Indiana Parks & Recreation Association honored award winners from around the state Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at its annual conference in French Lick, Indiana. Valpo Parks received the Exceptional Park Design Award for Tower Park and the Leaders Giving Back Campaign. The Tower Park renovation began with lead gifts by Valpo natives Robbie Hummel and Jeff Samardzija and the Samardzija family, along with Purdue standout basketball player Brian Cardinal, and Purdue Community Hoops.
Congressman Pete Visclosky (D-IN-1), Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (R-IN-2), and U.S. Senator Todd Young (R-IN) are pleased to announce that the 61st National Park in the United States and the first National Park for the state of Indiana is the Indiana Dunes National Park.
Valpo Parks Foundation, is pleased to announce the addition of three new board members. Brandi Anstine, Chief Branding Officer with HealthLinc; Dr. Jim McCall, Assistant Superintendent with Valparaiso Community Schools; and Family Express’s President of Operations, Alex Olympidis. All of these individuals have volunteered and served with many local organizations, giving back to the area they call home.
The Valpo Parks Foundation “Leaders Giving Back” Campaign that led the efforts to renovate Tower Park basketball courts and baseball field is now moving into the next stage to improve our parks and park programs. Just as Tower Park was initiated by lead gifts from Robbie Hummel, Jeff Samardzija and the Samardzija family, this next campaign is also being championed by a former Valparaiso scholar athlete, Dave Lebryk. Lebryk, who resides and works in the greater Washington, D.C. area, approached Valpo Parks about giving back to his hometown and wanting to honor one of his mentors, coach, and teacher Charles “Biff” Geiss.
Valpo Parks ice rink will be offering extended holiday hours beginning at 12 noon, Thursday, December 20, 2018. Skate admission is $5 per person and skate rental is $4. All ages and abilities are welcome. Skate aids, ADA skate sled, lockers, skate sharpening and concessions available.
On Thursday evening, the Valparaiso Parks Department invited the city of Valparaiso to their 3rd Annual Luminary Walk, held at the Award-winning Vale Park West Pathway. Crowds flocked to grab hot cocoa and warm cookies provided by Valpo Athletics and Valpo Parks as they prepared for the magical three-quarter mile walk, a tradition that the citizens of Valparaiso hold dear to their heart.
Hammond’s newest attraction threw open its doors, welcoming parents and children from around the area for a special opportunity: the chance to meet face-to-face with a special someone who is very much in demand this time of year, the man in the red suit himself, Santa Claus!
Valparaiso’s beloved Central Park Plaza played host this evening to hundreds of happy families--and one very large tree-- for the annual Winter Fest and Tree Lighting event.
‘It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas’ at the Valparaiso Central Park Plaza! From pictures with Santa, figure skating performances to carolers, this holiday weekend couldn't get any better! Oh, and did we mention the upcoming EPIC tree lighting?
The Valpo Parks Department’s Annual 1st Source Bank Winter Fest and Tree Lighting on Saturday, November 24th. Residents are invited to join the staff and friends at the William E. Urschel Pavilion for a magical family event to ring in the holiday season.
Valparaiso is a town full of excitement all year long, even in the winter! On Saturday night, ice skating under the Urschel Pavilion kicked off its 4th opened season with the Valpo Parks Foundation First Skate Fundraiser.
If you take the short drive to the outskirts of downtown Valparaiso, you will stumble upon Valpo Parks Creekside Golf Course and Training Center, a true hidden gem in the world of golf.
Creekside offers two courses: three-hole Meadows Course and nine-hole Glen Course. These courses provide the perfect environment to learn how to play, polish your skills, and challenge your game.
The course has a 48-station heated and lighted driving range, with other amenities such as covered and heated tee boxes, putting green, and chipping and practice putting areas. Creekside also provides an indoor teaching area alongside a lovely clubhouse with pro-shot and concession services. Undoubtedly, this type of quality service offers a golf experience like no other as it provides a haven for golfers of all ages and skill levels to...