Stone Lake trail/bridge dedicated; trail to be extended to Pine/Stone channel


City, La Porte parks and Healthcare Foundation members gather as Healthcare Foundation CEO Maria Fruth snips the ribbon to officially dedicate the Grangemouth/Lakeshore Drives trail.

Mayor Tom Dermody speaks about the cooperative efforts that helped make the improvements a reality.

WNLP photos by Mike Kellems (click photos to enlarge)

The City of La Porte held a dedication Thursday, July 29, to celebrate the Stone Lake Shoreline Improvements project and announce the next phase of trail construction in Soldiers Memorial Park.

The Stone Lake Shoreline Improvement project included construction of a multi-use trail extending from the Stone Lake beach house to Craven Pond, including a bridge over the channel at Grangemouth Drive for pedestrians and bikes. Also included were overlooks along the shoreline, with gliders and benches installed, and a nature boardwalk across from Craven Pond.

The project was one of the recommendations included in the Soldiers Memorial Park Master Plan adopted by the Park Board in 2019.

The multi-use trail and other park amenities were funded by an $887,000 grant from the Healthcare Foundation of La Porte, with the city providing the match by reconstructing Lakeshore Drive and making utility improvements.

“The goals of the improvements were to protect, enhance and naturalize the shoreline; increase recreational access and opportunities; and enhance safety and improve park connectivity,” park Superintendent Mark Schreiber said. “We believe we have accomplished all of those goals, and it has been very apparent the public has enjoyed the enhancements.”

While construction was completed in the spring, certain aspects are still being addressed this summer. Cardno, a respected environmental management firm, was hired earlier in the month to bring the shoreline restoration to the expectations of the project. Beginning Monday, the mouth of the channel connecting Stone Lake and the Hennessey wetlands will be dredged.

In addition to dedicating the completed work, city officials announced La Porte is being being awarded a $240,000 grant from the Indiana Trails Program to extend the Stone Lake Trail from the beach house to the parking lot near the Waverly Road channel bridge. The HFL has already granted $25,000 of the $60,000 match to the ITP grant. Work on the trail is expected to begin in the spring.

2 Responses to “Stone Lake trail/bridge dedicated; trail to be extended to Pine/Stone channel”

  1. Bill Proud

    Jul 30. 2021

    Many positive things happening in LA Porte. Keep it going.

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  2. Ron Heiden

    Jul 31. 2021

    The results of the efforts expended are awesome. I would like to see this project continue aggressively until walks/trails, scenic spots and the woods are properly used around the entire Stone lake area. This Mayor seems to understand that La Porte has very special natural resources and now is the time to develop them for future generations.
    Thank you Mayor for a job well done.

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