SYRACUSE — Syracuse Park Board reviewed the department projects in the five-year master plan during its regular meeting Monday night, Sept. 12. Park Superintendent Chad Jonsson commented some projects had been added, some were taken off due to completion and others listed for potential projects they may or may not have time for.
Jonsson is working with Town Manager Henry DeJulia combining the town and park plans. Prices and rough estimates are being worked on for the projects.
Board Member Mary Hursh inquired about the Lakeside Park concession stand building and what they plan to do with it. Jonsson replied he is working to get a few more estimates on the building for some ideas before proposing a decision.
As of the first estimate, rehabilitating and bringing the building up to code would be more than what it’s worth. With regards to DeJulia and the town council’s request, the park board revisited the decision on the concession stand. The parks department may tear the building down at the end of 2017. There may be some money to build new restrooms at the beginning of 2018.
New basketball hoops are expected to arrive within a couple of months. The department will be looking into who they can give the current portable hoops to.
The board approved replacing a broken air conditioning unit in the Celebration Hall.
For the upcoming Indiana Bicentennial event, the bicentennial torch will arrive in Syracuse around noon Sept. 29. A picnic will be held at Lakeside Park that same day as a celebration. The next day from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Sept. 30, a bicentennial themed homecoming parade will march from the community center up to the high school. Any groups wishing to participate can contact Jonsson.
Ten new trees were selected and will be planted this fall. Ten trees have been removed, with three of them being park trees.
For program reports, Program Director Tyler McLead responded the Kids Olympics held at the Harold Schrock Athletic Complex was a fun turnout with 39 kids participating.
Pickleball and the Farmer’s Market both continue with the last date of the Farmer’s Market being Saturday, Oct. 8.
Community canoeing will take place 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays in September on Lakeside Beach. All equipment is provided with no charge in participating. A waiver is required.
The parks department will be partnering with the Syracuse-Wawasee Historical Museum for the Scenic Syracuse Photo Contest. The contest is open to all amateur photographers with many divisions and categories. All photos must be submitted by Monday, Oct. 10. Submission rules and criteria can be found at the Syracuse Community Center or online at www.syracuseparks.org.
A local Punt, Pass or Kick competition will be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, at the Schrock Complex. The competition is for boys and girls from ages 6-15. A birth certificate is required to participate. The volunteers of the competition will help judge based on distance and accuracy.
Pinterest parties have started again. The first class Sept. 19 is full but opening are still available for the dates in October, November and December.
An indoor garage sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5. Registration opens Sept. 14. There is a one space limit with $10 a space.
Family movie nights are scheduled for fall and winter. “Goosebumps” will show at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 14. The complete schedule is available in the fall and winter guide.