,550     2,336,306
   Persons per household, 2000                                                  2.41         2.53
   Median household income, 1999                                            $33,732       $41,567
   Per capita money income, 1999                                           $16,995        $20,397
   Persons below poverty, percent, 1999                                     13.30%         9.50%

   Business QuickFacts                                                Michigan City    Indiana
   Wholesale trade sales, 1997 ($1000)                                      247,981 66,350,132
   Retail sales, 1997 ($1000)                                               562,417 57,241,650
   Retail sales per capita, 1997                                           $16,983      $9,748
   Accomodation and foodservices sales, 1997 ($1000)                         55,101 6,646,318
   Total number of firms, 1997                                                2,203    413,400
   Minority-owned firms, percent of total, 1997                             15.60%      5.50%
   Women-owned firms, percent of total, 1997                                31.90%     25.90%

   Source: United States Census Bureau
   http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/18/1848798.html


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                                                                      LAPORTE COUNTY AVERAGE ANNUAL WAGES BY INDUSTRY
                                                                                                                                                                         LAPORTE
                                                                                                                              LAPORTE COUNTY                  INDIANA   2005 DIFF
                                                                                                                     2001       2005     CHANGE 01to05         2005       FROM
                                                                        INDUSTRY SECTORS                              WAGES      WAGES    DOLLARS   %          WAGES     INDIANA
                                                                      ALL INDUSTRIES **                             $27,958    $30,724   $2,766   9.9%        $35,431    -15.3%
                                                                      NATURAL RESOURCES & MINING                    $22,956    $24,136   $1,180   5.1%        $34,937    -44.8%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Unemployed


                                                                          Ag, Forestry, Fishing, & Hunting          $22,319    $23,624   $1,305   5.8%        $26,007    -10.1%
                                                                          Mining                                    $24,722    $26,691   $1,969   8.0%        $51,606    -93.3%
                                                                      CONSTRUCTION                                  $37,729    $43,513   $5,784 15.3%         $40,805      6.2%
                                                                      MANUFACTURING                                 $36,468    $40,575   $4,107 11.3%         $48,221    -18.8%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Civilian Labor Force




                                                                                                                                                                                    Source: Michiana Resources



                                                                      TRADE, TRANSPORTATION, & UTILITIES            $24,743    $27,306   $2,563 10.4%         $30,893    -13.1%
                                                                          Wholesale Trade                           $35,710    $39,012   $3,302   9.2%        $47,438    -21.6%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Percentage of Unemployed




                                                                          Retail Trade                              $17,863    $20,068   $2,205 12.3%         $21,789     -8.6%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Source: United States Census Bureau




                                                                          Transportation & Warehousing              $34,788    $38,461   $3,673 10.6%         $35,758      7.0%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Percentage Change 1999/2000




                                                                          Utilities                                 $65,408    $71,608   $6,200   9.5%        $64,477     10.0%
                                                                      INFORMATION                                   $28,318    $33,050   $4,732 16.7%         $43,433    -31.4%
                                                                      FINANCIAL ACTIVITIES                          $25,964    $33,958   $7,994 30.8%         $44,261    -30.3%
                                                                          Finance & Insurance                       $31,856    $38,527   $6,671 20.9%         $49,477    -28.4%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Handicap Individuals in LaPorte County




                                                                          Real Estate, Rental & Leasing             $17,928    $22,485   $4,557 25.4%         $30,029    -33.6%
                                                                      PROFESSIONAL & BUSINESS SERVICES              $20,774    $25,114   $4,340 20.9%         $35,957    -43.2%
                                                                          Professional & Technical Services         $28,029    $33,544   $5,515 19.7%         $47,424    -41.4%




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                                                                          Mgmt of Companies & Enterprises           $40,255    $57,132 $16,877 41.9%          $72,194    -26.4%
                                                                          Administrative & Waste Services           $17,451    $20,014   $2,563 14.7%         $23,273    -16.3%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 18,794
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   5.3
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  854
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   +.3
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                16,218




                                                                      EDUCATION & HEALTH SERVICES **                $29,674    $32,458   $2,784   9.4%        $35,027     -7.9%
                                                                          Educational Services **                   $28,267    $31,240   $2,973 10.5%         $33,632     -7.7%
                                                                          Health Care & Social Assistance **        $30,533    $33,128   $2,595   8.5%        $35,988     -8.6%
                                                                      LEISURE & HOSPITALITY SERVICES                $14,329    $14,750     $421   2.9%        $14,086      4.5%
                                                                          Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation         $23,769    $25,055   $1,286   5.4%        $26,502     -5.8%
                                                                          Accommodation & Food Services             $10,221    $10,123     -$98 -1.0%         $11,764    -16.2%
                                                                      OTHER SERVICES                                $17,504    $18,425     $921   5.3%        $23,147    -25.6%
                                                                      FEDERAL, STATE, & LOCAL GOVERNMENT            $29,759    $32,003   $2,244   7.5%        $35,228    -10.1%

                                                                      Source: Labor Market Information Unit, Indiana Department of Workforce Development. Year 2005 earnings data
                                                                      released July 2006.
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     ACCESSIBILITY AND UNIVERSAL DESIGN
                                                    PROGRAMMING
The Michigan City Parks & Recreation Department provides a variety of programs and
activities to the general public. Programs range from youth to adult and from sport to hobby.
With each of our programs, we strive to create an environment that is inclusive and meets the
needs of every individual involved. At no time, have we offered a program and not allowed a
person to participate.

City Kids Day Camp is our biggest program which is offered to youth ages 6 – 11. We serve
approximately 65 children on a daily basis for eight weeks out of the summer. We take sign-
ups on a first come first serve basis with the first 65 kids being allowed to attend. After that we
begin a waiting list and call them back in order, when or if we have spots open up. Inclusion is
very evident in this particular program on a daily basis.

Every day campers are greeted at the door by our counselors and served breakfast shortly after.
Breakfast is provided by the Michigan City Area Schools. After breakfast we begin our daily
activities which are followed up by lunch, which is also provided by MCAS. The Michigan
City Parks & Recreation, along with City Kids Day Camp, is a member of the Youth Serving
Agencies (YSA). The other agencies who serve children in the summer time also receive the
free meals.

The MCPR has also partnered with the YMCA to put together a wonderful program called
“Angels in the Field”. This program is designed to reach individuals ages 5 – 18 in putting
together an organized baseball league. This began in 2004 and is open to persons with any type
of disability, whether it is physical, mental or emotional. Wheelchair bound individuals, as
well as the hearing impaired, have participated in this program. We travel to Chesterton and
play teams and also hold practices of our own. This is a growing program that is trying to
expand and reach more kids.

When the Michigan City Parks & Recreation Department offers programs we reach out to all
individuals. There is a place for every person in each one of our programs. Upon signing up
for a program, there is no check into a person’s history. At no time do we judge a person by
their appearance and exclude someone from participating. We welcome every person with
open arms and encourage them to continue participating in whatever activities they enjoy.




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     ACCESSIBILITY AND UNIVERSAL DESIGN
                                                     FACILITIES


.
Michigan City Parks is fully committed to full participation and meaningful access in
parks, recreation and tourism by people with disabilities. The Park Board considers the
needs of challenged and disabled patrons when formulating policy, and is always look-
ing for means toward inclusion and accessibility for both programming and facilities. To
this end, all new projects, facilities and amenities will meet ADA standards in both de-
sign and construction. The Park Department has hired consulting engineers to study
these issues and provide recommendations to the Park Board. The park staff also re-
ceives training and professional development in regard to ADA and Transition Plan-
ning from organizations such as The National Center on Accessibility in Bloomington,
Indiana (Indiana University).

We have identified physical obstacles in facilities that limit the accessibility of its pro-
grams or activities to individuals with disabilities. We have removed many barriers in
regard to such that used to exist in the park system. Furthermore, we are always look-
ing for ways to enhance accessibility of existing facilities and amenities by offering
ADA accessible drinking fountains, picnic facilities, playgrounds, restrooms, beach ac-
cess, and by replacing stairs with solid surface walkways whenever possible. The re-
cently renovated Observation Tower at the Washington Park Zoo is an example of this
approach. Making areas of the park that are underutilized more available and more
easily accessible is a goal of this Master Plan. Networking different types of pedestrian
ways such as sidewalks and trails will help to achieve this goal. Future plans for beach
access include elevated boardwalks with roll out boardwalks connecting to the water’s
edge. Wheelchairs will roll much easier on the boardwalk than they do on the sand.
These boardwalks will be bike safe and ADA compliant allowing the elderly and dis-
abled access to more areas of the park and lakefront. This approach will compliment
the special wheel chairs with sand wheels already in place for this purpose at the
Washington Park public beach.




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                              PUBLIC PARTICIPATION
  The Park Board and Park staff invested countless hours into the development of the Park
  Department Five-Year Master Plan (and its supplemental inclusions for the Zoo, Washing-
  ton Park and Greenways/Trails Systems) and we feel it represents the most comprehensive
  and thorough planning documents ever produced by this department. Extensive efforts to
  gain participation from stakeholders and the public were unprecedented as well. The master
  plan incorporated a great deal of stakeholder and public input, which was methodically so-
  licited and assembled throughout the planning processes.

  Input from Mayor Charles Oberlie was incorporated and he reviewed our plans prior to
  adoption by the Park Board. A Workshop Session of the Michigan City Common Council
  and the Park Department took place on November, 15, 2006 which was dedicated exclu-
  sively to the Parks Five Year Master Plan as well.

  Surveys were distributed between October 1, 2007 and November 30, 2007 and were avail-
  able at the Park Department, the Mayor’s Office, the Michigan City Public Library, on our
  website at www.michigancityparks.com, and the Access LaPorte County website
  www.alco.org. Surveys were also distributed to over sixty community groups that included
  business organizations, homeowners associations, neighborhood groups, public depart-
  ments, service clubs and youth serving agencies. All of these organizations were asked to
  provide surveys to their membership. The LaPorte County Convention and Tourism Bureau
  and the Michigan City Chamber of Commerce sent announcements of the survey to all of
  its members as well. Local radio station WEFM also made announcements of the survey
  availability.

  Data collected from over one hundred surveys for the Washington Park Master Plan
  (completed in 2006) was incorporated as well.

  Although we feel a diligent effort was put forth to collect public input via these surveys, we
  were disappointed that we only received 80 responses. The surveys were anonymous so
  their origins are unknown. After reviewing the process of distributing surveys and consid-
  ering the poor response we have experienced, we now provide surveys at all of our public
  locations including the zoo, senior center, golf courses, parking booths, website, and ad-
  ministrative office in anticipation of our next five-year planning effort. These surveys are
  dated and the origin is noted when it is received. These surveys will be collected, tabulated
  and used for future planning.




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                                        PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

                                 Survey’s were distributed to the following organizations:



O R G A N IZ A T IO N                                         C A T EGOR Y      O R G A N IZ A T IO N                                  C A T EGOR Y
A ccess LaP o rte Co unty                                     B usiness         A merican Legio n-Jo hn Franklin M iller P o st # 37   Service
Family and Co mmunity Services, Inc.                          B usiness         DA V # 23                                              Service
LP Co unty Co nventio n & Visito r's B ureau                  B usiness         Elks Lo dge                                            Service
M C A rea Chamber o f Co mmerce                               B usiness         Exchange Club                                          Service
M C Urban Enterprise A ssn., Inc.                             B usiness         Kiwanis Club                                           Service
So cial and Learning Institute fo r the Disadvantaged, Inc.   B usiness         Lio ns Club                                            Service
Unity Fo undatio n                                            B usiness         M C Ro tary Club                                       Service
                                                                                M ichiana Reso urces                                   Service
B eachwalk                                                    Ho me A ssn       M o o se Lo dge # 980                                  Service
Co mmerce Square Co ndo minium A ssn                          Ho me A ssn       Questers M arquette # 139                              Service
Dunecrest Co ndo minium Ho meo wners A ssn                    Ho me A ssn       Save the Dunes Co uncil                                Service
Dunescape                                                     Ho me A ssn       St. Jo seph Yo ung M en's Club                         Service
Edgewo o d Fo rest Co ndo A ssn, Inc.                         Ho me A ssn       VFW P o st 10670                                       Service
Sheridan B each Ho meo wner's A sso ciatio n                  Ho me A ssn       Zo o So ciety                                          Service
Sho reland Hills P ro perty Owners A ssn., Inc.               Ho me A ssn
                                                                                B o ys & Girls Club                                    Yo uth Serving A gency
5th Ward Neighbo rho o d Gro up                               Neighbo rho o d   B o ys & Girls Club                                    Yo uth Serving A gency
Co ngress P ark Neighbo rho o d A sso ciatio n                Neighbo rho o d   Even Start Family Literacy                             Yo uth Serving A gency
Eastpo rt Impro vement Gro up                                 Neighbo rho o d   HOP E, Inc.                                            Yo uth Serving A gency
Elsto n Gro ve Neighbo rho o d A sso ciatio n                 Neighbo rho o d   Ho urs fo r Ours/M CA S                                Yo uth Serving A gency
Keppen Neighbo rho o d A sso ciatio n                         Neighbo rho o d   Imaginatio n Statio n                                  Yo uth Serving A gency
Krueger Neighbo rho o d A sso ciatio n                        Neighbo rho o d   Leadership LaP o rte Co unty                           Yo uth Serving A gency
M ainstreet A sso ciatio n                                    Neighbo rho o d   Lubeznik Center fo r the A rts                         Yo uth Serving A gency
Village Green Neighbo rho o d A sso ciatio n                  Neighbo rho o d   M ayo r's Office                                       Yo uth Serving A gency
Wabash Neighbo rho o d A sso ciatio n                         Neighbo rho o d   M C P arks & Recreatio n                               Yo uth Serving A gency
Westside Impro vement Gro up                                  Neighbo rho o d   M C P ublic Library                                    Yo uth Serving A gency
                                                                                M ichigan City YM CA                                   Yo uth Serving A gency
Human Rights Department                                       P ublic           M ichigan City YM CA                                   Yo uth Serving A gency
M C Eco no mic Develo pment Co rp.                            P ublic           M ino rity Health Co alitio n/M LK Center              Yo uth Serving A gency
M C P ark Department                                          P ublic           No rth Central Co mmunity A ctio n A gency             Yo uth Serving A gency
M C Senio rs, Inc.                                            P ublic           Safe Harbo r                                           Yo uth Serving A gency
M ichigan City P ublic Library                                P ublic           The Ho using A utho rity                               Yo uth Serving A gency
                                                                                The Vo yager P ro gram                                 Yo uth Serving A gency
                                                                                Yo uth Service B ureau o f LP Co unty                  Yo uth Serving A gency




 Survey’s were also available at the Park Office, Mayor’s Office, Michigan City Public Library,
                      and on our website at www.michigancityparks.com.

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PUBLIC INPUT AND WORK SESSIONS
October 4, 2006   Park staff work session
October 24, 2006  Park staff work session
November 9, 2006  Park Board meeting and Public Hearing
November 15, 2006 Park Board and City Council Workshop
November 16, 2006 Park Board meeting and Public Hearing
January 4, 2007   Park Board meeting and Master Plan Presentation
January 11, 2007  Park Board meeting and Master Plan Approval

Meeting minutes can be found at http://emichigancity.com/cityhall/boards/parks/minutes.htm

Notices of the public hearings were distributed to The LaPorte Herald Argus, The Northwest
Indiana Times, The South Bend Tribune, The Beacher, The News Dispatch, the Valpo times,
State Representatives Mary Kay Budak and Scott Pelath, Panorama Magazine, W.E.F.M. Ra-
dio, Access LaPorte County T.V., The Chamber of Commerce, Lighthouse Mall Premium Out-
lets, LaPorte County Visitor’s and Convention Bureau, The Washington Park Zoological Soci-
ety, The Office of the Mayor, and members of the Michigan City Common Council.

Four public meetings regarding the Master Plan were held. Members of the public that were
counted at each meeting do not include Park Board members, Park Department employees, gov-
ernment officials, the media, or their family members.

Nine members of the public attended the public hearing on November 9, 2006. Below is an ex-
cerpt from the November 9 meeting minutes outlining their comments.

Mr. Don Przybylinski, 215 Gardena Street, stated that last summer he met with Councilman
Milsap and Mr. Garbacik at Gardena Playground and they discussed a couple of issues that
they would like to have improved. Mr. Przybylinski stated that their first issue is with the out-
side perimeter fence; rather than tear the whole fence down and put in wooden bollards, which
Mr. Garbacik had suggested, they would suggest along Gardena Street, Jackson Street and
Wrobel Avenue leaving the chain link fence. The reason for this is the amount of traffic that
travels along those streets and they felt that if the wooden bollards were put in, because of the
amount of children that use that facility on bikes and running, instead of slowing them down
and bringing them into one entrance and one exit, they just might take off across the open field
and out into the street so that was a concern as far as safety goes.

Mr. Garbacik stated that he recalls that and he thinks that we have the answer to that, we are
going to remove some strategic sections of fence, but not all of it, as you suggested. Certainly
around the play areas we will leave the chain link fence yet in some of the more open stretches
we will do a combination of the bollards as well as shrubs and trees in between and one of the
concerns that we have is indeed kids going out into the street but more of a concern is an er-
ratic vehicle, or someone in a Police chase which happened there a couple of years ago, is a
car coming into the park and cars can go right through that chain link fence. That has been
proven time and time again unfortunately but the bollards stop a vehicle. We are looking for a
happy medium that also addresses some of the aesthetic concerns but also be protection to the
kids in the park as well and Mr. Garbacik thinks that will work out nice and we will probably
have another meeting and have some renderings to make sure that is copasetic with your group.

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Mr. Przybylinski said that on the north side where the parking area is there is a chain link fence
and he took another look at it and he thinks bollards would be good there, it would give you
more access in and out of the park. As far as the fence goes whatever parts of the fence do stay,
rather than have it silver, they have suggested that they are painted green to make it more aes-
thetic for the neighborhood rather than making it look like a factory type fence. As far as the
park maintenance goes, the mulch in the play area needs to be redone. Mr. Przybylinski stated
that as he was driving down Highway 12 he noticed that the basketball courts are dramatically
lit up and he doesn’t know what the lighting is at the basketball courts at Gardena because he
doesn’t go down there at night but if that is possible it would be nice to improve the lighting
down there, there are quite a few teenagers in that area that use that facility. The picnic tables
are made out of the plastic type material and they are bowing so they need to be replaced. One
thing that was mentioned at the meeting last summer was that the lady that lived on the corner
of Gardena and Wrobel had an issue with people loitering on that corner in their cars. They
turn their radios up, they are drinking and using foul language. Mr. Przybylinski suggested
putting bollards where the parking spaces are right now. Close that area off to parking and
have folks park on the north side and he thinks that would make the neighbors happy and possi-
bly those types of people wouldn’t come there. Mr. Przybylinski would like to see an increase
in lawn mowing and trimming.

Mr. Garbacik stated he discussed that with the Mayor and Bill Phelps and they are looking at
that.

Mr. Fred Klinder, 406 Belden Street, stated that he would like to start out with a general com-
ment commending the Park Department concerning their recommendations for doing some-
thing with the great asset that we have here in Michigan City and that is Lake Michigan. The
idea of the boardwalk and restaurant facilities are exactly what Mr. Klinder thinks Michigan
City needs. Two or three weeks ago Mr. Klinder went up into Michigan to see the leaves and
he went by Bridgman, Michigan to Weco Park and they have a beautiful example of what we
could do here as far as putting up a boardwalk. They have a little restaurant there with glass
windows on the side that overlooks the Lake and it was great to go up there, have a sandwich,
and watch the Packers get beat. It couldn’t have been any nicer. That is an example of what
could be done and how aesthetically positive it could be for Michigan City and it is something
that we need to get started on. Mr. Klinder stated that he got a copy the questionnaire concern-
ing all of the parks, etc. and it was good to see that there is interest along those lines and that
those kind of things are put out there and that the review by the Department of the people’s in-
put into this is something that will help put together a program. Mr. Klinder stated that being a
golfer it is good to see that there are some recommendations there. We all know that this was a
terrible summer for the rains, etc. and Michigan City Golf Course suffered considerably from
it. They have done a tremendous job out there of making that a very fine facility and we have to
continue to work on the drainage system out there. Mr. Klinder stated that an awful lot of golf-
ers out there feel that Jason Richardson would probably do a very good job of taking care of
the golf course, if you put together a good business plan he has a good business head on him
and there are a number of golfers that feel that that is a recommendation that they feel would
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Ms. Flossy McNally, 1307 Wabash Street, stated that she spoke at a City Council meeting about
the Washington Park Master Plan and she thinks the Park Board did an awesome job even
though she had some disagreements. Ms. McNally asked if the Park Department owns the land
that the Yacht Club stands on.

Mr. McKee answered that the Park Department owns a small sliver of the land underneath it.

Ms. McNally stated that she thinks the restaurant area is a great idea and that is already a dis-
turbed area and maybe that would be a possibility if the Yacht Club does vacate that. Ms.
McNally stated that her other comment goes to Mr. Doyle as the City Council representative.
She would like to see the City tie in a north end, down town Master Plan with a lot of the ideas
that the Park Department has come up with. Two major things that Ms. McNally sees is until
they open Franklin Street down to the lake the down town suffers and that in turn feeds the
park. Ms. McNally stated that in the future she thinks that we need some type of a parking
area, maybe next to the outlet mall, maybe a two or three story parking garage to feed the north
end and so that the park isn’t concerned about parking cars as much as having green space for
the tourists, but mainly for those of us who live here. Ms. McNally stated that she is really
happy about the bike trails. She is glad that that is finally going to be done. That is something
else that those of us that live here will use year round and if you are going on vacation it is one
of those things that you look for entertainment wise. Ms. McNally thanked the Board for their
work on that plan and stated that hopefully Mr. Doyle can get the City Council moving.

Mrs. Sheahan asked when the next public hearing would be.

Mr. Garbacik stated that the next public hearing would be on November 16, 2006 and then
again on December 14, 2006 and at that meeting we will present what we estimate and view as
the plan to submit to the D.N.R. and to take final comments, feedback and suggestions.

Mrs. Sheahan stated that she is not real clear on where the Washington Park Master Plan fits
into this Master Plan. She knows that the Park Board has adopted the Washington Park Mas-
ter Plan but that part of it was reviewed or changed by the City Council. How does that work
out? Is that set in stone or is that something that may come up again?

Mr. McKee stated that is a six part question but he will try to answer it concisely. Mr. McKee
reported that the Washington Park Master Plan, as Mr. Garbacik mentioned in the presenta-
tion, is one piece of the five year Master Plan. Again, going back to the reason why we treated
it separately, as you can see how big the Master Plan gets, we felt it very important to treat the
jewel of the Park and of the City separately from everything else so it got the attention that it
deserved. Much like we did with the Washington Park Zoo. Those were actually pieces that
will now be placed inside the five year Master Plan for the whole park system.

Mrs. Sheahan stated that at the time people were asking questions about the fact that it was
said that it was a concept; that it wasn’t all set in stone; that it was changeable and that is what
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Mr. McKee stated he would answer that by saying that the Master Plan is what we feel, after
listening to all of the public on everything that we can and sorting through it the best that we
can and coming up with what we feel is the best plan for Michigan City, as it relates to every-
thing in our park system. Obviously, as was shown, on the historical side of things that we have
gotten done, things change over time. Sometimes things change very quickly and so can we
adapt new things into a plan, certainly, and that would go for anything that we put in this five
year Master Plan; it doesn’t cement it as it has to happen or it has to happen in a certain fash-
ion. Mr. McKee would realistically call them all goals that we want to see happen in one way
or another but as things change we want to be able to adapt to them.

Mr. Garbacik stated that in one portion of her question Mrs. Sheahan mentioned that the City
Council made a change. Mr. Garbacik stated that they didn’t make a change to the Master
Plan that the Park Board approved. Rather, they gave us their sentiments and their view and
they obviously were not in favor of the financing part of it, or the lease idea, or the location of
the restaurant. Again, that is where the flexibility comes in. The plan that the Park Board ap-
proved will be inserted into this five year Master Plan, as it was approved. Does that guaran-
tee that everything is going to be done? No because funding is going to be the catalyst of it and
this Park Board has always been, at least in Mr. Garbacik’s tenure which goes back to the
early 1990’s, has always been extremely interested in to what the constituents and the public is
interested in yet it still has a job to do and tries to do what is best for the park system and all of
Michigan City. Again, nothing is written in stone but you have to start somewhere, you have to
have ideas, concepts and a plan and then you tweak as you go along.

Mr. McKee stated that just for the record for those people that might be watching this later on
he thinks that it is important that if you have some suggestions or some thoughts, at a minimum
take that survey and get it back to us. Certainly we would love to have you come to a meeting
and outline any thoughts that you have as a few people did this evening. That is how we hear
your input. There isn’t any other way to do this and we look forward to that input whether you
view it as positive or negative we need to hear it so we can make adjustments and changes and
hear the things that the people in Michigan City people want in our park system. It is important
that we do hear from you whether it is via a survey or coming here in person or picking up the
phone and calling one of us.

Eight members of the public attended the public hearing on November 16, 2006. Below is an
excerpt from the November 16 meeting minutes outlining their comments.

Mr. Garbacik presented some points of emphasis, with a slide show, regarding the Master Plan
and he had mentioned earlier that we had what he felt was a pretty good workshop with the
City Council last night and we have already started working on some of the suggestions. Mr.
Garbacik stated that there is one issue that he definitely wanted to cover in depth for the record
and for a clear understanding by the public and the Council and that will come later. One of
the things that we talked about was the sledding hill out at Patriot Park and there were various
recommendations to either enhance or remove it. There was a certain amount of questioning of
how does one know how to design a sledding hill and that sort of thing and Mr. Garbacik re-
minded the Board, and we did elude to this last week in our achievements and accomplishments
presentation, that we were able to get several thousand cubic yards of fill as part of the Striebel

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Pond, which was The Sanitation District’s project, to not only improve our soccer field area but
also to work on the sledding hill. Last year Darren Westphal and the maintenance crew did
just that to the extent that there are two different sloping areas within that hill, one geared to-
wards the novice or younger kids and one that is a little bit steeper for some of your advanced
sledders and risk takers. Mr. Przybylinski had a concern that it does get mucky and sloppy as
the snow thaws and we have done a little research and we feel that we can make some improve-
ments in regard to that issue. There is a planting material called crown vetch and that is some-
thing that we could put on the hill itself. It is kind of like a wild grass that will help stabilize it
even as the ground thaws and then we could also use a series of grasses at the base. We will
incorporate that into our Master Plan to continue to improve that hill. Mr. Garbacik thinks
that we would have had that intention even without it being in our Master Plan. During the
summer months that sledding hill is actually one of the most effective baby sitters for brothers
and sisters of kids that are playing soccer or baseball.

Mr. McKee stated that unintentionally it is kind of like the Christmas present that comes in the
big box. The kid puts the toy aside and plays with the box all day and that is kind of what the
sledding hill has become in the summer time.

Mr. Garbacik stated that one of the other issues, again, just for the general knowledge of the
public and the Board and the Council, there was one concern about the North American Carni-
vore Exhibit and its spacing and is it adequate for the animals and that sort of thing. Mr. Gar-
bacik didn’t have the specifics available at the workshop but he does in the slide show today
and he would like to discuss those briefly. There are basically three main governing bodies
that would pertain to zoos. The Michigan City Zoo is required to follow U.S.D.A. polices and
ironically this past Tuesday, November 14, 2006, the Zoo had its unannounced, surprise visit
from the U.S.D.A. and Mr. Garbacik is pleased to say that we passed with flying colors. Their
only standard for the size of exhibits are as follows: enclosures shall be constructed and main-
tained so as to provide sufficient space to allow each animal to make normal postural and so-
cial adjustments with adequate freedom of movement. Inadequate space may be indicated by
evidence of malnutrition, poor condition, debilities, stress, or abnormal behavior patterns.
None of our animals suffer from any of those conditions and none of that was an issue with the
U.S.D.A. this past Tuesday in their inspection. Probably more specific and a better gauge
would be the Zoological Association of America’s standards. Mr. Martinez went to its National
Conference not too long ago in San Diego. The standard for bears, for one animal, is a cage
24’ x 32’ x 10’ high and for each additional animal you would increase the size by 25%. Each
cage shall have an elevated platform for resting. Each cage should have a 6’ x 10’ pool of wa-
ter and it goes on to describe specifics for Polar Bears as well. Again, we had our visit and
passed with flying colors; there were just four minor recommendations that were housekeeping
things such as we had to repair a door jam. We may need to get an additional freezer because
we are packing the freezer pretty good in the diet kitchen. But, these were just minor recom-
mendations. The Inspectors were from the State of Michigan and the State of Arkansas and
they described our North American Carnivore Exhibit as absolutely fantastic and they were
very impressed with it. Mr. Garbacik showed a slide of the exhibit that was taken today. As
you can see we are in excess of the recommendations for size for two animals. Our new exhibit
exceeds the size of the previous exhibit. Its length is 47’ 4” and its width is 34’ 10” and you
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the exhibit. Of course we are meeting the height requirements because there is no roof on it.
That is where the artificial rock work comes in. Also, in addition to that space we have a bear
cave with a heated floor so the animals will have a place to seek shelter in the winter and also if
you walk through the backside of that there is another window so you can view the bears in
their bear cave. This is additional space that was not included in the parameters in the previ-
ous slide. Mr. Garbacik invited public comment and asked speakers to state their name and
address so we can record it in our minutes.

Mr. McKee asked that people keep their comments specifically on the Park Department Five
Year Master Plan, noting that if their comments are in other areas they will hear those at the
end of the meeting tonight.

Mr. Bob Pollack, 100 Lake Shore Drive, stated that he has been a Michigan City resident for
sixty-six years, although he was gone for nine years of that. Mr. Pollack commented that in the
Board’s survey, a couple of comments that you might want to think about, there are some areas
on here that he doesn’t think people know exactly where they are located. One is Zilla Square,
you might want to put Marsh School in parenthesis next to that. The other one is that you have
been referring to as Bismark Hill for a number of situations actually most people around
Michigan City call it Krueger Hill. The other reason you might want to think about changing
the name is because during World War II the Germans had a battle cruiser by the name of Bis-
mark which sank a significant amount of English and U.S. ships so as a result of that you may
want to think about another name for that. Mr. Pollack stated that one of your comments was
on additional public beach access and he thinks you might want to start looking at the west
beach in terms of access. Mr. McKee pointed out that he was thinking about overviews in terms
of people being able to see the Lake. Actually for those of us who snuck down there when we
were kids, thought the views of the west beach are much better than the views out here. If you
get up on what is called the Phantom Dune and some of the other dunes out there, those views
are much, much better and the Phantom Dune is now owned by the Federal Government so I
would certainly think that with some negotiations including through NIPSCO you might look at
providing access to the public out there. Also, from the aspect of sledding and tobogganing,
there are great runs that are possible out there. We also skied out there. Those dunes are
much steeper and would provide for a lot more situations than what you have on the east beach
and I think that we have got to start looking at the utilization of that west beach and where the
Federal Government is not utilizing, maybe we can arrange for usage. At one time that was
considered to be the major recreational area of the City. Now that goes back one hundred
years to the old Hoosier Slide but maybe we need to start looking at the possibility of shifting
back. In terms of Washington Park, one thing that I didn’t see provided for is additional life
guard stands and I think that along the beach area it would be nice. We have had a number of
drownings if you go back several years. We could provide additional life guard stands only in
the public areas. We need to provide for those people who come down here, utilize our facili-
ties and pay the parking fees and are not aware of some of the dangers in terms of the water
situation that goes on out there. Mr. Pollack stated that in terms of the Washington Park Mas-
ter Plan it was brought up about a restaurant. As you all well know the Yacht Club has some
significant problems and Mr. Pollack was wondering if a study could be done. Obviously, you
would need the Mayor, the City Council, The Port Authority and yourselves involved in this to
take a look at that Yacht Club situation and somehow providing that over a long period of time
that it opens up as a restaurant that eventually it would be deeded back to the City.
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Mr. Pollack happens to think that that property is within the park district but is not City prop-
erty. We don’t want to run anybody out of there but if they ever abandon it, then it should come
back to the City or if they ever provide an opportunity is should come back to the City. Mr.
Pollack stated that he is looking at that as a combination restaurant and keeping the trend in
terms of boating because the Yacht Club provides a very good service in terms of training peo-
ple for boating and that type of thing and that needs to be maintained and if the Yacht Club is
going to pull out, hopefully the Port Authority or the Park Department and the Port Authority
could get together and provide for that service to be provided.

Mr. McKee responded that there are some things going on with the Yacht Club that we are
looking into and that is about all that he can comment on at this point as well as the Port Au-
thority. Mr. McKee stated that Mr. Pollack raised an absolute valid point, any time that Mr.
McKee goes to speak to the service clubs or talk to people in general he always gets an argu-
ment over what we call things today. Last night it was Sycamore Park and Hansen Park. Mr.
McKee has heard that the hill shouldn’t be Krueger Hill it is supposed to be Yankee Slide. Is
there any way that we can do a finalizing search that would actually name it what it is supposed
to be. Is there any document anywhere that would tell us this.

Mr. Pollack stated that it probably was officially named Bismark Hill because Bismark was a
German Chancellor and his grandparents came from Germany and he can tell you that. But
the point is that during World War II a lot of that changed and a lot of people around Michigan
City know it as Krueger Hill and why can’t we just go with the anecdotal name. Zilla Square is
known by most people as Marsh playground.

Mr. Donoghue stated that the Park Board can name the names, carefully done, but anything
they really want.

Mr. McKee stated that is understood but one of the things that we lay out in these Master Plans,
and Mr. McKee goes back to Master Plans that were done ten or fifteen years ago and that is
where these names start to get what they are. Mr. McKee would like to get them right if that is
possible, but he could find a few hundred people that would call that hill Yankee Slide and a
bunch more that would call it Krueger Hill. Mr. McKee would like to get to the point where we
actually have the right name but he doesn’t know how to do that.

Mr. Donoghue pointed out that Zilla Square was dedicated to the City by the Zilla family and
when we have that sort of history those names are really not available to change. You can add
to the Zilla name by adding something else to it but you wouldn’t change that particular thing.
Bismark Hill on the other hand goes way, way back to the plats that the surveyors used and the
reason that it was on what the Park Board is working with is because that is what the surveyor
put on there when he did his survey based on the prior plats and the prior information but in
that case the Park Board has every legal right, if it so chooses, to rename that hill something
else.

Mr. McKee stated that if there is an absolute historical significance that we preserve it in the
name. Another example is Canada Park which has been called Hungry Hollow and Sox Park.
Everything down on this end seems to have about three names attached to it.

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Mr. Pollock suggested that you put March School in parenthesis next to Zilla Square for the
purpose of the survey.

Ms. Barb Malewicki stated that she has a question for Mr. Garbacik who so nicely addressed a
couple of the points that the Council Members made last night. There were many other points
and Ms. Malewicki asked Mr. Garbacik if he is planning to address those at the next meeting.

Mr. Garbacik replied that we plan to incorporate their input into our Master Plan. Mr. Garba-
cik stated that he doesn’t know that we will be addressing points per say. There were just a
couple of topics that Mr. Garbacik felt compelled, for various reasons, one of which was for
our minutes and our records, to have facts or accuracy involved.

Mr. Joe Sheahan stated that if he understands it correctly the Master Plan as presented to the
Board at a previous meeting sometime back was adopted and then however all of the compo-
nents of it are not set in stone but since it was in fact adopted as presented there is still a ques-
tion that is certainly in his mind and also there has been a lot of controversy. If Mr. Sheahan
understands it correctly we are still going with the idea of a restaurant on top of the dune at the
east end of the park and Mr. Sheahan wanted to let the Board know that they are still inaltera-
bly opposed to such a place. Mr. Sheahan thinks that it is bad public policy, he thinks that it is
bad to build a commercial building right in a residential area, especially if they are going to be
serving liquor. Mr. Sheahan understands the Park Board’s need for money and he doesn’t
know where it is supposed to come from but he can tell you that the folks in the buildings imme-
diately east of here present to the City in the form of taxes somewhere between $750,000 and
one million dollars a year and that is verifiable. They have no children in school, the biggest
tax absorber. We provide our own roadways, we clean them, we salt them, and we remove the
snow. We pay for our own water, we pay for our own sewage treatment. We are not a burden
on the City. We are your neighbors and we would appreciate it if you would give us the consid-
eration that we deserve.

Mr. Garbacik stated that he has a comment, and he thinks that we talked about this during the
presentation and one area of flexibility that sticks in his mind is when we were talking about the
soccer portion or complex out at Patriot Park and we pointed out in the slide that the original
location of that was in a northern forty acre parcel and as it turned out it was located else-
where so, again, yes you are correct, the plan as adopted which suggested that that might be a
good location, is not locked in stone. Mr. Garbacik also commented that he wished more peo-
ple would take the approach that Mr. Sheahan takes in presenting his points of view, he strikes
Mr. Garbacik as probably one of the nicest guys that has ever come to our Park Board meet-
ings and Mr. Garbacik certainly appreciates that and he takes his comments to heart.

Mr. Ryan Tonk of 630 N. Dickson Street stated that his address just happens to be right across
the street from where the new park went in for the Hansen Park Trail. Mr. Tonk stated that it
might not be done yet, but this is going to be combined into longer and longer trails. Mr. Tonk
suggested that a map showing where you are be placed at each parking area or trail head.
That would be beneficial in drawing more people out to it. A lot of people come out there and
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Mr. McKee responded that the signage is in the works and should be installed this spring. Mr.
McKee stated that eventually there will be trails going quite a number of different directions
and connecting to a number of things and that is one of the things that we are trying to focus on
in this piece of the Master Plan. As these trails connect into some of our neighborhood parks
Mr. McKee thinks that it will be a great thing; you can get on there and take a bike wherever
you want to go in the whole system, but that will take time, it is a pretty huge project.

Mr. Garbacik stated that the brochures are in a proto-type form and are in the works and those
will show you the trail. Currently you can actually go to our website and print out a pretty de-
cent map that shows you the existing trails and proposed future trails.

Mrs. Liz Sheahan stated that she would like to address the issue of the boardwalk because
whenever you talk about the boardwalks that you have in the Washington Park plan you talk
about them being boardwalks so that people can access the beach which she doesn’t think that
anybody would have any problem with. Mrs. Sheahan has been in a lot of beach areas, she was
just in Nova Scotia and Price Edward Island a few months ago, where they have boardwalks
built across the marsh areas and up over the dunes so that people can access but they are be-
nign and they blend into the landscape and they don’t mar the landscape. Mrs. Sheahan’s con-
cern is that is the plan itself when she reads it you are talking about very wide boardwalks, she
thinks 14’ wide, with vendors and souvenir stands and comfort stations set along them. This is
never talked about in the meetings but it is in the plan and she thinks that that kind of thing con-
cerns her because she thinks that it will change the nature of the beach out here. If it is set
back in along the forested area maybe that wouldn’t be so obvious. Mrs. Sheahan thinks the
reason that people come to this beach and the reason that they love this beach is because it is
so unaffected by things like that. Mrs. Sheahan thinks that benign boardwalks for access for
people is an excellent idea.

Mr. McKee thanked those who took the time to come here this evening to give the Board input,
again, it is always appreciated, constructive criticism, as well as the good things, we appreciate
that as well as any new ideas. If you do have suggestions for us, now is the time, we are going
to begin to formulate this thing and put it together here shortly so whether you come to a meet-
ing, make a phone call or fill out a survey, we would appreciate you comments.

Six members of the public attended the presentation and public meeting on January 4, 2007.
Below is an excerpt from the January 4 meeting minutes outlining their comments.

Mr. Garbacik reported on the Park 5-Year Master Plan and made available to the audience
members copies of the draft. Mr. Garbacik stated that for the purpose of tonight’s presentation
he intends to go rather quickly through the action portion of the plan; he will give a brief de-
scription and review of the table of contents and then we would like to open it up for public
comment and suggestions. Mr. Garbacik stated that if you take this home and digest it and find
anything else that you would like to make us aware of, suggestions, corrections or what have
you, please do not hesitate to either email us here at the Park Department or give us a call. We
certainly will get those adjustments in prior to final approval which we anticipate at the Park
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Upon approval, we will follow up by submitting it to the D.N.R. for its approval which is a very
important element of this whole process. We feel that this plan is a thorough a document and is
as comprehensive of a planning document as this Department has ever produced and we say
that because it not only incorporates the neighborhood parks and the things that we tend to fo-
cus on through our typical 5-year master plan process but at the end of it, listed as Appendixes
“A”, “B” and “C”, are the Washington Park Master Plan which the Park Board approved this
past year, the Washington Park Zoo Master Plan, “Blazing a Trail to the Future”, and that was
a project that was completed and approved a little over a year ago, and within that we have
already accomplished quite a bit, and then certainly the Trails and Greenways Master Plan.
This is all a pretty big document but it is important and thorough and it represents a pretty
good compilation of what this Department has been up to for the past couple of years. Cer-
tainly explanations as far as the method to our approach, inventories and the like are included.
Mr. Garbacik pointed out item 3., d. on page 53 which is the inventory of recreational opportu-
nities in our area, not just what the Park and Recreation Department does, and Mr. Garbacik
thinks that is a great answer to those that contend that there is nothing to do around our area.
There certainly are a lot of things to do if you just look for it. Mr. Garbacik reviewed the Ac-
tion Plan that lays out what we intend to do over the next five years; the priorities, some expla-
nations as to why, etc. It starts out in narrative form and will culminate with a matrix that lays
out some of the priorities over the next five years and some very preliminary estimated costs.
Mr. Garbacik read through the Action Plan section. Mr. Garbacik reported that pertaining to
the neighborhood parks, that we have identified some real key points and some good informa-
tion. We had an excellent work shop with the City Council and a lot of what came out of that
the Council will find within the pages of this document. Basically all of our neighborhood
parks and probably in need of some sprucing up, some beatification, rules signs, and eventually
we would like to make some improvements to the playground equipment. Some of the play-
ground equipment is just old, yet usable and fun to play on but doesn’t look good. Some items
are as simple as sprucing up and maybe painting. All of our neighborhood parks, and there is
a complete inventory of them and what has been accomplished at those parks over time,
through the bond process, in 1999, received new modular play equipment. It is still in pretty
good shape. Again, some maintenance needs to be done to certain elements of the equipment
but Mr. Garbacik doesn’t think that we have to worry about an immediate replacement of at
least the modular playground equipment. Mr. Garbacik stated that one of the other things that
we thought was a really good idea, and took to heart, and that will be approached in these pri-
orities would be the concept of having a primary neighborhood park logistically focused on in
the different areas of Michigan City. Obviously Washington Park would cover the north end of
town. Pretty much Gardena Park is the center of town these days and we are suggesting that
Adams Park would make a good south end park to prioritize and focus on. Adams Park repre-
sents a park that needs a total redesign and engineering due to some drainage issues and some
soil problems so we will have to be a bit more methodical with that as compared to say Wash-
ington Park or Gardena Park. We think this is a good concept and we intend to use Gardena
as sort of a prototype or model for those other parks and then thereafter we would, over time,
focus on making improvements at the rest of the neighborhood parks. The golf courses, obvi-
ously, have the big issue of drainage. The golf course operates out of a non-reverting fund,
which means that its operational costs are covered exclusively by user fees, or the golfers them-
selves. The same is true for the capital improvements to the golf course. User fees, over time,
have basically, exclusively, paid for the capital improvements albeit we are going to reap the

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benefits of an irrigation system in which the Mayor and the City Council approved $300,000 for
that project out of Riverboat Funds. Efficiencies are going to be very, very important for the
golf course. There is a national trend that rounds of golf are down and there is a lot of compe-
tition and good golf courses in our area so we have identified that and are cognizant of it and
certainly the focus is going to be to improve drainage out there. Patriot Park was an item
listed in the Parks’ previous 5-Year Master Plan; that we wanted to finish Patriot Park. We
haven’t been able to do so, however, it is a high priority for us in 2007 and we’ll be pursuing
getting the remaining construction of the larger ball fields, additional parking areas and finish-
ing up the soccer area. The Trails and Greenways System, and again the history of that over
the past decade is that Michigan City was the missing link, or the bottle neck, in the whole sys-
tem but thanks to the hard work of Laura New and various staff throughout the entire City of
Michigan City, we have been able to make some good progress there and again, the Master
Plan for that is an attachment to this Master Plan. The Washington Park Zoo has it’s own
Master Plan and you can review that but the Zoo, for awhile, was experiencing some real finan-
cial constraints and the Park Board, at that time, put in some measures to control costs and
contain costs. It has proven to be very effective. There has been capital investment and new
things going on at the zoo and we think that we are heading in the right direction there. When
Mr. Garbacik talks about that cost containment program; the zoo was well on its way to being
close to a $750,000 operational deficit at the time it was addressed. A benchmark was set at
that time to get that operational deficit to around $350,000. Two years ago the zoo finished
with approximately a $357,000 operational deficit and this past year, in 2006, we were at a
$360,000 operational deficit so we are pretty close and we are definitely doing better there.
Certainly Mr. Garbacik would encourage everyone to read all about the exciting plans for the
zoo. Mr. Johnny Martinez is here tonight and he has been instrumental in turning that corner
for the zoo and has been an excellent addition to this team and this staff and of course he
brought over 30 years of prior experience into his position at the zoo. Memorial Hall is one of
our rental facilities which is very popular and historic and is a property that our Park Depart-
ment is charged with managing. We have some very ambitious plans to finish up the remodel-
ing of that. Over the past five or six years we have gotten a lot done there and it is a great fa-
cility but we have a little bit more work to do and of course it will cost some money but we have
that addressed within the Master Plan as well. The previous Park 5-Year Master Plan targeted
and identified Memorial Park to be used more frequently and more effectively for community
events and other functions and that arose again and in fact Mr. Milsap is here tonight and that
was one of his suggestions that it could serve very much as a community center for Michigan
City. We have acknowledged and recognized that and will try to have some additional pro-
gramming, and community dances and the like at Memorial Hall as we move forward. The
Senior Center is one of our newer facilities and is in really good shape, not a lot of recommen-
dations there other than that we will pay particular attention to preventative maintenance is-
sues and costs and the like. The Washington Park Master Plan identifies a system of board-
walks and viewing decks and we certainly would like to see that in the area of the Senior Center
and actually connecting to the north side or the back of the Senior Center. Mr. Garbacik stated
that there has been a lot of talk about the field house for the Michigan City community and the
City of Michigan City; not just through this process but probably over the past five or six years.
Mr. Garbacik stated that he thinks the Michigan City Area Schools are potentially interested in
such a facility. Of course the problem is that it is a very, very costly endeavor to undertake and
then of course there would be annual costs and budget effects to that.

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In discussing capital and those sort of things with the Mayor, and I think we would tend to
agree, that for a sole entity to take on an endeavor of that magnitude is not feasible and cer-
tainly that would be one area where a partnership, such as with the Michigan City Area
Schools, might make that happen. Mr. Garbacik stated that he won’t get into the budget and
finance all that much because the reality of all of these ambitious plans and the good ideas in
it; the reality sets in when we start looking at some of the costs. We have identified about eve-
rything that we possibly could think of, whether it comes to analyzing past budgets or current
budgets and what is available to the Park Department to pursue in the form of our own City’s
funding opportunities or grant programs and some other things but that is pretty thorough as
well. In the Action Plan matrix we tried to lay out, over the course of the next five years, an
approach to accomplishing this. Of course the key element is going to be funding and the Park
Department, in itself, does not have a capital budget line item, rather capital projects are pro-
posed by the Mayor, via consulting with the Park Board, and then ultimately it is up to the City
Council to approve funding for those proposals. If we take a look at that matrix we basically
laid things out by the task to be accomplished along with the facility or site that it pertains to.
There are some very preliminary estimates and costs that are simply there to give us a starting
point and an idea of what we might be looking for. Throughout the next five years, Mr. Garba-
cik thinks that what you will find in here as you take your time to digest it, is that we have ad-
dressed every neighborhood park to a certain extent and we have addressed all of the major
components of not only this 5-Year Master Plan but the supplemental inclusions within the
Washington Park Master Plan and the Trails Master Plan. Mr. Garbacik opened the meeting
to questions from the Board or the audience.

Mr. McKee stated that there is a lot of information to cover and obviously if we tried to do it in
detail we would be here until two in the morning. Mr. McKee asked Mr. Garbacik to cover the
Sheridan Beach Esplanade and a new park office or doing something with this building at some
point and time before it caves in on us. Mr. McKee stated he thinks a lot of people had an in-
terest in this when the story broke that the Naval Armory could very well become available and
certainly the Park Department would view that as a great asset to capture, either for a Park
Office, some type of community center or whatever it may be, it would be a great asset to fall
under our jurisdiction or at a minimum the City’s jurisdiction.

Mr. Garbacik stated that interestingly enough, the Park’s previous 5-Year Master Plan targeted
and identified exactly that, if an opportunity would ever present itself to acquire the Naval Ar-
mory that we should pursue that. Ironically, and at this time, we have such an opportunity. A
methodical approach will be taken in analyzing what kind of costs would be involved in that up
to and including potentially having that become the new Park Office.

Mr. McKee opened the meeting to public comment and reminded the public that they can call
the Park Office next week with comments or suggestions noting that the Board does want to
take action on a final plan next Thursday, January 11, 2007 but we are still certainly open to
suggestions and thoughts.

Mr. Fred Klinder asked what the “ACF” indication on funding means. Does that mean when
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Mr. Garbacik answered that that simply identifies potential funding sources and “ACF” stands for
all City funds, whether it be Park Department funds, Riverboat dollars, Streets and Roads, etc.

Mr. Klinder asked that it would have to be brought up and determined where the priority comes.

Mr. McKee stated that is correct.

Mr. Don Przybylinski stated that he has been at some other meetings as far as the Master Plan
goes and he is speaking about Gardena Playground and in particular an issue that we have dis-
cussed, the fencing around the park and getting that repaired. Also, the lighting at the basketball
courts, he really does believe that the courts need lighting. Last night he stopped by Pullman
Field and that basketball court is lit up like a football field. You have five or six huge lights and
one or two would be sufficient at Gardena if we could get it there for the neighborhood kids to
play basketball there later in the evening. Mr. Przybylinski stated that when you get into the final-
ization of the Master Plan and as you move forward with the projects, as he stated when he came
to the first meeting, regarding Bismark Hill, and he doesn’t know if you still have plans to look
into putting a water park up there, or a sledding hill on the south side. He would agree with the
sledding hill but he does disagree with the water park and/or a hotel up there. Mr. Przybylinski
thinks that what we should do with Bismark Hill is to possibly just leave it the way it is; if you
really take a look at it, it is like the last wooded area in Michigan City. The Michigan City Coun-
cil just approved a million dollars a year or two ago to save Ruby Woods and Mr. Przybylinski
would hate to see Bismark Hill destroyed to put a water park up there because he doesn’t think we
will be able to put a water park on the very top of this hill without digging down into the hill itself
and reducing the height of. Mr. Przybylinski stated he doesn’t know if any of your gentlemen had
the opportunity to take a walk up to the top of that hill, but he did back in the summer time and it
is one gorgeous view of Michigan City so maybe something else could be done up there. Mr.
Przybylinski stated he thinks it is a good idea to have an outside consultant come in and take a
look at the whole project and the funding of it and in closing, and this will be his last point, he
took the opportunity to take a ride up to St. Joe, Michigan, because he kept hearing talk about the
ice skating rink that they have up there and he doesn’t know if any of you gentlemen have had the
opportunity to go up there, but with talking to the manager up there he did say that Mayor Brillson
was up there and took a look at the operation and for those of you who are on the Board and have-
n’t had the opportunity yet, Mr. Przybylinski thinks that it is an outstanding operation. Maybe you
could put that into the plan and maybe nothing to that extent, but he does think that the City of
Michigan City needs an upgraded, first class, ice skating rink for the citizens that live in this com-
munity. In the wintertime there is no where to ice skate, and Mr. Przybylinski knows that the Park
Department does the best you can with the rink that we have had at the old Jewel parking lot, but
the operation that they have up there in St. Joe, the gentleman said, even when it is fifty degrees,
they can make ice. Mr. Przybylinski stated it was forty five degrees when he was there and he did
see some people from Michigan City up there. Mr. Przybylinski would certainly hope that you
guys would take a look at something like that. Now whether that falls under the master plan or if
that is under recreational programs, he doesn’t know, but if you need some help or advice or if
you need an advisory board he would be more than happy to look at something like that. Mr.
Przybylinski stated that he knows right now that you guys have a sledding hill out at Patriot Park
and on his way home from St. Joe he took a look at that too and that hill, the base of it is encom-
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to go to Mullen Hill or somewhere and say that this is the sledding hill for Michigan City and do
something first class with it. For the youth of Michigan City during the wintertime and even for
the general public there is not ice skating. If you could take a look at that, and he knows it is
costly, but this is a five year plan; things don’t happen overnight and he understands that.

Mr. Garbacik stated that once Mr. Przybylinski has a chance to review the plan he thinks he will
find that everything that he just mentioned, with the exception of a detailed report on the rink in St.
Joe, which Mr. Garbacik saw with Mayor Brillson and some City Council members and a few oth-
ers. Mr. Garbacik agreed that that is a very nice facility and one of the great things for them was
the initial donation to get it going. Mr. Garbacik stated that we have addressed, in the narrative
of the action plan, that topic and we need to take a better approach and explore alternatives to
better ice skating opportunities in Michigan City. We talked about it at the City Council workshop
and at that time the City of Chicago has, and this could be an alternative that we could look at, a
mechanical portable system that keeps the ice even when it is forty or fifty degrees, and Mr. Gar-
bacik thinks that could serve us well here; there is a certain amount of cost still but not to the ex-
tent of a year round facility per say. The sledding hill is also addressed; that we want to stabilize
the soil on the hill at Patriot Park. It is awful sloppy at the base and we think we can solve that
problem, and we are continuing to look into it, by basically some flora or some plantings that will
have a root system that will take care of that; similar to what they plant on the sides of highways.
We think an approach similar to that will solve that problem. The fencing is in here as well and it
is listed as a zero cost because we are going to get that done in 2007. Mr. Garbacik stated that we
need to improve some electric and lighting at the basketball courts in Gardena; we need to im-
prove lighting for security anyway and he thinks that at that same time we could take a look at
some better sports lighting.

Mr. Milsap stated that in addition to Mr. Przybylinski’s requests for Gardena, he would like to
know if the bids for the security cameras have been received.

Mrs. Eason stated that poles and electric are being installed and the cameras should be installed
in the next few weeks.

Mr. Milsap asked what the protocol is for a business that wants to help take care of a park.

Mr. Garbacik answered that they should give him a call and we will become best friends in a
hurry.

Mr. Milsap asked about scheduling community events in 2007 at Memorial Hall.

Mr. McKee stated that when Mr. Milsap and Mrs. Martin asked that at the workshop he had Mrs.
Eason send over a calendar of available dates for the next two years. We set a policy last year
that allows people to rent facilities two years ahead. Mr. McKee will get an updated calendar and
will meet with Mr. Milsap to schedule events. Mr. McKee stated that there were quite a few dates
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One member of the public attended the public meeting January 11, 2007 at which the Park De-
partment Five-Year Master Plan was approved by the Park Board. Below is an excerpt from the
January 11 meeting minutes outlining his comments.

Mr. Cornell Davis stated that every year there is over $200,000 spent in this Master Plan on
the golf course. For instance, in 2007 over $350,000 will be spent on the golf course. Mr.
Davis asked how many kids go golfing.

Mr. Garbacik explained to Mr. Davis that the user fees from the golf course are paying for that,
so the golfers are paying their own way.

Mr. McKee stated that he would like to clear that up. The $300,000 that is being spent in 2007
came from 2006 City dollars, the remaining items in this budget come from the user fees, mean-
ing the golfer that goes out and pays to play, it is coming out of part of their fee, so every time
they pay $10.00 to play golf, a dollar goes toward these projects. These aren’t planned City
funds that are being used. So money that is being spent from 2007 through this whole plan is
not taking away from any City park or any other program that we put on for the City or for the
kids.

Mr. Davis stated that we are going to spend over $300,000 in this year and you’re spending
less next year, what happens to the funds because next year you only spend over $200,000 on
the golf course. Mr. Davis stated he is not jumping; he is still on the same subject.

Mr. McKee answered the reason that there is $200,000 is because based on our projections,
and actually if the projections don’t happen the way we want, the amount of money that gets
spent on golf will be 0 because it all comes from the user fees. That is where we are at. Mr.
McKee stated that his comment to Mrs. Martin was this; as far back as his memory would take
him, for probably at least 20 years, there have been two expenditures that have happened at the
golf course, and it probably goes further back than that, and that is this year’s money that you
see going in and $90,000 back around 1999 or 2000 for the parking lot. Those are the only two
times that Riverboat funds and/or City type of funds have been used in the last 20 to 30 years.

Mr. Davis asked if there are any Riverboat funds going toward the parks.

Mr. McKee stated that they will request that and if you look on the funding section of the plan,
and we don’t have a crystal ball to know where every funding source is going to come from,
some could come from the road fund, some could come from Riverboat and some could come
from City tax dollars. Some funding comes from in house, so that column is our best guess
where monies might be available to go into neighborhood parks and we have accounted for
that. The Mayor and the City Council are the ones that would hold the purse strings there. We
will go to them with our wants and obviously what is difficult for them is that they have the
Park requesting money, they have the Police request money, etc. and they have to say this is all
that we can give to the Park. So, the reality is, is that this is certainly all a wish list that we
would like to get done and if the funding is there we will get it done, but that’s a question.



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Mr. Davis asked Mr. McKee to answer his question of how many kids go golfing and how many
families go golfing versus going to playgrounds. Mr. Davis stated that Mrs. Martin’s point was
that Adams Park should be prioritized over all of these other parks because of the condition it has
been over so many years.

Mr. McKee stated that his answer is, and he stands by his answer, that Adams Park has been pri-
oritized. What we are not going to do is to fix up a field at Adams because our plan for Adams is
to turn it into a first class playground and to do that we have to make sure that everything is tak-
ing care of on the engineering side of things. We might have to scrape a lot of that off and bring
in fill but we want to do that park correctly. The whole goal, and Mr. McKee thought that we had
reached this as a common goal at the workshop with the Council, is to have Adams Park take on
the very nature of Gardena. Now, what may end up at Adams is a ball field, lit basketball courts
and a splash pad and a big playground. That would be what Mr. McKee envisions and how it will
end up he is not sure. That is the direction that we are heading and we are going to start that di-
rection either at the end of this year or in 2008, whenever we can get the funding to do the engi-
neering for it. Once we can do the engineering and draw up plans then it is on the railroad track
going pretty quick.

Mr. Davis asked what time the parks close.

Mrs. Eason responded the park hours are 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.




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                                             MICHIGAN CITY PARKS
                                         AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT


                                                   2006 PUBLIC SURVEY

The Michigan City Parks and Recreation Department is updating its Parks & Recreation Five-Year
Master Plan. This survey was specifically created to gather information from residents and park
patrons to learn more about the recreational interests and to provide an opportunity to express opinion
concerning the programs, activities and quality of parks within the City. The survey is available on-
line. The head of the household representing your family’s opinions should complete this survey and
return it by November, 30, 2006.
                                                     Please return survey to:
                                            Michigan City Parks and Recreation
                                                Attn: Master Plan Survey
                                                     Six on the Lake
                                                Michigan City, IN 46360
                                                   Fax 219-873-1540
                                               www.michigancityparks.com

If you have questions or desire assistance with this survey, please contact the Park Office at 219-873-
1506.


                                               MISSION STATEMENT
The Michigan City Parks & Recreation Department strives to preserve, protect and manage natural,
historical and recreational resources and facilities in order to offer professionally managed leisure
activities and programming in which ALL citizens can participate.

Our Park Board and Staff are dedicated to fiscal responsibility and efficiency thru proper planning. We
will pursue cooperation and partnerships with fellow City Departments, groups, and agencies in our
community to achieve these philosophies.

Our combined efforts will enhance and ENRICH the quality of life of our citizens, visitors and future
generations to come.


                       Enjoyment of Natural Resources Integrating our City's History


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 3. Please indicate your use of the following parks:



                                                           NOT AT      LITTLE        REGULAR
                    FACILITY                                ALL         USE             USE           UNKNOWN
 Adams Park                                               (51) 67%     (6) 8%          (1) 1%          (18) 24%
 Beach - Lifeguarded Area                                 (13) 17%    (31) 41%        (26) 34%          (6) 8%

Beach - Outside Life Guarded Area                         (11) 14%    (21) 28%        (39) 51%          (5) 7%
Beachwalk                                                 (26) 34%    (26) 34%        (18) 24%          (6) 8%
Bismark Hill                                              (50) 66%     (8) 11%         (3) 4%          (15) 20%
Canada Park (Sox Park)                                    (54) 71%      (7) 9%         (4) 5%          (11) 14%
Cleveland Park (Eastport School)                          (59) 78%      (3) 4%         (0) 0%          (14)18%
Gardena Park                                              (40) 53%    (15) 20%         (9)12%          (12)16%
Hansen Park (formerly Sycamore)                           (49) 64%    (11)14%          (3) 4%          (13)17%
Henry Lake Area                                           (59) 78%      (1) 1%         (0) 0%          (16) 21%
Jerrigan's Hill Park                                        (0) 0%    (62) 82%         (0) 0%          (14) 18%
Karwick Nature Park                                       (52) 68%     (8) 11%         (1) 1%          (15) 20%
Krueger Memorial Hall                                     (44) 58%    (17) 22%         (2) 3%          (13) 17%
Krueger Memorial Park                                     (46) 61%    (11)14%          (3) 4%          (16) 21%
Millennium Plaza                                          (18) 24%    (37) 49%        (16) 21%          (5) 7%
Mott's Woods                                              (56) 74%      (4) 5%         (0) 0%          (16) 21%
Municipal Golf Course - North                             (30) 39%    (18) 24%        (23) 30%          (5) 7%
Municipal Golf Course - South                             (28) 37%    (13) 17%        (31) 41%          (4) 5%
Oak Hills Park                                            (59) 78%      (1) 1%         (0) 0%          (16) 21%
Patriot Park                                              (39) 51%    (17) 22%         (7) 9%          (13) 17%
Pullman Park                                              (54) 71%      (5) 7%         (2) 3%          (15) 20%
Pullman Park Skate Park                                   (54) 71%      (4) 5%         (4) 5%          (14) 18%
Ridgeland Park                                            (60) 79%      (0) 0%         (0) 0%          (16) 21%
Ruby Woods                                                (52) 68%      (7) 9%         (2) 3%          (15) 20%
Senior Center                                             (25) 33%    (28) 37%        (16) 21%          (7) 9%
Tall Timbers Park                                         (59) 78%      (1) 1%         (0) 0%          (16) 21%
Walker Street Park                                        (59) 78%      (0) 0%         (1) 1%          (16) 21%
Washington Park                                             (2) 3%    (18) 24%        (53) 70%          (3) 4%
Washington Park Zoo                                        (9) 12%    (33) 43%        (31) 41%          (3) 4%
Water Tower Park                                          (55) 72%      (7) 9%         (3) 4%          (11) 14%
West 8th Street Park (Tot Lot)                            (60) 79%      (1) 1%         (0) 0%          (15) 20%
Winding Creek Cove                                        (59) 78%      (2) 3%         (0) 0%          (15) 20%
Zilla Square Park                                         (61) 80%      (0) 0%         (0) 0%          (15) 20%




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                      CATEGORY                                              QUESTION 3.
                      ADVERTIS-
                      ING                                                   When do the events happen?
                      ADVERTIS-
                      ING                                                   Not really kept informed of programs.
                      BEACH AC-                                             Beach access: the draft Plan contained many good planning ideas. Those are commended and do not need detailed further com-
                      CESS                                                  ment.
                      BISMARK                                               Leave the dune and Bismark Hill in Washington Park in their natural state and undeveloped
                      BISMARK                                               Preserve the dune and the wooded hill.
                      BISMARK                                               Walking trail on Bismark Hill.
                      BISMARK                                               Quit using Bismark Hill as a landfill.
                                                                            We think the boardwalk is a good idea but we would suggest a section at a time as a trial or test area, possibly from the western
                                                                            beach area to the Senior Center. This would allow us to see how well it is used and how well it functions in controlling the wind-
                      BOARDWALK                                             caused erosion, etc.
                                                                            Boardwalk (north/south): the draft Plan contained many good planning ideas. Those are commended and do not need detailed
                      BOARDWALK                                             further comment.
                                                                            The major flaw remaining in the draft Plan, however, is the idea of a wide east/west boardwalk paralleling the shoreline and situated
                                                                            near the crest of the dune in the have dune grass. That would undoubtedly be an open invitation to litter, garbage, vandalism and
                                                                            repeated dune grass fires - whether intentional or accidental. Where are the review and comments by the Fire Department and Po-
                                                                            lice Department? At the very most, this untested concept should be limited at first to a small area (say, from the main parking lot to




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                                                                            the Senior Center). After a few years of actual experience in a restricted risk area, a more sensible and better based decision could
                                                                            be made about further extension of such a boardwalk - or more likely, its failure as a planning concept and removal with a limited
                      BOARDWALK                                             cost exposure.




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                      BOARDWALK                                             Washington Park w/access from Senior Center
                                                                            Insufficient thought and attention has been given to the building and maintenance cost of the proposed boardwalk. What considera-
                                                                            tion has been given to the rise and fall of lake levels, the winter storms, ice and erosion, blowing sand, sand build up and erosion,
                                                                            event under existing conditions more than the current maintenance people can adequately handle, police and fire protection along
                                                                            with the potential for dune glass conflagration, particularly in Washington Park area, the concept of unobstructed forest, and dune
                      BOARDWALK                                             and beach as presently constituted.
                                                                            Whatever we do on the dune, foredune or beach must be done with the utmost care so as not to detract from this great, unique,
                                                                            natural resource. Some of the proposed boardwalks I have seen on plans, frankly scare me. They are too big, too obtrusive, and
                                                                            may up ruining the aesthetic beauty of a walk on the beach, with the sand between your toes. We have a responsibility to preserve
                                                                            the dunes for generation to come. Lets not screw it up. Instead of trying to do everything ourselves, why can't we contact experi-
                      BOARDWALK                                             enced consultants and planners who have worked with communities such as ours with unique natural resources like the dunes.
                      CART PATH                                             Municipal Golf Course south - improve cart path on fairway #4 and #5.
                                                                            Also, the eye appeal is bland at the course, the clubhouse needs updated so it would look more appealing. The Golf Course is on
                      CLUBHOUSE                                             of the City's biggest assets, so why not take care of it.
                      CLUBHOUSE                                             Golf Course needs a new clubhouse at both courses.
                      CLUBHOUSE                                             A new clubhouse is needed
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                                                     COMMENT                Some of the parks I have never heard of!
                                                                            How many other communities have direct access to 1) Lake Michigan and 2) beaches - the 3) zoo, 4) a municipal golf course, 5) Mt
                                                                            Baldy, 6) great fishing, 7) natural environment to support local wildlife, deer, red fox, wild turkey and hundreds of bird species, 8)
                                                     COMMENT                PNC 20 minutes down 421, 9) South Shore rail transportation.
                                                     COMMENT                My list above is things that should be at the parks without asking.
                                                                            The Park Board/City Council workshop has apparently taken place before the due date for these "2006 Public Survey" responses.
                                                                            That alone prompts some thoughts about the Park Board's process. And the absence of any space for comments about the "Five
                                                                            Year Master Plan" itself points to the conclusion that the Board may be planning to push ahead on the existing draft plan without re-
                                                     COMMENT                gard to comments from the public - either now or in the past.
                                                                            There's a difference between public comments and public responses. You could have done a better job with the survey design - with
                                                     COMMENT                that said, you commitment is appreciated.
                                                     COMMENT                We believe the Park Department has done well. Develop and maintain the fine system we have.
                                                                            Finally, we would ask the Board to research and publicly release information regarding the terms and restrictions, if any, under which
                                                                            Washington Park land was acquired. When was title acquired? By the City or the Parks Department? Was it by deed? Or some
                                                                            kind of dedication? Is there language limiting use to " . . . park purposes" - (or words to that effect)? Who holds title today? Is it like
                                                                            any other land owned by a local government entity? Or is use of the land, or sale, restricted under applicable Indiana law and/or use
                                                                            restrictions? Could it be legally sold for, say, private development as an office center? We submit that these basic land use ques-
                                                     DEVELOP-               tions need to be researched and answered publicly before any final decisions are made by the City Council, or even recommended
                                                     MENT                   by the Park Board.
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                                                     MENT                   Public land should not be used for private development
                                                     DEVELOP-               As to some of the other ideas that have been suggested or recommended-we would feel that any effort toward a hotel be postponed,




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                                                     MENT                   at least until we see what is done by the Blue Chip Casino people in the building of their new 22 story, $130,000,000 hotel/lodge.
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                                                     MENT                   Hotel should be built in Washington Park
                                                     DEVELOP-               Much of your plan was consistent with elements of the Wurster, Bernardi and Emmons study from 1980. I even favor doubling the
                                                     MENT                   marina size by moving out into Lake Michigan along the east side of the pier
                                                     DEVELOP-               Work closely with City Council to secure needed funding for improvements that tax paying citizens actually want not pie in the sky or
                                                     MENT                   special interests projects that would benefit investors and permanently destroy our precious natural areas (dunes and Bismark Hill)
                                                                            Please leave Washington Park as natural as you can. I realize potential builders are salivating at the beautiful undeveloped beach
                                                     DEVELOP-               land. Let them! It is a gift to this community to have this small natural area left. Thank you for keeping it as beautiful and clean as
                                                     MENT                   you do.
                                                     DEVELOP-
                                                     MENT                   Please do not change natural beautiful aspect of beach for the promise of money.
                                                     DEVELOP-               Preserve the dunes in Washington Park. A Park: Webster's definition "A large area of land preserved in its natural state as public
                                                     MENT                   property".
                                                     DEVELOP-
                                                     MENT                   Promote preservation of wildlife and unique environmental areas.
                                                     DEVELOP-
                                                     MENT                   I would like Washington Park to stay as it is. I do not want to see any done except to be left in its natural state.
                                                     DEVELOP-
                                                     MENT                   Build a park so people don't have to walk so far or drive all over to find.
                                                     DEVELOP-
                                                     MENT                   Don't add buildings or other structures to Washington Park.
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                                                                                 The need for and/or the advisability of publicly subsidized private hotel and restaurant businesses of the magnitude proposed in
                                                                                 the draft Master Plan has clearly not been demonstrated. What consideration has been given to a. The four (4) restaurants
                                                                                 within a block of Washington Park, all privately owned in buildings and on land taxed by the government. b. The announced
                                                                                 development by the local casino that it will build a 22 story hotel on its Trail Creek property. c. The apparent failure and closing
                                                                                 of the Yacht Club restaurant. d. Consultation with the current affected restaurant owners - not the Chamber of Commerce's -
                                                                      DEVELOP-   about the need and advisability of a new restaurant build on Washington Park land. If such a consultation has occurred, the
                                                                      MENT       public should be made aware of the minutes thereof.
                                                                                 Building new structures for whatever purpose with attendant heavy spending is not the answer. Burdening the taxpayers of this
                                                                      DEVELOP-   and coming generations makes our city forbidding, not inviting. We have jewel in Washington Park, do not destroy it by littering
                                                                      MENT       it with would be or thought to be improvements.
                                                                                  e. How the proposed hotel and restaurant will be paid for, since the taxpayers of Michigan City will certainly have to underwrite
                                                                                 the entire project, whether it prospers or fails. f. The proposed site of the restaurant would require a street and a large ex-
                                                                                 panse of blacktop for restaurant parking and the maneuvering in and out of semi-trailers, large supply trucks, garbage trucks
                                                                      DEVELOP-   and fire vehicles. All of this site is currently beautiful dune grass and sand dune, while there is a huge amount of blacktop al-
                                                                      MENT       ready existing on the West and dock side of the park.
                                                                      DOG PARK   Would like to be able to bring dog to more city parks.
                                                                      DOG PARK   Places for dogs.
                                                                      DOG PARK   Make Winding Creek Cove, Ruby Woods, Motts Woods, and Karwick Nature Park dog accessible - leash only.
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                                                                      DOG PARK   A place where people can walk their dogs.
                                                                      DOG PARK   Please to walk dogs in Washington Park.
                                                                      DRAINAGE   Golf course drains.
                                                                                 Use what nature is giving you. Water. Standing water after a rain on number four is normal, after a few days of rain it is a lake.
                                                                                 After the rains in August number four still has water, and the grass has burned out. Maybe somebody at Purdue could help as
                                                                                 a project. It would not hurt to ask. Make four a drainage lake; it would take of that problem plus drainage for 7, 15, and 16.
                                                                                 Move the tee on number four back and to the north and make it a par 5. Then move the tee up on number 8 to the lady's tee
                                                                                 and make it a part four (410 yds) (maybe a bunker or two in the fairway like you did on 18). Thanks for your time and effort to
                                                                      DRAINAGE   Enrich the quality of life of my family and friends.
                                                                      DRAINAGE   South golf course drainage - complete cart paths - enlarge greens
                                                                                 Drainage South Course. Michigan City Golf Course has major water problems. I realize that this year has been an exception-
                                                                                 ally wet year, but the water problem occurs whenever we have a one inch rain and the course has to be closed for a day or two.
                                                                                 The drainage is no functional to take care of the rain. There are always wet spots on the #4, 5, 7, 11, 15, 17, 18. Repairing
                                                                      DRAINAGE   these problems would help increase play.
                                                                                 I would like to see more improvements made to the Golf Course. For one the drainage issue. I understand we had a record
                                                                      DRAINAGE   amount of rain fall this year. But, this issue needs to be taken seriously.
                                                                      DRAINAGE   Better drainage and upkeep of golf courses.
                                                                      DRAINAGE   South course has to have sufficient drainage and significant beautification.
                                                                      DRAINAGE   Flood valleys behind practice green and all the way through #3, #8, and #11.
                                                                      DRAINAGE   Municipal Golf Course south - improve the drainage on fairway #4 and #5.
                                                                                 The municipal golf course south is in need of major drainage improvement. Hose 4,5,15 are in terrible condition. What was
                                                                      DRAINAGE   once a beautiful course has deteriorated - poor maintenance.
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                                                                      DRAINAGE   Golf course south retention pond on the 4th hole and more drainage on the 15th hole.
                                                                      DRAINAGE   Changes in the golf course to solve the standing water problem.
                                                                      DRAINAGE   Better drainage - golf course south
                                                                      DRIVING
                                                                      RANGE      Driving range.
                                                                      FEES       Senior Center rates are high.
                                                                                 Why are the rates (membership and green fees) higher for people who live outside Michigan City when no city monies go to
                                                                      FEES       support the Golf Courses?
                                                                                 Since this is a five-year plan, consider discussions with the school system to include school parks and look for a future way to
                                                                      FIELD      develop "field houses" with board games and some non-sports activities at some of these facilities (my own suggestion from
                                                                      HOUSE      previous experience in Chicago parks).
                                                                      FIELD      Local area field house containing ping-pong, pool table, swimming pool, ice arena with supervision, gymnastic classes, ice
                                                                      HOUSE      skate lessons, sports shops, café.
                                                                      FISHING    Small child fishing area.
                                                                      FISHING    A place where people can fish.
                                                                      FISHING    Fishing pond for small children.
                                                                                 Private/Public partnerships. Department of Homeland Security grants available for security cameras, guard houses, call
                                                                      FUNDING    booths, lighting, etc. My department is a SOLC has used DHS grants very effectively.




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                                                                                 Lease land at Washington Park to developers. Charge baseball leagues more $ for use of Patriot Park. Lease land on Bismark
                                                                      FUNDING    Hill to developer.
                                                                      FUNDING    Fundraisers
                                                                                 Get the city to support some type of amusement park - someplace else besides by the beach and use the profits from there to
                                                                      FUNDING    fund other projects.
                                                                      FUNDING    Riverboat if budget is short.
                                                                      FUNDING    Fundraisers, using some Riverboat monies, Federal grants.
                                                                      FUNDING    Usage fees.
                                                                                 I hesitate to give the Park Dept any additional money to squander as they, themselves, decide and see fit to fulfill their personal
                                                                      FUNDING    agendas - at our expense. I would like to see accountability in the Park Dept.
                                                                      FUNDING    Use some funding from the Casino's here and new one in New Buffalo, MI not the taxpayers of Michigan City.
                                                                                 How can the City justify spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on planters along Franklin Street (when nobody likes) a
                                                                                 skate park (when a very small percentage of people can use), items to assist the boat docks (which are mostly out of town Illi-
                                                                      FUNDING    nois people), and no money on the golf courses?
                                                                                 Take, tied, money from Blue Chip to help pay for all the improvements and stop putting up planters all over town. With all the
                                                                      FUNDING    money Blue Chip has, use it.
                                                                                 Golf Courses: I think Mat Blair had the golf courses headed in the right direction. Now we move on. Drainage at both courses
                                                                                 is in very bad shape. Nothing has been done in 30 to 40 years. We have all kinds of money to spend on soccer-ball fields but
                                                                      GOLF       improvements to the golf courses fall on deaf ears. A five year program of improvements needs to be put in place. A surcharge
                                                                      COURSE     could be also put in place for those 5 years to cover costs.
                                                                      GOLF
                                                                      COURSE     Continue the upgrading of the Municipal South Course.
                                                                      GOLF
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                                                                      COURSE     Improve #4 & #5 fairways South Course.
                                                                      GOLF COURSE   #4 golf fairway at Municipal
                                                                      GOLF COURSE   Retain Jason R. as Manager/Pro.
                                                                      GOLF COURSE   A master plan for the most efficient use of both courses must be established.
                                                                                    Without a starter and a course ranger chaos will exist on the golf course. One person in the clubhouse collecting golf fees
                                                                                    cannot possibly get the job done. Attention to this situation is imperative!!! Memberships will decrease unless attention is
                                                                      GOLF COURSE   given.
                                                                      GOLF COURSE   Have the high school teams that play at City do some type of work for Randy. Leaf pickup, etc. divots on the greens, etc.
                                                                      GRAFFITI
                                                                      ZONES         Sanctioned "graffiti zones" (not for "tagging") on selected walls, buildings or even possibly city buses to display local talent.
                                                                      GRILLS        Barbeque grills.
                                                                      GRILLS        Allow propane grills on beach (no charcoal).
                                                                      LANDSCAPING   Parks could use more flowers (brighter), better grass care.
                                                                      LANDSCAPING   Plant more young evergreen trees on south course.
                                                                                    Landscaping: the draft Plan contained many good planning ideas. Those are commended and do not need detailed further
                                                                      LANDSCAPING   comment.
                                                                                    Washington Park - first section you see when you come in near the bandshell. More floral or flowering shrubs or plants for
                                                                                    spring, summer and fall seasons. This is the first part of the park people see when they come, it should be something to
                                                                      LANDSCAPING   catch their eye.




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                                                                      LANDSCAPING   Trees need to be planted in Washington Park to replace those lost in the storm.
                                                                                    Lifeguards: the draft Plan contained many good planning ideas. Those are commended and do not need detailed further
                                                                      LIFEGUARDS    comment.
                                                                      LIGHTING      Proper lighting
                                                                                    The fitness trail in Washington Park is old but good. The worn spots under each work out station should be improved by add-
                                                                      MAINTENANCE   ing drainage and raising the turf.
                                                                      MAINTENANCE   Adopt-a-park opportunities for local businesses with plaques to advertise their sponsorship.
                                                                      MAINTENANCE   During beach season provide additional clean up of scattered trash (not in cans) 3 x per week.
                                                                      MAINTENANCE   More garbage cans on beach.
                                                                      MAINTENANCE   Some of the problems can be fixed with a paint job on the fences.
                                                                      MAINTENANCE   Remove the vines that are growing on the fence.
                                                                      MAINTENANCE   Gliders replaced that were removed about 2001.
                                                                      MAINTENANCE   Existing ball fields should be maintained or updated.
                                                                      MAINTENANCE   You can tell that some of the parks has just been neglected.
                                                                      MAINTENANCE   Clean up the paths in Krueger Memorial Park
                                                                      MAINTENANCE   Utilize Jailees as help in maintaining all city functions.
                                                                      MAINTENANCE   Provide better maintenance of existing facilities and historical structures.
                                                                      MAINTENANCE   Improve maintenance on what's already there. Try to develop previously disturbed areas.
                                                                      MAINTENANCE   The basketball court had top is in need of repair at Ridgeland Park.
                                                                                    Walker Street: the water fountain appears to be broken and the "monkey bars" on the north side of the park are missing
                                                                                    some of their handles. Residents expressed their appreciation for the improvements that have been made in the park over
                                                                      MAINTENANCE   the last two years.
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                                                                            Maintain integrity of WPA contributions - another MC asset that is neglected - these are unique assets that have potential as a
                                     MAINTENANCE                            tourist draw. CHERISH OUR UNIQUENESS - CAPITALIZE ON WHAT WE ALREADY HAVE.
                                     MAINTENANCE                            Easier access and litter pickup at all recreational areas
                                                                            When new swings are put up, who is responsible for the upkeep? Why are some parks very nice (Patriot Park) and others are
                                     MAINTENANCE                            left to rust (Adams)?
                                     MAINTENANCE                            Maintenance of trees, overgrowth and poison ivy on Bismark Hill and Washington Park.
                                     MAINTENANCE                            Maintenance of WPA benches and pillars.
                                                                            The beach should be combed more regularly. Beach garbage cans should be emptied more regularly especially after week-
                                    MAINTENANCE                             ends and holidays.
                                    MAINTENANCE                             Beach markers need to be addressed. They are peeling and have fallen over at most stops.
                                    MEM HALL                                Upgrade Krueger Memorial Hall
                                                                            We would like to request playground equipment for the park, as well as improvements to the basketball court. In addition to the
                                    MEMORIAL                                need of local neighborhood children, that equipment would serve the numerous children who participate in a summer camp pro-
                                    PARK                                    gram at the park and those people who use the park on Saturdays.
                                    NATURE CEN-                             Basic outdoor awareness activities for young kids (nature hikes, animal track identification, some of the kinds of things that Boy
                                    TER                                     Scouts might do).
                                                                            As a life long resident of MC I know how difficult it is for change, no one wants change if you are comfortable. Change is ac-
                                                                            cepted with ease if the opportunity is given to express your opinion on it BEFORE the change is made. So thank you for the
                                                                            chance to express our thoughts. As a regular golfer I will give you what I have heard on and off of the course on what changes




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                                                                            could be made. First of all the clubs in MC (moose, st joe, skwiat post, etc) use to have 100+ golfers play in their outings, now
                                                                            they have less than half of that number. What changed? Your price. It use to be that the members of the golf course paid




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                                                                            $1.00 plus the entry $ for the outing, usually a total of around $16.00. Now each outing has to charge $50.00 so a person that
                                                                            plays MC for $1.00 now had to pay $35.00. Just as an idea, reduce the price for members on outings, let them use their mem-
                                                                            bership, but make it mandatory to rent a cart, $15.00 I believe you will see an increase in people playing those outings, and fore
                                                                            each person that's $16.00 you would not get otherwise. The argument that other golf courses don't let their members use their
                                                                            membership on outings is not true. Pott, Sand Creek, Long Beach, Juday Creek, to name a few all have different prices for
                                    OUTINGS                                 member and for guest.
                                                                            The Park Department offices should not be located in Washington Park, but rather, less intrusively and less expensively in an-
                                                                            other park site. There seems to be little reason why the offices should be in the center of the park and even less reason why $5
                                    PARK OFFICE                             million dollars should be spent to rebuild these offices there or elsewhere. The park is for the people not the officials.
                                    PARKING                                 Parking restrictions at marina - marina parking ONLY. We pay $2,000 + for that privilege.
                                    PARKING                                 Paving of the parking lots.
                                    PATRIOT                                 Patriot Park needs to be completed
                                    PICNIC SHEL-
                                    TERS                                    Add more LARGE picnic shelters in Washington Park.
                                    PLAYGROUND                              Basketball nets and lining.
                                    PLAYGROUND                              More benches to sit on.
                                    PLAYGROUND                              We can look at Gardena Park and be creative with the other parks.
                                    PLAYGROUND                              I would like to see faulty playground equipment replaced at our neighborhood parks
                                    PLAYGROUND                              Bigger playground area at Washington Park (see LaPorte Park play structure).
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                                                                            PLAYGROUND   Improvements to playground equipment in Washington Park.
                                                                            PLAYGROUND   Maintenance of playground equipment.
                                                                            PLAYGROUND   Newer playground equipment for toddlers would be good.
                                                                            POLICE       Enforce beach rules - NO GLASS.
                                                                            POLICE       Added police patrol in Washington Park and beach areas for safety reasons and to ensure that park rules are being followed.
                                                                                         Security: the draft Plan contained many good planning ideas. Those are commended and do not need detailed further com-
                                                                            POLICE       ment.
                                                                            POLICE       More security on beach and in Washington Park
                                                                            POLICE       Speed bumps in Fedder's Alley.
                                                                            POOL         Swimming pool.
                                                                                         The Krueger Neighborhood Association would like to thank you and the Department of Parks and Recreation for your continued
                                                                                         support. Our use of the Memorial Park facilities for meetings and social events is vital to the survival of our neighborhood
                                                                            PROGRAMS     group.
                                                                                         Year round youth programs that are not revenue generated and located throughout MC not just at the park dept office. Cost
                                                                                         should be minimal. For example, Tiny Tot Activities, Mommy/Daddy and me activity night. This can be through a partnership
                                                                            PROGRAMS     with Boys and Girls/Hope and YMCA.
                                                                            PROGRAMS     Family discount.
                                                                            PROGRAMS     Anything for kids to do.
                                                                            PROGRAMS     Encourage Audubon Society to advertise birding opportunities for interested residents.




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                                                                                         Encourage Save the Dunes to conduct workshops and activities educating interested residents in MC's unique environment.
                                                                            PROGRAMS     Perhaps the Senior Center would be appropriate for this as could the ed center at the zoo.




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                                                                            PROGRAMS     Using the wooded areas, parks and beachfront for education purposes and teaching areas.
                                                                            PROGRAMS     Park sponsored "Ryder Cup" type tourney's during the week.
                                                                            PROGRAMS     Dances, open mike nights, battles of the bands, with someone or some group coordinating the activities so they don't conflict.
                                                                                         Refereed pick-up style games, 3-on-3, or 2-on-2, etc. for soccer, basketball, etc., divided into age groups, from under 8 to over
                                                                            PROGRAMS     40 and ranges in between; sponsorships by local businesses for prizes.
                                                                                         Q & A opportunities to meet and speak with local current and former athletes. This could event be extended to a monitored
                                                                            PROGRAMS     website, where questions could be answered by email at their leisure.
                                                                            PROGRAMS     Barbeque cookoffs at summer festivals: kids with their dads/grandfathers; teen groups; service clubs.
                                                                                         Monthly "Kids Olympics" events: long jump, sprint races, etc., divided by age groups, with a traveling trophy or sponsored
                                                                                         prizes. The events could be held at a different park every month, but not solely limited to surrounding residents. This would
                                                                            PROGRAMS     encourage youth activity and exercise in preparing for the events.
                                                                            PROGRAMS     Weekly mini-festivals.
                                                                            PROGRAMS     Paintball tournament, challenging the City of LaPorte (there's a paintball facility between the two cities).
                                                                            PROGRAMS     Ice cream or pie eating contests.
                                                                                         Ward competition: local team development for "decathlons" or "triathlons" including both physical and mental competitions. At-
                                                                            PROGRAMS     large council members could be judges to determine all-star teams.
                                                                            PROGRAMS     Euchre/checkers/chess championships
                                                                            PROGRAMS     Frisbee Golf.
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                                                                      PROGRAMS     Treasure hunts or scavenger hunts with groups of smaller children working with older youth/teens.
                                                                                   Not all of these are necessarily something that could be handled by the Parks Department, but some could be coordinated by
                                                                                   them. Few take enormous preparation (except in the initial stages, perhaps). Proper advertisement/publicity/marketing could
                                                                      PROGRAMS     make or break them.
                                                                      PROGRAMS     Programs for out of town visiting grandchildren.
                                                                                   The most important thing we could do would be to establish a connection with the Michigan City School Corporation to coordi-
                                                                                   nate a K-12 science and environmental curriculum four our school children. Every year of education could mark the mastery
                                                                                   of science and environmental concepts learned at the dunes of Washington Park. How about labeling specimen trees and
                                                                                   having a leaf identification unit in school? How about a rock collection unit? How about bird identification? The southern
                                                                                   shore of Lake Michigan is a gift of nature. Let's learn as much as we can from it. Let's demand that our children be taught
                                                                      PROGRAMS     about it. This curriculum could be a beacon of light for other school systems to emulate.
                                                                                   Imagine art classes for adults and children on the beach, or on the dunes or in Washington Park. A class in the use of pas-
                                                                      PROGRAMS     tels could be taught by Robert Hoffman or other area artists. Class fees would pay for the program.
                                                                      PROGRAMS     Washington Park - more activities for children
                                                                      PROGRAMS     A summer program at Hansen Park
                                                                      PROGRAMS     More ethnic representation in decision making. Every is taxed, everyone is important to the process.
                                                                      PROGRAMS     I did not know you had Mr. Basketball Camp; Punt, Pass & Kick; Pitch, Hit & Run; Track & Field Clinic; Zoo Camps.
                                                                                   We also feel that a restaurant in the park may be a good idea but must be researched very carefully. We feel the location of
                                                                                   the restaurant is very critical and locating it so far from the yacht basin and the beach area of primary use and activity would
                                                                                   be a mistake. We worry about the survival of a restaurant under the of circumstances; hence location becomes critical. We




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                                                                      RESTAURANT   have heard that the Yacht Club is for sale. This could be an excellent restaurant location and the answer to this issue.
                                                                                   A word of caution - - I know the Park Board would like to consider a hotel and restaurant in or near Washington Park but this
                                                                                   idea could be very costly (a money pit) with the hotel and restaurant expansion planned by Blue Chip. I can see the town and
                                                                                   park losing out to Blue Chip especially if they use a small bus to transport beach and park users to their facility. Be very
                                                                      RESTAURANT   Careful!

                                                                      RESTAURANT   Washington Park needs better food service and a nice restaurant.
                                                                                   The City Council action already taken on the Plan should make it clear that a commercial-grade, for-profit restaurant in Wash-
                                                                                   ington Park has raised major opposition to the draft Plan, and has been disapproved by the City Council. If you approach the
                                                                                   Council again on this topic, there are significant unanswered questions about the basic proposal. There are event more fun-
                                                                                   damental questions about location, unless the Parks Department can acquire, rehab and operate the Yacht Club as a restau-
                                                                      RESTAURANT   rant (which was not even on the table for discussion at the time of the original survey and the City Council action).

                                                                      RESTAURANT   Washington Park

                                                                      RESTAURANT   Restaurant should be built in Washington Park

                                                                      RESTAURANT   Put restaurant close to public beach.
                                                                      RESTROOMS    Restrooms.
                                                                      RESTROOMS    Fix the shower in lot #1.
                                                                      RESTROOMS    Improvement of bath house facilities.
                                                                      RESTROOMS    A place where kids can use the playground, people can picnic with proper bathrooms in the area with trees to shade the park.
                                                                                   Family assist restrooms would be appreciated especially at the zoo and Washington Park. Parents with toddlers would really
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                                                                      RESTROOMS    benefit from this and be able to use the zoo and parks more often.
                                                                      SENIOR CEN-
                                                                      TER           Add curtains at Senior Center to cover gates at events.
                                                                      SOCCER        U-8 or U-10 soccer fields at some of the neighborhood parks.
                                                                      SOCCER        FINISH the soccer fields to open space at all other parks (suggestion from constituent).
                                                                      SOCCER        Better soccer facilities at Patriot Park
                                                                      SOCCER        I would like to see the soccer fields completed at Patriot Park
                                                                      TENNIS        Tennis courts repaired in Washington Park.
                                                                                    We also strongly support the work that your department is doing to create the walking path and improve access to Trail
                                                                      TRAILS        Creek within our neighborhood.
                                                                      TRAILS        We also feel that well maintained and ecologically correct trails could be a fine addition to the Washington Park area.
                                                                                    Nature trails in and near Washington Park. Bird watching area in and near Washington Park. Just this past week we saw a
                                                                                    large 8 point buck east of the Senior Center and 2 weeks ago we saw a fox fun out of the park near the Band Shell and
                                                                                    head south across Lake Shore Drive. Also in June or July we saw a wild turkey near the eastern edge of the park. There is
                                                                      TRAILS        a wealth of live nature to see and protect within Washington Park.
                                                                      TRAILS        Walking paths
                                                                      TRAILS        More pedestrian trails.
                                                                                    I would also like to see the City look at getting a bike/pedestrian bridge over I-94 at Cleveland to allow access to Patriot
                                                                      TRAILS        Park along Cleveland Row.
                                                                      TRAILS        More local walking tracks (like at Gardena, Striebel Pond).




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                                                                      TRAILS        All of the large parks should have walking trails.
                                                                      VOLLEYBALL    Local-scale beach volleyball style tournaments.
                                                                      WASH PARK     Close park to traffic early.
                                                                      WASH PARK     More natural look.
                                                                      WASH PARK     I'm supportive of almost everything you had in your proposal presented to City Council earlier this year.
                                                                                    We are pleased that the Park and Recreation Dept is working to improve this area of our community-good luck. Our pri-
                                                                                    mary interest is Washington Park and the beach areas since we feel this is the real jewel of Michigan City and also is the
                                                                      WASH PARK     area that we use most often
                                                                                    I do not see a need to destroy the beautiful environment that Washington Park provides. The trail over the dunes does
                                                                      WASH PARK     need to be addressed. Leave the park and the dunes alone.
                                                                      WATER PARK    Washington Park
                                                                      WATER PARK    Water park should be built in Washington Park
                                                                      WINTER
                                                                      SPORTS        Canada park could be a nice place for ice skating.
                                                                      WINTER
                                                                      SPORTS        More ice skating areas.
                                                                      WINTER
                                                                      SPORTS        Add skating/sledding at Canada Park.
                                                                      WINTER        Sledding hills, they said it can even be fun to sled on frozen sand when there's no snow, and a dune-type hill would be
                                                                      SPORTS        great. Toboggan runs.
                                                                      WINTER
                                                                      SPORTS        Ice skating rink.
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                                                                      ZOO   Year around zoo or longer zoo hours.
                                                                      ZOO   More zoo programs and improvements
                                                                      ZOO   Washington Park Zoo - more animals
                                                                      ZOO   Improvements to zoo.
                                                                      ZOO   Enjoy the zoo and improvements.




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 4. Please indicate your use of the following programs provided by the Michigan City Parks and Recreation
 Department:

                   ADULT                   NOT AT ALL           LITTLE USE     REGULAR        UNKNOWN
                                                                                  USE
        Basketball League                     (74) 97%                (1) 1%     (1) 1%          (0) 0%
        Volleyball League                     (73) 96%                (1) 1%    (2) 3%           (0) 0%
        Softball League                       (71) 93%                (0) 0%    (5) 7%           (0) 0%
        Beach Volleyball League               (73) 96%                (3) 4%    (0) 0%           (0) 0%
        Karate Class                         (76) 100%                (0) 0%    (0) 0%           (0) 0%
        Track & Field Clinic                  (70) 92%                (0) 0%    (0) 0%           (6) 8%
        Volleyball Classes                    (69) 91%                (2) 3%    (0) 0%           (5) 7%

                   YOUTH                   NOT AT ALL           LITTLE USE     REGULAR        UNKNOWN
                                                                                 USE
        Youth Baseball                        (57) 75%                (0) 0%    (1) 1%          (18) 24%
        (MCUBO)
        Baseball Class                        (57) 75%                (1) 1%    (0) 0%          (18) 24%
        City Kids Day Camp                    (54) 71%                (3) 4%    (1) 1%          (18) 24%
        Karate Class                          (58) 76%                (0) 0%    (0) 0%          (18) 24%
        Mr. Basketball Camp                   (57) 75%                (1) 1%    (0) 0%          (18) 24%
        Punt, Pass & Kick                     (55) 72%                (0) 0%    (2) 3%          (19) 25%
        Pitch, Hit & Run                      (57) 75%                (0) 0%    (1) 1%          (18) 24%
        Hershey’s Track & Field               (57) 75%                (0) 0%    (1) 1%          (18) 24%
        Soccer Camp                           (54) 71%                (1) 1%    (3) 4%          (18) 24%
        Soccer Leagues                        (55) 72%                (0) 0%    (3) 4%          (18) 24%
        Track & Field Clinic                  (58) 76%                (0) 0%    (0) 0%          (18) 24%
        Volleyball Class                      (56) 74%                (2) 3%    (0) 0%          (18) 24%
        Dance Class                           (56) 74%                (1) 1%    (1) 1%          (18) 24%
        Junior Golf                           (50) 66%                (5) 7%    (3) 4%          (18) 24%
        Learn-to-Swim                         (53) 70%                (2) 3%    (3) 4%          (18) 24%
        (Piranha’s)
        Zoo Camps                             (47) 62%                (4) 5%    (7) 9%          (18) 24%




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 5. How are you kept informed of Michigan City Parks and Recreation Department programs and activities?

                                          80%

                                                                                                                                          64%




                                33%                                                                                                                                                33%
                                                                                                                                                                   26%
                                                          18%
                                                                                 11%                         12%




                                                                                                                                                                   Park Office
                                                                                                                                        Word of mouth from other
                                          News-Dispatch




                                                                                 Summer Fun & Rec Guide




                                                                                                                                                                                 www.michigancityparks.com
                                                          LaPorte Herald Argus




                                                                                                          Michigan City Area Schools
                                 WEFM




                                                                                                                                          families/participants




                                                                                                                                                                                       Park website
                                                                                                                    (flyers)
 Other-Please specify: ALCO TV, The Beacher, email, flyers

 6. Do you favor adding to or improving the following facilities in the Michigan City park system?

                                                                                                                                         YES                                                                 NO
                          Senior Center                                                                                                (35) 46%                                      (24) 32%
                          Sledding Hill                                                                                                (41) 54%                                      (18) 24%
                          Miniature Golf                                                                                               (28) 37%                                      (24) 32%
                          Golf Driving Range                                                                                           (46) 61%                                      (18) 24%
                          City Kids Day Camp                                                                                           (35) 46%                                      (15) 20%
                          Nature Center                                                                                                (36) 47%                                      (15) 20%
                          Skateboarding Area                                                                                           (18) 24%                                      (31) 41%
                          Additional Picnic Shelter                                                                                    (36) 47%                                      (19) 25%
                          Improving Henry Lake Area                                                                                    (9) 12%                                       (33) 43%
                          Additional ball diamonds at Sports                                                                           (13) 17%                                      (36) 47%
                          Complex
                          Wetland Observation Deck                                                                                     (36) 47%                                      (20) 26%
                          Recreation Center                                                                                            (33) 43%                                      (20) 26%
                          Additional Public Beach Access                                                                               (34) 45%                                      (22) 29%
                          Walking Paths                                                                                                (55) 72%                                                (6) 8%
                          Additional Soccer Fields                                                                                     (13) 17%                                      (35) 46%
                          Bike Trails                                                                                                  (48) 63%                                      (12) 16%
                          Public Access Fishing Sites                                                                                  (36) 47%                                      (22) 29%
                          Additional Volleyball Sites                                                                                  (14) 18%                                      (34) 45%
                          Washington Park                                                                                              (59) 78%                                           (8) 11%
                          Recycle Education Center                                                                                     (27) 36%                                      (24) 32%
                          Fishing Pond at Sports Complex                                                                               (25) 33%                                      (33) 43%
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 RENTAL OPPORTUNITIES:

 7. Did you know that picnic shelters are available for rent in Washington Park?
          (64) 84%        Yes        (10) 13%           No

     Did you know that Memorial Hall is available for rent for meetings, receptions, family reunions, graduation
     parties, etc.?
           (57) 75%      Yes      (19) 25%           No

     Did you know that the Senior Center is available for rent for weddings, proms, baby showers, etc.?
          (69) 91%         Yes      (7) 9% No

    Are you aware of the Zoological Society membership and what it offers?
          (52) 68%        Yes       (22) 29%       No

    Did you know you can have Birthday Parties, Private Events, or Corporate Outings at the
    Zoo?
          (55) 72%       Yes       (21) 28%         No




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 8. Indicate if you have visited or attended any of the following events:

                                                                2006      2005           2004
                    Bicycle Race                               (3) 4%     (4) 5%        (3) 4%

                    Festival of Holiday Lights                (59) 78%   (64) 84%      (62) 82%

                    Fun Days in the Park                      (27) 36%   (31) 41%      (26) 34%

                    Ice Skating Rinks in Winter                (4) 5%     (6) 8%        (7) 9%

                    In-Water Boat Show                        (34) 45%   (41) 54%      (43) 57%

                    Labor Dayz                                (37) 49%   (44) 58%      (38) 50%

                    Lakefront Art Festival                    (37) 49%   (46) 61%      (44) 58%

                    Millennium Plaza (Programs                (20) 26%   (24) 32%      (19) 25%
                    at)
                    Municipal Band Concerts                   (34) 45%   (34) 45%      (35) 46%

                    Pro-Am Beach Volleyball                   (13) 17%   (11) 14%      (11) 14%
                    Tourney
                    Senior Center                             (34) 45%   (41) 54%      (31) 41%

                    Sledding Hill at Patriot Park              (1) 1%     (2) 3%        (2) 3%

                    Smooth Jazz At South Shore                (18) 24%    (4) 5%        (2) 3%

                    Summerfest Fireworks                      (47) 62%   (50) 66%      (50) 66%

                    Washington Park Beach                     (65) 86%   (63) 83%      (61) 80%

                    Washington Park Zoo Events                (34) 45%   (41) 54%      (37) 49%




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 9. Rank the top (5) activities in order of importance to your family (#1 being the most important):


                                                PROGRAM
                                     Archery Range                     (1) 0%
                                     Art/crafts classes                (9) 2%
                                     Baseball                          (6) 2%
                                     Basketball                        (6) 2%
                                     Bike Trails                      (23) 6%
                                     Bowling                           (7) 2%
                                     Camping                           (4) 1%
                                     Canoeing                          (7) 2%
                                     Fishing                          (21) 6%
                                     Frisbee Golf                      (2) 1%
                                     Golf                             (34) 9%
                                     Hiking Trails                    (26) 7%
                                     Ice Skating                       (6) 2%
                                     Miniature Golf                    (7) 2%
                                     Music in the Parks               (34) 9%
                                     Nature Centers                   (14) 4%
                                     Picnics                          (19) 5%
                                     Playgrounds                      (17) 5%
                                     River Trails                     (11) 3%
                                     Roller Blading                    (2) 1%
                                     Skateboarding                     (2) 1%
                                     Skiing                            (5) 1%
                                     Sledding/Tubing                   (4) 1%
                                     Soccer                            (5) 1%
                                     Softball                          (5) 1%
                                     Swimming                         (27) 7%
                                     Tennis                            (3) 1%
                                     Volleyball                        (4) 1%
                                     Water Park                       (10) 3%
                                     Zoo Visits                       (35) 10%
                                     Other: Art Festival               (1) 0%
                                     Other: Beach                      (1) 0%
                                     Other: Bird Watching              (1) 0%
                                     Other: Boating                    (1) 0%
                                     Other: Flora Identification       (1) 0%
                                     Other: Senior Programs            (2) 1%


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 10. What is the primary reason you visit the Washington Park Zoological Gardens?
         (55) 72% Recreation
         (18) 24% Education
         (3) 4% School Trips

 11. When was your last visit to the Washington Park Zoological Gardens?
 Within the past months:
          (26) 34% 0-3
          (12) 16% 4-6
           (7) 9% 7-9
           (4) 5% 10-12
          (16) 21% One year or more
           (9) 12% Unknown

 12. Have you visited the following NEW (or renovated) attractions/exhibits, new animals, or programs at the
 Washington Park Zoo? If so, place a checkmark.

                              Aviary (birds)                                   (34) 45%
                              Bengal Tiger Brothers                            (40) 53%

                              Bobcat Exhibit                                   (33) 43%

                              Children’s Rotary Castle                         (28) 37%

                              Grizzly Bear Sisters                             (32) 42%

                              North American Carnivore Ex-                     (28) 37%
                              hibit
                              Observation Tower                                (33) 43%

                              Tree House Gift Shop                             (34) 45%

                              Zoo Camp                                         (10) 13%

                              Zoopendous Adventure Program                     (9) 12%


13. Rank the following as to where you would like to see improvement dollars spent at the golf course? (#1 being
the most important):

                                                                             ASSIGN #
                              Cart path development                          (41) 54%

                              Clubhouse improvements                         (44) 58%

                              Drainage improvements                          (45) 59%

                              Irrigation improvements                        (37) 49%

                              Landscape improvements                         (41) 54%

                              Parking improvements                           (36) 47%

                              Sand trap improvements                         (39) 51%

 Other-Please specify:         Driving Range (2) 3%
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 14. Please list three new Park and Recreation facilities, programs, or services you would like to see.
         1st Preference     Programs (14)
         2nd Preference Restaurant     (12)
         3rd Preference     Trails       (8)


                AMUSEMENT                AMUSEMENT PARK
                BAND STAND               BAND SHELL
                BEACH                    BEACH
                BEACH                    BEACH FRONT GARAGE SALE
                BEACH                    BEACH PATHS
                BISMARK                  BISMARK HILL WILDLIFE PRESERVE
                BOARDWALK                BOARDWALK
                BOWLING                  BOWLING
                CAMPING                  CAMPING/CABINS
                CANOE                    CANOE RENTAL
                CONCESSION               CONCESSION WASH PARK
                CRUISES                  LAKE CRUISES
                DOG                      DOG PARK
                EVENTS                   CARDBOARD BOAT RACE
                EVENTS                   FESTIVALS MORE FESTIVALS
                EVENTS                   SMOOTH JAZZ
                EVENTS                   SUMMER CONCERTS
                EVENTS                   CONCERTS IN WP
                FITNESS                  FITNESS STATIONS
                GOLF                     DRAINAGE SOUTH COURSE
                GOLF                     DRIVING RANGE
                GOLF                     GOLF
                GOLF                     GOLF MINIATURE
                HOCKEY                   HOCKEY CAMPS
                HOTEL                    HOTEL NEAR BEACH
                LANDSCAPING              LANDSCAPING
                LIFEGUARD                LIFEGUARD STATIONS
                LIFEGUARD                LIFEGUARD STOP 2
                MAINT                    MAINTENANCE GROUNDS
                MAPS                     AREA MAPS
                MUSEUM                   MUSEUM
                NATURE                   NATURE CENTER
                NATURE                   NATURE CENTER BISMARK HILL
                OFFICE                   OFFICES MOVE SR CTR OFFICES
                PARKING                  BETTER PARKING BOAT TRAILERS/VEHICLES
                PARKING                  HANDICAP PARKING SR CTR
                PARKING                  MOTORCYCLE PARKING WP
                PARKING                  RESTRIPE HANDICAP PKNG AT SR CTR
                PICNIC                   PICNIC AREAS WITH LAKE VIEW
                PICNIC                   SHELTERS FOR PICNICS
                PLAYGROUND               PLAYGROUND
                PLAYGROUND               PLAYGROUND AREAS
                PLAYGROUND               PLAYGROUND EQUIP
                PLAYGROUND               PLAYGROUND EQUIP WASH PARK
                PLAYGROUND               WASH PARK PLAYGROUND & PICNIC AREAS
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                 PROGRAMS                 BLACK HISTORY PROGRAM
                 PROGRAMS                 CARD GAMES/BINGO
                 PROGRAMS                 CHILD PROGRAMS
                 PROGRAMS                 DINNERS - POTLUCK
                 PROGRAMS                 EDUCATION
                 PROGRAMS                 ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMS RECYCLING
                 PROGRAMS                 ENVIRONMENTAL TEACHING FOR CHILDREN
                 PROGRAMS                 LINE DANCING
                 PROGRAMS                 PLAYGROUND ACTIVITIES
                 PROGRAMS                 GET TEENS OFF STREETS
                 PROGRAMS                 SAVE THE DUNES PROGRAMS FOR KIDS
                 PROGRAMS                 TEENAGE PROGRAMS
                 PROGRAMS                 TEENAGE PROGRAMS/ACTIVITIES
                 PROGRAMS                 TEENAGER - PARTY, PICNIC, VIDEO GAME CONTEST
                 REC CENTER               REC CENTER TO HOST MORE YOUTH PROGRAMS
                 RESTAURANT               RESTAURANT
                 RESTAURANT               RESTAURANT
                 RESTAURANT               RESTAURANT
                 RESTAURANT               RESTAURANT
                 RESTAURANT               RESTAURANT
                 RESTAURANT               RESTAURANT
                 RESTAURANT               RESTAURANT
                 RESTAURANT               RESTAURANT IN PARK
                 RESTAURANT               RESTAURANT WEST OF SR CTR ON DUNE
                 RESTAURANT               RESTAURANT WITH LAKE VIEW
                 RESTAURANT               RESTAURANT WITH LAKE VIEW
                 RESTAURANT               RESTAURANT YACHT CLUB/NEAR LIFEGUARDS
                 RESTROOMS                BETTER RESTROOMS
                 RESTROOMS                RESTROOMS GOLF COURSE
                 SAILING                  SAILING LESSONS
                 SECURITY                 SECURITY BEACH
                 SECURITY                 LAW ENFORCEMENT/DOG CONTROL
                 SECURITY                 MORE SECURITY/CAMERAS
                 SECURITY                 POLICE PATROLS
                 SECURITY                 SECURITY WP
                                          6th STREET IS VERY NEEDED TO KEEP KIDS OUT OF
                 SIXTH ST                 THE STREET
                 SKATE                    SKATE PARK CAMPS
                 SKATE                    SKATING
                 SOCCER                   SOCCER FIELD
                 SOCCER                   SOCCER FIELDS DRAINAGE
                 SWIMMING                 SWIMMING NO BOAT SWIMMING AREAS
                 SWIMMING                 SWIMMING POOL
                 SWIMMING                 WADING POOL
                 TENNIS                   TENNIS COURTS
                 TENNIS                   TENNIS COURTS
                 TENNIS                   TENNIS IN WASHINGTON PARK




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               TRAILS                   BIKE TRAILS
               TRAILS                   BIRD WATCHING/TRAILS
               TRAILS                   TRAIL OVER DUNES
               TRAILS                   HIKING TRAILS BISMARK
               TRAILS                   NATURE TRAILS
               TRAILS                   NATURE/BIRDWALKS WITH AUDOBON SOC
               TRAILS                   NATURE/HIKING TRAILS
               TRAILS                   WALKING/BIKE PATHS
               TREE                     TREE SURVEY
               VOLLEYBALL               VOLLEYBALL COURTS
               WASHINGTON               WASHINGTON PARK
               WATER PARK               WATER PARK
               WATER PARK               WATER PARK
               WATER PARK               WATER PARK
               WATER PARK               WATER PARK
               WATER PARK               WATER PARK
               WATER PARK               WATER PARK
               WETLAND                  WETLAND OBSERVATION DECK
               WINTER                   ICE SKATING RINK
               WINTER                   SKI TRAILS XC
               WINTER                   SLED/SKI WINTER
               WINTER                   SLEDDING
               WINTER                   X COUNTRY SKI PROGRAM
               WPA                      WPA MAINTAIN WPA
               YACHT                    YACHT CLUB
               YACHT                    YACHT CLUB AS RESTAURANT
               YACHT                    YACHT CLUB OPERATE YACHT CLUB
               ZOO                      ZOO ADVERTISING
               ZOO                      ZOO ED CURATOR
               ZOO                      ZOO EXPAND TO EAST
               ZOO                      ZOO FEATURES
               ZOO                      ZOO IMPROV
               ZOO                      ZOO YEAR ROUND ZOO




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 15. Knowing the improvements the community would like to make in our park system, how do you believe we
 can best pay for these improvements?

 Please specify:     Riverboat (16)             AMUSEMENT             PROFIT FROM AMUSEMENT PARK
                     User Fees (13)
                                                BONDS                 BONDS
                     Taxes     (12)
                                                BUDGET                LIVE WITHIN YOUR BUDGET
                                                CAR WASHES            CAR WASHES
                                                CITY                  CITY SUPPORT
                                                CONCESSION            CONCESSION PROIFTS
                                                CONTRIBUTION          CONTRIB DRIVE
                                                DISPOSAL              DISPOSAL OF LAND
                                                DONATION              DONATIONS
                                                DONATION              DONATIONS
                                                DONATION              DONATIONS FROM MERCHANTS
                                                DONATION              PRIVATE DONATION
                                                EXPENDITURE           BETTER EXPENDITURE
                                                FOUNDATION            LILLY FOUNDATION
                                                FUNDRAISING           BENEFITS
                                                FUNDRAISING           FUNDRAISERS
                                                FUNDRAISING           FUNDRAISERS
                                                FUNDRAISING           FUNDRAISERS
                                                FUNDRAISING           FUNDRAISERS
                                                FUNDRAISING           FUNDRAISERS
                                                FUNDRAISING           FUNDRAISERS
                                                FUNDRAISING           FUNDRAISERS
                                                FUNDRAISING           FUNDRAISERS
                                                GRANTS                DNR GRANTS
                                                GRANTS                EPA GRANTS
                                                GRANTS                FEDERAL GRANTS
                                                GRANTS                GRANTS
                                                GRANTS                GRANTS
                                                GRANTS                GRANTS
                                                GRANTS                GRANTS
                                                GRANTS                GRANTS
                                                GRANTS                GRANTS
                                                GRANTS                GRANTS
                                                GRANTS                HOMELAND SECURITY GRANTS
                                                LEASE                 LEASE RESTAURANT
                                                LEASE                 LEASE/RENTALS
                                                LEASE                 LEASES ON PROPERTY
                                                LEASE                 PRIVATE DEV
                                                LEASE                 PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP
                                                LEASE                 PUBLIC/PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS
                                                PARK BOARD            PARK BOARD
                                                PARTNER               PARTNERSHIPS
                                                PARTNER               PUBLIC PARTNERSHIP
                                                PLEDGES               PLEDGES
                                                PRAY                  PRAY
                                                PRISON                PRISON LABOR

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                        RIVERBOAT             RIBERBOAT
                        RIVERBOAT             RIVERBOAT
                        RIVERBOAT             RIVERBOAT
                        RIVERBOAT             RIVERBOAT
                        RIVERBOAT             RIVERBOAT
                        RIVERBOAT             RIVERBOAT
                        RIVERBOAT             RIVERBOAT
                        RIVERBOAT             RIVERBOAT
                        RIVERBOAT             RIVERBOAT
                        RIVERBOAT             RIVERBOAT
                        RIVERBOAT             RIVERBOAT
                        RIVERBOAT             RIVERBOAT
                        RIVERBOAT             RIVERBOAT
                        RIVERBOAT             RIVERBOAT
                        RIVERBOAT             RIVERBOAT
                        RIVERBOAT             RIVERBOAT
                        SALES                 SELL SOMETHING
                        SPONSOR               SPONSORSHIP
                        SPONSOR               SPONSORSHIP
                        SUSIDIES              CITY SUBSIDIES
                        TAX                   NO TAX DOLLARS
                        TAX                   INCREASE REAL ESTATE TAXES
                        TAX                   RESTAURANT TAX
                        TAX                   SALES TAX
                        TAX                   TAX DOLLARS
                        TAX                   TAX DOLLARS
                        TAX                   TAX DOLLARS
                        TAX                   TAX DOLLARS
                        TAX                   TAX DOLLARS
                        TAX                   TAX DOLLARS
                        TAX                   TAX DOLLARS
                        TAX                   TAX DOLLARS
                                              TAX REVENUE - LIGHTHOUSE
                        TAX                   MALL
                        TOLL                  TOLL ROAD
                        USER FEES             NON RESIDENTS
                        USER FEES             FEES
                        USER FEES             GOLF FEES
                        USER FEES             USAGE FEES
                        USER FEES             USER FEES
                        USER FEES             USER FEES
                        USER FEES             USER FEES
                        USER FEES             USER FEES
                        USER FEES             USER FEES
                        USER FEES             USER FEES
                        USER FEES             USER FEES
                        USER FEES             USER FEES
                        USER FEES             USER FEES
                        USER FEES             USER FEES



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                                EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

National trends indicate people are prioritizing opportunities to spend more time participating in
and enjoying outdoor recreational activities than ever before. The demand for recreation and
leisure activities has been expanding year after year. Likewise, the Michigan City Parks & Rec-
reation Department has managed a consistent trend of program growth and expanded responsi-
bility relative to assuming more and more jurisdiction of land and property. At the same time
the department has effectively managed a difficult trend of budgetary cuts while striving to
meet increased needs and demands as the caretaker of some of the city’s largest assets.

Parks and recreation play important roles in the daily life of the Michigan City community. The
increased usage of our park system and the growing demand for additional facilities and pro-
grams are all evidence of these trends. Every year hundreds of thousands of adults and children
visit the parks and participate in many park and recreation programs and events. Our commu-
nity residents look at their hometown as a great source of entertainment, quality recreation and
leisure opportunities. Trends and data indicate that park and recreation facilities and activities
are considered important to improving one’s health and personal well being.

The challenge of the Michigan City Parks and Recreation Department is to strike a balance of
parks and recreation activities with the natural environments of Lake Michigan and the sur-
rounding dune areas. It is the responsibility of the Michigan City Park and Recreation Board
and the community to blend these objectives to meet their common goals.

To this end, as our mission states, the Michigan City Parks & Recreation Department strives to
preserve, protect and manage natural, historical and recreational resources and facilities in order
to offer professionally managed leisure activities and programming in which ALL citizens can
participate.

Our Park Board and staff are dedicated to fiscal responsibility and efficiency through proper
planning. We will pursue cooperation and partnerships with fellow City Departments, groups
and agencies in our community to achieve these philosophies.

Our combined efforts will enhance and enrich the quality of life of our citizens, visitors and fu-
ture generations to come.

The goals of the Michigan City Parks & Recreation Department are set as follows:

1. To provide fiscal responsibility and to pursue a variety of sources of revenue in an effort to
   operate our Department in an efficient manner.

2. To develop, maintain and enhance a qualified Park Board and staff in order to meet the
   needs of our community and to provide on-going training and development for personal and
   professional growth.

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3. To meet the needs of all residents and visitors through planning and development and the
   establishment of a balanced system of parks and facilities with cooperation and coordination
   of local agencies, schools and others without duplication of services and facilities.

4. To meet the ever-changing needs and abilities of all residents and visitors by providing
   comprehensive, quality recreational programming that promotes an appreciation of our
   parks and resources for improved quality of life.

5. To maintain our parks, facilities and equipment in an efficient and safe manner to provide
   continuous operation with minimal interruption for our patrons.

6. To continue to increase marketing efforts to achieve an increasing public awareness, appre-
   ciation and usage of our parks, facilities and programs.




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                             METHOD OF APPROACH

Planning is the critical process of directing our future. The Michigan City Parks & Recreation
Department will use its five-year master plan as a tool and common sense approach towards
future decision-making. The Park Board and Park staff invested countless hours into the devel-
opment of this master plan (and its supplemental inclusions for the Zoo, Washington Park, and
Greenways/Trails Systems), and we feel it is the most comprehensive and thorough planning
document ever produced by this department.

Extensive efforts to gain participation from stakeholders and the public were unprecedented as
well. The master plan incorporates a great deal of stakeholder and public input, which was me-
thodically solicited and assembled throughout the planning process.

The Park Board and staff consulted with the Mayor and fellow city departments. Further input
was obtained through a workshop with the Michigan City Common Council conducted exclu-
sively for this master plan.

A master plan survey was issued and its results are included in the plan. The survey, along with
notice and invitation to participate in public hearings for the master plan, were sent to over 60
neighborhood groups, service organizations and specific user groups. Survey availability and
public hearing notices were announced in local newspapers and on area radio stations. The sur-
vey and public hearing notices were posted on the Park, Michigan City, and Access LaPorte
County (ALCO) websites. Surveys were also available at City Hall and at the public library.
The LaPorte County Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Michigan City Chamber of Com-
merce assisted by sending notice of the survey and public hearings to all of its membership and
promoted such in its publications.

Planning has been a cyclical process involving system wide master planning, site planning, and
operational and maintenance planning. The Park Board and staff have completely examined
what we have today so we know what to do tomorrow. A consultant was retained to perform a
complete analysis of our maintenance operations. We have evaluated available alternatives and
set priorities for courses of action to meet the needs identified through the planning process. We
will utilize this plan to guide us in fiscal planning and the utilization of public funds and grant
monies.

The method of approach and planning process offered insight into the events of the past, trends,
changing needs, and defined current demands of the recreational community and stakeholders.
This master plan is based on current and specific data, policies, and goals established at this
time. However, the planning process needs to be continuous and receptive to changes of condi-
tion, new demands, needs, and new opportunities.




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Michigan City, like most other areas, will continue to develop and change. Land use patterns,
needs, and priorities will change. The 2007-2011 Master Plan should not become a final plan
per say; rather, it should be subject to re-evaluation as changes occur or when opportunity pre-
sents itself. We have recognized the importance of incorporating flexibility within the plan in
order to be responsive to changing needs, and we will continue to analyze new information and
update the plan as we move forward.

The Park Board and Park Department are charged with disbursing the Public trust to achieve the
highest value possible for our constituents. It has been determined through surveys and the vari-
ous data collected that the Michigan City Park Department must continue to develop areas of
facility and land improvements, program expansion, and fiscal efficiency. The Park Board and
Department have designated their roles for the next five years with the following:

Park Board / Park Department Administration and Management
The Park Department has restructured itself to be flexible, fast, and sustainable in budget and
output. We will plan and establish a balanced system of parks with the cooperation and coordi-
nation of public stakeholders, local agencies and others to meet the needs of our residents.

Park Board and Staff Development
To develop and maintain a park board and staff of qualified professional personnel to meet the
needs of the Department and to provide professional training and development for growth and
enhancement.

Fiscal Responsibility
To provide fiscal responsibility and to maximize sources of revenue in an effort to operate the
Department in an efficient manner, including applying for and pursuing as many grants as pos-
sible.

Recreational Services
To provide recreational, historical, environmental and educational programming that promotes
an awareness, appreciation and utilization of our natural environment and resources for im-
proved quality of life. We strive to create and provide the community with recreational opportu-
nities and competition in a safe and family oriented atmosphere.

Environmental Education
Dedicated to the preservation and wise use of natural places where outdoor education and rec-
reation functions side-by-side, striving to establish environmental ethics and responsibility in
our youth, adults and seniors to enhance their appreciation of nature in Michigan City.

Park Maintenance
To maintain our parks, facilities and equipment in an efficient manner in order to provide con-
tinuous operation with minimal interruption to our users.




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                                              ACTION PLAN
     Items identified in the action plan involve many facets of parks and recreation ranging from
     infrastructure improvements, park renovations, and new development. The priorities and
     action plan for the 2007-2011 Master Plan for the Michigan City Parks and Recreation De-
     partment represent a listing of issues that address top priorities.

     The main issues identified in the planning process via public and stakeholder input, and
     from analyzing the actual data and statistics of users and program participation were Wash-
     ington Park, neighborhood parks, municipal golf course, Patriot Park, and budget/financing.
     A focus on updating and improving, or redesigning and reengineering existing parks is a
     primary objective for the next five years. We will explore the need for new parks and in
     particular a new park on the north east section of the City.

     Those issues receiving the highest priority were placed in the five-year action plan for im-
     plementation. Those receiving lower priority were documented for future review. The fol-
     lowing is a summary of the action plan’s key issues. (Note the supplemental inclusions for
     Washington Park, the Zoo, and Greenways/Trail Systems, each of which has its own master
     plan).

     WASHINGTON PARK

     The Parks 2002-2006 Five-Year Master Plan called for “Renovation and improvements to
     the original plan of Washington Park”, which has been accomplished and the 2006 Wash-
     ington Park Master Plan is included in our current parks master plan. Survey’s and public
     hearing feedback - both when the Washington Park Master Plan was developed and ap-
     proved, and again now during the five-year planning process - clearly indicate the Park
     Board is on the right track with the concepts within the Washington Park Master Plan. Like
     any plan, a few particular concepts in it were criticized and controversial from the estima-
     tions of a few special interest groups; but overwhelmingly, the plan has received significant
     approval and positive feedback by the residents of Michigan City and patrons that enjoy
     Washington Park. In particular, a restaurant, board walk, water/splash features, overall
     beautification, and additional restrooms are very popular concepts.

     Michigan City is blessed with the largest section of municipally owned lakefront in Indiana.
     This treasure deserves the highest degree of attention that can be provided by Michigan
     City; therefore, moving forward with the Washington Park Master Plan implementation
     will be a high priority. The Park Board has identified realistic funding sources and opportu-
     nities, including public-private partnerships and Tax Increment Financing to make imple-
     mentation feasible with minimal burden to the taxpayer.




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NEIGHBORHOOD PARKS

The needs identified with neighborhood parks are primarily updating, renovation and beau-
tification. Many neighborhood parks are in need of play equipment and fencing replacement
(or painting). Other improvements focused on meeting the needs of the local neighbor-
hoods, such as the addition of drinking fountains, grills or shelters, etc. All the neighbor-
hood parks need rules signs installed. We will research the addition of sports lighting at ex-
isting basketball courts. Water features (splash pads or pools) and improved approaches to
providing ice skating rinks were identified as desirable. A “no leash” dog park was also
identified and is an example of a potential redesign project.

A concept of prioritizing improvements to certain “primary” parks to cover the City logisti-
cally, and using Gardena as a basic conceptual proto-type or model, was ascertained thor-
ough the planning process. Washington Park would serve as the “northern” park, Adams for
the south, and Gardena is the center. Adams represents a current facility that needs to be
redesigned and reengineered as it has a variety of problematic conditions, such as drainage
issues and tons of clay soil throughout. Remaining neighborhood parks would be updated
thereafter.

Funding obviously will dictate what can happen and how fast. The most recent park im-
provements in `06 saw investment of $30,000 for a modular playground system and a cost
of $25,000 for a twenty-six foot shelter.

GOLF COURSES

The Michigan City Municipal Golf Courses (North and South) combine to offer a very
unique golf facility. It is the only 36-hole golf facility in LaPorte County, and one of very
few in northern Indiana. The North Course provides a great experience for players new to
the game, and the South Course challenges the high quality player that expects champion-
ship conditions.

Land within the golf course is limited, so the potential for acquiring additional land adjacent
to the courses will always be on the radar. Drainage improvement was the primary issue
identified for the golf courses, and will also be the priority for future capital improvement
projects. Funding sources outside of the user fees need to be identified and utilized for these
projects. A methodical cart replacement program has been, and should be further developed
and implemented.

The golf courses operate through a non-reverting fund in which user fees exclusively pay
for its operations and primarily funds capital improvements. Golf play is on a declining
trend nationally. Competition of quality golf courses in our area has increased dramatically
in the last several years. Therefore, budgetary and fiscal efficiency (cost containment) and
revenue generation, along with increased marketing are paramount considerations.


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 The management of golf operations has been re-structured heading into the 2007 season.
 It is imperative that we stay equal to or above other facilities in terms of quality and value.
 Much energy has and will be spent on providing quality turf conditions and excellent customer
 service.

 PATRIOT PARK

 Finishing Patriot Park was listed as a goal in the Parks previous five-year master plan, and
 some progress in regard to soccer facility improvements is underway. However, work must
 continue to reach the goal of providing soccer with its own first class facility. Due to budget
 cuts by the City Council of the funds proposed by the Mayor and Park Board to finish Patriot
 Park, completion was not feasible. This goal therefore, carries over to the current master plan
 and will be a very high priority for 2007.
 Construction of the remaining baseball/softball fields (preferably with sports lighting) and
 parking additions are very important for the Parks Department. Currently, we can not meet the
 programming demands for baseball and softball, which forces us to move these organized rec-
 reational events back into neighborhood parks and onto diamonds of lesser quality, which par-
 ticipants do not appreciate. This situation adds maintenance burden and cost to the department.
 Not having the remaining bigger baseball/softball diamonds available as originally intended
 also prevents us from hosting the larger revenue generating events that have always been envi-
 sioned for Patriot. The completion of Patriot Park is vital to generate additional revenues for
 the Park Department to support Patriot Park, and to add efficiency to our maintenance opera-
 tions.

 In addition to finishing the ball fields, a fishing pond and natural area (that could perhaps be
 used for camping) will be explored in an area already containing wetlands. Final improve-
 ments to the sledding hill will be implemented to stabilize soils. A tree planting program will
 be developed with the assistance of the City’s Arborist. Additional maintenance equipment and
 personnel need to be considered along with any additional developments at Patriot Park.

 GREENWAYS / TRAIL SYSTEMS

 Attached to the Parks Master Plan is a Greenways Master Plan. This Greenways plan expands
 the bikeway concept to separated-path routes that appeal to the widest possible range of par-
 ticipants. This plan connects to area parks and schools, along with other public sites such as
 the YMCA and library. This system blends into the regional corridors and highlights water-
 ways, green space, and other attractions. The trail system links one to another throughout the
 city forming a loop, as well as connecting to its neighboring counties regionally. This Green-
 ways Plan has been included in the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission’s
 20/30 Comprehensive Plan.




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  WASHINGTON PARK ZOOLOGICAL GARDENS

  Not too long ago, the Washington Park Zoo was on the verge of an overwhelmingly large op-
  erational deficit. The Park Board implemented a cost containment program which has proven
  effective, and the measures have kept the annual operational deficit close to a $350,000
  benchmark. A new zoo director, Johnny Martinez, was hired bringing over 30 years of zoo
  management and husbandry experience. Many volunteers, Parks and Zoo staff, the Michigan
  City Zoological Society, and City Department Heads formed a Zoo Task Force and worked
  extremely hard for over a year to develop the attached Washington Park Zoo - Assessments
  and Initiatives – Blazing a Trail to the Future.

  Several elements of the plan have been accomplished and implemented, but there is much
  more work to do for the antiquated WPA era zoo situated on a dune. The Zoo has received
  much needed leadership and finical support from Mayor Charles Oberlie. The Zoo is also a
  grateful benefactor of annual capital funding in the amount $100,000 from the Michigan City
  Enrichment Corporation, which manages certain riverboat fund proceeds to the City. The Zoo
  is on its way to a promising future!

  KRUEGER MEMORIAL HALL

  This is a historic building for community functions and events which generates revenue via
  rental fees. It was also identified as good location for community events such as youth dances.
  The kitchen (appliances) and restrooms need to be updated and remodeled. The garage is in
  disrepair and needs to be renovated. The upper level floor tiles need to be replaced, preferably
  back to the original hardwood floors. An ADA accessible restroom should be added to the top
  floor. The parking lot needs to be expanded (to the south) and the lot needs to be re-striped.
  The access road needs improvements as well. Additional landscaping and an irrigation system
  should be installed. Improvements to the basketball court and the installation of playground
  equipment have been identified.

  SENIOR CENTER

  The Senior Center is a newer facility enjoyed by many of our senior residents. It also gener-
  ates revenue as a very popular weekend rental facility for weddings, showers and a variety of
  events. This facility is in great shape and does not require any immediate attention; however,
  we have recognized the importance of preventative maintenance for this facility. Costs associ-
  ated with this facility are now being isolated and tracked through the budgetary process and
  accounting procedures. As listed in the Washington Park Master Plan, we highly recommend
  the construction of viewing decks and walkways that would connect to the Senior Center.




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 SHERIDAN BEACH ESPLANADE

 The esplanade was gifted to the Park Department under the stipulation that it remains a pris-
 tine and natural dune environment. Aside from efforts to halt construction or encroachments
 on the property, its natural ‘health’ has degraded over the past seventy years due to the inva-
 sion of exotic shrub, tree and vine species. This has occurred because of development on the
 private lots north of Lake Shore Drive, which alters natural succession. If nothing is done,
 the esplanade will soon be a tangle of weed trees, grape vine and poison ivy on its southern-
 most 1/3rd section.

 Initially, the removal of exotic species is most important, with replanting of native species in
 these voids to promote a proper plant community as a next step. The Park Board has part-
 nered with Save the Dunes and Sheridan Beach property owners in developing a policy
 which allows for improvements to the esplanade at the property owners expense. The policy
 is detailed, structured and includes specific parameters that must be followed. The intent is to
 allow for improvements that remove non-native flora and replacing such with native species.

 A more comprehensive management program for the entire esplanade should be developed,
 and grants should be sought for its implementation. The environmental management of this
 piece of nature is important to Michigan City, as it is already recognized as a “Medallion
 Park” through the Indiana Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects. More
 information pertaining to the esplanade can be found in the Washington Park Master Plan.

 PARK OFFICE

 The Parks Administrative Office is antiquated and in disrepair. Aside from its pure lack of
 aesthetics in Washington Park, there are major concerns pertaining to utilities, lack of tech-
 nological capacity and infrastructure, and lack of space. The Parks administrative staff and
 Park Board have tolerated this unprofessional atmosphere and inadequate building (which is
 also inefficient and costly in regard to utilities) for far too long. The park office is specifi-
 cally addressed in the Washington Park Master Plan.

 NAVAL ARMORY

 The Armory is located adjacent to Washington Park on Trail Creek and presently the Indiana
 National Guard uses this building. Acquisition of the Naval Armory was targeted in the prior
 master plan, as this facility would provide an excellent resource for programs and recrea-
 tional opportunities. The building is going to be sold and the City has indicated an interest
 upon satisfactory reviews for building quality, utility efficiencies and environmental con-
 cerns. It may be a potential location for the Parks Administrative Office.




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 KARWICK NATURE PARK

 This new park comes on-line in 2007. This property represents 23.5 new acres of land holdings
 that will need additional resources in order to be maintained properly. Maintenance should be
 minimal as it is designed to be a natural area providing more access for fishing; however, the
 attention and resources necessary to maintain it will have to be developed and cost impact de-
 termined.

 SECURITY

 Closed circuit security camera systems have proven effective in reducing vandalism and catch-
 ing those that do vandalize. With the assistance of the Police Department, arrests have been
 made and we have been able to hold those who behave inappropriately accountable by seeking
 financial restitution. Although significant initial costs are associated with such systems, we
 feel it would be advantageous to expand such security efforts and systems as much as possible
 throughout the park system.

 INFRASTRUCTURE

 As with any site or facility, there comes a time when existing conditions need renovation. Sev-
 eral of the parks are experiencing the need for utility updates, and building roof replacements
 and mechanical/electric updates. This is all part of “doing business” and there are items that
 need to be addressed.

 RESTROOMS FACILITIES

 Restrooms are difficult facilities in any park due to high maintenance and continuous vandal-
 ism problems. The Parks Department has a commitment to the community to provide restroom
 facilities to the best of our ability and we will continue to provide restroom facilities in the city
 parks. All improvements are intended to help minimize maintenance and attempt to be vandal-
 resistant.

 RECREATIONAL PROGRAMING

 The Michigan City Parks & Recreation Department currently provides a variety of recreational
 opportunities. We offer adult and youth activities ranging from organized leagues to camps
 and classes. The Recreation Department offers strong athletic programming in softball, basket-
 ball, soccer, swimming, and volleyball.

 The Recreation Director is a full time employee who is responsible for all of the programming
 with the Parks Department. The Recreation Director, as well as the Parks Department as a




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whole, continues to be open to new ideas and is willing to listen to those who utilize our pro-
grams. In order for our recreational programs to have success, we need a dependable and hard
working support staff along with collaboration and cooperation from other agencies and the
residents of our community.

The Michigan City Parks & Recreation Department strives to create and provide the community
with programs offering recreational competition and opportunities in a safe and family oriented
atmosphere; while at the same time, adhering to and implementing Park Department budgets
and policies. The enthusiasm, spirit and attitude of our participants are paramount.

It has been through public input, information gathering and speaking to those involved in our
programs that suggestions were made for new recreational programs. The findings show that
there is a need for new and improved programs for school-aged children and toddlers. An en-
hancement and expansion of more passive programming (“non-stick and ball” activities) will
continue and additional alternatives will be explored, such as community dances, arts and
crafts, music, etc.

The Recreation Department will also look to enhance the programs and opportunities it pro-
vides by collaborating with various neighborhood groups and organizations, including using
their facilities, to offer high quality recreational services and programming for our community;
while at the same time minimizing duplication of programming as much as possible (please see
inventory of recreational activities in our area included in Section 3., item d.).

FIELD HOUSE

This type of facility would be ideal and very beneficial to recreational programming in Michi-
gan City, but it is a very costly endeavor to develop and would have an annual impact to budget
line items. Therefore, the current administration would consider pursuing such a facility only in
partnership with an entity such as Michigan City Area Schools.

BUDGET AND FINANCE

A review and analysis of past budgets was completed in preparation of the proposed five-year
budget for the master plan. The proposed budget represents expanded maintenance and recrea-
tion needs, staffing and development. An annual review of each year’s implementation actions
should result in adjustments to the remaining year’s action steps.

Adequate funding of parks and recreational programming and development is a continuing
challenge for any park and recreation board. The Michigan City Parks and Recreation Board
should continually search for additional funding sources, possible grants, public/private partner-
ships, foundations and other methods of creative financing to assure implementation of




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the Action Plan to meet the recreation needs in Michigan City. It is with this master plan
that a five-year financial plan has been developed to help in the guidance for implementa-
tion.
Recommendations include:
1. Require many recreational programs to be self-supporting.
2. Re-evaluate the rental/usage fee schedule annually for the Park Department and Golf
   Course to ensure that fees cover costs.
3. Consider and evaluate public-private partnerships whenever possible.
4. Evaluate leasing opportunities.
5. Sponsorships (Corporate/Private)
6. Pursue grants as much as possible where applicable and appropriate.
7. Investigate the possibility of general obligation bonds for large capital projects when
   other methods of financing are not available.


Limitations for Michigan City to fund the wide variety of programs and facilities in need by
the public sector are challenges to address. Overcoming these limitations and constraints
will require use of the various sources of funds available. Below is a brief description of the
principal resources available to the Michigan City Parks and Recreation Department for im-
plementing programs and developing facilities for recreational purposes within the City of
Michigan City.


Park Budget – Annual tax allocations from the general city tax levy could be utilized for
both staffing and financing capital improvements. However, general tax dollars may not be
available for extensive capital improvements.


Unappropriated Balance – Fund account of monies left over from previous Park Budgets.
Money is available for staffing, vehicles and equipment, and park improvements. Request
for distribution is made by a Park Board resolution to the City Council.


Golf Budget – Separate, non-reverting, account funded by user-generated fees at golf
courses. No tax monies are in the golf budget. Golf courses generate sufficient income to
cover expenses for maintenance and operation.


Sheridan Beach Encroachment Fund – Separate account established for collection of monies
from property owners encroaching on Park lands. Fund has been established as a commuta-
tive capital improvement fund and to manage the encroachment issues.


Gifts and Donations – Donations of money, land and time are an important resource to any
park and recreation board. Donations are important from the point that they can be used to
match grants from other sources.
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Senior Center Non-Reverting – Separate account established for collection of monies from
the hall rental and said funds are used for maintenance, repairs and replacement expenses.

Recreation Non-Reverting - Separate account established for collection of revenues to ser-
vice recreational programs. Said funds are used for equipment, materials, awards, improve-
ment of facilities, fees for instructors, security personnel, umpires and officials.
Patriot Park Capital Non-Reverting – Separate account established for revenues from the ad-
vertisement/billboard program at Patriot Park. Funds are used for capital and equipment
needs at Patriot.

Zoo Non-Reverting - Separate account established for collection of monies from the educa-
tional and recreational programs of the zoo, and said funds are used for educational supplies,
camp supplies, candy, craft items, holiday decorations, guest lecture fees, signage, books,
and special education programs.

Concession Non-Reverting – Separate account that generates revenue via concession and
novelty sales.

Street and Road Funds – Part of the City General Fund, this account is used for street im-
provements. Other funds available for street improvements are Cumulative Capital Improve-
ment Funds.

General Obligation Bond – General obligation bonds, which are retired by tax money, pro-
vide a funding source for implementation of large-scale projects. The Michigan City Parks
and Recreation Board’s bonding power cannot be in excess of two percent (2%) of the as-
sessed valuation of the taxing district. A hearing must be held and approval is required by
the City Council.

Public/Private Partnerships – National trends and park services across the Country utilize
public/private partnerships as a way to fund, enhance, and further develop programs and fa-
cilities. An example of this successful approach within our own department was the con-
struction of a planned baseball filed at Patriot Park by the Duneland Youth Baseball Associa-
tion that required no city funds or burden to taxpayers to construct.

GRANT PROGRAMS

The following are grant programs available through the Indiana Department of Natural Re-
sources. The Michigan City Parks and Recreation Department will look for opportunities to
participate in a grant programs whenever possible.




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Land and Water Conservation Fund – Administered by the Indiana Department of Natural Re-
sources, Division of Outdoor Recreation, these funds are the most predominantly used funds
for park development of outdoor recreation facilities. These grant funds can be utilized to fi-
nance up to 50% of the cost of eligible projects. To qualify for the funds, a city must have a
park and recreation board established in accordance with state statutes and an approved Park
and Recreation Master Plan.

Recreational Trails Program - Is an 80% matching assistance program managed by the DNR
that provides funding for the acquisition and/or development of multi-use recreational trail pro-
jects. Both motorized and non-motorized projects may qualify for assistance. The assistance
program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Admini-
stration (FHWA).

Lake Michigan Coastal Program (LMCP) - The LMCP will make more than $1 million dollars
available annually to communities in northwest Indiana. Funds might be used to protect and
restore a significant natural and/or cultural resources, prevent the loss of life and property in
coastal hazard areas, improve public access for recreational purposes, revitalize urban water
fronts and ports, improve coordination among government agencies in policy and decision-
making processes, and pollution prevention initiatives, including non-point source pollution
into coastal waters.

Historic Preservation and Archaeology - The Division of Historic Preservation and Archae-
ology receives over $500,000 in federal funding under the Historic Preservation Fund (HPS)
Program, which helps promote the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service. The
HPF Program helps promote historic preservation and Archaeology in Indiana by providing
assistance to projects that will aid the State in meeting its goals for cultural resource manage-
ment.

Lake and River Enhancement - The Lake and River Enhancement Program (LARE) was devel-
oped to ensure the continued viability of public-access to lakes and streams. The program's
goal is to utilize a watershed approach to reduce non-point source sediment and nutrient pollu-
tion of Indiana's and adjacent states' surface waters to a level that meets or surpasses state water
quality standards. To accomplish this goal, grants are available for technical and financial as-
sistance for qualifying projects.

OTHER FUNDING SOURCES

The funding options below are available to the Michigan City Parks and Recreation Depart-
ment/Board and should be investigated.

 Tax Incremental Financing
 Non-Reverting Fund Accounts




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 Cumulative Building Fund
 River Boat Funds
 Leases
 Park Foundation


OTHER POTENTIAL SOURCES


The following is a listing of potential funding sources for park and recreation improvement
and programs. It is suggested that the Park Department and Park Board monitor the list and
look for any opportunities to help further parks and recreation in the community.


1. “Take Pride in America” Volunteer Program (IDNR, Division of Outdoor Recreation)
2. Urban Forestry Grants (IDNR, Division of Forestry)
3. Indiana Arts Commission
4. Indiana Committee for the Humanities
5. Indiana Department of Aging and Community Services
6. Governor’s Voluntary Action Program
7. Indiana Federal Property Program
8. Indiana Department of Commerce
9. Economic Development Administration
10. U.S. Department of Education
11. Green Thumb, Inc.
12. Department of Health and Human Services
13. President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.
14. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
15. U.S. Armed Services
16. The Nature Conservancy
17. Acres, Inc.
18. The Trust for Public Land
19. National Association for Exchange of Industrial Resources
20. Lilly Community Assistance Program
21. Fish America Foundation


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22. Unity Foundation
23. Foundation Grants
24. Memorial Giving
25. Deferred Giving
26. Capital Fund Drive Campaign


The aforementioned potential funding sources are not intended as an exhaustive list of available
sources. In carrying out its responsibilities, the Michigan City Parks and Recreation Depart-
ment

will continue to research various federal grant-in-aid programs and private sector resources,
which could be utilized in the development of park and recreation projects.

ACTION PLAN MATRIX

The issues have been identified, analyzed and ranked by priority. The Action Plan plots the
probable implementation schedule as per the priorities. The proposed Action Plan may need to
be modified and adjusted as indicated by available resources. It is intended to be a flexible-
working document, and some adjustments should be anticipated. Quantifiable benchmarks
should be established to review and forecast for progress evaluation based on a reasonable time
frame.

It should be recognized that not all Park Budget references in the Funding Source column call
for a specific capital budget allocation. Accomplishments may well be acquired via donations,
riverboat or other sources of funding. Many items may be completed “in-house” by use of staff
and with monies for materials budgeted within the appropriate line of the operation budget.

The following pages reflect the proposed Action Plan matrix for each individual year of the
2007-2011 Parks Five-Year Master Plan.




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                                      TRAILS AND GREENWAYS ACTION PLAN




LEGEND: PB=Park Budget, UB=Unappropriated Balance, GB=Golf Budget, SR=Street & Road Fund, GD=Gifts & Donations, RB=Riverboat,

CI=Capital Improvement, ZS=Zoological Society, and RBE=Riverboat Zoo Endowment Fund , FR=Fund Raiser, G=Grant, OS=Outside Source



SINGING SANDS - LIGHTHOUSE TRAIL
2007                               Phase I; County Line Road - Washington Park                                                      $1,546,655.00   G/RB
2010                               Phase II, Washington Park to Center Street                                                        $961,180.00    G/RB
2013                               Phase III, Center Street to Meer Road                                                            $1,706,628.00   G/RB
                                                                                                                 Subtotal           $4,214,463.00


SOUTH SHORE TRAIL
2017                               Karwick to Meer Road                                                                             $1,353,220.00   G/RB
                                                                                                                 Subtotal           $1,353,220.00


NIPSCO GREENWAY
2007                               Phase I, eastern section Garfield to Karwick                                                     $1,571,020.00   G/RB
2015                               Phase II, western section US Hwy 12 to Garfield                                                  $1,492,810.00   G/RB
                                                                                                                 Subtotal           $3,063,830.00


MONON TRAIL
2008                               Phase I, US Hwy 12 to Earl Road                                                                  $1,027,000.00   G/RB
2011                               Phase II, Earl Road to Kiefer Road                                                               $1,108,250.00   G/RB
                                                                                                                 Subtotal           $1,109,277.00


PEANUT TRAIL
2007                               Center Street to Trail Creek Greenways                                                            $377,301.00    G/RB
                                                                                                                 Subtotal            $377,301.00


TRAIL CREEK GREENWAY
2009                               Phase II, Peanut Bridge/Peanut Trail to Karwick Road                                             $1,277,760.00   G/RB
                                                                                                                 Subtotal           $1,277,760.00


MICHIGAN CITY/LAPORTE TRAIL
2016                               Jackson Street to Pahs Road                                                                       $877,580.00    G/RB
                                                                                                                 Subtotal            $877,580.00



                                                                                                                   TOTAL           $12,273,431.00




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LEGEND: ACF=Available City Funds (Includes Park and Golf Budgets, Unappropriated Balances, and Riverboat Capital Improvement Funds)

G=Grant, OS=Outside Source, PPP= Public/Private Partnership

                                                      PROJECT                                                   COST                                  FUNDING
                 2007
EQUIPMENT                                 Truck replacement (2 vehicles)                                                                $50,000.00        ACF
EQUIPMENT                                 Van Replacement (Zoo)                                                                         $26,000.00        ACF
                                          Installation of bollards / fence
GARDENA PARK                              remediation's / plantings                                                                          $0.00 Encumbered
GARDENA PARK                              Security Camera Installation                                                                       $0.00 Encumbered
GARDENA PARK                              Basketball Court Lighting                                                                        $700.00        ACF
                                          Engineering study, analysis for
ADAMS PARK                                renovation                                                                                     $8,000.00        ACF
GOLF - North                              North Course Irrigation Project                                                              $300,000.00        ACF
                                          Open creek (property line to #12
GOLF - South                              pond) (Sanitary District)                                               (N/A)                                    OS
GOLF - South                              Drainage installation #4 fairway                                                              $20,000.00        ACF
                                          Drainage installation #5 green,
GOLF - South                              fairway and sand bunker areas                                                                 $15,000.00        ACF
GOLF - South                              Drainage installation #7 fairway                                                              $15,000.00        ACF
                                          Replace tile in clubhouse rest-
GOLF - South                              room                                                                                          $12,000.00        ACF
                                          Erect new scoreboard behind #
GOLF - South                              18 green (Donation/Advertising)                                        $0.00                                     OS
GOLF - South                              Sand bunker renovation project                                                                $10,000.00        ACF
PATRIOT PARK                              Tree planting (City Arborist)                                                                 $40,000.00        ACF
PATRIOT PARK                               Sledding hill - soil stabilization                                                           $10,000.00        ACF
                                          Construct additional large ball
                                          fields with lighting (Parking addi-
PATRIOT PARK                              tions)                                                                                       $700,000.00        ACF
                                          Finish soccer complex (Building,
PATRIOT PARK                              shelters, etc.)                                                                              $193,500.00        ACF
                                          Retain consultants to develop
                                          and solicit requests for qualifica-
WASHINGTON PARK                           tions                                                                                         $15,000.00        ACF
                                          New Park Office Analysis
WASHINGTON PARK                           (Armory Analysis)                                                                              $5,000.00        ACF
ZOO                                       Primate House Renovation                                                                     $100,000.00        ACF
                                          Monkey Island Renovation Study:
ZOO                                       * Zoo Society is funding                                                                       $1,000.00         OS
                                                                 2007 Subtotal                                                        $1,521,200.00
                 2008
ADAMS                                     Drainage improvements                                                                        $100,000.00        ACF
                                          Basketball court renovations and
ADAMS                                     paving                                                                                        $90,000.00        ACF
ADAMS                                     Play system and shelter                                                                       $75,000.00        ACF
CLEVELAND                                 Develop action plan with MCAS                                                                      $0.00         N/A
ZILLA                                     Develop action plan with MCAS                                                                      $0.00         N/A
                                          All interior renovations (as per
KRUEGER MEMORIAL                          Action Plan)                                                                                 $172,500.00        ACF
EQUIPMENT                                 Truck replacement (2 vehicles)                                                                $55,000.00        ACF
                                          Replace two- ton dump truck with
EQUIPMENT                                 plow                                                                                          $78,000.00        ACF
                                          4 mowers (2 for Patriot - 2 for
EQUIPMENT                                 maint)                                                                                        $53,000.00        ACF
                                          2 John Deer Bunker rakes for
EQUIPMENT                                 Patriot                                                                                       $24,000.00        ACF
GOLF - North                              Pond Dredging                                                                                $100,000.00        ACF
                                          Install new tee signs (Donation/
GOLF - North                              Advertising)                                                                                       $0.00        ACF

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    2008 continued
GOLF - South                  Recreate tree and turf nursery                                             $15,000.00        ACF
GOLF - South                  Renovate restroom at #6 shelter at south course                            $20,000.00        ACF
GOLF - South                  Drainage installation #5 fairway                                           $20,000.00        ACF
GOLF - South                  Drainage installation #15 fairway                                          $25,000.00        ACF
GOLF - South                  Drainage installation #16 fairway                                          $10,000.00        ACF
GOLF - South                  Practice range improvements                                                $20,000.00        ACF
GOLF - South                  Sand bunker renovation project                                             $10,000.00        ACF
GOLF - South                  Tee complex Bentgrass Conversion project - front nine                      $25,000.00        ACF
GOLF - South                  Install new tee signs (Donation/Advertising)                                    $0.00        ACF
OAK HILLS                     Fence Improvements                                                         $20,000.00        ACF
WASHINGTON PARK               Splash/Water feature                                                      $450,000.00 PPP/OS/ACF
                                                                                      2008 Subtotal   $1,362,500.00
            2009
WATER TOWER                   Remove tennis courts - replace with parking                                $75,000.00        ACF
WASHINGTON PARK               Boardwalk and Fedder's renovation                                       $1,000,000.00 PPP/OS/ACF
OAK HILLS                     Shelter, grilll(s)                                                         $30,000.00        ACF
GARDENA                       Large shelter, grill(s)                                                    $30,000.00        ACF
EQUIPMENT                     Purchase street sweeper                                                    $50,000.00        ACF
EQUIPMENT                     Replace recreation pick-up truck                                           $25,000.00        ACF
EQUIPMENT                     4 John Deer 4x4 Gators (2 for Patriot)                                     $48,000.00        ACF
EQUIPMENT                     1 24' trailer                                                              $12,000.00        ACF
GOLF - North                  Replace drainage culverts at cart crossing                                $100,000.00        ACF
GOLF - South                  Drainage installation #1 fairway                                            $5,000.00        ACF
GOLF - South                  Drainage installation #2 fairway                                           $10,000.00        ACF
GOLF - South                  Drainage installation #17 fairway                                          $10,000.00        ACF
GOLF - South                  Drainage installation #18 fairway                                          $10,000.00        ACF
GOLF - South                  Sand bunker renovation project                                             $10,000.00        ACF
GOLF - South                  Tee complex Bentgrass Conversion project - back nine                       $25,000.00        ACF
                                                                                      2009 Subtotal   $1,440,000.00
            2010
WEST 8TH                      Playground Equipment                                                       $30,000.00        ACF
WALKER STREET                 Refurbish Basketball Courts                                                $75,000.00        ACF
EQUIPMENT                     1 three yard pay loader                                                   $122,000.00        ACF
EQUIPMENT                     Truck replacement (2 vehicles)                                             $55,000.00        ACF
EQUIPMENT                     Replace Zoo dump truck                                                     $30,000.00        ACF
EQUIPMENT                     2 John Deer 3100 with loader                                               $46,000.00        ACF
EQUIPMENT                     Replace Supt. Vehicle                                                      $34,000.00        ACF
GOLF - North                  Tee complex Bentgrass Conversion project                                   $15,000.00        ACF
GOLF - South                  Clubhouse exterior remodeling                                             $125,000.00        ACF
GOLF - South                  Cart Path Asphalt Resurfacing                                              $50,000.00        ACF
GOLF - South                  Recreate tree / turf nursery                                               $10,000.00        ACF
GOLF - South                  Sand bunker project                                                        $10,000.00        ACF
WASHINGTON PARK                Beautification / Rock Garden renovation                                  $200,000.00 PPP/OS/ACF
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           2011
KRUEGER MEMORIAL              All exterior renovations                                    $147,000.00         ACF
OAK HILLS PARK                Playground equip                                             $30,000.00        ACF
TALL TIMBERS PARK             Playground equip                                             $30,000.00        ACF
RIDGELAND                     Playground equip                                             $30,000.00        ACF
WATER TOWER                   Playground equip                                             $30,000.00        ACF
WALKER STREET                 Playground equip                                             $30,000.00        ACF
WASHINGTON PARK               Campus Renovations                                         $1,000,000.00 PPP/OS/ACF
EQUIPMENT                     Replace Lifeguard truck                                      $30,000.00        ACF
EQUIPMENT                     Replace Zoo truck                                            $35,000.00        ACF
EQUIPMENT                     Purchase eight mowers                                       $120,000.00        ACF
EQUIPMENT                     Purchase 1 trailer                                           $12,500.00        ACF
GOLF - North                  Tee complex Bentgrass Conversion project                     $15,000.00        ACF
GOLF - North                  Construct clubhouse for North Course                        $100,000.00        ACF
GOLF - North                  Cart Path Asphalt Resurfacing                                $30,000.00        ACF
GOLF - South                  Erect new cart storage building                              $50,000.00        ACF
GOLF - South                  Sand bunker renovations                                      $10,000.00        ACF
                                                                         2011 Subtotal   $1,699,500.00




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         BOARD RESOLUTION ADOPTING PLAN




                                         RESOLUTION NO. 628




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                                              APPENDIXES
Appendix “A” Washington Park Master Plan .......................................................... Attachment
Appendix “B” Washington Park Zoo Master Plan .................................................. Attachment
Appendix “C” WP Zoo Building Assessment and Proposed New Construction .... Attachment
Appendix “D” Trails and Greenways Master Plan .................................................. Attachment




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