They’re your city parks; help form their future at public meetings to create master plan

Whether you play ball in them or walk through them, listen to music in them or swim in the waters off their beaches, the City of LaPorte’s parks provide beauty and recreation for all. Now’s your chance to help improve and preserve the parks in the years to come.

The LaPorte Park and Recreation Department has started the process of preparing a master plan to improve parks and recreation opportunities throughout the city. Your input is requested to provide the framework and set priorities for improvements.

Please attend one or more of these public input sessions:

— Tuesday, Aug. 29, 5:30 p.m., at Beechwood Golf Course (focus: Beechwood Golf Course)

— Wednesday, Aug. 30, 6 p.m., at American Legion Post 83 (focus: Fox, Lindewald, Rees, Scott and Warsaw parks)

— Tuesday, Sept. 5, 5 p.m., at Civic Auditorium (focus: Civic Auditorium)

— Wednesday, Sept. 6, 6 p.m., at Cummings Lodge (focus: natural resources and land use)

— Tuesday, Sept. 12, 6 p.m., at Civic Auditorium (focus: recreation programming)

— Wednesday, Sept. 13, 6 p.m., at Kesling Middle School Cafeteria (focus: Kesling, Allesee, Clarke, Hastings and Koomler parks)

— Tuesday, Sept. 19, 6 p.m., at Cummings Lodge (focus: Soldiers, Kiwanis-Teledyne, Larson-Danielson, Rumely and Unity parks)

While each of the sessions has a focus area, general comments about parks and recreation programming will be welcome at all sessions.

Additionally, a meeting of community stakeholders, such as the City Council, Park Board and other community partners, will be held Wednesday, Sept. 20, at 5:30 p.m. at the park office, 250 Pine Lake Ave. The public is invited to attend this meeting but there will be no public comment period.

All city residents are encouraged to complete an online survey available at www.cityoflaporte.com/136/Park-Recreation beginning Monday, Aug. 28. The department wants the master plan to reflect the desires and needs of the community; therefore, citizens’ responses to these questions are very important.

For more information, call the park office at 219-326-9600 or email Park Superintendent Mark Schreiber at mschreiber@cityoflaportein.gov.

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