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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 Point’s cherished citizens.

This month's resident feature:
Doug Macke


Next 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 park. 

When 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."
Macke's 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 people.
Macke 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 enjoyable.
Macke 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.
Such 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."

In 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.  


See some of our previous features on Crown Point residents:
Wilbur Hiedbreder

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