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Activity & Facility Guide 2019

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OFFERING APPOINTMENTS ON A

CONVENIENT SCHEDULE: YOURS.

Ask about same-day appointments. Schedule online, anytime at PorterPhysicians.com, or call 1-844-PPG-DOCS (774-3627).

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Contents Your PARKS City Leadership

President’s Letter 4 Day Trips 5 Special Events 6 Youth Sports 8 Adult Sports 12 Valpo Golf 14 Valpo Parks Foundation 16 Youth Enrichment 17 Discovery Cottage 18 Discovery Day Camp 20 Adult Enrichment 21 Fit City 22 Rogers-Lakewood 23 Parks & Pathways 24 Central Park Plaza 26 Venue Rentals 28 Shelters & Field Rentals 29 Park Info 30

Jon Costas, Mayor Sharon Swihart, Clerk Treasurer Bill Oeding, City Administrator John Seibert, Parks Director

City Council Robert Cotton George Douglas Lenore Hoffman Trista Hudson Matt Murphy Deb Porter Diana Reed

Board of Directors

Register TODAY Register for a program or reserve a facility in three convenient ways:

President – Mark Hardwick Christa Emerson Mitch Peters Martin Sonnenberg Tim Warner

Contact us via phone at 219-462-5144 to pay with American Express, Discover, MasterCard or Visa. Register in person at Valpo Parks, 3210 N. Campbell Street,Valparaiso, during office hours. We also offer an after hours drop box at our main entrance.

Core Values

Register online at ValpoParks.org.

Creatively Frugal

Boldy Proactive Honestly Accountable Respectively Compassionate

Connect with VALPO PARKS

Surprisingly Responsive

Administrative Office 3210 N. Campbell Street,Valparaiso, IN 46385 Phone: 219-462-5144 • Fax: 219-465-0098 Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 am – 5 pm ValpoParks.org /ValpoParks

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Valpo Parks Ser vice Priorities: Safety • Cour tesy • Presentation • Efficiency

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President’s Message One of the many civic responsibilities of being Park Board President is to continue to build upon the legacy of those that served before you. The close of 2018 marks the end of my term as President of the Board, and with that, I want to say thank you for allowing me to represent the residents of Valparaiso. As many Presidents have done before, it is my honor to share how this community has given so much in order to help it grow for so many. 2018 was once again a year of incomparable additions to the Park system. In late summer, the “Leaders Giving Back” campaign helped complete phase two of the $800,000 renovation of Tower Park with the opening of Samardzija Field. Since its opening, many of our own parks programs, as well as, community members have had the opportunity to utilize the artificial turf field for baseball and softball activities. Additionally, the Tower Park renovation project received high marks from the Valpo Chamber of Commerce with the acceptance of the Community Improvement Award this past fall. Another enhancement to the Valpo Parks this year was the opening of the new Horticulture Center on the northeast corner of Vale Park Road and Campbell Street. This state-ofthe-art center has greatly expanded the Parks ability to house more plant material due to the increased capacity and provided cost efficiencies due to modern technology and strategic design of the revamped green house. The extraordinary work of the horticulture team can be seen around Valpo in areas such as; Central Park Plaza, Ogden Gardens, US 30 and more. Valpo has been and continues to be a community that supports one another. This summer was yet another special example of this at work. The Valpo Sunrise Kiwanis and Valpo Parks teamed up to bring five “Magical Music” instruments to the already dynamic Butterfly Meadows Playground at Foundation Meadows Park. Because of this partnership, the legacy of the Kiwanians and the gift of music will be cherished by generations to come. 4 | Your Parks Guide | REGISTER ONLINE: ValpoParks.org

Furthermore, making connections are key. There isn’t a greater example of that than with our Pathways system. In 2018, more than 2 miles of new pathways have been added to connect the northwest and south segments of Valpo, bringing the total linear park miles to 23. The northwest expansion was made possible through public and private partnerships, as so many of our projects continue to be. As we look to grow and serve the community in new areas, the Valpo Velocity bike share program was expanded to two new stations, Foundation Meadows Park and Cumberland Loop, bringing the total station count to ten. Connections and accessibility continue to be fundamental as we plan for the future. As we look ahead to 2019, we must not forget the legacy that was created from our dear friend, Dr. E. Ric Frataccia. Dr. Frataccia blessed our Park Board for more than 27 years showing us the path to exemplary service, leadership and passion for something greater than self. Over the years, Dr. Frataccia provided our Board with steady, insightful guidance and his legacy will live on in the form of programs, projects and people he impacted. We are Valpo. 2019 is promised to be another year of substantial growth and improvement. As such, the much-anticipated Dog Park, which will be located on the old Clifford property off of Campbell Street, is set to open in 2019. Additionally, many of our legacy properties will see advances this coming year in the form of infrastructure and design needs. Lastly, the pages that follow are full of new opportunities to get engaged and enjoy the exceptional quality of life in Valpo. It’s been a privilege to represent the people of Valpo as your Park Board President. Please continue to visit parks, participate in programs and attend events in 2019 and beyond!

Sincerely,

Mark Hardwick, Park Board President


Day Trips CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS VS. DALLAS STARS Travel with us to the United Center to watch this exciting hockey match-up. All ages welcome! DATES

DAY TIME

FEE

Feb 24

Su

$129

11:30 am – 6 pm

CHICAGO WHITE SOX vs. CHICAGO CUBS

Enjoy this baseball tradition as the White Sox take on the Chicago Cubs. DATES

DAY TIME

FEE

Jul 7

Su

$139

9:30 am – 6 pm

This day trip includes: • Game ticket • Box Lunch • Motorcoach transportation to and from Chicago, IL

This day trip includes: • Ticket to the game • Semi private picnic two hours prior to the game • Motorcoach transportation to and from Chicago’s Guaranteed Rate Field

TULIP FESTIVAL, HOLLAND, MI

ARCHITECTURAL BOAT TOUR

DATES

DAY

TIME

FEE

DATES

DAY TIME

FEE

May 10

F

7:30 am – 7 pm

$89

Aug 8

Th

$99

A first class visit to Holland, MI with beauty, fun and culture wrapped into one exciting day!

This day trip includes: • Walk through Windmill Island • Elegant lunch on the campus of Hope College • Shopping on own in Downtown Holland • Wine tasting reception • Motorcoach transportation to and from Holland, MI

CUBS ON THE ROAD, MILWAUKEE, WI

Put your walking shoes on for over 900 booths of bargains at the Midwest’s Largest Flea Market. Then enjoy a truly unique Amish family dining experience. DAY TIME

FEE

Jun 12

W

$59

8:30 am – 6 pm

CHICAGO CUBS vs. NEW YORK METS DAY TIME

FEE

Su

$179

9:30 am – 6 pm

SUPER FAN DEAL!

DAY TIME

FEE

Sep 8

Su

$149

7:30 am – 9 pm

Tour the beautiful lakefront city in a most unique way!

This day trip includes: • Ticket to the game • Brunch at Wrigley two hours prior to game • Motorcoach transportation to and from Chicago’s Wrigley Field

REGISTER FOR ALL THREE BASEBALL GAMES AT ONE TIME AND SAVE $50!

DATES

PROGRESSIVE ETHNIC FOOD TOUR, MILWAUKEE, WI

Enjoy an incredible Wrigley Field experience! Jun 23

Experience beautiful Miller Park and watch the Chicago Cubs take on the Milwaukee Brewers.

This day trip includes: • Ticketed admission to game at the Johnsonville Party Deck • Lunch buffet • Motorcoach transportation to and from Miller Park

This day trip includes: • Walk through Shipshewana Flea Market • Dinner at The Carriage House, Topeka, IN • Motorcoach transportation

DATES

10 am – 3:30 pm

This day trip includes: • Chicago River cruise with narration of Chicago’s building architecture • Box lunch aboard cruise • Motorcoach transportation to and from Chicago

SHIPSHEWANA FLEA MARKET

DATES

Cruise three branches of the Chicago River with amazing views of Chicago’s world-renowned architecture.

DATES

DAY TIME

FEE

Sep 28

Sa

$99

7:30 am – 8 pm

This day trip includes: • 5.5 hour guided tour of Milwaukee with generous historical insights and stops to enjoy delicious food, drink, and shopping along the way • Lunch • Motorcoach transportation to and from Milwaukee

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Special Events 2019 ICE FISHING DERBY Sponsored by Friends of Fishing & Valpo Parks Ages: All ages welcome Location: Loomis Lake at Rogers-Lakewood Park DATES Jan 19

4TH OF JULY BLAST 5K RUN/WALK

DAY TIME FEE Sa 5 am – 12 pm $20 (15 & under Free)

All fish must be measured by 12 pm. No late entries please. Prizes will be awarded after the event to the longest measured fish in each category. All Indiana state fishing regulations apply. Bass and Walleye can be measured and released if below required length. • Same day registration begins at 5 am at Program Center • For more information or to preregister, contact Mark via email: mwaddis@msn.com

KID’S CLOSET SALE

Ages: All ages welcome Location: Foundation Meadows Park DATES

DAY TIME

FEE

Jul 4

Th

$30

7:30 am

Join Valpo Parks for the 4th of July Blast 5K Run/Walk. Bring your family and friends and start your holiday off with a bang! Register online at www.runsignup.com. • Register by 6/12 to guarantee shirt size. No shirt option save $5 • Race day registration: 6 – 7 am, $35

NEW! 4TH OF JULY BLAST

Location: Butterfield Family Pavilion,Valparaiso DATES Apr 27

DAY Sa

TIME ADMISSION FEE 8 am – 12 pm $3

Oct 5

Sa

8 am – 12 pm $3

Offered in both the spring and fall, patrons may shop 30+ vendor tables of gently used infant, toddler, and children apparel, toys, furniture, and much more.Vendor Fee: $45 first table, $20 for each additional table. For information on being a Kid’s Closet Sale Vendor, visit valpoparks.org. • Admission: $3 prior to 9 am / $2 after 9 am • Admission is per person age 18 & up. Cash only

TAKE A KID FISHING

LITTLE FIRECRACKER 2K RUN

Ages: 12 and Under Location: Foundation Meadows Park DATES

DAY TIME

FEE

REGISTER

Jul 4

Th

$25

By Jun 12

7:45 am

Kids 12 and under have the opportunity to participate in the 4th of July Blast with a 2K run. Awards will be given by age group. Register online at www.runsignup.com. • Register by 6/12 to guarantee shirt size. No shirt option save $5 • Race day registration is $30

CITY OF VALPARAISO 4TH OF JULY BLAST

Sponsored by Friends of Fishing Ages: All ages welcome, Kids 14 and under with an adult Location: Rogers-Lakewood Park

Ages: All ages welcome Location: Urschel Field,Valparaiso Street and Vale Park Road

DATES Jun 1

DATES

DAY TIME Sa 8 am – 12 pm

FEE FREE

Casting games with prizes for children with longest fish in several categories. • On-site registration day of event at Program Center • For more information contact Mark via email: mwaddis@msn.com

Ages: All ages welcome, Kids 8 – 13 with an adult Location: Rogers-Lakewood Program Center DAY Sa

FEE

VALPO NIGHT RIDE

FAIRY GARDEN DATES Jun 22

DAY TIME

Jul 4 Th 6:30 pm* FREE Join us for one of the best entertainment and firework shows in the area. Event kicks off at 6:30 pm with live music and patriotic events, along with a great fireworks show at 9:15pm *Time is estimated.

TIME 10 – 11 am

FEE REGISTER $35 By Jun 12

Join us for fun, fairies, and miniature gardening. Build your own fairy garden with help from experienced Fairy Experts on loan from Chesterton Feed and Garden Center. Get tips on indoor gardening and more. When you register, pick up a season pass to Rogers-Lakewood Park for just $10. 6 | Your Parks Guide | REGISTER ONLINE: ValpoParks.org

Ages: All ages welcome, Kids 18 and under with an adult Location: Butterfield Family Pavilion DATES Aug 24

DAY TIME Sa 10 pm

FEE $30

REGISTER By Aug 2

Experience the thrill of bicycling by starlight during the annual Valpo Night Ride. This 15-mile organized bicycle ride allows participants to ride in and around the City, as a group at a safe pace. • Check in from 8 – 9:30 pm • Late Registration $40 from 8/3 – 8/24 (shirts not guaranteed)


Special Events POPCORN PANIC 5 MILE RUN & 5K RUN/WALK

SCARECROWS FROM SCRATCH

DATES DAY TIME

FEE

REGISTER

DATES DAY TIME

FEE

REGISTER

Sep 7

Sa

7:20 am 5M

$30

By Aug 7

Oct 6

$25

By Sep 30

Sep 7

Sa

7:30 am 5K

$30

By Aug 7

Put together your own child-sized scarecrow from the ground up. All materials will be provided, though you're welcome to bring your own clothes from home. Price includes all materials plus cookies and cider. $20 for each additional scarecrow.

All ages welcome (Runners may compete as a team – minimum 4 per team) Location: Downtown Valparaiso

Be a part of the 41st running of the Popcorn Panic. A community tradition for more than four decades, this event has over 1,000 participants annually, running and walking through our tree-lined city streets. In teams or as individuals, you can choose to run the 5 mile or run or walk the 5K. Returning for 2019: Middle School Competition. The school that has the most students register for the 5K event will receive a traveling trophy and also a donation to their athletic dept. How to register: 1. Online: www.runsignup.com 2. Walk-in Registrations will be accepted at Extra Mile Fitness on Sept. 4 & 5 and on Sept. 6 at Butterfield Pavilion from 3:30 – 6 pm • Register by 8/7 to guarantee shirt size. No shirt option save $5 • Fees increase after 8/7

Su

1 – 3 pm

HAUNTED HOWL RUN

NEW! Ages: All ages welcome

Location: Creekside Golf Course & Training Center DATES DAY TIME Oct 27 Su 8 am

FEE $25

REGISTER By Oct 12

Register online at www.runsignup.com. Register by 10/12 to guarantee a glow in the dark shirt size. No shirt option saves $5. Race day registration is $30. All participants will receive a finisher's pumpkin. This Cross Country Course will feature the following events: • 8:30 am – 5K for ages 11 and up • 8:45 am – 4K for ages  7 to 10 years • 9:00 am – 2K for ages 6 & Under

LIT’L KERNEL PUFF

Ages: 2 – 9 by September 7, 2019 Location: Downtown Valparaiso DATES DAY TIME Sep 7 Sa 8:30 am

Ages: All ages welcome, Kids 10 – 15 with an adult Location: Butterfield Family Pavilion

FEE $12

REGISTER By Aug 7

Kids can join the Popcorn Festival fun with this unique kid-friendly race in Downtown Valparaiso. Kids run in this 100 – 300 yard event; distance varies by age group. Everyone receives a t-shirt and participation ribbon. Register early, space is limited. • Late Registration $20 from 8/8 until event is full • Packet Pick-up: Butterfield Family Pavilion; Sep 6, 3:30–6 pm

TOUCH-A-TRUCK Location: Central Park Plaza, Downtown Valparaiso DATES DAY TIME FEE Dec 14 Sa 11 am – 2 pm FREE Kids of all ages will enjoy the opportunity to explore their favorite big rigs during this free hands-on Touch a Truck event. Complimentary refreshments, Santa, music, and more! Bring a new unwrapped toy to donate to local Toys for Tots efforts. Monetary donations also accepted.

VALPO LUMINARY WALK Location:Vale Park West Pathway DATES DAY TIME FEE Dec 12 Th 5:30 – 8 pm FREE The Vale Park West Pathway comes alive after dark with thousands of luminaries. Carolers, cookies, and hot chocolate await as you stroll through the crisp night experiencing the breathtaking ambiance of the ¾-mile pathway that spans over Beauty Creek. Take advantage of the only opportunity to see this pathway illuminated at night. Parking is available at 1198 Vale Park Road (Keystone Commons Entrance) or 2061 Vale Park Road (Windsor Park Entrance). Support the Luminary Walk Sponsor the Luminary Walk starting at only $25. Sponsors donating $100 and above will be recognized in print. $500 and above will be recognized in print and on signage. To sponsor luminaries call Valpo Parks by December 2 at 219-462-5144

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Youth Sports YOUTH SPORTS Through role modeling and caring instruction by coaches and staff, all participants and parents will be shown how to put winning into proper perspective. Not only will your child learn sports skills, but they will also develop valuable life tools.

WINTER PROGRAMS WINTER SPORTS SKILLS CLINICS/ AGILITY TRAINING The clinics will focus on individual and team development. Each day, campers will go through skill stations designed to help push them to improve as an individual and team player. Only $10 clinic fee when registering in combination with a Valpo Parks youth sports program by clinic deadline.

Ages: 7 – 12 by December 31, 2018 Location: Valparaiso High School Field House DAY TIME Su 4:30 – 5:45 pm

Ages: 3 – 12 by December 31, 2018 Location: Valparaiso High School Field House DATES Feb 10 – 24

FEE $28/$40

REGISTER By Jan 10

Instructors:Valparaiso High School Baseball Staff Only $10 to 2019 Valpo Parks Baseball Participants

DAY TIME Su 4:30 – 5:30 pm

(3 – 6 yr olds)

Feb 10 – 24 Su

5 – 6:30 pm (7 – 12 yr olds)

FEE $28/$40

REGISTER By Feb 8

$28/$40

By Feb 8

Instructors: VU Men’s and Women’s Soccer Teams Only $10 to 2019 Valpo Parks Soccer Participants

T-BALL CLINIC Ages: 3 – 6 by December 31, 2018 Location: Valparaiso High School Field House DATES

BASEBALL CLINIC

DATES Jan 13 – 27

SOCCER CLINIC

DAY TIME

FEE

REGISTER

Mar 3 – 17 Su

4:30 – 5:15 pm (3 yr olds)

$18/$30

By Feb 28

Mar 3 – 17 Su

5:30 – 6:15 pm (4 – 6 yr olds)

$18/$30

By Feb 28

Only $10 to 2019 Valpo Parks T-ball Participants

SOFTBALL PITCHING WARM UP CLINIC SOFTBALL CLINIC

Ages: 8 – 12 by December 31, 2018

Ages: 7 – 12 by December 31, 2018 Location: Valparaiso High School Field House

Location: Valparaiso High School Field House

DATES Jan 13 – 27

DAY TIME Su 6 – 7:15 pm

FEE $28/$40

REGISTER By Jan 10

Instructors:Valparaiso High School Softball Staff Only $10 to 2019 Valpo Parks Softball Participants

DATES Mar 3 – 17

DAY TIME Su 6:30 – 7:30 pm

FEE $50/$62

REGISTER By Feb 28

Pitchers will need to provide their own catcher if possible. Participants will learn the basics of softball pitching fundamentals. Taught by local pitching coaches and high school players.

Are you willing to coach? Receive $10 off your child’s registration by volunteering to coach a youth sports team.

Worried about bad weather? Call our youth sports cancellation hotline for a pre-recorded announcement of any cancellations due to bad weather: 219-476-7961 8 | Your Parks Guide | REGISTER ONLINE: ValpoParks.org


Youth Sports SPRING/SUMMER PROGRAMS

GIRLS FAST PITCH SOFTBALL LEAGUE

SOCCER

6U –12U Player Eval Day:

Valpo Parks provides a positive recreational soccer experience for children ages 3 to 12. We strive to maintain a balance between teaching progressive soccer skills, sportsmanship, and healthy competition. Leagues: 5U, 7U, 9U, 12U

Location: Westside Park

COED SPRING SOCCER LEAGUE Ages: 4 – 12 by April 1, 2019 DATES Apr 6 – May 25*

DAY TIME Sa Varies

FEE $57/$69

REGISTER By Mar 8

9u and 12u division players must attend a skills evaluation session. Upper divisions may play 1– 2 weekday games depending on teams for tournament. *No games 4/20

NEW!

MIGHTY MITE SOCCER INSTRUCTIONAL LEAGUE Ages: 3 – 4 by May 1, 2019

DATES DAY TIME Jul 8 – 31 M/W 9:30 – 10:15 am

FEE REGISTER $50/62 By Jun 21

Jul 8 – 31

M/ W

10:30 – 11:15 am

$50/62

By Jun 21

Jul 8 – 31

M/ W

11:30 am – 12:15 pm

$50/62

By Jun 21

Jul 9 – Aug 1 T/Th 1 – 1:45 pm

$50/62

By Jun 21

Jul 9 – Aug 1 T/Th 2 – 2:45 pm

$50/62

By Jun 21

Jul 9 – Aug 1 T/Th 3 – 3:45 pm (Choose one time slot)

$50/62

By Jun 21

Introductory soccer program for 3 and 4 year olds. Each week participants will work on skills and drills. Final two sessions will be scrimmage games. Fridays will be used for make-up days. All participants receive a t-shirt and soccer socks.

Ages: 5 – 12 by December 31, 2018 Home games at Bicentennial Park & Samardzija Field, Tower Park Mid March Date TBD

DATES DAY TIME FEE REGISTER Apr 29 – Jun 29 M – Sa Varies 6U $75/$87 By Mar 15 8U $88/$100 10U, 12U $100/$112 Valpo Parks teams will play eight games. Games will be played weekdays and Saturdays. NEW: 8u and above will go through a skills evaluation.

CO-ED T–BALL LEAGUE Ages: 4 – 6 by May 1, 2019 Location:ValPlayso Park T-Ball Fields DATES DAY TIME FEE Jun 3 – Jul 20 M – Sa Varies $55/$67

REGISTER By May 3

4-5 year olds will play traditional t-ball. 6 year olds will start on T and transition to coach pitch. Season includes 8 games.

LIL' SLUGGERS – INTRO TO T-BALL

NEW! Ages: 3 year olds

Location:ValPlayso Park T-Ball Fields DATES DAY TIME FEE REGISTER Jul 13 – Aug 17 Sa

9 – 10 am

$55/$67

By Jun 21

Jul 13 – Aug 17 Sa

10 – 11 am

$55/$67

By Jun 21

Jul 13 – Aug 17 Sa

11 am – 12 pm $55/$67

By Jun 21

3 year olds will work with staff on skills and drills for 45 minutes each session. The last sessions will be traditional t-ball. Participants will receive a t-shirt and hat.

BACK TO SCHOOL SOCCER LEAGUE Ages: 4 – 12 by July1, 2019

DATES

DAY TIME

FEE

REGISTER

Aug 10 – Sep 28

Sa

$57/$69

By Jul 1

Varies

9u and 12u division players must attend a skill evaluation session. Upper Divisions may play 1-2 weekday games depending on teams for tournament.

CHICAGO FIRE SOCCER CAMP Ages: 3 – 14 Location: Westside Park

JULY 22nd – JULY 26th GROUP DAY TIME Ages 3 to 5 M – F 8 – 9 am Ages 6 to 14 M – F 9 am – 12 pm

FEE $80 $140

Come train for a week with Chicago Fire Staff. Participants will go through 5 days of camp, focusing on fundamental drills, and game situations. Each participant receives jersey, evaluation and game ticket voucher.

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Youth Sports SPRING/SUMMER PROGRAMS GIRLS SOFTBALL PITCHING CAMP

Location: Creekside Golf Course

Ages: 8 – 12 Location: Samardzija Field, Tower Park

DATES DAY TIME FEE Aug 6 – 27 Tu 5:30 – 6:30 pm $50/$62

REGISTER By Aug 2

The clinic will focus on individual development for all levels of softball pitchers. Each day camper will go through skill stations designed to help push them to improve as a softball player. The clinic will consist of four one-hour sessions and each participant will receive a t-shirt.

CAL RIPKEN MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Ages: 11 – 12 by May 1, 2019 Location: Home games at Kirchhoff Park DATES Apr 22 – Jun 29

DAY TIME M – Sa Varies

FEE REGISTER $100/$112 By Mar 2

Teams will compete against Boone Grove, Morgan, Washington, Kouts, Liberty Rec, and other Valpo teams with 70-ft bases and 50-ft pitcher mound. NEW: All participants must attend a skill evaluation day.

BABE RUTH BASEBALL LEAGUE DAY TIME M – Sa Varies

DATES

DAY TIME

FEE

May 30 – Jun 27

Th

5:30 pm

$100/team

Ju1 11 – Aug 8

Th

5:30 pm

$100/team

Kids ages 6-12 will enjoy one 9 hole round each night (cart included) with parent or adult over 18. Fee will be waived for adults with a golf membership.

YOUTH TRACK & FIELD

Ages: 4 – 12 as of May 30, 2019 Location:Valparaiso High School Track/Ben Franklin Track DATES DAY TIME FEE REGISTER Jun 8 – Jul 20 Sa Varies $52/$64 By May 24 Boys and girls of all skill levels will have the opportunity to compete in 4 events each meet. Children will run with kids their own age, with boys and girls in separate divisions Valpo Parks will compete against the Valpo YMCA, Portage YMCA, and Porter County Parks Dept. Practice will be on Wednesdays.

YOUTH/ADULT BOWLING

Ages: 13 – 15 by May 1, 2019 Location: Glenrose Park DATES Apr 22 – Jun 29

YOUTH/ADULT GOLF LEAGUE

NEW! Ages: 6 – 12

FEE REGISTER $115/$127 By Mar 1

Ages: 4 – 12 Location: Inman's Recreation Center DATES

DAY TIME

FEE

REGISTER

Teams will compete against Boone Grove, Morgan, Duneland, Washington, Westville and other Valpo Teams, with 90 ft bases and 60 ft pitching mound. NEW: All participants must attend a skill evaluation day.

Jun 6 – Aug 15 Th

5:30 – 6:30 pm $68/$80 By May 24 (4-6 yr Olds – 1 game)

Jun 6 – Aug 15 Th

5:30 – 6:30 pm $98/$110 By May 24 (7-12 yr Olds – 2 games)

BIFF GEISS ROOKIE BASEBALL LEAGUE

4 to 6 year olds enjoy one game of bowling with parent or adult over 18, and special attraction including video game pass, mini golf or roller skating, depending on season. 7 to 12 year olds bowl two games and receive special attraction pass. Shoe rentals and t-shirt are included.

Ages: 7 – 8 by May 1, 2019 Location: Westside Park / Samardzija Field, Tower Park DATES Jun 3 – Jul 20

DAY TIME M – Sa Varies

FEE $80/$92

REGISTER By Apr 30

The coach will begin as pitcher and transition to player pitch starting the first game. The season will consist of eight games and single elimination tourney. Weekday games start at 6 pm and Saturday times vary.

MINORS BASEBALL LEAGUE

Ages: 9 – 10 by May 1, 2019 Location: Westside Park / Samardzija Field, Tower Park / Valpo Americans Fields DATES Jun 3 – Jul 20

DAY TIME M – Sa Varies

FEE REGISTER $80/$92 By Apr 30

Teams will play eight games, against other Valpo Parks teams and Valpo American Teams. We will conclude with a double elimination tournament at the end of the season. NEW: All participants must attend a skill evaluation day.

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Youth Sports YOUTH TENNIS

FALL MINORS BASEBALL LEAGUE

Ages: 9 – 10 by July 1, 2019 Location: Home games at Westside Park / Samardzija Field, Tower Park

SUMMER SAMPLER

Ages: 4 – 16 Location: Valparaiso High School Tennis Facility DATES May 28 – 30

DAY TIME Tu – Th 4 – 5 pm

FEE REGISTER $45/$57 By May 17

This class is designed to give kids a preview of our summer sessions. Kids will learn the fundamentals of tennis through drills and games from our tennis instructors. Participating kids will receive a FREE tennis racket.

GROUP LESSONS

FEE $65/$77

REGISTER By Jul 19

Teams will compete against Liberty, Kouts, Morgan, Wanatah and other Valpo Teams. For Team registration, call 219-462-5144.

FALL MAJORS BASEBALL LEAGUE Ages: 11– 12 by July 1, 2019 Location: Home games at Kirchhoff Park DATES DAY TIME Aug 24 – Oct 12 Sa Varies

Ages: 4 – 13 Location: Valparaiso High School Tennis Facility

NEW!

DATES DAY TIME Aug 24 – Oct 12 Sa Varies

FEE $65/$77

REGISTER By Jul 19

Teams will compete against Liberty, Kouts, Morgan, Wanatah and other Valpo Teams. For Team registration, call 219-462-5144.

SIX WEEK SESSION: June 10th – July 25th

GROUP

DAY TIME

FEE

Munchkins (4 to 6) Munchkins (4 to 6)

M – Th M – Th

9 – 9:30 am 9:30 – 10 am

$75/$87 $75/$87

Ages: 7 – 10 Ages: 7 – 10

M – Th M – Th

9 – 10 am 10 – 11 am

$95/$107 $95/$107

Ages: 11 – 13

M – Th

10:30 – 11:30 am $95/$107

An exciting and fun program that introduces children to the basics of tennis. Modified equipment is used to bring the game to the level of the players. Classes run Monday through Thursday with Fridays used as make up days for rain-outs. NOTE: NO CLASSES JULY 1ST THROUGH 5TH.

FALL PROGRAMS FALL INSTRUCTIONAL SOFTBALL CAMP Ages: 7– 12 as of July 1, 2019 Location: Samardzija Field, Tower Park

DATES DAY TIME Aug 26 – Sep 30 M 5:30 – 7 pm (Ages: 7–9)

FEE $70$82

REGISTER By Aug 16

Aug 28 – Oct 2 W

$70/$82

By Aug 16

5:30 – 7 pm (Ages: 10–12)

Each session will consist of 1-1/2 hour of skills and drills and game situations. Local High School and College players will be conducting the drills. Each participant receives a t-shirt.

BIFF GEISS FALL ROOKIE BASEBALL LEAGUE Ages: 7 – 8 by July 1, 2019

Location: Westside Park / Samardzija Field, Tower Park DATES DAY TIME Aug 24 – Oct 12 Sa Varies

FEE $65/$77

REGISTER By Jul 19

The coach will begin as the pitcher and transition to player pitch starting the first game. Teams will compete against Liberty, Kouts, Morgan, Wanatah and other Valpo Teams. For Team registration, call 219-462-5144.

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Adult Sports SPRING/SUMMER PROGRAMS SPRING SWING TOURNEY

Ages: 18+ and no longer participating in high school athletics Location: Old Fairgrounds Park DATES Apr 27 – 28

DAY TIME Sa – Su 9 am start

FEE REGISTER $100/team By Apr 18

This tourney is only open to teams already registered in the Summer Leagues. For an additional $100, teams play a minimum three games. Winners of each bracket will receive either a team credit or t-shirt uniforms for the season. Limited number of spots available.

ADULT SUMMER SOFTBALL

Ages: 18+ and no longer participating in high school athletics Location: Old Fairgrounds Park Mandatory captains meeting: early April, date TBD DATES DAY Apr 29 – Jul 29 M

TIME FEE Varies $495/$590 Coed

Apr 30 – Jul 30 Tu

Varies $600/$695 Women By Mar 28

May 1 – Aug 1

Varies $600/$695 Men

W – Th

REGISTER By Mar 28 By Mar 28

Men’s, Women’s, and Coed Softball Leagues are offered during the summer and fall months. Teams are placed in divisions by request and past records and range from competitive to recreational. Six or more non-residents equals a non-resident team. All team fees must be paid prior to the first night of play. Roster Deadline is March 28 with $100 deposit.

Ages: 18+ and no longer participating in high school athletics Location: Old Fairgrounds Park Mandatory captains meeting: early May, date TBD DATES May – Aug

DAY Varies

TIME FEE REGISTER Varies $900/$1000 By Apr 18

The league offers 12 games (6 per half) along with a postseason doubleelimination tourney. Up to three divisions are offered: competitive, midrecreational, and recreational. Rosters are required with $100 deposit. Coed teams are required to have a minimum of three women on their rosters. Six or more non-residents equals a non-resident team. All team fees must be paid prior to the first night of play. Registration Deadline is April 18 with $100 deposit.

NEW! MEN’S OUTDOOR BASKETBALL

TOURNEY

Ages: 18+ and no longer participating in high school athletics Location: Tower Park DATES Jun 22 – 23

DAY TIME Sa –Su 9 am start

FEE $125

REGISTER By Jun 4

Jul 20 – 21

Sa –Su

$125

By Jul 2

9 am start

Two different opportunities to “Tower” over the courts of Valpo! The tourneys are separate from one another, and if numbers warrant, we’ll have more than one division. Teams are guaranteed three games minimum.

FALL/WINTER PROGRAMS

SUNDAY ADULT SOFTBALL

Ages: 18+ and no longer participating in high school athletics Location: Old Fairgrounds Park DATES May 5 – Jun 23

DAY TIME Su Varies

FEE REGISTER $350/$400 By Apr 11

Aug 4 – Sep 22

Su

$350/$400 By Jul 25

Varies

ADULT COED SOCCER

This league is for Men’s, Women’s and Coed teams that prefer weekend play. Season will consist of 10 games plus a tourney. Depending on the number of teams, some teams may play "split" double headers with an hour break in between games.

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ADULT FALL COED & MEN’S SOFTBALL Ages: 18+ and no longer participating in high school athletics Location: Fairgrounds Park Mandatory captains meeting: early July, date TBD DATES Aug 5 – Sep 30

DAY TIME FEE REGISTER M/W Varies $495/$590 Coed A-C By Jul 11

Aug 6 – Sep 26

Tu/Th Varies $495/$590 Coed D-F

By Jul 11

Aug 6 – Sep 26

Tu/Th Varies $495/$590 Men

By Jul 11

Teams are placed in divisions by request and past records and range from Competitive to Recreational. Six or more non-residents equals a nonresident team. All team fees must be paid prior to the first night of play. Roster Deadline is July 11 with $100 deposit.


Adult Sports PRE-SEASON VOLLEYBALL TOURNEY

Ages: 18+ and no longer participating in high school athletics Location: Thomas Jefferson Middle School DATES Oct*

DAY TIME M TBD*

FEE $60 Coed

REGISTER By Oct 7

Oct* W TBD* $60 Women By Oct 7 Any team participating in our leagues can register to play in our preseason tourney. Limited number of spots available; brackets will be determined by Divisional assignments. Tourney winner has the option of team credit or t-shirt uniforms for the season. *Date will be scheduled 1–2 weeks before start of regular season.

COED & WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL LEAGUES Ages: 18+ and no longer participating in high school athletics Location: Thomas Jefferson Middle School Mandatory captains meeting: early October, date TBD DATES Oct – Mar

DAY TIME FEE M Varies $390/$450 Coed

Oct – Mar

W

Varies

REGISTER By Sep 19

$390/$450 Women By Sep 19

Season includes round robin play and tournaments. Four or more nonresidents equals a non-resident team. All team fees must be paid prior to the first night of play.

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Valpo Golf FOREST PARK FATHER’S DAY TOURNAMENT

PGA WOMEN’S GOLF MONTH

Any combination of Adult/Child, as long as they are related, can participate in this scramble formatted tournament. Participants make their own tee times on Sunday, and compete in this scratch and handicapped event. All tournament fees will fund awards, with winners determined by number of participants and flights.

PGA BRING YOUR KIDS TO THE RANGE

Sunday, June 16

FOREST PARK WOMEN’S GOLF ASSOCIATION Season:

Late April through September Tues morning shotgun start

Price:

Regular green and cart fees apply; season pass holders may use their pass for green fees; there is also a separate league fee.

Play your choice of a 9 or 18 hole league. Alternate the front and back nine weekly.

CREEKSIDE LADIES’ LEAGUE Season:

3 sessions Session 1 – May; Session 2 – July; Session 3 – September Monday morning, 9:00am or Monday evening, 5:00pm

Price:

Regular green and cart fees apply; season pass holders may use their pass for green fees; there is also a separate league fee.

SENIOR MEN’S LEAGUE Season:

May through September; Wednesday at 8 am

Price:

Regular green and cart fees apply; season pass holders may use their pass for green fees; there is also a separate league fee.

This weekly Senior Men’s League at Forest Park Golf Course consists of a variety of weekly individual and team formats.

MEN’S CLUB Season

April through September; Wednesday – Sunday individual tee times

Price

Regular green and cart fees apply; season pass holders may use their pass for green fees

Contact Forest Park Golf Course, 219-531-7888 for more information.

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June 1 – 30 Thursdays during the month of June, ladies receive complimentary green fees and/or cart with the purchase of greens fees or cart of equal value from an accompanying golfer.

July 1 – 31 Children 18 years and under receive a free small bucket of balls with an accompanying adult’s bucket purchase

PGA TAKE YOUR DAUGHTER TO THE COURSE WEEK CREEKSIDE GOLF COURSE July 1 – 7 Any parent who brings his or her daughter (must be 18 years or younger) to the course to play a round of golf will receive free green fees for the daughter, with a paying adult.

PATRIOT DAYS

August 31—September 2 Golfers playing during this weekend have the opportunity to donate $1 to benefit the “Folds of Honor” scholarship program for children of fallen soldiers. Patriot Days is sponsored by the Professional Golfers Association of America.


Valpo Golf FOREST PARK GOLF COURSE

CREEKSIDE GOLF COURSE AND TRAINING CENTER

1155 Sheffield Drive Valparaiso, IN 46385 219-531-PUTT (7888)

2355 Clifford Road Valparaiso, IN 46385 219-531-PUTT (7888)

www.ValparaisoGolf.com

www.ValparaisoGolf.com

WEEKDAY RATES 18 Holes (open – 3 pm) 9 Holes (open – 3 pm) Twilight (3 pm – close) Senior 18 Holes Senior 9 Holes Junior 18 Holes Junior 9 Holes

GREENS FEE RIDING $16 $29 $13 $20 $13 $20 $15 $23 $8 $16 $13 -$9 --

WEEKEND RATES 18 Holes (open – 3 pm) 9 Holes (open – 3 pm) Twilight (3 pm – close) Senior 18 Holes (after 11 am) Junior 18 Holes Junior 9

GREENS FEE RIDING $21 $34 $17 $24 $17 $24 $20 $28 $16 -$11 --

CART RATES 18 Holes 9 Holes Twilight (3 pm – close)

$13 $7 $7

GREENS FEE $13 $4 $8 $8 $11

RIDING $20 $8 $15 -$18

WEEKEND RATES 9 Holes (open – 3 pm) 3 Holes (open – 3 pm) Senior 9 Holes (after 11 am) Junior 9 Holes Twilight (3 pm – close)

GREENS FEE $17 $4 $12 $10 $14

RIDING $24 $8 $19 -$21

CART RATES 18 Holes 9 Holes 3 Holes Twilight (3 pm – close) SIMULATOR PRICE 1 hour $20.00 Rates subject to change

For more information, contact either golf course by calling 219-531-7888.

NEW!

WEEKDAY RATES 9 Holes (open – 3 pm) 3 Holes (open – 3 pm) Senior 9 Holes Junior 9 Holes Twilight (3 pm – close)

2019 VALPO PARKS GOLF MEMBERSHIP RATES

$13 $7 $4 $7 1/2 hour $10.00

DRIVING RANGE PRICE Small Bucket: $5 Large Bucket: $8 Range Card (20 large): $90

MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS

Individual Standard Individual Premier

Walking Pass $700 $800

Riding Pass $950 $1,155

Couple Standard Couple Premier

$1,050 $1,200

$1,425 $1,730

Senior Standard Senior Premier Student Standard

$630 $880 $730 $1,085 $290 $540

Any individual who purchases a 2019 Valpo Premier Membership will receive the following benefits starting January 1, 2019 • $1 off a driving range bucket (unlimited) at Creekside Golf Course • One (1) free hour of simulator usage at Creekside Golf Course • 10% off at concessions stand (unlimited uses) at Forest Park & Creekside Golf Course • 5% off usage of Welter Room and/or Hoffman Room (unlimited uses)

Student: Must be 21 years or younger with a student ID Individual: Must be 18 years or older to drive a cart Senior: Must be 60+ Couple: Must be two people who reside in the same household Standard: Unlimited greens fees on weekdays and after 1 pm on weekends & holidays at Forest Park. Unlimited greens fees at Creekside anytime. Premier: Unlimited greens fees at Forest Park and Creekside anytime. Eligible for membership benefits.

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Youth Enrichment CODING FOR KIDS

CAKE ART CLASSES

NEW! Ages: 8 to 14

Ages: 7 to 12 Location: Hoffman Room, Creekside Golf Course

Location: Banta Center, 605 Beech St,Valparaiso

DATES Jan 21 – Feb 4

DAY TIME M 5:30 – 7:30 pm

FEE REGISTER $94/106 By Jan 18

DATES Mar 8

DAY TIME FEE REGISTER F 5:30 – 7:30 pm $50/62 By Mar 1

Feb 25 – Mar 11

M

5:30 – 7:30 pm

$94/106 By Feb 22

Mar 23

Sa

10 am – 12 pm $50/62 By Mar 16

Apr 8 – 22

M

5:30 – 7:30 pm

$94/106 By Apr 5

Apr 6

Sa

10 am – 12 pm $50/62 By Apr 1

May 6 – 20

M

5:30 – 7:30 pm

$94/106 By May 3

Apr 26

F

5:30 – 7:30 pm $50/62 By Apr 19

May 10

F

5:30 – 7:30 pm $50/62 By May 3

May 25

Sa

10 am – 12 pm $50/62 By May 18

This innovative course teaches computer programming skills through interactive and exciting projects. Children will have a blast creating video games, animated stories and brining their imaginations to life.

BRICKS FOR KIDZ

Ages: 5 to 12 Location: Banta Center, 605 Beech St,Valparaiso

Students must bring in a baked, un-iced cake to decorate. Icing and decorating tips will be provided.

DRAWING FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

DATES Jan 10 – Feb 14

DAY TIME Th 5:15 – 6:15 pm

FEE REGISTER $55/67 By Jan 4

Feb 21 – Apr 4

Th

5:15 – 6:15 pm

$55/67 By Feb 15

Apr 11 – May 16

Th

5:15 – 6:15 pm

$55/67

By Apr 5

We use LEGO products to provide a fun, hands-on learning and building experience focused on STEM concepts. All materials provided. No class 3/28

Ages: 9 to 12 Location: Banta Center, 605 Beech St,Valparaiso DATES Feb 21 – Mar 21

DAY TIME Th 5 – 6:30 pm

FEE REGISTER $90/102 By Feb 9

Discover the joy of drawing. Learn the language of line, value, shape, texture, space, mark-making, and composition. Students will sharpen their observation skills and learn about different drawing tools, materials, and techniques to create abstract designs and realistic drawings.

CLUB CREATIVE

YOUNG REMBRANDTS

Ages: 5 to 9 Location: Banta Center, 605 Beech St,Valparaiso

Ages: 5 to 12 Location: Banta Center, 605 Beech St,Valparaiso DATES Jan 8 – Feb 12

DAY TIME Tu 5:15 – 6:15 pm

FEE REGISTER $50/62 By Jan 4

Feb 19 – Apr 2

Tu

5:15 – 6:15 pm

$50/62 By Feb 12

Apr 9 – May 14

Tu

5:15 – 6:15 pm

$50/62

By Apr 2

Inspire your child to become a budding artist. This class is a dynamic way for your child to develop their own creativity.

DATES Feb 21 – Mar 21

DAY TIME Th 4 – 4:45 pm

Each week will feature a fun new art design material and process involving mosaic, clay sculpture, batik, printmaking, drawing, painting and mask making. We will be inspired by historical and contemporary art and fold art practices around the globe.

S.T.E.M. Learning

BRICKS & YOUNG REMBRANDTS

Ages: 3 to 5 Location: Discovery Cottage, 1158 Harrison Blvd,Valparaiso DATES Feb 4 – Mar 4

DAY TIME M 5:15 – 7 pm

FEE REGISTER $80/92 By Jan 28

Mar 11 – Apr 15

M

5:15 – 7 pm

$80/92 By Mar 4

Apr 29 – May 20

M

5:15 – 7 pm

$80/92

Join us for half Young Rembrandts and half Bricks for Kids. No class on 2/18; 3/25; 4/1

By Apr 22

FEE REGISTER $75/87 By Feb 9

We Learn, We Build, We Play with LEGO® Bricks

Science Technology Engineering Mathematics

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Discovery Cottage Discovery Cottage hosts enrichment programs for pre-school children ages 1– 5 years old. Our unique program is designed to provide a totally hands-on and kid-centered learning experience that will allow them to use their own creativity and imagination. Classes range from 3-4 weeks, depending on the month. Children will participate in a wide variety of activities: playing, experimenting, singing, cooking, crafting, and learning with new friends! We can’t wait to have your child join us on the road to early childhood success! Monthly Classes: September through May (sessions range 3 to 4 weeks depending on month) Watch for the 2019 Discovery Cottage Brochure for new classes. Registration Fee: Varies per 1, 2 or 3 days-per-week classes

PLAY PALS

1158 W. Harrison Blvd. Valparaiso IN 46385

BUSY BEES Ages: 2–3 years

Ages: 18 – 24 months

Parents/Caregivers stay for class

Child attends independently

Come with your child to the charming Cottage environment to play with new friends. Enjoy the excitement of watching your child sing, dance, make friends and learn together. (Max of 10 kids per class)

We welcome your “Busy Bees” to their first Discovery Cottage class without a parent! Just the right amount of time for their first taste of independence! We will engage in play, crafts, sensory exploration, fine & gross motor skills, and lots of fun!! Choose a Wednesday class, a Friday class, or both! (Max of 10 kids per class)

DATES

DAY TIME

Jan 7 – 28

M

11– 11:50 am $33/$45 *No class 1/21

FEE

NOTE

Feb 4 – 25

M

11– 11:50 am $33/$45 *No class 2/18

Mar 4 – 18

M

11– 11:50 am $33/$45

Apr 8 – 29

M

11– 11:50 am $33/$45 *No class 4/1, 4/22

May 6 – 20

M

11– 11:50 am $33/$45

MUSICAL

MOVERS

Ages: 1–3 years

DATES

DAY TIME

Jan 9 – 30

W

11– 11:50 am $44/$56

Feb 6 – 27

W

11– 11:50 am $44/$56

Mar 6 – 20 W

11– 11:50 am $33/$45

Apr 3 – 24

W

11– 11:50 am $44/$56

May 1 – 29 W

11– 11:50 am $55/$67

DATES

Parents/Caregivers stay for class Engage in a musical moment with your child. Finger play, singing, and movement will create captivating fun for all. New monthly themes give our classes a variety of musical experience! (Max of 10 kids per class)

DATES

DAY TIME

FEE

Jan 10 – 31

Th

6 – 6:30 pm

$39/$51

Feb 7 – 28

Th

6 – 6:30 pm

$39/$51

Mar 7 – 21

Th

6 – 6:30 pm

$29/$41

Apr 4 – 25

Th

6 – 6:30 pm

$39/$51

May 2 – 30

Th

6 – 6:30 pm

$49/$61

NOTE

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DAY TIME

FEE

FEE

Jan 11 – 25 F

11– 11:50 am $33/$45

Feb 1 – 22

NOTE

NOTE

F

11– 11:50 am $33/$45 *No class 2/15

Mar 1 – 22 F

11– 11:50 am $33/$45 *No class 3/15

Apr 5 – 26

11– 11:50 am $44/$56

F

May 3 – 24 F

11– 11:50 am $33/$45 *No class 5/17


Discovery Cottage LITTLE CHEFS

KINDER-READY

Child attends independently

Child attends independently

Little Chefs have a class of their own to begin their culinary adventures with just the right amount of time for fun with their little hands! (Max of 14 kids per class)

One year until kindergarten and we want to help get your little one ready for the big event. We have specially designed curriculum that is structured to cover all the material your child needs to know before entering kindergarten. We also include an end of the year assessment to ensure success for every child! And as usual, we top it all off with our usual Cottage flare for fun! (Max of 14 kids per class)

Ages: 3 – 4 years

Ages: 4–5 years (1 year prior to starting Kindergarten)

DATES

DAY TIME

Jan 10 – 31

Th

11– 11:50 am $68/$80

FEE

Feb 7 – 28

Th

11– 11:50 am $68/$80

Mar 7 – 21

Th

11– 11:50 am $51/$63

Apr 4 – 25

Th

11– 11:50 am $68/$80

May 2 – 30

Th

11– 11:50 am $85/$97

NOTE

DATES DAY TIME FEE

NOTE

Jan 7 – 30 M/W/F 12 – 2 pm $107/$119 *No class 1/21 Feb 1 – 27 M/W/F 12 – 2 pm $107/$119 *No class 2/15, 2/18 Mar 1 – 22 M/W/F 12 – 2 pm $96/$108 *No class 3/15 Apr 3 – 29 M/W/F 12 – 2 pm $117/$129 *No class 4/1, 4/22

LITTLE SPROUTS

May 1 – 22 M/W/F 12 – 2 pm $117/$129 *No class 5/17

Ages: 3 – 4 years

Child attends independently Your child will learn the importance of good manners, following directions, taking turns, and sharing. They will also be introduced to shapes, colors, numbers, and literature in a fun-filled environment.. (Max of 14 kids per class)

DATES

DAY TIME FEE

NOTE

Jan 7 – 30

M/W

9 – 11 am $76/$88

*No class 1/21

Feb 4 – 27

M/W

9 – 11 am $76/$88

*No class 2/18

Mar 4 – 20

M/W

9 – 11 am $65/$77

Apr 3 – 29

M/W

9 – 11 am $76/$88

May 1 – 22

M/W

9 – 11 am $76/$88

DATES

DAY TIME FEE

Jan 8 – 31

Tu/Th 12 – 2 pm $87/$99

Feb 5 – 28

Tu/Th 12 – 2 pm $87/$99

*No class 4/1, 4/22

NOTE

Mar 5 – 21 Tu/Th 12 – 2 pm $65/$77 Apr 2 – 30

Tu/Th 12 – 2 pm $98/$110

May 2 – 30 Tu/Th 12 – 2 pm $98/$110 STORYBOOKS

ALIVE

Ages: 3 – 4 years

Child attends independently Encourage your child's imagination with literature! Each month a new book will be highlighted from favorite children's authors. Participants will create a craft or do an activity to enhance favorite parts of the story. (Max of 14 kids per class)

DATES

DAY TIME FEE

Jan 8 – 31

Tu/Th 9 – 11 am $87/$99

Feb 5 – 28

Tu/Th 9 – 11 am $87/$99

Mar 5– 21

Tu/Th 9 – 11 am $65/$77

NOTE

Apr 2 – 30 Tu/Th 9 – 11 am $98/$110 May 2 – 30 Tu/Th 9 – 11 am $98/$110

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Discovery Day Camp Looking for a camp where children will have the most fun during the summer? Look no further. Discovery Day Camp is the place. The camp is located at one of Valpo’s most popular parks, Rogers-Lakewood. At DDC, each week will feature a different theme filled with a wide variety of activities. Campers will be able to experience field trips, fishing, inflatables, boating, nature hikes, arts and crafts, water games, slip n slides, and many different sports. An opportunity to make new friends while having fun participating in a variety of activities is found at Discovery Day Camp!

DISCOVERY DAY CAMP

SIBLING DISCOUNT Enrolling more than one child in Summer Camp? Take advantage of our discount. A $10 discount applies to the 2nd child’s enrollment.

FREE WEEK OF CAMP Register for all weeks of camp at one time and receive ONE FREE standard camp week.

Meet the Counselors — May 29 Lip Sync — August 8th

9 WEEK SESSION: June 3rd – August 8th

BEFORE AND AFTER CAMP CARE

GROUP Ages: 3 – 4 Ages: 3 – 4

DAY TIME M – F 9 am – 12 pm M – F 9 am – 3 pm

FEE $61/$73 $85/$97

Voyagers (K)** Voyagers (K) **

M – F M – F

9 am – 12 pm 9 am – 3 pm

$61/$73 $85/$97

Ages: 6 – 14

M – F

9 am – 5 pm

$107/$119

Discovery Day Camp (DDC) offers your child the summer experience of a lifetime. Our camp is designed to perpetuate a multitude of skills including leadership, socialization, team-building, sportsmanship, and problem solving. Campers are given the chance to make friends and lifelong memories, while becoming more well-rounded individuals. We promote a healthy lifestyle, giving campers the opportunity for physical activity, fresh air, and lots of fun and new activities to do. DDC campers can look forward to fun and safe activities such as field trips, inflatable days, games, songs, team sports, arts and crafts, and more. Campers will bring a lunch Monday – Thursday. Lunch will be provided on Fridays. **Must be 5 years of age on or before Aug 1, 2019 to be enrolled in Voyagers, special arrangements can be made, please contact Valpo Parks office.

CAMP

Campers attending summer school in the Valparaiso Community School district may attend camp during those weeks at a half day rate. This is only available during summer school weeks. Parents may contact the school district transportation to setup drop off at RogersLakewood Park.

DATES TO NOTE

Ages: 3 to 14 Location: Rogers-Lakewood Park

NEW!

SUMMER SCHOOL RATE

Meet the Counselors OPEN HOUSE at Discovery Camp Wednesday, May 29 • 5:30 – 8:30 pm

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Dates: Jun 3 – Aug 8 (No camp July 1 – 5)

Days: M – F

Extended AM Care: 6:30 – 8:45 am

Cost: $42

Extended PM Care: 3 – 5 pm

Cost: $42

Combo Extended Care:

Cost: $75

Just need One day of care?

Cost: $20

Campers will play games, make crafts, and enjoy the outdoors. A snack is provided during both AM and PM Care.


Adult Enrichment QIGONG 5 ELEMENT HEALING MOVEMENTS The revolutionary QiGong movements are designed to activate the healing intelligence within you to help accelerate your body to heal. No previous experience needed to join this class.

YOGA IN STUDIO

Ages: 16 + Location: Banta Center, 605 Beech St.,Valparaiso DATES

DAY TIME

FEE

REGISTER

Ages: 18 + Location: Banta Center, 605 Beech St.,Valparaiso $10 for Banta Member / $20 for Non-Banta Member

Mar 5 – 26

Tu

5:30 – 6:30 pm

$40/$52

Feb 27

Apr 2 – 23

Tu

5:30 – 6:30 pm

$40/$52

Mar 27

DATES Jan 9 – Feb 27

DAY TIME W 9:50 – 10:50 am

FEE $10/$20

Apr 3 – May 22

W

9:50 – 10:50 am

$10/$20

Vinyasa yoga teaches us how to care for ourselves. Using breath, movements, postures and sequences, we evolve our bodies with the ability to concentrate.

Sep 4 – Oct 23

W

9:50 – 10:50 am

$10/$20

NEW!

DANCE CLASS

Ages: 16+ Location: Fred Astaire Dance Studio, 2759 Morthland Drive,Valparaiso Session I — Latin Class DATES DAY TIME FEE Feb 4 – Mar 11 M 6:15 – 7:30 pm $80/$92 Couple $45/$57 Individual Spice up your Monday nights with our Latin Dance series. Learn the steps of Latin dances. Includes Cha-Cha, Merengue, and Rumba (6 week session). Session II —Wedding Class DATES DAY TIME FEE Apr 1 – May 6 M 6:15 – 7:30 pm $80/$92 Couple $45/$57 Individual Learn a variety of dance steps perfect to impress at weddings or social gatherings. Includes: Night Club Two Step, Rumba, and a traditional slow dance. (6 week session)

Banta Center

PICK-UP PICKLEBALL

Ages: All ages and abilities welcome Location: Tower Park

DATES Mid Apr – Oct

DAY TIME Tu/Th 5:30 – 9 pm

FEE FREE (weather permitting)

Enjoy one of the fastest growing sports and get a chance to meet new people. Players must bring their own equipment.

BEGINNERS PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP Ages: All ages welcome. Kids 8 – 13 with an adult Location: Rogers-Lakewood Park Program Center DATES May 16

DAY TIME FEE REGISTER Th 6 – 7:30 pm $20 By May 8

Each workshop is run by a professional photographer and is geared toward helping you achieve your comfort level with your camera.

Connect with us: facebook.com/VillageParkBanta

605 Beech Street • 219-462-1301 • www.ValpoParks.org Banta is an adult enrichment center open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4 pm. Banta provides a warm and friendly environment where you can take part in the many activities offered. Persons aged 50 and older can become a member for just $48.00 per year. PROGRAMMING INCLUDES BUT IS NOT LIMITED TO: • Access to our workout room • Daily Exercise Classes including: Qi Gong,Yoga, Theraband and Video exercise • Ping Pong Club • Card Games Including: Pinochle, Bridge, Duplicate Bridge, Canasta and Euchre

• Knitting and Crocheting Club • Line Dancing • Bingo, Bunco and a Retiree Support Group • Art, Gardening and Genealogy Classes • Scrabble, Mexican Train Dominoes, Mahjongg, Phase 10 and many other games. • Holiday parties throughout the year • Monthly guest speakers • Available for rental, contact the Banta Center directly for rates and availability. Great for showers, open houses, birthday parties and more!

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Fit City Fit City is an initiative between the City of Valparaiso, the Mayor’s Office, and Valpo Parks. Fit City programs focus on four key areas for improvement in your life:

B O DY • C H A R A C T E R • C O M M U N I T Y • M I N D FIT CITY – DOWNTOWN FITNESS

HEALTHY LIVING IN 2019

DATES DAY TIME Jun 5 – Jul 31 W 12 – 1 pm

CLASS Yoga for Kids

DATES

This 4-week class will cover goal setting, getting a good night's sleep, cutting back on sugar, introduction to clean eating, managing stress and home remedies for aches and pains. Each week you leave with a custom action plan you work on between sessions. Taught by Mari J Hahn, Certified Health Coach, Board Certified Massage Therapist and Author.

Participate in Fit City events at Central Park Plaza throughout the Summer. All events are FREE and no registration is required. FEE FREE

Jun 5 – Jul 31 W

6:30 – 7:15 pm FREE

Boot Camp/Pound

Jun 5 – Jul 31 W

6:30 – 7:15 pm FREE

Kids Training

Jun 10 – 24

M

2 – 2:45 pm

Donation Barre + Beyond

Jun 21 & 28

F

6 – 6:45 pm

FREE

Barre + Beyond

12 pm

FREE

Circuit Training

Jun 7 – Aug 2 F

Tu

7 – 8 pm

FEE

$99

Ages: 18+ Location: Indiana Beverage Activity Center

FAIRGROUNDS PARK WALKING

DATES DAY TIME FEE Mar 5 – Apr 30 Tu 7 – 8 pm $99

Ages: All ages welcome Location: Old Fairgrounds Park — Walking Track DAY TIME Tu 6 – 6:45 pm

Jan 29 – Feb 19

DAY TIME

RESTORE YOUR GUT INTENSIVE

*Charitable donations accepted.

DATES Jun 4 – Jul 30

Ages: 18+ Location: Welter Room, Forest Park Golf Course

FEE FREE

Join other community members at Old Fairgrounds Park for an evening walk around the track. All events are FREE and no registration is required.

COMMUNITY GARDEN Located at 3210 N. Campbell St at Foundation Meadows Park, residents may reserve a 10 x 10 plot to grow their own veggies or flowers from May – November for just $45 per plot. Space is limited. Only 42 plots available. Call the Park Office for more details. 219-462-5144.

This 8-week class will take a holistic approach to gut health. Dive into the topics of health, diet, stress, food sensitivities, self care and more. Taught by Mari J Hahn, Certified Health Coach, Board Certified Massage Therapist and Author.

HEART HEALTHY MEDITERRANEAN EATING MADE EASY Ages: 18+ Location: Indiana Beverage Activity Center

DATES DAY TIME FEE Sep 16 – Oct 7 M 7 – 8:15 pm $99 This 4-week class provides everything you need to know to eat proven heart healthy foods inspired by foods of Italy, Greece, France, Spain and the Middle East. Classes are fun and informative. Taught by Mari J Hahn, Certified Health Coach, Board Certified Massage Therapist and Author.

Neighborhood Walking Routes Valparaiso offers 22.5 miles of pathways, plus 200 miles of sidewalks. Take advantage of neighborhood walking routes with Porter Health’s handy walking routes guide, which calculates the mileage for you. Pick up your copy of the guide at the Park Office at 3210 N. Campbell St. (see map on page 24)

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Rogers–Lakewood ROGERS-LAKEWOOD PARK

FALL GROUP HAYRIDES AT LAKEWOOD

This 122-acre park is one of Valparaiso’s premier facilities, with activities that include hiking, fishing, and boating. Plan your next family or neighborhood event at Rogers-Lakewood Park.

Daily Entrance Fee Porter County License Plates Weekdays Porter County Weekend/Holidays Non-Porter County Weekday Non-Porter County Weekend/Holiday Season vehicle stickers

Season Pass Standard fee Valparaiso City Residential Senior/Veterans* Replacement Charge

1st vehicle $50 $38 $12 $5

$4 $5 $6 $8 No Fee

Cost: $75 / $87 per hayride & campfire Enjoy an autumn evening at Rogers-Lakewood Park as you ride along on a tractor-drawn hay wagon. Then gather around a glowing campfire. Bring your marshmallows. This is a great outing for youth groups, scouts, service clubs, birthday parties and parent organizations. Dates: Sep 13 – Nov 2

Each additional $5 $5 $5 $5

Season vehicle stickers must be adhered directly to your vehicle windshield and are not interchangeable.Valpo City resident fees are offered to those residing within or owning property within Valparaiso’s city limits.

Days Hours Fri – Sat 5:30 – 7 pm, 7 – 8:30 pm, 8:30 – 10 pm Sun 3 – 4:30 pm, 4:30 – 6 pm, 6 – 7:30 pm

Reservations: Earlier times may be available upon request. Reserve two weeks in advance. Contact the Valpo Parks Office at 219-462-5144.

DISC GOLF

Rogers-Lakewood is home to a 24-hole championship caliber disc golf course with a mixture of hole types requiring a variety of shots that will challenge players of all skill levels. While the City of Valparaiso provides invaluable assistance with use and maintenance of the park, the course itself is almost entirely financed, created and maintained by the volunteer efforts of the Duneland Disc Golf Club. In 2016, new Innova DISCatcher Pro 28 baskets were installed and the DDGC continued to replace existing outdated teepads out on the course. In addition to course maintenance, the DDGC also runs year-round leagues at the park, along with several special events and tournaments each year. The club is also very active in the community, hosting a Ice Bowl each year which raises monies and collects canned goods for the NWI Food Pantry.

*Must show military ID or proof of service. Senior citizens must be a Porter County Resident and age 60 or older to receive Senior Discount.

More info on the Duneland Disc Golf Club can be found at dunelanddgc.com

LAKEWOOD PARK STORE (Store open weather permitting)

The Rogers-Lakewood Park Store is located near the playground and overlooks Loomis Lake. The Park Store offers paddle and row boat rental, bait, soda, candy, ice cream, Family Fun Pack rentals and park information. Dates May 25 – June 2 June 3 – Aug 11 Aug 12 – Labor Day

Days Hours Sat – Sun 10 am – 6 pm Mon – Fri 11 am – 7 pm Sat – Sun 9 am – 7 pm Sat – Sun 10 am – 6 pm

Boat Rental (Must have valid driver’s license to rent a boat) Paddleboat $5 per ½ hour Rowboats $5 per hour (Rates subject to change.) Fishing Pole Rental Two Poles & nightcrawlers $20 per 2 hour Game Kit Rental $20/day (cash only) Each kit contains football, soccerball, kickball, bean bags/boards, six cones, and volleyball & net. Game kits are on a first-come-first-served basis.

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Valpo Parks 1. 200 EAST PARK

12. GLENROSE SOUTH PARK

2501 McCord Rd Large open greenspace, playground equipment.

1500 Roosevelt Rd 2 baseball fields with dugout benches.

2. BANTA PARK 605 Beech St Neighborhood park with playground and green space area.

3. BERKLEY PARK 201 Sheffield Dr Neighborhood picnic area with green space area.

2902 N. Campbell St The Horticulture Center is committed to environmentally responsible land management in the City of Valparaiso.

14. JESSEE-PIFER PARK

4. BICENTENNIAL PARK 175 Burlington Beach Rd Large open greenspace, multi-purpose area with basketball backstop, newly refurbished playground equipment, softball fields.

5. CENTRAL PARK PLAZA 63 Lafayette St Open greenspace, park benches, splash pad, restrooms and Porter Health Amphitheater, William E. Urschel Pavillion, Costas Dining Plaza and Indiana Beverage Activity Center. For more information, see www.CentralParkPlazaValpo.com.

6. CREEKSIDE GOLF COURSE & TRAINING CTR

13. HORTICULTURE CENTER

2355 Clifford Rd Three-hole and nine-hole courses, 48-station driving range with covered and heated tee boxes, putting green, chipping areas and two indoor golf simulators.

7. DISCOVERY COTTAGE 1158 W Harrison Blvd Site of monthly themed classes for pre-school aged youth.

8. FAIRGROUNDS PARK 704 McCord Rd 3/4 mile walking track, 4 softball fields, soccer field, playground equipment, Life Trails System, Butterfield Family Pavilion, restrooms.

9. FOREST PARK 851 Harrison Blvd Large open greenspace, backstop, two picnic shelters, restrooms and a two acre nature area with walking trails.

10. FOREST PARK GOLF COURSE 1155 Sheffield Dr N 18-hole course with wide open traditional parkland front nine, and a very challenging back nine.

11. FOUNDATION MEADOWS PARK & PARK ADMIN OFFICE 3210 N Campbell St Service Memorial Fountain and Monuments, Butterfly Meadow Playground, gazebo, 2 picnic shelters, prairie trails, 50 Trees of Indiana arboretum, community garden, restrooms,.

400 Elmhurst Ave Playground equipment, greenspace and picnic shelter. No restrooms.

15. KIRCHHOFF PARK

400 N Roosevelt Rd Open greenspace, horseshoe pits, basketball, tennis courts, age-appropriate playground equipment, baseball fields, restrooms and 4 picnic shelters.

16. OGDEN GARDENS 451 Harrison Blvd Spectacular floral displays, a Japanese garden, koi pond, brick plaza and gazebo.

17. ROGERS-LAKEWOOD PARK 5320 N Meridian Rd Hiking trails, fishing, boating, rowboat & paddleboat rentals, park store, playground equipment, group hayrides, disc golf, Discovery Day Camp, restrooms and 5 picnic shelters.

18. TOWER PARK 1000 N Franklin St Basketball courts, youth baseball field, pickleball court, picnic shelter, restroom, playground and greenspace.

19. VALPLAYSO PARK 1400 Glendale Blvd Large open greenspace, t-ball fields, all accessible playground equipment, nature walk area, restrooms, picnic shelter.

20. WESTSIDE PARK 157 Westside Park Ave Large open greenspace, soccer fields, baseball fields, playground equipment, and restrooms.

21. WILL PARK 354 Morgan Blvd Large open greenspace, backstop with play area suitable for ball games, restrooms, and picnic shelter.

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Central Park Plaza CENTRAL PARK PLAZA As a centerpiece for downtown Valparaiso, Central Park Plaza houses the Porter Health Amphitheater, William E. Urschel Pavilion, the Indiana Beverage Activity Building and the Bill Costas Family Plaza. Each of these areas plays a key role in many events year round.

Whether it’s a movie, festival, concert, church service, ice skating or even just a simple conversation with friends, there is something for everyone! You will see for yourself why Central Park Plaza makes Valparaiso one of the best and most-loved downtowns and one of the top rated 50 communities in America! When thinking about having your next big event, have it here with us at Central Park Plaza.

PORTER HEALTH AMPHITHEATER

Large stage that can house large bands and acts. Power hookups available through the floor of the stage and high power hookups inside storage room, located right off the stage. Big, natural grass lawn area makes for a great area for guest to enjoy the show. This area lends itself for lots of music acts, art performances and church services. Non-Prime Time: Prime Time:

$1,000 $1,050

$550 (non-profit) M – Th $600 (non-profit) F – Su

LAFAYETTE STREET

Area for expanded crowds, food and supply vendors alike. The street also has built in tent anchors for securing down tents when renting tents through us. Rental Fee:

$185

WILLIAM E. URSCHEL PAVILION

This 135’ x 85’ open air pavilion houses events when the weather turns bad or to get out of the hot sun during the summer. Rent this facility for your next wedding reception or to house your food and beer gardens. Non-Prime Time: Prime Time:

$1,200 $1,500

$650 (non-profit) M – Th $800 (non-profit) F – Su

INDIANA BEVERAGE ACTIVITY BUILDING

Rent the Lobby for mid-size business meetings or birthday parties. Ability to accommodate 40 people at tables and 60 theater style. Lobby

$325 for 4 hours

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It’s Valparaiso

in the palm of your hand! Get the free Valpo Downtown app Valpo’s free smartphone app gives you the update on downtown, with a calendar of events, a handy map, and even pinpoints for things like ATMs and parking. Find out what’s happening each day at Central Park Plaza, the Memorial Opera House, Chicago Street Theater, the Porter County Public Library, downtown restaurants and more.

Search for “Valparaiso Downtown”


Central Park Plaza WINTER AT THE INDIANA BEVERAGE ACTIVITY CENTER & UNDER THE WILLIAM E. URSCHEL PAVILION Come and enjoy Valparaiso’s refrigerated ice rink under the Urschel Pavilion. Step into the Indiana Beverage Activity Building to pay your admission fee and rent skates. Then step outside and skate away under the lights and music that fill the Urschel Pavilion ice rink. Ice Skating season is from mid November to the beginning of March. Check out our weekly specials: First Thursdays, Themed Thursdays, Rockin’ Fridays Skate Admission: $5 per person Skate Rental: $4 per person Group Rate: $7 per person 10 Skate Pass: $45 per person Season Pass: $135 per person Family Season Pass* $260 (*up to 4 people & does not include skate rental)

PRIVATE ICE RINK RENTAL

Host your next party or fundraiser at Central Park Plaza. Available January 13 – March 3, 2019. Sundays from 6:30 – 10:00 pm. Sound system, LED lighting, conference room and lobby inside Indiana Beverage Activity Center, rental skates and skate aids are included in the pricing. Ice Rink Rental Fee:

$875

SUMMER RECREATION ROLLER SKATING Mondays this summer Skate Admission: Skate Rental:

6 – 10 pm $5 per person $4 per person

SPLASH PAD

LEARN TO SKATE

Classes will meet twice a week for three weeks. There will be 3 sessions from November 26, 2018 – February 25, 2019. Lesson fee includes ice skate rental and open skate for the day of the lesson. Participants can use their own skates. They must wear a helmet; bike helmets are acceptable or they can use one from the rink. Space is limited. Makeup days for lessons will be held at the end of the session and only one makeup day is guaranteed. For more information, visit our Central Park Plaza online at CentralParkPlazeValpo.com.

Opens Mid-May – Mid-September. 10 am – 7 pm. Check website for updated hours due to special events. For more information, visit our Central Park Plaza online at CentralParkPlazaValpo.com.

YOUTH HOCKEY

Children, ages 5 to 13, will learn everything from skating and stopping, to puck handling and shooting, the fundamentals of playing hockey. Classes meet three times a week on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, plus Sunday Mornings for 11 weeks. Check our Central Park Plaza website mid September for more information on price and dates. Central Park Plaza—A Nationally Recognized Space

Connect online: CentralParkPlazaValpo.com Facebook.com/CentralParkPlazaValpo

The American Planning Association (APA) named Central Park Plaza one of five Great Public Spaces on the organization’s 2016 Great Places in America list. The program recognizes streets, neighborhoods, and public spaces in the United States demonstrating exceptional character, quality, and planning— attributes that enrich communities, facilitate economic growth, and inspire others around the country.

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Venue Rentals OGDEN GARDENS GAZEBO

Nestled in the middle of beautiful Ogden Gardens, the Florence A. Dayton Gazebo provides the ideal setting for an outdoor wedding or the perfect backdrop for a special photo opportunity. Be sure to recognize your special event with an Ogden Gardens Commemorative Brick. Call 219-462-5144 for more information. Event Cost: $180/192 for 2 hours Rehearsal Cost: $45/$57 for 1 hour/chairs not included Rental fee includes 60 chairs. Additional chairs can be ordered up to 100 for an additional fee.

TRI KAPPA GAZEBO

Located at Foundation Meadows Park, the gazebo is surrounded by a spacious lawn, maturing trees, and a nearby fountain. The Gazebo overlooks the Service Memorial at the Valparaiso Veterans and Volunteer Plaza. Event Cost: $160/172 for 2 hours Rehearsal Cost: $45/$57 for1 hour/chairs not included Rental fee includes 60 chairs. Additional chairs may be ordered up to 100 for an additional fee.

BUTTERFIELD FAMILY PAVILION

Location: The Northeast corner of Evans and Calumet Avenue Available: approximately April 15 – Oct 13 The enclosed 5,000 square foot Butterfield Family Pavilion at Fairgrounds Park offers plenty of space for wedding receptions, graduation parties, group meetings, and entertainment needs. Seating capacity is 250 and features handicap accessible restrooms and a kitchen equipped with sink, refrigerator, and stove. The Pavilion is a seasonal building; guests are advised to dress appropriately for the weather. Standard Cost: Stage Cost:

$525/$550 daily $60 (Butterfield Family Pavilion only)

Prices include table and chair set up for up to 250 and includes use of the kitchen. Payment for pavilion reservations is due in full when making the reservation and is non-refundable. Early Set up: We now offer a discounted early set up fee Sun–Fri only.You may have access to the pavilion at 4 pm the day before your reservation for only $225 plus tax. Price only applies with a fully paid primary reservation. Early set up price is not offered on Saturdays. All rental prices are subject to Indiana sales tax. For reservation information: Park Office at 219-462-5144. We accept several forms of payment: Cash, Check, Money Order, American Express, Discover, MasterCard or Visa. 28 | Your Parks Guide | REGISTER ONLINE: ValpoParks.org

FOREST PARK GOLF COURSE – WELTER ROOM The Welter Room is located in the clubhouse at Forest Park Golf Course and offers a perfect place to hold business meetings, special parties, and social gatherings. The room comfortably seats 60–80 people. Limited kitchen facilities are available and caterers are welcome. Non-Prime Time: 8 am – 6 pm Prime Time: After 6 pm Each hour after initial 5 hours

$225 (5 hrs) $275 (5 hrs) $25 per hour

Reservations beginning in non-prime and entering prime time are charged the prime time rate. For information regarding Welter Room rentals please contact the Golf Course 219-531-7888, or the Park Office at 219-462-5144. Must be reserved two weeks in advance.

CREEKSIDE GOLF COURSE – HOFFMAN ROOM

The Hoffman Room is located in the clubhouse at Creekside Golf Course and offers a perfect place to hold business meetings, special parties, and social gatherings. The room comfortably seats 40-45 people. Limited kitchen facilities are available and caterers are welcome. Non-Prime Time: 8 am – 6 pm Prime Time: After 6 pm Each hour after initial 5 hours

$150 (5 hrs) $175 (5 hrs) $25 per hour

Reservations beginning in non-prime and entering prime time are charged the prime time rate. For information regarding Hoffman Room rentals please contact the Golf Course 219-531-7888, or the Park Office at 219-462-5144. Must be reserved two weeks in advance.


Shelters/Field Rentals PARK SHELTER RENTALS

Shelter reservations are accepted during regular business hours Monday – Friday, 8 am–5 pm by calling 219-462-5144. Payment for shelter reservations is due in full when making the reservation and is non-refundable. Must be reserved two weeks in advance.

PREMIUM SHELTERS Cost: $70/82 Miller Woods Schroeder (8) Kirchhoff South (8) Family Express Pavilion (10) Hickory Grove (10)*

STANDARD SHELTERS Cost: $60/72 Forest Park Beta (10) Miller Woods #1 (15) Big Wheel (15)* Discovery Day Camp (10)*

Tower Park (8) Forest Park Rotary (15) Will Park (10) Caterpillar shelter (6)

Kirchhoff North (10) Kiwanis West (15)* Kiwanis East (6)* Jessee-Pifer (6)

INFLATABLES

Bounce House: $145 plus tax Inflatable Slide: $190 plus tax Add a bounce house or inflatable slide to your birthday party or special event when renting a Valpo Parks picnic shelter. Inflatables are available through the Valpo Parks preferred provider only.

ALA CARTE ITEMS AVAILABLE WITH FACILITY RENTALS ADDITIONAL PICNIC TABLES Cost: 2 for $25 at Rogers-Lakewood 4 for $40 at all other locations Each shelter comes with a set number of picnic tables indicated in ( ). Tables seat 8-10 persons. (Must be reserved two weeks in advance) HALF-BARREL GRILLS Cost: $25 per grill (plus taxes) A half-barrel grill is provided at the shelter when reserved.You provide charcoal and utensils. (Must be reserved two weeks in advance limited availability)

* Shelters at Rogers-Lakewood Park. Gate entrance fees not included with shelter rentals. • ( ) Number of picnic tables provided with shelter rental • Shelter Pricing: Resident/Non-Resident • Prices Subject to Change

No bike? No problem!

SPORTS FIELDS

Field rentals available late April through beginning of October.

Softball & Baseball Fields $100 per field Mid Day Maintenance $50 per field Soccer Fields $80 per field Lights $40 per hour Practice Field $35 1–1/2 hours (Practice field no cost for Valpo Parks teams)

SAMARDZIJA FIELD AT TOWER PARK

NEW! Field rental available late April through October. Baseball and softball use only. For players 12 and under only! Single Game Resident Packages No bases or scoreboard $75 (2 hours) Bases and scoreboard included $90 (2 hours) 9 am – 9 pm, bases scoreboard $300 (all day) Multi-Game Resident Packages (5) game package $250 (10) game package $400

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Both packages include bases and scoreboard Resident is considered any individual who lives within the city limits of Valparaiso

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Calumet & Glendale • • Foundation Meadows Park Trailhead • Calumet Glendale Campbell &&Harrison • • CampbellPublic & Harrison Valparaiso Library • • Valparaiso Public Library Central Park Plaza • • Central Park Plaza

Indiana & Michigan • Cumberland Loop • Indiana & Michigan VU – Fitness Center • VU – Fitness Center VU – Scheele • VU – Scheele Hall VU - Urschel • VU – Urschel Hall

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Park Info REGISTER EARLY

FEE ASSISTANCE

RECEIPTS

PARTICIPATION WAIVER

Register early to assure your place in our programs. In addition to registering for your regular favorite classes/programs, why not experience something new this year? If your class is full, we can place you on the wait list and if there is a cancellation we will contact you. Payment is not required until we place you in the class.

Receipts are automatically generated through online registration. Please keep this brochure or a record of program dates and times for your reference. Most league players will be contacted by coaches and captains. If you would like to confirm your enrollment in a class please call the Park Office during regular business hours Monday – Friday from 8 am – 5 pm at 219-462-5144 and a Customer Service staff member will be happy to assist you.

Fee assistance is available to reduce the basic fee for most Park Youth Programs. Fee assistance is based on family income and the number of members in the family. To apply, simply inquire when registering for a youth activity. A parent will be required to complete a short form. More information and guidelines are available at the Park Office.

By participating in park programs you assume the risk of injury and you agree to hold harmless the Valpo Parks Department, the City of Valparaiso, and its agents and forfeit the right to make any claim for monetary damages against Valpo Parks and the City of Valparaiso if you or your property is damaged while participating in or attending a program or while in a park facility.

LATE REGISTRATION

If a program deadline has passed, please contact the Park Office regarding late registration. In most cases we are able to accommodate those still wishing to participate. A $10 per person and per program late registration fee will apply.

REFUNDS

All programs are subject to a minimum $10 cancellation fee; some restrictions apply. No refunds will be granted after the deadline date. Facility rental fees are non-refundable; including, Butterfield Family Pavilion, Central Park Plaza Ogden Gardens and Foundation Meadows Gazebos, park shelters, hayrides and pre-paid Rogers-Lakewood entrance fees. For details on refund policies contact the Park Office at 219-462-5144.

CANCELLATION

Valpo Parks reserves the right to cancel or alter a class or program due to limited registration or circumstances beyond its control. In this instance, enrollment fees will be refunded.

STANDARD FEE

The Park Board has adopted a policy of the resident discount user fees at most facilities and for most programs. This policy apportions an equalized higher fee to our non-resident participants. The higher fee contributes to the overall operations financing of the Park Department on an equitable basis with Valparaiso City residents who contribute by paying property taxes. Standard fees are offered to those residing within or owning property within Valparaiso City limits.

PARK SECURITY

For the protection of park visitors and their property, all Valparaiso Parks have a 10:00 pm curfew unless otherwise posted or unless prior arrangements have been made.Visitor cooperation is appreciated.

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PHOTOS

Park staff and volunteers may photograph or videotape participants enrolled in programs and events or enjoying park facilities. These photos are for department use only and may be used in department publications or media promotions. If you prefer that you or your child not be photographed, please notify the photographer or program supervisor.

DOGS IN PARKS

Be considerate of others enjoying the parks. Dogs are allowed in the parks, but they must be on a leash and owners are responsible for cleaning up after them. Please leash and scoop. Pet waste stations provided by Vale Park Animal Hospital.

ALCOHOL IN THE PARKS

Alcohol in City parks is discouraged. For your safety and the safety of others please refrain from drinking and driving.


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“Please continue to visit parks, participate in programs and attend events.We look forward to serving you in 2019 and beyond.” — Mark Hardwick Park Board President

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