Culver Town Park 1990 -?
The park continued into the 1990s to struggle to be economically self-sustaining, with income
derived almost solely from beach entrance fees and concessions.
In the 1990s, fees to park in the town park's lot on weekends and holidays were established to
alleviate the problem.
In the 1990's the Tri Kappa Sorority rebuilt an attractive gazebo, recalling one that existed
in the park during the railroad days.
||The establishment of pier slip rentals at the park revolutionized its income, hoping to
make it self-sustaining, and hoping to facilitate a broader level of maintenance and improvemen|
1991 - February 13 - Steel work was reported complete for a new C Pier at the Culver Town
|2005 - Early spring brought re-vitalization to the town park with tree,
shrubbery flower and other general landscaping work done by many volunteers.
||A version of the old Vandalia
Lighthouse returns to the shores of Lake Maxinkuckee. Purchased by the Antiquarian and
Historical Society - it is basically the Port Hatteruas design.It is fibergalss [polyester
plastic]; it is grayish weathered textured, has a 360-degree beacon with electrical wiring
that runs through the core and stands 20 feet high.|
|Soon after erected it became a constant victim to vandals being constantly
abused. Till on 23 January 2005 vandals succeeded in destroying it beyond repair.
||Undaunted - it was again replaced and the
new lighthouse stands on the
shore line once again.|
2011 - Aug 10 - The fishing pier located just west of the beach will have sides added to make
it less inviting for boaters to drive up and drop off or pick up passengers, or to leave boats
tied up. The pier's new configuration will be in an "L" shape. Research is beiing don on a
floating pier to replace the current, aforementioned fishing pier, though removal of a floating
pier could be a challenge, from an equipment standpoint, each winter.
Sep 11 - The board is working with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and plans to
make the pier handicapped accessible. Utilizing a "floating" pier system, other states such
as Minnesota are able to leave such piers in the water year-round, as their anchoring allows
them to move with the ice and reduces ice-related damage. The new pier will be all steel
and use top-notch treated material for posts and railings. He added the fishing pier had been
a VFW project in years past, and since the park is aiming to carry on that tradition, the
new structure would be named the VFW pier. The cost will be about $35,000 plus shipping and
installation fees. A surrounding fence on shore will block people sneaking into the beach area
without paying. "This project has been a long time in planning". " Installation of the 2006
lighthouse provided the concrete work necessary to make it happen."
2012 - Jul - Budget Meeting
Culver park superintendent requested a total of $25,674 for the department, a decrease ,
of $18,000. Among specific requests was $8,320 out of the total $88,220 in salaries,
for the newly created position of a programming director for the park.
The position would include creation of programs for senior citizens, middle school aged
children who tend not to participate in Culver's Boys & Girls Club, and other children,
at about 16 hours per week, year round. While the program director would work out of the
beach lodge, programs might take place anywhere in town.
A three percent raise for the park superintendent position, to $22,690
It was asked for clarification of the superintendent's employment package, which believed to
included salary, life insurance, and rental costs to live in the beach lodge.
The stipulation was added during a major renovation of the park in the mid-1970s. The
superintendent pays a flat fee for utilities, and all the water and sewer, and
receives health insurance through other employement.
The park board would conduct a performance evaluation of the superintendent in October.
Also requested was a UTV "Gator" type vehicle for use at the park, particularly with hauling
away seaweed and debris.
Questioned was the around $200,000 sitting in a park fund unused, which was suggested is "a heavy
amount to have sitting
It was countered that the money should be viewed similarly to the "rainy day funds" many public
entities keep on hand, and shouldn't be spent without necessity.
Following the meeting, town clerk corrected statements made during the meeting and affirmed the
park's budget did decrease last year due to a lessened tax draw following an error in advertising
the budget for 2011.
2011 - Sep 15 - - It was noted that beach pass fees were - at $45 for township residents for an
entire family for the entire summer, with out of township fees at $60. Fees for children aged 4 to
12 are $2.50 per person, while 13 through adults are $3. There is a $2 fee ($1 for senior citizens)
to park in the park's lot, and fees are charged Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and 9 a.m.
to 7 p.m. on weekends, Memorial through Labor Day. Found elsewhere other fees for the park are:
Meeting Room $107 includes taxes
Pavilions $58.85 includes taxes
Gazeebo $80.25 includes taxes
Boat Slips (to be 147 slips for Culver & Union Twp): $700 (Culver/Union), $1000 (outside area)
The town of Culver also contributes $30,000 in taxpayer funds, and the township $16,000 each year,
to the park’s budget
The park director outlined hoped-for projects in the coming months and year for the park following
finalization of its budget in October or November. Working with a grant writer, will help indicate
what funds might be available for various endeavors, with a priority given to replacing the ageing
fishing pier west of the beach, followed by a new storage building for the department's lawn and other
equipment, which would likely be built on municipal-owned land near the Culver water tower at Lake
Shore Drive and College Avenue. That new structure would pave the way for reconfiguring the western
end of the pavilion, which presently houses the equipment
Debate arose last week over whether to convert part of the 1880s-era railroad waiting station turned
picnic pavilion at the town park into public restrooms. It was emphasized the historical nature of
the pavilion structure, one of two used for decades as shelters at the waiting platforms used in
conjunction with Culver's railroad station-depot. Rather than being destroyed when retired from use,
the early 1880s structures were moved to create picnic shelter pavilions as part of a massive renovation
project at the park during the 1930s, one on each end of the park grounds, as they have remained since.
One audienice membere atated "I wouldn't change the facade of the historical site there, I had someone
visit us... who was awestruck by that pavilion, and was very impressed at its condition. He marveled
at the town and went over to the second (pavilion) and was visibly impressed with those two. I think it
would be a shame to tamper with them"
The park receives complaints about the portable facility, and nearby businesses "don't like looking at
it there." The park pays $95 per month to rent the portable restroom, so replacing it with a permanent
facility will save money over time. Also complaints come from those who rent the pavilion and must use
the portable restroom
The board also voted to approve planting of several trees on park land in conjunction with a NIPSCO
grant for which Culver's tree commission will apply, to receive around 40 trees to be placed around
own, including at the two public school buildings, various churches, and other sites. Mike Stallings,
of the commission, explained NIPSCO is providing the 600-pound trees on a grant basis for planting on
the east, south, or west side of buildings to provide shade and cut down on heating and cooling costs
in buildings. In the park, one would be placed on each side of the beach lodge and two on the beach
near the entrance gate to provide shade.
2012 - Sep 12 - - Culver's park board appears to be one step closer to facilitating the long-planned
public pier west of the swimming beach.
In recent years, the board has considered the merits of transitioning to a floating dock, which some previous board
members -- on a committee appointed to study the matter -- suggested could be left installed year-round, rather than
removed for the winter as piers are today
Brian Morten of Michigan-based Thru Flow, which manufactures pier decking, said a floating pier year-round on Lake M
axinkuckee is impossible, regardless of its size and type, due to ice buildup. Morten also criticized the bid specifications
as released by the board.
Culver-based pier installer Tim Yuhas suggested a legbased pier could be as stable as a floating system, though
Michigan-based pier installer Dave Van Huis argued the opposite, though he noted stability is a relative matter and
discerning what it feels like is subjective from person to person.
Yuhas suggested the pier specifications the park put out for bid also might not meet state DNR standards of length
versus water depth, something park superintendent said would be check into.
Pier manufacturer Jeff Spence suggested the board consider a stationary dock which would transition to floating,
with "wings" installed off the main pier for handicapped usage
An executive session prior to the board's October meeting will include a review of the superintendents job performance,
it was noted.
Advertisement to hire the park's new activities director near the end of 2012, with the new hire to start in January or
2012 - Dec 12 - - Culver's park could see an ice skating rink, possibly even yet this winter season. It was suggested a
temporary, portable rink be installed at the site of the park's basketball courts. It was explained explained that the
portable rink includes a liner for bottom portion and perimeter for the side walls, adding setup and takedown of the rink
is "pretty basic." He also noted the rink wouldn't damage the court's concrete, since the ice isn't terribly thick. The
cost for a kit appropriate for the basketball courts' size would be around $6,500. A check would have to be made with
the park's insurance company, which in the past had eschewed the notion of the park sponsoring ice skating on Lake
Maxinkuckee, a tradition through most of the 20th century here.
In particular, board members discussed ranking various proposed projects in order of priority.
Two Americans with Disabilities Act compliance matters topped the list: a railing for the steps leading to
the park’s boat rental piers, and a new sidewalk to connect the parking area more directly with the west
Others included updating and renovating the meeting area in the beach lodge and its restrooms, and a public
restroom in the west end of the park.
In conjunction with planning, a the park survey sent recently to 972 Culver residents, boat slip renters,
and Union Township beach pass purchasers. 146 returned the survey, or about 15 percent, "which is very good."
There were 54 comments made in regard to park facilities, which she presented to board members in typewritten form. There
were also a number of suggestions regarding park programming. There was also a letter from Culver's Lions Club
regarding the question of a restroom in the west end of the park.
The survey's consensus was that there's a need for a public restroom on the west end of the park, with 98 responders
answering "yes," 43 "no," and five not answering. 75 responders said the currently available portable toilet does not meet
their needs, while 60 said it did, and 11 had no opinion. In replying to the question of where to build the restroom,
59 people answering the survey said it should be built in the west pavilion structure, while 39 said it should be a
stand-alone facility, and 42 either didn't reply, or said "neither."
The question of a restroom in the west pavilion had garnered controversy at past park meetings, with some residents expressing
concern over potential damage to the 1880s pavilion structure, which was designated with a historic landmark award by the
Marshall County Historical Society, should a restroom be installed in the area currently used for equipment storage. Concerns
were also raised over policing of a pavilion-placed restroom.
Other survey answers included 74 responders in favor of more picnic tables (to 47 opposed, 19 with no opinion, and six with no
definite answer); 64 against adding more grills in the park, to 51 in favor, 25 with no opinion, and six with no answer.
In the area of potential programs at the park, arts and crafts ranked high from responders, as did a walking club and yoga and
exercise classes. Other suggestions included teen dances, a climbing wall, community family picnics, winter festivals, a fitness
center for seniors, and others.
106 responded positively to the possibility of concerts in the park, 81 to an outdoor movie night, 33 to a family campout, and
26 to a family "sock hop,".
The parks department has $30,000 unused money to encumber at the end of the year, and it was suggested that the funds be
used for a computer, replacement furnace for the beach lodge's apartment, and partial funding for a proposed storage shed for
Park Board members for 2013 were -
Tammy Shaffer (D), President
LeRoy Bean (R), Vice President
Kathy Hart (R), Secretary
Edward Behnke (R)
Rhonda Reinhold (D)
Patty Stallings (D)
2013 - Feb - - park activities director position established and Donna McKee hired for the position hired in January.
2013 - April - - Public fishing pier installed and a part of the the $44,000-45,000 pier, a partial floating and partial
stationary hybrid, collapsed soon after its initial installation in April -- a combination stationary and floating style
dock planned for and discussed by the Park board over the past few years -- ended up submerged in the lake. Installer Van Huis
Construction repaired the pier, on April 26.
||May 18 - - The general consensus of the board was overall dissatisfaction with the pier, though board member opinions
varied as to what should be done about it, with some suggesting repairs to the pier would be sufficient to rectify the
situation and some pressing for a complete overhaul of the project. A suggestion at reviewing the contract to see if
the pier could be returned and replaced. However, it was noted -- to the apparent surprise of some board members -- that
no contract was created or signed with the installer prior to installation|
|Jul 12 - All but $8,000 of the more than $40,000 cost of the pier had been paid Van Huise, but debates raged as to
whether the dock -- which has remained closed to the public in the interim -- is actually safe and stable. Some insisted
it is, while others blamed the decision to purchase a partly floating pier of a style allegedly unsuitable for Lake
Maxinkuckee's waters. Still others pressed for minor modifications which some claimed would make the pier suitably
stable. Van Huise, who in conjunction with Jeff Spence of parts manufacturer Modudock, offered to make the pier stationary
out to the wide platform at the end of its initial boardwalk for $4,000 or to convert the entire pier to a stationary
format for $9,000. Both amounts would be in addition to the $8,000 still owed Van Guise
2013 - May 18 Other discussion focused on a proposed storage building to be built on town property near the water
tower on Lake Shore Drive
JUl 12 - -Some debate also took place concerning $29,000 encumbered from last year's budget towards the cost of
a new storage shed for park equipment, planned to be built in the town-owned lot near the park. It was asked if
the encumbered funds had to be spent on the building.
AUg 16 - - Tabled after some discussion was any decision on quote packets for a new storage shed proposed to be
built on the town-owned municipal lot near the park. It was announced to the board that through research on
state code, that money for the project was improperly encumbered and was were illegitimate since they lacked
legal purchase orders or contracts with specifications and bids
2013 - Jul 12 - - The board voted, however, to allow Culver's tree commission to work on trees in the town park, in
conjunction with an arborist they secured to inventory town-owned trees.
Commission members Tom Kearns and Mike Stallings requested the decision, noting the park board had previously voted not
to include the park in the commission's jurisdiction, a decision Ed Behnke said was made when the commission was still fairly
new and untested. He added the commission has since proven its longevity in town.
Kearns explained Culver is officially a "Tree City USA," a status which allows the town access to free and reduced services and
trees from a variety of entities. He said the commission has planted in excess of 400 trees in Culver to date.
Arborist Gina Darnell, according to Kearns, identified at least five trees in an informal survey of the park, which should be
removed. He expressed concerns as to liability and the destruction of historic buildings and other properties, should all or
part of those trees come down.
Kearns said if the commission was granted permission by the park board, Darnell would prepare a booklet identifying each
tree in the park and its state of health. The cost would be between $25 and $65 per hour plus $2.50 per tree. The
commission would come to the park board for permission to remove any targeted trees before action would be taken,
2013 - Jul 23 - - recent removal of the public beach swimming pier because it's unsafe for children. The pier was
removed in its entirety -- save for the section on which the lifeguard chair is mounted. The action came due to an
"ongoing battle" with park patrons who don't follow the posted rules concerning the pier. It was emphasized that park
staff made attempts to curb the behavior using a variety of methods including "time outs," speaking with the parents of
youthful rule-breakers, and even shutting down the pier completely for one evening. Thw auperintendent contacted Culver
park board president who witnessed the problems on several occasions and consulted the president seeking approval prior
to removing the pier
The board unanimously voted to put the pier back in, but not until May, 2014 -- since school starts shortly
and beach use will drop dramatically -- and not without added safety precautions
2013 - AUg 16 - - specialized Lake Max benches fabricated by local businessman Tim Yuhas for the pier at a cost of
$4,200 would be installed in the park in the next few weeks
2013 - AUg 16 - - A suggestion for forming a finance committee made up of two park board members and three
citizens was made and The board did vote -- with a lone "nay" -- in favor of creating a finance committee, with the
same scenario was repeated in response to to createing a similar standing policy committee to establish policy and
create a policy manual
2013 - Jul 12 - - the Green family donated a "Gator" maintenance vehicle to the park, Young asked that the funds
budgeted for the vehicle instead be used to purchase
a "wave rider" seesaw to replace the splintering teeter-totter in the west end of the park (at $1,042), and
the addition of a play item called a "whirligig" at $1,673, also on the west end.
In the east end play area, Young said she had the child's race car equipment replaced and she would like to add
a "crazy teacup" to the playground,
with a total of $5,515, which the board approved. Also approved was Young's request for $3,490 for five new picnic
tables for the park
2013 - Nov 20 - - The ice skating rink had been ordered and should arrive within a few weeks , and basketball court area
is where the temporary skating rink is planned for this season.
2013 - Dec 11 - - board meeting began with introduction of the attorney hired to represent and advise the board,
Rachel Arndt of Peterson, Waggoner, and Perkins LLP in Rochester (Her father being , Dr. Mark Couts of the Family Vision
Clinic in Culver
2013 - Dec 24 - Superintendents job description was revamped the board worked with Arndt to "tweak" and shore
up the superintendent's job description, and would be doing the same with others in the park. The board became aware
it had not been operating according to state statute, which requires the superintendent to have a degree in parks and
recreation management, something incorporated into the new description. Most changes were grammatical, though one
change put the onus on the board, rather than the superintendent, to prepare original drafts for ordinances; the
Superintendent will instead take on more of an advisory role.
The board voted to adopt the new job description into effect Jan. 1, 2014
Board meetings will increase citing "quite a bit of work ahead of us," the park board voted to meet the second and
fourth Wednesday of each month, rather than the single meeting currently held the first Wednesday of the month.
2013 - Dec 24 - The park's new skating rink has arrived
2013 - Dec 24 - Also approved was a fee schedule for attorney's work, which will be a flat payment of $1,500 per
2013 - Dec 31 - - Culver park board eliminates park activities director position
Dec 31 2013 - Kearns also reported, representing the tree commission, that six trees have been listed as priority to remove,
though one -- a popular mulberry tree in the west end of the park -- will be remediated instead of removed. He did explain
budgeting funds for removal yet this winter is "critical." Eleven trees should be pruned in the near future, he added
2013 - By years end Leroy Bean annd Kathy Hart had resigined from the Park Board before the experations of their terms.
2014 - Jan 8 - park superintendent position is vacant after a vote by the park board at its Jan. 8 meeting to end the tenure of
longtime superintendent Kelly Young
a recap of 2013 finances at the park, explaining the park's total income was $262,754, its expenses $255,795, with a
surplus of $6,959. The ending fund balance was $220,542, which includes $33,309 earmarked for some projects last
year which didn't take place (so funds reverted back to the park fund). Income was derived primarily from pier
slip rentals, at $126,705, as well as $56,680 from property tax draw, $12,000 contributed from Union Township, and
remaining funds from parking fees, beach entry fees, and concessions.
Park Board members for 2014 are -
Tammy Shaffer (D), President
-------------, Vice President
------------- (R), Secretary
Edward Behnke (R)
Rhonda Reinhold (D)
Patty Stallings (D)
John Helphrey (?)
May 2014 - Marc Hayden was hired as the new park and recreation superintendent.
June 2014 - Individual season passes returned at $25 for residents of Union twp. and $35 for non-residents for 13-adults.
The family passes remaind at $45 for residents and $60 for non-residents. Cards are no longer being issued but instead a
'book' with names being recorded in it. Also finaly the computerized 'Point-of-Sales System' was finally put in use,
estimated income since May 23 has been $10,000.00. Also Wi-Fi internet has been installed at the beach loadge and exends
out to about a few hundred yards an possible plans to extend it to reach the beach area.
Park and Recreation Law
|Pier Slip Rental May ||23,900.00|
|Pier Slip Rental to May 2104116,675.00|
2014 - Dec - HVA systems which were installed just before Christmas
2015 - Feb. 24 - The Culver Park Board held an informational meeting yesterday that saw bids opened for projects planned to
start this year.The process for improving those aspects of the building was started last summer. The company reviewing
the project will now take the bids under advisement. Six companies submitted bids for the hand-railing project, four
submitted projects for the deck coating. The bids will receive a vote at the Culver Park Board’s March 16th meeting. The
Park Board does not formally meet during the winter months. Deadline for project completion was May 1st for this coming
2015 - June - The longtime fixture in the Culver town park's landscape the
is slated for removal in the near future due to its deteriorating condition. The tree had been listed for
removal a few years earlier by an arborist secured by the Culver tree commission, though pleas from some in the community --
including town council member Ed Pinder -- led to a "stay" in the decision. The deteriorated condition of the tree's trunk
and some branches led to its inclusion on a list of trees to be removed from the park soon.
|2015 - Oct 1 - A safer beach lodge balcony
After lengthy planning and efforts, the style of railing surrounding Culver's
beach lodge's balcony level has been updated with the intention of increased
safety, especially for children. Since its construction in 1937, the lodge has
employed three-rung, iron fencing with wide gaps between each rail, and is
now replaced with fencing difficult for young children to slip through.
The work is part of an ongoing, multi-year effort to renovate the historic structure,
which to date has included replaced HVAC throughout the building, improvements
in windows and water sealing, and sealing of the balcony deck, where
significant deterioration contributed to water problems in the lower level in the
past. More renovations are forthcoming to the structure, which was erected as
a Depression-era WRA project.
2015 - Oct 1 - Town Council - Park
Tom Kearns, representing Culver's park board, asked for 7,000 for a deep survey of the park
land to document location of its perimeter, lights, fences, trees, and the like. Kearns
noted the town is legally-the owner of the land and requested the funds come from the town
budget. Part of the motive for the effort is to determine the legal property line for the
land, though the survey is also needed if various improvements are be made in the park. It
was agreed the council needed to investigate a specific source for the money.
Some council members expressed a preference that a fence planned for storing pier pieces out
of season would be better located in the town-owned lot near Culver's water tower, than in the
park area near the entrance to the Indian Trails and below the Lake Shore Drive curve (a location
Ricciardi suggested might also increase potential damage should a vehicle miss the curve and
wreck). Utilities manager Bob Porter, whose department will handle transport of the pier pieces
to their storage locale each year, suggested the water tower area, it was noted.
2015 - Oct 15 - The Culver Park Board received a grant from the Marshall County Community Foundation
for $18,000 to renovate historic pavilion on the west end of the Culver Town Park
2015 - Nov 5 - Town Bark Board report of whats been done since January 2015
Among items reported were that a monthly financial report is presented each month; a comprehensive policy
manual has been written which provides citizens with the park's rules and regulations; board members have
met a minimum of three meetings a month in order to meet the challenges that the park and its buildings
present; six working committees made up of over 25 volunteer citizens and board members were established,
in order to research and offer guidance (these include finance, policy, buildings, piers, landscape).
The board, she continued, has spent over $200,000 repairing park buildings, including new decking to
eliminate the leaks in the lower level, and new railings to increase the safety at the beach lodge;
work to divert storm water and to water proof the foundation to prevent water from leaking into the
lower level; installation of three new furnaces and two air conditioning units "as the lower level
had no heat, the mid-level was inefficient, and the upper level was emitting dangerous fumes";
purchase of tables and chairs for the meeting room "whose furniture were taken from the beach lodge
and donated or sold to a church outside of Culver by the senior citizen group that owned them"; repair
and stain of the gazebo; repair and cleaning of all four masonry fireplaces which had become inoperable;
purchase of pumps which had been broken and not replaced, or failed during the summer; replacement of
the corroded dumpster with a smaller, less obtrusive one; installation of new wrought iron railings on
the steps leading down to the lakefront; replacement of the dilapidated courtesy pier.
Along with the town council, the board is developing a topographical survey of the park grounds,and has
applied for and received an $18,000 grant from the Marshall County Community Foundation to refurbish
the 1800s-era west picnic pavilion.
Other projects included $10,000 for Christmas lights throughout the park; $2,000 for purchase of a
Point of Sale accounting and cash register system to provide an acceptable means of accountability
determined by the Indiana State audit of the park.
The board hired a full-time superintendent with a degree in Parks and Recreation, a certificate of
lifesaving, and 18 years of park supervision experience, and evaluates him twice a year.
An ongoing training program for lifeguards was established and revenue increased by reconfiguring the
boat rental slips and piers; a five-yea rmaster plan is expected for adoption this year.
The board is in the process of applying for a $1,000,000 grant to refurbish the beach lodge so all
three levels can become a community center
2015 - Nov. 15 - A grant of $4750 was secured for life guard training. The North wall of the beach lodge was dug out and
water-proofed and larger gutters added; drains were cleaned out and directionally. changed. Repairs were made to the
On or about November 30, 2015, the Town of Culver intends to apply to the Indiana Office of
Community Rural Affairs for a grant from the State Community Development Block Grant
(CDBG) Planning program.
This program is funded by Title I of the federal Housing and Community Development Act of
1974, as amended. These funds are to be used for a community development planning project
that will include the following activities:
completion of an interior/exterior/structural analysis regarding the renovation of the
existing Beach Lodge located in Culver, Indiana.
The total amount of CDBG funds to be requested is $15,000. The amount of CDBG funds proposed
to be used for activities that will benefit low and moderate income persons is $8,640. The
Applicant also proposes to expend an estimated $4,000 in non-CDBG funds on the project. These
non-CDBG funds will be derived rom the following sources: $4,000 existing cash on hand
within the town's park fund.
The Town of Culver will hold a public hearing on Monday, November 30, 2015, at the Culver
Town Hall, located at 200 E. Washington Street, Culver, Indiana to provide interested parties
an opportunity to express their views on the proposed federally funded CDBG project. The
meeting will begin at 12:00 p.m. (noon)...
Shannon McLeod, Grant Writer, at Priority Project Resources, Inc., 531 Sycamore Trace, Greensburg,
2015 - Dec 3 - The council also approved submittal of application for a planning grant through the
Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs, as administered by Culver's park board towards
eventual renovation of its beach lodge. The matching grant would require $3,500 from the park
fund towards a total $15,000 planning grant.
The park also recently completed public hearings towards its five-year master plan, with a survey
distributed throughout town also required to be returned by Dec. 1.
|2015 - Dec. 10 - Marc Hayden hands in resignation as Town Park
Superintendent.2015 - Last Day Dec. 13
2018 - Jan 8 - The Town of Culver recently applied for an Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA)
grant to help with planning for the rehabilitation of the lodge building. Once sufficient scope has
been finalized throughout 2016, additional grant funds will be sought to actually perform the work.
2016- Mar 16 - The Town of Culver reviewed a contract proposed between a local contractor and the Parks and
Recreation Department, last night.
A special meeting was called by the Town Council to review the contract after the Town’s Park Board recommended
the document entered into with North Shore Fabrication first receive their blessing. North Shore is being tasked
with removing the boat piers, considered unstable by the Town, and constructing new piers.
Town Manager Jonathan Leist says the work is under a bit of a deadline. Otherwise, those renting spaces on the
piers will need to be reimbursed some their rental rates.
“In the original agreement that the park was working on with [the company], any day past May 15th, North Shore
would have been responsible for those refunds like what were issued last year when there were delays,” says
The idea is to begin making repairs by a deadline of May 30th. The contract is in effect for a period of three
years. How to pay for supplies and make payments between the Town and North Shore Fabrication, the company
performing the work, was a point of concern.
Work performed the first time the boat piers were constructed was considered sub par with points of the pier
construction coming loose.
The Town Council approved making the contract the amendments requested by the company performing the work.
The contract was approved with work anticipated to start in the near future.
2016 - April 26 - The Culver Town Council met and abolished the 50-years old Park Board System - Anna Campbell
as the head of the newly formed town Park deptartment.
2017 - Amphitheater
2018 - Jan. 30 - A petition has been filed by the Culver Planning Commission
to rezone to Municipal Park District 1 (P-1) from the current zoning of Lake
District 1 (L-1) the following parcels,
commonly known as 615 and 819 Lakeshore Drive: 5021163041100001114;
502116302580000014 & 502116401526000014
2017 - Apri 13 - Culver Town Park unveils 2018 brochure; Anna Campbel Norwalk
leaves Positions Friday Apr. 13
New for seaon Paddleboard rentals
Maxinkuckee Yacht Club's Adventure Saturday Sailing program - back
Culver Farmer's Market - back
Beach Opens to public on Satruday May 26
Swimming lessons are offered
FIshing Pier Open - ONLY during offical park hours 5 a.m.-12 a.m.
2018 - Apr 20 - Amber Cowll becomes new Superintendentn of park - A native of Culver
and 204 Culver Girls Academy - to graduate May 21 from Centre College, Danville,
Kentucky; major in enviromental studies with lands management, parks and recreation
and a minior in education. Has been an employee of the Culver Park for the last 6 years
as lifeguard promoting to head lifguard fo 2 years; and last year interned under Ann Nowalk.
-Working part time via trips back to Culver and online will become full-time after May 21.
|2018 - Jun - The fire lane between the Culver Town Park and Washington
Street beforeand after the paving for the bike and pedestrian path
Photos & Postcards~~~~
|2019 - June 17 Today we started the work on the rain garden! Kristen Gram (‘20), is working on the rain garden as part of her
senior service project. Special thanks to Don & Tracy Fox, Rebecca Sam, and culver Academies for making this project possible.
We are looking forward to the beautiful native species that will help with water filtration and erosion!!