Parks Board Hears Report On Center Lake Trail, Pickleball Noise Complaint

September 20, 2023 at 7:22 p.m.
Warsaw Parks and Recreation Department Superintendent Larry Plummer (R) uses a chart to give the Warsaw Parks and Recreation Board an update on the Center Lake Recreational Trail project at the board's meeting on Tuesday at Warsaw City Hall. Warsaw Parks and Recreation Department Maintenance Director Shaun Gardner is on the left. Photo by Leah Sander, InkFreeNews
Warsaw Parks and Recreation Department Superintendent Larry Plummer (R) uses a chart to give the Warsaw Parks and Recreation Board an update on the Center Lake Recreational Trail project at the board's meeting on Tuesday at Warsaw City Hall. Warsaw Parks and Recreation Department Maintenance Director Shaun Gardner is on the left. Photo by Leah Sander, InkFreeNews

By Leah Sander, InkFreeNews

Work is “ahead of schedule” on the Center Lake Recreational Trail project.
Warsaw Parks and Recreation Department Superintendent Larry Plummer shared that news with the Warsaw Parks and Recreation Board at its meeting on Tuesday.
He used a chart to provide the board with an update on the project.
“They've started the work on the concrete,” said Plummer. “They're actually down there right now putting the footers in for the ADA access in front of the pavilion here. All of the lifeguard chairs are in.”
“The old pumphouse has been cut down. The steel is ordered for that, for the flooring, so they're moving right along. They're ahead of schedule right now on their project,” he said.
Board member Jill Beehler asked about work removing the old pier.
“No, we have not yet gotten the funding for that,” said Plummer, mentioning the city was trying to get the funds for it as well as to install new piers.
Pickleball Noise
The board also heard a complaint from resident Judy Heiman about pickleball noise at Kelly Park.
She lives right by the park and said the noise has affected her standard of living, causing her to have trouble going outside due to being bothered by it.
The board agreed to let Plummer research how much it would cost to install a building over the courts to block the noise.
Parks Events
The board also heard an update on parks events.
“We had talked in the past about having some things for seniors,” said Warsaw Parks and Recreation Department Recreation Director Stephanie Schaefer. “Our first senior painting class for Oct. 18, sold out in two days. So I called the art instructor, and she said let's add a few more classes.”
“The one for Nov. 1 has a few spots left and we have a waiting list already for when we open up the one on Nov. 8,” said Schaefer. “So we are moving forward with looking at other options of things for seniors to do.”
She also noted Touch-a-Truck is noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at Lucerne Park, 800 N. Park Ave. By request, the first hour will include no sirens or loud noises.
“So far we have over 15 (entities) participating, bringing vehicles. We've had some bounce houses added to that and just some other things,” she said.
“We are done with our planning for Fall Family Fun, which is on Friday, Oct. 6, (at Lucerne Park),” she added. “We will have activities in the cabins from 6-8 p.m. Warsaw Missionary Church is going to be feeding 1,200 people ... from 6-7:30 p.m. That's a new addition this year.”
“We will also have a movie night for the first time at Fall Family Fun this year too,” said Schaefer.
Imagination Station events return Oct. 17, Nov. 7 and Dec. 12, she said.
“We are going to add a lot more hands-on experiences for those kids, so they're not just sitting and doing crafts,” said Schaefer.
In other business, the board heard that laborer Andy Wright was the parks' department's team member of the month for August.
The board's next meeting is 5:15 p.m. Oct. 17 at Warsaw City Hall.

Work is “ahead of schedule” on the Center Lake Recreational Trail project.
Warsaw Parks and Recreation Department Superintendent Larry Plummer shared that news with the Warsaw Parks and Recreation Board at its meeting on Tuesday.
He used a chart to provide the board with an update on the project.
“They've started the work on the concrete,” said Plummer. “They're actually down there right now putting the footers in for the ADA access in front of the pavilion here. All of the lifeguard chairs are in.”
“The old pumphouse has been cut down. The steel is ordered for that, for the flooring, so they're moving right along. They're ahead of schedule right now on their project,” he said.
Board member Jill Beehler asked about work removing the old pier.
“No, we have not yet gotten the funding for that,” said Plummer, mentioning the city was trying to get the funds for it as well as to install new piers.
Pickleball Noise
The board also heard a complaint from resident Judy Heiman about pickleball noise at Kelly Park.
She lives right by the park and said the noise has affected her standard of living, causing her to have trouble going outside due to being bothered by it.
The board agreed to let Plummer research how much it would cost to install a building over the courts to block the noise.
Parks Events
The board also heard an update on parks events.
“We had talked in the past about having some things for seniors,” said Warsaw Parks and Recreation Department Recreation Director Stephanie Schaefer. “Our first senior painting class for Oct. 18, sold out in two days. So I called the art instructor, and she said let's add a few more classes.”
“The one for Nov. 1 has a few spots left and we have a waiting list already for when we open up the one on Nov. 8,” said Schaefer. “So we are moving forward with looking at other options of things for seniors to do.”
She also noted Touch-a-Truck is noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at Lucerne Park, 800 N. Park Ave. By request, the first hour will include no sirens or loud noises.
“So far we have over 15 (entities) participating, bringing vehicles. We've had some bounce houses added to that and just some other things,” she said.
“We are done with our planning for Fall Family Fun, which is on Friday, Oct. 6, (at Lucerne Park),” she added. “We will have activities in the cabins from 6-8 p.m. Warsaw Missionary Church is going to be feeding 1,200 people ... from 6-7:30 p.m. That's a new addition this year.”
“We will also have a movie night for the first time at Fall Family Fun this year too,” said Schaefer.
Imagination Station events return Oct. 17, Nov. 7 and Dec. 12, she said.
“We are going to add a lot more hands-on experiences for those kids, so they're not just sitting and doing crafts,” said Schaefer.
In other business, the board heard that laborer Andy Wright was the parks' department's team member of the month for August.
The board's next meeting is 5:15 p.m. Oct. 17 at Warsaw City Hall.

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