Fun in Crown Point
Crown Point Resident Profiles
The attractive buildings, festive events, and rich
history are not the only treasures in Crown Point; there are also the people.
Resident Profiles takes a closer look at some of Crown Points cherished
This month's resident
time you're splashing and having fun at Deep River
Water Park, keep an eye out for an especially
friendly face, that of Doug Macke, life-time Crown
Point resident and operations manager of the water
asked how he enjoys work at Deep River Water Park,
Macke responded, "I absolutely love it.
It's something different everyday.
There's a great diversity of activities and a
great staff to work with."
four year connection with the Lake County Parks
system has been an enjoyable meaningful
affiliation for him.
Prior to this position at the water park,
Macke was the recreation programmer for the Lake
County Parks, enabling him to organize events at
the numerous parks in the county.
Macke organized and worked with events such
as Buckley Homestead Days, Forbidden Forest
haunted Halloween trail at Lemon Lake Park, and
the other various activities for fun-seeking
earned his recreation degree from Indiana
University in 1992, enabling him to pursue a focus
on local activities and events.
He credits his love of sports and activity
for influencing him towards this career choice.
Until he chose to attend IU, he was not
aware of a recreational major.
When he "stumbled upon it," he
recognized that if fit him ideally.
Already his life was filled with athletics,
intramurals, and other activities; it just seemed
natural to major in what felt familiar and
played a variety of sports throughout his
schooling in Crown Point, but the emphasis was
always on baseball.
Beginning with fun times in Little League
and continued with the influences of his father,
Fenton Macke, head baseball coach at
Merrillville High School, Doug's daily life has
been surrounded by sports and activity.
recreation and activity has continued into his
new family life, with wife Jodie and 2 1/2 year
old son Blake.
Jodie, a first grade teacher in Michigan
City, has been active in regional events as
well, assisting in recreational events for
the community such as "Punt, Pass, and
Kick" and "Clowning Around."
the future, one can imagine that Doug Macke will
continue in his work toward making Lake County
even more of a fun place to visit and play.
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