Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Held for Renovated Plaza at PC Government Center

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Tuesday to mark the completion of the renovations to the Plaza at the Porter County Government Administration Center in Valparaiso. Porter County officials and staff gathered to celebrate the improvements to the plaza in front of the building, which opened in 1993, exactly 25 years ago to the day of the ribbon cutting ceremony.

New look of the Porter County Government Administration Center in downtown Valparaiso (Photos by Alycia Tassone)
New ADA compliant walkway

The new plaza includes a sloped, ADA compliant walkway with lighted handrails leading to the front door, an underground heating system that will prevent ice and snow accumulation in winter months, and an underground storage tank to collect storm water runoff that will then be used to irrigate the improved landscaping. The storm water system will not only benefit the environment, but will also assist the County in meeting their public education requirements as part of the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System Program.

New lighting in the plaza on Memorial Day (Photo provided by Porter County Commissioners)

The new plaza also includes raised tree planter boxes, and surrounding concrete ledges that can be used as seating during warm months for the public to use to relax in the downtown area.

New planters that will be watered using stormwater collected in new underground tank

Laura Blaney, South District Porter County Commissioner told the Region News Team, these new improvements fit in with all the improvements made in the downtown area and will provide additional seating for the public visting all the area has to offer.

Porter County officials join long-time county employee, Debby Boggs, as she cuts the ribbon

Debby Boggs, a 30 year county employee, who became the receptionist at the Administration Center when it opened, did the honors of cutting the ribbon. The new plaza was designed by American StructurePoint of Indianapolis and constructed by Gariup Construction of Gary.