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Activity & Facility Guide 2021

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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE SPECIAL EVENTS YOUTH SPORTS DISCOVERY COTTAGE DISCOVERY DAY CAMP YOUTH ENRICHMENT FAMILY ENRICHMENT ROGERS-LAKEWOOD DAY TRIPS ADULT SPORTS VALPO PARKS GOLF SENIOR ENRICHMENT HEALTHY COMMUNITIES PARKS & PATHWAYS

Administration Office: 3210 N. Campbell Street, Valparaiso, IN 46385 Phone: (219) 462-5144 Fax: (219) 465-0098 Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 am - 5 pm

WAYS TO REGISTER IN PERSON during regular office hours (Monday - Friday, 8 am -5 pm)

CENTRAL PARK PLAZA

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SHELTERS & FIELD RENTALS

PAYMENTS ACCEPTED cash, check and credit (American Express, Discover, MasterCard or Visa). Cash/

VENUE RENTALS PARK INFO

The mission of the Valparaiso Department of Parks and Recreation is to be a leading partner in preserving, developing, and promoting Valparaiso’s unique quality of life.

checks can be dropped in the after hours dropbox at the Valpo Parks admin office.

POTENTIAL CHANGES The Valpo Parks staff has made a number of changes to our operations, programs and policies in light of the current public health emergency. Please note, all posted programs, classes and events are subject to change based on the most recent regulations and restrictions within Porter County. Please visit ValpoParks.org/AlertCenter for the most up-to-date information.

*All events and programs listed in this guide are subject to change based on recommendations and guidelines regarding Covid-19.

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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE “We cannot choose our external circumstances, but we can always choose how we respond to them.” -Epictetus Reflecting upon my message last January and anticipating the celebration surrounding the Park Board’s 75th anniversary in 2020, I thought to myself “the 20’s sure didn’t come roaring in again the way I thought they would.” We can do all the planning we want, but when something like a worldwide pandemic strikes, everyone faces life in a way they didn’t expect. So more than ever, during our 75th anniversary year, I am extremely proud that Valpo Parks, supported by a new City Administration and Leadership Team, Park Board, Parks Foundation and a network of wonderful partnerships within our business community, quickly, creatively and safely adapted to everchanging statewide mandates and circumstances. We were able to open the door to opportunities, offering our neighbors, families (and even our four-legged canine friends) programs and places to gather, exercise, and enjoy nature and recreation in new and innovative ways. And yes, there have been disappointments, anxiety, and cancellations of personal and community events and programs along the way, but we feel the satisfaction of knowing that our response has demonstrated care, concern, compassion, fairness and understanding for everyone affected.

CITY LEADERSHIP

Matt Murphy, Mayor Mike Jessen, City Administrator Holly Taylor, Clerk Treasurer John Seibert, Parks Director

CITY COUNCIL Peter Anderson Evan Costas Robert Cotton George Douglas Jack Pupillo Diana Reed Casey Schmidt

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Christa Emerson, President Kevin Cornett Mark Hardwick Kay Magnetti Martin Sonnenberg Tim Warner

Remarkably, we’ve had stability in many of our traditional programs and created innovations such as virtual concerts, social distance runs, modified ice-skating lessons and venue protocols, to name a few. Open per the Governor’s safety guidelines, Valpo Parks Golf at Forest Park and Creekside have experienced the highest number of rounds and revenue in 15 years! Our Creekside Classic Golf Outing for kids was our safest and most successful fundraiser in its 18-year history. I must take the opportunity to hold up our staff team, led by John Seibert, to the highest praise for their response, dedication, and attitude amidst some of the heaviest personal and professional challenges many have faced. Rogers-Lakewood Park had its highest attendance season and highest revenue year in more than 10 years! Guests enjoyed the great outdoors with paddle boats, disc golf, fishing, hiking, biking and picnicking with family and friends. ValPAWaiso Dog Park opened in May of 2020 with expectations of selling 300 memberships the first year. We have now cleared our wait list for 600 memberships and counting! Will Park, and Banta neighborhood parks have new playground equipment, and the basketball court at Jessee-Pifer Park has a new and improved basketball court with vibrant markings for pickle ball, foursquare and hopscotch (classic activities I enjoyed and am happy to see being enjoyed by this generation), thanks to our partnership with Maggie Clifton, the City’s Community Engagement Director and the Valparaiso Redevelopment Commission. The plan for 2020 was to conduct our five-year Master Plan with ongoing task forces for youth sports facilities, senior services, and skate park development. The pandemic didn’t stop us from making significant headway with this. Although the process has been modified, using Zoom and Teams, to hold virtual meetings, along with some socially distanced in-person presentations, our staff, Park Board, Foundation Board, City Team, and over 1400 citizens have been engaged in these discussions and a survey process. We look forward to an exciting future for Valpo Parks and our community with brighter days ahead of us in 2021! Sincerely, Christa Emerson Christa Emerson, Park Board President

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*All events and programs listed in this guide are subject to change based on recommendations and guidelines regarding Covid-19.

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SPECIAL EVENTS APR

18 ACTIVE KIDS DAY Ages: All ages welcome Location: Central Park Plaza

DATES

Apr 18

DAY

Su

TIME ADMISSION FEE 12 – 3 pm Free

Get involved and be active as local organizations showcase their programs and activities. If you are interested in being a vendor or sponsor contact Valpo Parks at (219) 462-5144.

APR

24 SPRING KID'S CLOSET SALE Location: Butterfield Family Pavilion

DATES

DAY

TIME ADMISSION FEE

Apr 24

Sa

8 am – 12 pm $3 cash only

Patrons may shop 30+ vendor tables of gently used infant, toddler, and children apparel, toys, furniture, and more. Vendor Fee: $45 first table, $20 for each additional table.

MAY

28

MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY

Location: Service Memorial at Foundation Meadows Park

DATES

May 28

DAY

TIME FEE

F

8 am – 9 am FREE

Families, friends, and individuals are invited to remember those who have served and given the ultimate sacrifice. The ceremony includes posting the colors of the United States of America, words of welcome and gratitude, and recitation of the community member names on the Duty and Sacrifice monument. JUN

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TAKE A KID FISHING

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

DATES

DAY

TIME

FEE

Jun 5

Sa

8 am – 12 pm

FREE

Casting games with prizes for children with longest fish in several categories. For more info, contact Mark at: mwaddis@msn.com JUN

20 FATHER'S DAY GOLF TOURNAMENT Ages: All ages welcome Location: Forest Park Golf Course

DATES

Jun 20

DAY

Su

TIME

6 am - 12 pm

FEE $20/team

Participate in Forest Park's annual, highly anticipated Father's Day tournament. Any combination of Adult/Child (must be related) can participate in this scramble format tournament. All fees will fund awards, with winners determined by number of participants & flights. *Regular green fees and cart fees apply on day of tournament. JUN

26 CREEKSIDE DUATHLON Ages: All ages welcome Location: Creekside Trails

DATES Jun 26

DAY

Sa

TIME

8 am

FEE

$45

Compete against the field in this cross-country style duathlon. 5K crosscountry run followed by 10K mountain bike ride at creekside trails. Awards to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place per age division.

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JUL

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4TH OF JULY BLAST 5K/2K

Ages: All ages welcome Location: Downtown Valparaiso

DATES

Jul 4

DAY

Su

TIME 7:30 am

FEE $30

Start your holiday off with a bang and join Valpo Parks for the 4th of July Blast 5K & 2K Run/Walk. Register online at www.runsignup.com.

• Register by 6/10 to guarantee shirt size. No shirt option save $5 • Event check-in and race day registration: 6 – 7 am, $35 JUL

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JUL

4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION

17 25K TEAM EPIC

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

DATES

Jul 4

DAY

Su

TIME

6:30 pm*

FEE

FREE

Join the City of Valparaiso 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. JUL

15 CREEKSIDE CLASSIC

DAY

DATES

Jul 17

TIME

FEE

8 am

$50

Compete against the clock as a 2-person bike team. Team must finish together to score. Course will include trails, pavement and gravel paths. AUG

14 20K CYCLOCROSS RACE

DATES TIME

DAY

Sa

Ages: All ages welcome, Location: Creekside Trails

Ages: All ages welcome Location: Creekside Golf Course

DATES

Ages: All ages welcome Location: Creekside Trails

FEE

Jul 15 Th 8 am – 3 pm $75 Adult $50 Junior This one-of-a-kind golf outing gives kids an opportunity to play in a real shotgun start, best ball outing! The Creekside Classic benefits the Valpo Parks Foundation in its mission to continue the quality of the community parks system. This fun-filled day of golf includes a Classic t-shirt, food, awards, and swag for all participants.

Aug 14

DAY

TIME

Sa

8 am

FEE $30

Creekside short course will feature pavement, wooded trails, grass, steep hills and obstacles requiring the rider to quickly dismount, carry the bike while navigating the obstruction and remount. AUG

21 VALPO NIGHT RIDE Ages: All ages welcome, Kids ages 17 & under with an adult Location: Fairgrounds Park

DATES Aug 21

DAY

TIME

Sa

10 pm

FEE $30

Experience the thrill of bicycling by starlight! This organized 10-mile bicycle ride allows participants to ride the City, as a group at a safe pace. • Register online at BikeSignup.com/ValpoNightRide. • Register by 8/9 to guarantee shirt size. No shirt option save $5 • Event check-in and day of registration: 8:30 – 9:30 pm, $35

Join Valparaiso Pathways for family friendly group bike rides! See page 34.

*All events and programs listed in this guide are subject to change based on recommendations and guidelines regarding Covid-19.

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SPECIAL EVENTS SEP

TBD

PARTY IN THE PARK

Location: TBD

DATES TBD

DAY

F

TIME

5 pm – 8 pm

FEE

TBD

Join the Valpo Parks Foundation at Party in the Park! Each year a new theme and destination is selected. We look forward to another great event of supporting the Valpo Parks Foundation! SEP

10 KERNEL RACE

SEP

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Ages: 8 – 12 Location: Fairgrounds Park

DATES

DAY

TIME

Sep 10

F

6 pm

FEE $12

RETURNING for 2021! This middle distance race is ran on the Wednesday before Popcorn Fest. Participants will run one lap around Fairgrounds Park walking track, which is 3/4 of a mile. All participants will receive a t-shirt and ribbon. SEP

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POPCORN PANIC

(Runners may compete as a team – min 4 per team) Location: Downtown Valparaiso

DAY

Sep 11 Sa

Ages: 2 – 9 Location: Downtown Valparaiso

DATES

Sep 11

DAY Sa

TIME

8:30 am

FEE

$12 (until 8/13)

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. • Fee increases to $22 on 8/14 until event is full • Packet Pick-up: Butterfield Family Pavilion; Sep 10, 3:30 – 5:30 pm

Ages: All ages welcome

DATES

LIT'L KERNEL PUFF RUN

SEP

TIME

7:20 am 5M 7:30 am 5K

FEE $30 (until 8/7)

Looking for a return to racing? Join us for the 43rd running of the Popcorn Panic. A community tradition for over four decades, this event has over 1,200 participants annually, running and walking through our tree-lined city streets. In teams or as individuals, you can choose to run the miles or the 5K run or walk. How to register: 1. Online: www.runsignup.com 2. Walk-in Registrations will be accepted at Extra Mile Fitness on Sept. 8 & 9 and on Sept. 10 at Butterfield Pavilion from 3:30 – 5:30 pm • Register by 8/6 to guarantee shirt size. No shirt option save $5 • Fee increases to $35 on 8/8 through 9/11 • Event check-in and same day registration from 6 - 6:45 am, $40

25 CREEKSIDE MTB CHAMPIONSHIP Ages: All ages welcome Location: Creekside Trails

DATES

DAY

TIME

Sep 25

Sa

8 am

FEE

$30

Race categories include XC, Short Track and Fat Tire. Awards to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place per age division. Exact race schedule will be released closer to the event date. OCT

2

FALL KID'S CLOSET SALE

Location: Butterfield Family Pavilion

DATES

DAY

TIME

ADMISSION FEE

Oct 2

Sa

8 am – 12 pm

$3 cash only

Patrons may shop 30+ vendor tables of gently used infant, toddler, and children apparel, toys, furniture, and more. Vendor Fee: $45 first table, $20 for each additional table. For information on being a Kid’s Closet Sale Vendor, visit ValpoParks.org.

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OCT

7

NOV

FRIENDS & LEGENDS

11 VETERAN'S DAY OBSERVANCE

Location: Butterfield Family Pavilion

DATES Oct 7

DAY

Th

TIME FEE

4:30 pm – 6:30 pm FREE

Join us as we honor outstanding individuals and continue the Valpo Parks Foundation Legacy. Each one of the honorees merits the awards in their advocacy and actions where parks, and Valpo as a whole, are concerned. The Valpo Parks Foundation is proud to recognize their partnership efforts as residents, business owners and statesmen of the community.

Location: Service Memorial at Foundation Meadows

DATES Nov 11

DAY

TIME

Th

8 am - 9 am

FEE FREE

All are invited to honor our military veterans. There will be a reciting of all names inscribed on the Duty & Sacrifice monument which is devoted to military service people from the Valpo area who gave their lives in the service of their country. NOV

OCT

24 HALLOWEEN HOWL 5K & 2K RUN Ages: All ages welcome Location: Creekside Trails

DATES Oct 24

DAY Su

12 FIRST SKATE FUNDRAISER

Ages: All ages welcome Location: Central Park Plaza

DATES TIME 8:30 am

FEE $30

Join Valpo Parks for the 3rd annual Halloween Howl Run! This cross country style race is fun for the whole family with a 5K course and 2K fun run for those 6 years & younger. New this year, a dog friendly 3/4 mile course!

• Register online at www.runsignup.com • Register by 10/9 to guarantee shirt size. No shirt option saves $5 • Event check-in and race day registration: 7 – 8 am, $35

Nov 12

DAY

TIME

F

6 pm

FEE

$15

An extraordinary experience with bragging rights for being the first on the ice this season! Tickets benefit the Valpo Parks Foundation which brings people and community resources together to enhance and sustain the highest quality park facilities and programs. NOV

27 WINTER FEST & TREE LIGHTING Location: Central Park Plaza

DATES Nov 27

DAY Sa

TIME 5 – 7 pm

FEE FREE

Enjoy caroling, figure skating performances, photos with Santa and the lighting of the Central Park Plaza Christmas tree. The ice rink will have a special of $7 admission and skate rental with a receipt from a downtown business in support of Small Business Saturday from 7 – 10 pm. DEC

11 TOUCH-A-TRUCK Location: Central Park Plaza

DATES Dec 11

DAY Sa

TIME 11 am – 1 pm

FEE FREE

Kids of all ages will enjoy the opportunity to explore their favorite big rigs during this free hands-on Touch a Truck event. Free refreshments, Santa, music, and more! Bring a new unwrapped toy to donate to local Toys for Tots efforts. Monetary donations also accepted.

*All events and programs listed in this guide are subject to change based on recommendations and guidelines regarding Covid-19.

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YOUTH SPORTS baseball MAJORS LEAGUE

Ages: 11–12 by April 30, 2021 Location: Home games at Kirchhoff Park

DATES

DAY

Apr 17 – Jun 19 M- Sa

TIME

FEE

REGISTER

Varies

$112/$124

By Mar 17

Teams will compete against Boone Grove, Morgan, Duneland, Washington, Westville and other Valpo Teams, with 70 foot bases and 50 foot pitching mound. Participants must attend a skill evaluation day.

Ages: 13 – 15 by Dec 31, 2020 Location: Rotary Field

DATES

DATES

DAY

TIME

FEE

REGISTER

Apr 17 – Jun 19

M- Sa

Varies

$125/$137

By Mar 17

Teams will compete against Boone Grove, Morgan, Duneland, Washington, Westville and other Valpo Teams, with 90 feet bases and 60 feet pitching mound.

NEW 18U BASEBALL LEAGUE

DAY

Su

TIME

Varies

DAY

May 2 – 16 Su

TIME

FEE

1 – 2 pm (Age 3) $20/$32 2:15 - 3:15 pm (Ages 4-6) 3:30 - 4:30 pm (Ages 4-6) 4:45 - 5:45 pm (Ages 4-6)

REGISTER By April 25

Instructors: Local high school athletes and Valpo Parks staff Only $10 to 2021 Valpo Parks T-Ball Participants.

BIFF GEISS ROOKIE LEAGUE

Ages: 16 – 18 by Dec 31, 2020 Location: Rotary Field

DATES

T-BALL SPRING SKILLS CLINICS

Ages: 3 – 6 by December 31, 2020 Location: Valparaiso High School Field House

BABE RUTH LEAGUE

Apr 18 – Jun 20

NEW DATES

FEE

$125/$137

REGISTER

By Mar 17

This league is a 18 and younger baseball league that will compete with teams in Lake and Porter County. Some travel is required. Teams will play in games and tourneys.

Ages: 7 – 8 by April 30, 2021 Location: Westside Park / Samardzija Field, Tower Park

DATES May 22 – Jul 17

DAY

TIME

FEE

REGISTER

Sa

Varies

$87/$99

By May 12

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. Practices will be during the week and games played on Saturday.

MINORS LEAGUE

Ages: 9 – 10 by April 30, 2021 Location: Westside Park / Samardzija Field, Tower Park

DATES May 22 – Jul 17

DAY

TIME

FEE

REGISTER

Sa

Varies

$90/$102

By May 12

Teams will play eight games, against other Valpo teams. We will conclude with a single elimination tourney at the end of the season. All participants must attend an skill evaluation day.

CO-ED T–BALL LEAGUE Ages: 4 – 6 by Jun 1, 2021 Location: ValPlayso Park / Westside Park

DATES DAY TIME FEE REGISTER Jun 5 – Jul 17 Sa Varies $60/$72 By May 14 4-5 year olds will play traditional t-ball. 6 year olds will start on a tee and transition to coach pitch. Season includes 8 games. Participants receive shirt, hat and medal.

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LITTLE SLUGGERS T-BALL

BACK TO SCHOOL MINORS BASEBALL LEAGUE

Ages: 3 year olds by May 1, 2021 Location: ValPlayso Park

DATES

Ages: 9 – 10 by Aug 1, 2021 Location: Home games at Westside Park / Samardzija Field, Tower Park

DAY

TIME

FEE REGISTER

DATES

Jul 12 – Aug 2

M

5:30 – 6:30 pm

$57/$69

By Jun 25

Jul 13 – Aug 3

Tu

5:30 – 6:30 pm

$57/$69

By Jun 25

Jul 31 – Sep 25 Sa Varies

Jul 14 – Aug 4

W

5:30 – 6:30 pm

$57/$69

By Jun 25

REGISTER

$72/$84 Team $225*

By Jul 16

BACK TO SCHOOL MAJORS BASEBALL LEAGUE

Ages: 7 – 8 by Aug 1, 2021 Location: Home games at Westside Park, Samardzija Field, Tower Park

DAY

FEE

Ages: 11– 12 by Aug 1, 2021 Location: Home games at Kirchhoff Park

BACK TO SCHOOL BIFF GEISS ROOKIE LEAGUE

Jul 31 – Sep 25 Sa

TIME

The season will consist of seven games and single elimination tourney. Saturday times vary. Teams will play both home and away with other Porter County teams. *Pre-established teams accepted with roster.

Select either Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday nights. 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 shirt, hat and medal.

DATES

DAY

TIME

FEE

REGISTER

Varies

$72/$84 Team: $225*

By Jul 16

DATES DAY TIME Jul 31 – Sep 25 Sa Varies

The coach will begin as pitcher and transition to player pitch starting the first game. The season will consist of six games and single elimination tourney. Saturday times vary. Teams will play both home and away with other Porter County teams. *Pre-established teams accepted with roster. Fee does not include uniforms.

FEE $72/$84 Team $225*

REGISTER By Jul 16

The season will consist of seven games and single elimination tourney. Saturday times vary. Teams will play both home and away with other Porter County teams.*Pre-established teams accepted with roster.

CHALLENGER LEAGUE

Ages: 5 – 22 years

Location: Tower Park /Dyer Fields

DATES

TIME

FEE

REGISTER

12 pm

$50

By Aug 10

DAY

Aug 15 – Sep 26 Su

This Baseball League is designed for special needs individuals to learn and play the game of baseball with modifications for every individual's ability. Participants will be paired up with a buddy and learn the basic skills and knowledge of the game.The program consists of 2 practice dates and 6 game dates. 3 of the game dates will be partnered at Tri-Town Challenger League Fields in Dyer, IN. All participants receive a t-shirt and medal.

Make a difference! Looking for “buddies” to volunteer! This league is for individuals with physical and intellectual challenges. Buddies are used to assist the players in the areas of batting, fielding and base running when necessary. No prior experience is necessary and there will be a buddy meeting prior to the beginning of the season. Buddies are needed for this program at a 1:1 ratio and should be able to commit to attending each session.

*All events and programs listed in this guide are subject to change based on recommendations and guidelines regarding Covid-19.

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YOUTH SPORTS softball GIRLS FASTPITCH LEAGUE Ages: 6 – 14 by Dec 31, 2020 Location: Home games at Bicentennial Park & Samardzija Field, Tower Park

DATES

DAY

May 1 – Jun 26 Sa

TIME

Varies

FEE

6U $80/$92 8U $98/$110 10U -14U $110/$122

REGISTER By Apr 9

Valpo Parks teams will play against teams in the Porter County League: Washington Twp, Wheeler, Kouts, South Central, Morgan Twp., Liberty and Lawanna.

BACK TO SCHOOL PITCHING CAMP

Ages: 7 – 13 by July 1, 2021 Location: Bicentennial Park

DATES

DAY

TIME

FEE

REGISTER

Aug 3 – 24

Tu

6 – 7 pm

$55/$67

By Jul 30

The clinic will focus on individual development for all levels of softball pitchers. Campers will go through skill stations designed to help push them to improve as a softball player. Each participant will receive a t-shirt.

track & field TRACK & FIELD

BACK TO SCHOOL GIRLS FASTPITCH LEAGUE

Ages: 8 – 14 Location: Porter County School Fields

DATES

DAY

TIME

FEE

Fall 2021

TBD

Varies

Team: $225

Teams in all age groups will be participating in a fall league at Union Township High School. Practices will be at Valpo Parks. Team fee does not include uniforms.

Ages: 4 – 12 Location: Valparaiso High School Track

DATES

DAY

TIME

FEE

REGISTER

Jun 2 – Jul 17

W/Sa

Varies

$54/$66

By May 28

Participants will compete against other park departments and YMCA's in the area. Practices are on Wednesdays and meets are on Saturdays. Season consists of 4 Track Meets that will be held at Valparaiso High School and other local high schools.

football NEW FLAG FOOTBALL 7 VS 7 Ages: 8-14 Location: Westside Park

DATES

May 22 - Jul 17

DAY

Sa

TIME 9am

FEE

$50/$62

REGISTER

May 20

Jersey, mouth guard & flags are included and are required to be worn during games. Practices are on Wednesdays and games are on Saturdays. Games begin on June 5th.

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MIGHTY MITE INSTRUCTIONAL LEAGUE

Ages: 3 – 4 by May 1, 2021 Location: Foundation Meadows Park

DATES

DAY

TIME

FEE

REGISTER

Jul 12 – Aug 4

M/W

9:30 -10:15 am

$55/$67

By Jul 9

Jul 12 – Aug 4

M/ W

10:30 -11:15 am

$55/$67

By Jul 9

Jul 12 – Aug 4

M/ W 11:30 am-12:15 pm

$55/$67

By Jul 9

Jul 13 – Aug 5

T/Th

3 – 3:45 pm

$55/$67

By Jul 9

Jul 13 – Aug 5

T/Th

4 – 4:45 pm

$55/$67

By Jul 9

(Choose one time slot)

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 dates. All participants receive a t-shirt, soccer socks and medal.

soccer

BACK TO SCHOOL LEAGUE

Ages: 4 – 12 by August 1, 2021 Leagues: 5U, 7U, 9U, 12U Location: Westside Park

COED SPRING LEAGUE

Ages: 4 – 12 by April 1, 2021 Leagues: 5U, 7U, 9U, 12U Location: Westside Park

DATES

DAY

TIME

FEE

REGISTER

Apr 10 – May 15

Sa

Varies

$67/$79

By Mar 19

Participants will compete in 6 Saturday games, and will receive a dry fit jersey, medal and socks. 5u and 7u divisions will be instructed and refereed by VHS soccer athletes. 9u and 12u will compete in tournaments, with certified referees on each field.

DATES

DAY

TIME

FEE

REGISTER

Aug 14 – Oct 2*

Sa

Varies

$67/$79

By Jul 9

Participants will compete in 6 Saturday games, and will receive a dry fit jersey, medal and socks. 5U and 7U divisions will be instructed and refereed by VHS soccer athletes. 9U and 12U will compete in tournaments, with certified referees on each field. *No games Sep 4 or 11.

CHALLENGER LEAGUE

Ages: 5 – 18 Location: Samardzija Field, Tower Park

DATES Jun 6 - Jul 25

DAY

TIME

FEE

REGISTER

Su

3 pm

$50

By May 25

This Soccer League is designed for special needs individuals to learn and play the game of soccer with modifications for every individual's ability. Participants will be paired up with a buddy and will learn the basic skills and knowledge of the game. All participants receive t-shirt, socks and medal. *No games June 20 or July 4

14U TEAM LEAGUE

Ages: 13-14 by Jun 1, 2021 Location: Westside Park

DATES Jun 7 – Jul 21

DAY

TIME

FEE

REGISTER

T/W

6 – 8 pm

$400/team*

By May 21

*Pre-established teams only with roster. Each team will compete in an 8 game season. All games will have certified referees and will be played on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. Winning team will receive individual player trophies at conclusion of the league. Teams are responsible for obtaining their own uniforms and equipment.

*All events and programs listed in this guide are subject to change based on recommendations and guidelines regarding Covid-19.

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YOUTH SPORTS volleyball COED VOLLEYBALL

Ages: 2nd – 5th grade Location: Heavilin Elementary M/W, Flint Lake Elementary T/TH

DATES

TIME

FEE

REGISTER

Oct 11 – Dec 11 M/W

DAY

5 – 6 pm (2nd – 3rd grade)

$75

By Oct 1

Oct 11 – Dec 11 M/W

6 – 7 pm (4th – 5th grade)

$75

By Oct 1

Oct 12 – Dec 11 Tu/Th 5 – 6 pm $75 (2nd – 3rd grade)

By Oct 1

Oct 12 – Dec 11 Tu/Th 6 – 7 pm (4th – 5th grade)

By Oct 1

$75

Participants will focus on individual skill development. Each session will consist of sport specific drills, game situations and scrimmages.

hockey

8U & 14U TEAM LEAGUE Ages: 8 – 14 Location: Central Park Plaza

tennis TENNIS SAMPLER

Ages: 4 – 16 Location: Valparaiso High School Tennis Facility

DATES May 25 – 27

DAY Tu– Th

TIME 4 - 5 pm 5 - 6 pm

FEE $48/$60

REGISTER By May 24

This class is designed to give kids a preview of our summer sessions. Participants will learn the fundamentals of tennis through drills and games. All participants will receive a FREE tennis racket.

DATES

DAY

FEE

REGISTER

Nov 16 – Mar 6

Tu / Th/Su 4:30 – 5:30 pm (8U)

TIME

$280

By Nov 15

Nov 16 – Mar 6

Tu / Th/Su 5:45 – 6:45 pm (14U Ages 9–14)

$280

By Nov 15

Learn the skills of skating and stopping, puck handling and shooting, as well as other fundamentals of playing hockey. Hockey jersey and socks are provided. Participants must supply their own hockey stick, helmet with face guard, and full hockey pads. Instruction will be based off of the USA Hockey ADM. Games played on Sunday Mornings.

GROUP LESSONS

lacrosse

SIX WEEK SESSION:

Ages: 5 – 13 Location: Foundation Meadows Park

Ages: 4 – 16 Location: Valparaiso High School Tennis Facility

SKILLS CLINIC

June 7th – July 15th

DATES

DAY

TIME

FEE

Munchkins (4-6) M – Th Munchkins (4-6) M – Th

9 – 9:30 am 9:30 – 10 am

$77/$89 $77/$89

REGISTER By June 2 By June 2

Ages: 7 – 10 Ages: 7 – 10

M – Th M – Th

9 – 10 am 10 – 11 am

$97/$109 $97/$109

By June 2 By June 2

Ages: 11 – 16

M – Th

10:30 – 11:30 am $97/$109

By June 2

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.

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DATES

DAY

TIME

FEE

Apr 24 – Jun 5

Sa

9:30 – 10:30 am

$25/$37

REGISTER

Jun 19 – Jul 31

Sa

9:30 – 10:30 am

$25/$37 By Jun 12

By Apr 17

Valpo Parks is excited to continue its introduction of the sport of lacrosse. We will focus on fundamentals, introduce team concepts, scrimmaging with game like situations.


*All events and programs listed in this guide are subject to change based on recommendations and guidelines regarding Covid-19.

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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! 1158 W. Harrison Blvd.

Valparaiso IN 46385

Monthly Classes: September through May (sessions range 3 to 4 weeks depending on month) Registration Fee: Varies per 1, 2 or 3 days-per-week classes

busy bees

musical movers

Ages: 2–3 years

Ages: 4 - 5 years old

Child attends independently

Child attends independently

Come play, sing and move in this class designed for fun! Class is taught by Kierstin Berry, a licensed music educator & musician. (Max of 10 kids

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

per class) DATES

DAY

TIME

FEE

Mar 4 - 18

Th

6 - 6:30 pm

$25/$37

Apr 1 - 29

Th

6 - 6:30 pm

$25/$37

NO CLASS

Worried about bad weather? If Valparaiso Schools are not in session due to a scheduled day off, holiday or snow day the Discovery Cottage will not be open. Cottage classes remain as scheduled when Valparaiso Schools have a delayed start.

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DATES

DAY TIME

FEE

NO CLASS

Mar 1 – 29 Apr 5 – 26

M M

11– 11:50 am 11– 11:50 am

$45/$57 $45/$57

3/22 4/12

May 3 – 10

M

11– 11:50 am

$20/$32

DATES

DAY TIME

FEE

NO CLASS

Mar 3 – 31 Apr 7 – 28 May 5 – 19

W W W

$45/$57 $45/$57 $45/$57

3/24

11– 11:50 am 11– 11:50 am 11– 11:50 am


little sprouts

kinder ready

Ages: 3 – 4 years

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

Child attends independently

Child attends independently

In a fun-filled environment, your child will learn the importance of good manners, following directions, taking turns and sharing. Child will also be introduced to shapes, colors, numbers and literature with a new theme each month. (Max of 14 kids per class)

We have a specially designed curriculum that is structured to prepare your child for kindergarten. We will have multiple assessments as well as parent teacher conferences to ensure proper growth and development. (Max of 14 kids per class)

DATES

DAY

TIME

FEE

NO CLASS

Mar 1 – 31 Apr 5 – 28 May 3 – 19

M/W M/W M/W

9 – 11 am 9 – 11 am 9 – 11 am

$85/$97 $85/$97 $33/$45

3/22, 3/24 4/12 5/17

DATES

DAY

TIME

FEE

Mar 1 – 31

M–Th

8:30 am - 11:30 am or

$107/$119 3/22 - 3/25

DATES

DAY

TIME

FEE

NO CLASS

12:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Mar 2 – 30 Apr 1 – 29 May 4 – 20

Tu/Th Tu/Th Tu/Th

9 – 11 am 9 – 11 am 9 – 11 am

$85/$97 $85/$97 $42/$54

3/23, 3/25

May 3 – 20 M–Th

8:30 am - 11:30 am or 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm

12:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Apr 1 – 29

8:30 am - 11:30 am or

M–Th

NO CLASS

$107/$119 4/12 $80/$92

5/17

young rembrandts & bricks 4 kidz Ages: 3 – 5 years

Child attends independently YOUNG REMBRANDTS provides a nurturing and strong learning environment that expands Preschoolers’ image vocabulary as they draw familiar images such as fish, teddy bears, rainbows and cowboys PRESCHOOL BRICKS 4 KIDZ introduces your preschooler to the fun of learning, building and playing the Bricks 4 Kidz way! Watch their eyes light up as kids dig into a pile of brightly colored DUPLO® Bricks to create fun, simple sculptures based on the ABCs.

DATES

DAY

TIME

Mar 15 – Apr 19 Apr 26 – May 17

M M

5:15 – 7 pm $80/$92 3/22, 4/12 5:15 – 7 pm $80/$92

FEE

NO CLASS

@DiscoveryCottage

*All events and programs listed in this guide are subject to change based on recommendations and guidelines regarding Covid-19.

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DISCOVERY DAY CAMP Discovery Day Camp offers your child the summer experience of a lifetime. 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 inflatable days, games, songs, team sports, arts and crafts, nature hikes, water games, and more!

summer camp

weekly themes Week 1: SCIENCE WEEK | June 7 - 11

Ages: 5 to 14 Location: Rogers-Lakewood Park DATES

DAY

TIME

WEEKLY FEE

Camper will explode as campers participate in fun & safe science experiment activities!

June 7 - 11 M–F

9 am – 12 pm (5 yr olds) 9 am – 3 pm (5 yr olds) 9 am – 5 pm (Ages 6-14)

$64 /$76 $88 /$100 $110 /$122

Week 2: ANIMAL WEEK | June 14 - 18

June 14 - 18 M–F

9 am – 12 pm (5 yr olds) 9 am – 3 pm (5 yr olds) 9 am – 5 pm (Ages 6-14)

$64 /$76 $88 /$100 $110 /$122

Week 3: SUPER HERO WEEK | June 21 - 25

June 21 - 25 M–F

9 am – 12 pm (5 yr olds) 9 am – 3 pm (5 yr olds) 9 am – 5 pm (Ages 6-14)

$64 /$76 $88 /$100 $110 /$122

June 28 - July 2 M – F

9 am – 12 pm (5 yr olds) 9 am – 3 pm (5 yr olds) 9 am – 5 pm (Ages 6-14)

$64 /$76 $88 /$100 $110 /$122

July 6 - 9 Tu – F

9 am – 12 pm (5 yr olds) 9 am – 3 pm (5 yr olds) 9 am – 5 pm (Ages 6-14)

$48 / $60 $66 /$78 $88 /$100

July 12 - 16 M–F

9 am – 12 pm (5 yr olds) 9 am – 3 pm (5 yr olds) 9 am – 5 pm (Ages 6-14)

$64 /$76 $88 /$100 $110 /$122

July 19 - 23 M–F

9 am – 12 pm (5 yr olds) 9 am – 3 pm (5 yr olds) 9 am – 5 pm (Ages 6-14)

$64 /$76 $88 /$100 $110 /$122

July 26 - 29 M – Th

9 am – 12 pm (5 yr olds) 9 am – 3 pm (5 yr olds) 9 am – 5 pm (Ages 6-14)

$48 / $60 $66 /$78 $88 /$100

Campers will bring a lunch Monday – Friday. Must be 5 years of age on or before Aug 1, 2021

before and after care DAY

Extended AM Extended PM One Day AM

M – F M – F M – F

TIME 6:30 am – 8:45 am 3 pm – 5 pm (5 yr olds)

save the date

MEET THE COUNSELORS OPEN HOUSE

Thursday, May 20, 5:30 – 8:30 pm LIP SYNC PERFORMANCE Thursday, July 29, Time TBD

NO CAMP Monday, July 5 / Friday, July 30

Campers will channel their inner superhero with lots of fun & games.

Week 4: CIRCUS WEEK | June 28 - July 2 Campers will clown around with all things circus.

Week 5: WATER WEEK | July 6 - 9

Campers will be water-logged with cool off water game fun!

Week 6: 80'S & 90'S WEEK | July 12 -16

Campers Will Celebrate And Experience 80’s And 90’s Fun!

Week 7: OLYMPICS WEEK | July 19 - 23 Go For The Gold! The Summer Olympics Come To Camp!

Week 8: LIP SYNC & GAME WEEK | July 26 - 29

Rock On! This Yearly Tradition Is Always A Favorite. Groups Practice Song And Dance For A Performance On Thursday Night For Friends & Family.

camp discounts SUMMER SCHOOL RATE

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

SIBLING DISCOUNT

Campers will play games, make crafts and enjoy the outdoors!

CARE

Things will get wild as campers learn all about animals & their habitats.

WEEKLY FEE $35 $22 $10

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.

registration Registration deadline for all camps is by 3 pm on the Friday prior to the week your child is attending. A $15 fee will be added when registering the same week of camp. Register online at ValpoParks.org, by calling (219) 462-5144 or in person at Valpo Parks, 3210 North Campbell Street, Valparaiso, during our office hours.

*All events and programs listed in this guide are subject to change based on recommendations and guidelines regarding Covid-19.

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YOUTH ENRICHMENT music

art

GUITAR & UKULELE LESSONS ONLINE

YOUNG REMBRANDTS

Ages: 7 – 13 & 14+ Location: Online via Zoom

DATES Apr 1 - 29

DAY Th

May 6 - 27 Th

Ages: 5 - 12 Location: Banta Activity Center

TIME FEE 4:00 - 4:45 pm (Ukulele Ages 7 - 13) $95 4:45 - 5:30 pm (Guitar Ages 7 - 13) 5:45 - 6:30 pm (Guitar Ages 14+) 6:30 - 7:15 pm (Ukulele Ages 14+) 4:00 - 4:45 pm (Ukulele Ages 7 - 13) $95 4:45 - 5:30 pm (Guitar Ages 7 - 13) 5:45 - 6:30 pm (Guitar Ages 14+) 6:30 - 7:15 pm (Ukulele Ages 14+)

REGISTER By Mar 30

DATES

DAY

TIME

FEE

REGISTER

Apr 6 – May 11

Tu

5:15 – 6:15 pm

$60/72

By Apr 5

Inspire your child to become a budding artist. This class is a dynamic way for your child to develop their own creativity. You’ll see increased art abilities, learning skills, self-confidence and self-esteem.

By May 4

STEM learning BRICKS FOR KIDS

Have you ever wished you could play the guitar or ukulele? Now is the perfect time to learn! This 4-week workshop covers tuning, beginner chords, strumming and more. No experience necessary.

Ages: 5 - 12 Location: Banta Activity Center

Note: Students will need to purchase their own guitar/ukulele at a music store or online. We recommend the following brands for guitar: Ibanez, Fender and Yamaha and for ukulele: Hola, Alida, Kala, Mitchell and Luna.

DATES

DAY

TIME

FEE

REGISTER

Apr 8 – May 13

Th

5:15 – 6:15 pm

$60/72

By Apr 7

MUSIC MAKERS

Ages: 7 - 11 Location: Innovative Music Studio, 404 W. US Highway 6

DATES DAY Apr 1 - 29 Th May 5 - 27 Th

TIME 5:00 - 6:00 pm 5:00 - 6:00 pm

FEE $69 $69

REGISTER By Apr 1 By May 5

Do you have a child who loves music, but you’re not sure where to start? Music Makers Class is the answer! Our Music Makers have a blast as they play intruments, perform together, sing and play games! A concert will be preformed for parents at the end of the semester.

theatre FEE $69 $69

REGISTER By Apr 5 By Mar 31

$69 $69

By May 3 By May 5

This acting class is not only educational but also entertaining. Students have fun learning through stories, games, props, and hands-on activities as they develop their acting skills!

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ACTIVE ARTS WITH THE PARKS Ages: K - 5 Location: Heartland Church

DATES

DAY

TIME

FEE

REGISTER

Apr 5 - Apr 26

M

1 – 3 pm

$25

By Apr 4

This program provides homeschool parents with a physical education, music and art curriculum to assist in meeting child's educational goals. Each 30-45 minute classis taught by teachers who specialize in those subjects.

Ages: 7-11 Location: Innovative Music Studio, 404 W. US Highway 6

TIME 5:00 - 6:00 pm (In Studio) 3:30 - 4:30 pm (Online Ages 5 - 8) 4:30 - 5:30 pm (Online Ages 9 - 13) 5:00 - 6:00 pm (In Studio) 3:30 - 4:30 pm (Online Ages 5 - 8) 4:30 - 5:30 pm (Online Ages 9 - 13)

specialty

(No class Apr 12)

KIDS ACTING CLASSES

DATES DAY Apr 7 - 28 W Apr 2 - 30 F May 5 - 26 W May 7 - 28 F

Classes explore architecture, engineering and technology concepts using LEGO® Bricks. Students work hands-on to design and build machines, buildings and other constructions. While exploring new concepts related to architecture, engineering, manufacturing, and environment, students develop problem solving and critical thinking skills. Fun while learning!

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dance

literature

YOUTH DANCE

AMERICAN GIRL BOOK CLUB

Ages: 3 - 10 Location: Mirror Image Dance Academy

Ages: 1st - 5th grade Location: Banta Activity Center

DATES

DAY

Apr 21 - May 26 W

TIME

FEE

REGISTER

DATES

DAY

TIME

FEE

REGISTER

11 am - 12 pm

$75

By Apr 19

Sep 12 - Sep 26

Su

2 pm

$25/$37

By Sep 10

Oct 3 - Oct 17

Su

2 pm

$25/$37

By Oct 1

Nov 7 - Nov 21

Su

2 pm

$25/$37

By Nov 5

(Ballet, Tap & Jazz Ages 3 - 5)

Apr 21 - May 26 W

5 pm - 6 pm

$75

By Apr 19

(Ballet Ages 6 - 8)

Apr 23 - May 28 F

(Ballet Ages 8 - 10)

5 pm - 6 pm

$75

By Apr 19

Students will need to wear clothing where they can move freely in as well as ballet or jazz shoes (no street shoes). Shoes available for purchase at Mirror Image Dance Academy or can be purchased on their own.

The American Girl Book Club is a book club for girls in grades 1st-5th designed to help girls develop a love of reading and connect through a common love of American Girl dolls and books. Each month we will read a preselected book and come together for a time of book discussion and hands-on learning activities expanded from the book.

*All events and programs listed in this guide are subject to change based on recommendations and guidelines regarding Covid-19.

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FAMILY ENRICHMENT dance classes

Ages: 16+ Location: Fred Astaire Dance Studio, 107 Lincolnway, Valparaiso

SESSION II — WEDDING CLASS DATES

DAY

Apr 5 – May 10 M

TIME

5:30 – 6:15 pm

FEE $80/$92 Couple $45/$57 Individual

Whether you're gearing up for your own wedding or a guest at someone else's, this class will teach a variety of dance steps including the Waltz, Bachata, Rumba and a traditional slow dance. (6 week session)

Ages: 8+, 8 – 13 with an adult Location: Rogers-Lakewood Park Class taught by experts from Chesterton Feed and Garden Center.

SESSION III — SLOW DANCE DATES

DAY

Jun 7 – Jul 12 M

TIME

5:30 – 6:15 pm

gardening

FEE $80/$92 Couple $45/$57 Individual

DESIGNING AND PLANTING PATIO POTS DATES

DAY

TIME

FEE

REGISTER

Sa

10 am – Noon

$55

May 13

Learn a variety of slow dance styles. Includes Waltz, Bachata, Rumba, and a traditional slow dance (6 week session).

May 22

photography

Learn how to mix different plant colors and textures to create a unique combination that will give you vibrant color all summer long for your front porch or patio using Filler, Spiller, Thriller method! Includes a 10" pot, plants, soil and advice from the experts.

BEGINNERS PHOTOGRAPHY

HOUSEPLANT AND REPLANTING WORKSHOP

Ages: 8+, 8 –13 with an adult Location: Rogers-Lakewood Park

DATES

May 20 Jul 8

DATES

DAY

TIME

FEE

REGISTER

Sa

10 am – Noon

$15

Sept 9

DAY

TIME

FEE

REGISTER

Sep 18

Th Th

6 – 7:30 pm 6 – 7:30 pm

$20 $20

May 6 Jun 24

Topics covered will be: Potting and repotting, propagation, pruning, pests and more! After the program, supplies will be provided to repot one houseplant. 12" and smaller pots will be provided along with the soil.

Each workshop is run by a professional photographer and is geared toward helping you achieve your comfort level with your camera. Instruction will be given on exposure, composition, and more. A take-home reference guide will be provided for all participants.

scavenger hunts EARTH DAY SCAVENGER HUNT Ages: 6+, 6 - 16 with an adult Location: City of Valparaiso

DATES

DAY

TIME

FEE

REGISTER

Apr 24 Sa 10:30 – 11:30 am FREE By Apr 15 How many can you find? Celebrate earth day by exploring the parks, trails and your own backyard with the Valpo Parks guide. Guide will be emailed to those who register to participate!

FATHER'S DAY SCAVENGER HUNT Ages: 6+, 6 - 16 with an adult Location: Rogers Lakewood Park

DATES

DAY

TIME

FEE

REGISTER

Jun 19 Sa 10:30 – 11:30 am FREE By Jun 12 “Tall and strong, I stay outside. The sun, the rain, they’re by my side.” Have fun solving this riddle and others as you get out into nature in a fun, challenging way!

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themed crafts

DIY DREAMCATCHER

Get crafty in these small group classes! Perfect for family and friends to enjoy. All materials are provided as well as refreshments served.

Ages: 6+, 6 - 16 with an adult Location: Banta Activity Center

DATES

Aug 7

DAY

TIME

FEE

REGISTER

Sa

10:30 – 12 pm

$15

By Jul 31

A perfect addition to any room, let your creativity soar as you make your very own dreamcatcher.

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

DATES

Oct 10

DAY

TIME

FEE

REGISTER

Su

1 – 2:30 pm 2:30 – 4 pm

$30

By Oct 2

Put together your own child-sized scarecrow. All materials provided, though you are welcome to bring your own clothes. $15 for each additional scarecrow.

FALL WOOD DECOR SIGN Ages: All Ages, 6 - 16 with an adult Location: Banta Activity Center

DATES

BUNNY DOOR HANGER Ages: 6+, 6 - 16 with an adult Location: Banta Activity Center

DATES

Mar 13

DAY

TIME

FEE

REGISTER

Sa

10:30 – 11:30 am

$15

By Mar 3

Get ready to "hop" into spring with an adorable bunny door hanger! It's the perfect addition to your home decor with your personalized touch!

Ages: 6+, 6 - 16 with an adult Location: Banta Activity Center

DATES

May 1

DAY

TIME

FEE

REGISTER

Sa

10:30 – 11:30 am

$15

By Apr 24

String art is easy and fun! Keep this craft for yourself as a great conversation piece or gift it to a special Mom in your life.

Ages: All Ages, 6 - 16 with an adult Location: Banta Activity Center

DATES May 8

DAY

TIME

FEE

REGISTER

Sa

10:30 – 12:00 pm

$25

By Apr 30

TIME

FEE

REGISTER

Ages: 6+, 6 - 16 with an adult Location: Banta Activity Center

DAY

TIME

FEE

REGISTER

Dec 11 Sa 9:30 am – 10:30 am $15 By Dec 4 DIY ornaments make your Christmas tree look so beautiful and they make the perfect holiday gift. All materials provided for participants to make two globe-type ornaments.

HOLIDAY SNOW GLOBE MAKE AND SHAKE Ages: 6+, 6 - 16 with an adult Location: Banta Activity Center

DATES

PERSONALIZED WELCOME SIGN

DAY

HOLIDAY ORNAMENT WORKSHOP

DATES

STRING ART VASE

Nov 6 Sa 10:30 – 12:00 pm $25 By Oct 29 Celebrate sweater weather as you create a beautiful wood sign to make your home feel like fall. Its the perfect addition to any front porch or mantel!

DAY

TIME

FEE

REGISTER

Dec 11 Sa 11 am – 12 pm $15 By Dec 4 Create your own winter scene snow globe to accent your home during the holidays.

With warmer weather around the corner, make your friends feel welcome with this decorative wood welcome sign!

*All events and programs listed in this guide are subject to change based on recommendations and guidelines regarding Covid-19.

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ROGERS-LAKEWOOD PARK

This 122-acre park is the perfect place to spend a day outdoors! We offer boat rentals, concessions, family fun packs, and fishing pole rentals. Located on Loomis and Spectacle Lake, Lakewood is perfect for a day of fishing (with proper fishing license). The park has trails, both paved and un-paved, for biking, walking, and running. Lakewood has a number of shelters that can be reserved for a fee (see page 40), perfect for family get togethers and company parties.

entrance fees

park store

Entrance fees apply Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Season

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. Open weather permitting.

vehicle stickers must be adhered directly to your vehicle windshield and are not interchangeable.

RESIDENT STATUS

DAILY RATE

DATES

DAYS HOURS

Porter County

Weekdays $4 / Weekends $5

Non-Porter County Residents

Weekdays $6 / Weekends $8

May 22 – May 30 May 31 – Aug 8

Sa – Su M – F Sa – Su

9 am – 6 pm 11 am – 7 pm 9 am – 7 pm

Sa – Su

9 am – 6 pm

SEASON PASS

RATES

Aug 9 – Sep 6

$50 per vehicle / $5 per additional

Valparaiso City Resident

$38 per vehicle / $5 per additional

BOAT RENTALS

Senior / Veterans*

$12 per vehicle / $5 per additional

Replacement Pass

$5 per vehicle

Standard Passes

Must have valid driver’s license to rent a boat. Rates subject to change. Paddleboat / $5 per ½ hour

*Veterans passes are available to those who can show military ID or proof of service. Senior citizens must be Porter County residents and age 60 or older to receive the discount. Resident fees are offered to those residing within or owning property within Valparaiso's city limits.

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Rowboats / $5 per hour

FISHING POLE RENTAL Two Poles & nightcrawlers

$20 per 2 hour

GAME KIT RENTAL Each game kit contains football, soccer ball, kickball,bean bags/boards, six cones, and volleyball & net. Game kits are on a first-come-first-served basis. $20/day (cash only)

Tag us in your #RogersLakewood adventures! @ValpoParks

@RogersLakewoodPark


what's new at the park

Valpo Parks is excited to welcome changes to the park in 2021! New piers and dock have been replaced on Loomis Lake including an ADA accessible fishing pier near the Program Center. The old piers have been repurposed to provide additional access points to the lake for recreational purposes. Thanks to private donations we welcomed two new additions to the park. A kayak launch will provide easy access to those who enjoy paddling on Loomis Lake. An 18-foot Duffy electric boat will offer memorable lake cruises for social gatherings starting fall 2021. We look forward to making continued improvements to the park and providing additional outdoor amenities for people of all ages to enjoy at Rogers-Lakewood Park!

group hayrides & campfires 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

DAYS

Sep 17 – Nov 7 F – Sa Su

HOURS COST 5:30 – 7 pm 7 – 8:30 pm 8:30 – 10 pm

$75 / $87

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 AT ROGERS-LAKEWOOD PARK

Players will have a wonderful time playing 24 holes of a championship caliber disc golf throughout this scenic park. The diverse course has a superb variety of holes and shots that will challenge players of all skill levels. With groomed fairways through rolling hills, the scenery is second to none. The signature 14th hole measures 590 feet and runs down the luscious Derby Downs sledding hill. The course is free to park guests, entrance fees to Rogers-Lakewood apply.

Wanting to join a disc golf league or looking for upcoming tournaments?

*All events and programs listed in this guide are subject to change based on recommendations and guidelines regarding Covid-19.

@DunelandDiscGolfClub

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DAY TRIPS Come have a "daycation" with Valpo Parks! We offer fun and exciting day trips that give you the opportunity to visit must-see places and meet new people. Whether it's Chicago, Indianapolis, or Michigan-- there is something for everyone to enjoy.

a day in holland HOLLAND, MI

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

DATES

DAY TIME

May 7

F

FEE

7:30 am – 7:30 pm $89

This day trip includes: • Lunch • Shopping on own in downtown Holland • Step on guided tour of Holland’s tulip lanes • Wine-tasting reception • Motorcoach transportation to and from Holland, MI

game at wrigley CHICAGO, IL

Fan Bus! Enjoy a baseball game at Wrigley Field as the Chicago Cubs take on the Miami Marlins.

DATES

DAY TIME

FEE

Jun 20

Su

$139

9:30 am – 6 pm

eagle creek adventures INDIANAPOLIS, IN

This day trip includes: • Ticket to the game • Motorcoach transportation

Choose your own Adventure at Eagle Creek State Park!

a day in lake geneva LAKE GENEVA, WI

GoApe Treetop Adventure: A 2 - 3 hour aerial journey through the forest canopy utilizing rope ladders, wooden bridges and zip lines. Participant requirements: Minimum age of 10 with one participating adult for every youth aged 10-15, minimum height of 4’7”, maximum weight of 285, subject to harness fit.

A first-class visit to gorgeous Lake Geneva, WI.

Price: $70.00 per person adult, $55.00 per person youth age 10+

DATES

DAY TIME

FEE

Jul 9

F

$99

Paddling Adventure: Grab a paddle boat of your choice or paddle board and enjoy a day on the Eagle Creek Reservoir with bird watching spots, fishing areas and hiking trails.

7:30 am – 8 pm

This day trip includes: • 2-1/4 hr narrated boat tour on Geneva Lake • Plated lunch onboard boat tour • Shopping on own in Downtown Lake Geneva • Motorcoach transportation

Price: $60.00 per person Hiking Adventure: Set out on a self-guided tour through the forest of Eagle Creek Park. Price: $30.00 per person

DATES

DAY TIME

FEE

Jul 29

Th

$30 - $70

7 am – 7 pm

This day trip includes: • Adventure of choice from above options • Motorcoach transportation

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crosstown classic CHICAGO, IL

Sox vs. Cubs. Pick a side. This is a game you don't want to miss! Day trip includes all you can eat/all you can drink (beer, wine, softdrinks) 90 minutes prior to the game at Guaranteed Rate Field's "Patio", game ticket and motorcoach transportation. All ages welcome!

DATES

Aug 29

DAY TIME

Su

9:30 am – 5 pm

FEE

$149

This day trip includes: • Ticket to the game, semi private patio picnic two hours prior to game that includes all you can eat buffet with complimentary beer, wine and soda • Motorcoach transportation

cubs on the road MILWAUKEE, WI

Enjoy the game from the luxury of the all inclusive Northwestern Mutual Legends Club, as the Cubs take on the Milwaukee Brewers.

DATES

Sep 19

DAY TIME

Su

7:30 am – 9 pm

FEE

$169

This day trip includes: • Ticketed admission to Northwestern Mutual Legends Club that includes full buffet, voucher for 2 alcoholic drinks (beer or wine), and game seating. • Motorcoach transportation

starved rock fall colors UTICA, IL

Experience Starved Rock during the most beautiful time of the year. Tour not recommended for guests with limited mobility.

DATES

Oct 16

DAY TIME

Sa

7:45 am – 6 pm

FEE

$69

This day trip includes: • Trolley ride • Lunch at Starved Rock Lodge • Guided walk to scenic Council Overhang and Ottawa Canyon • Motorcoach transportation

Day Trips by Valpo Parks

Special Thank You To Our 2021 Day Trip Sponsors!

*All events and programs listed in this guide are subject to change based on recommendations and guidelines regarding Covid-19.

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ADULT SPORTS softball • • • • • •

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 first night of play Rosters due by deadline date with $100 deposit No games: Mother's Day, Father's Day, Memorial Day weekend, Labor Day weekend No Summer Coed Tourneys will be scheduled the same time as Sunday Coed Tourneys.

SPRING SWING TOURNEY

Ages: 18+ and no longer participating in high school athletics Location: Fairgrounds Park

DATES

DAY

TIME

May 1 - 2

Sa/Su

9 am start $100/200*

FEE

REGISTER By Apr 15

This tourney is open to all Men's, Coed or Women's team. *Registered summer Valpo Parks league teams fee is $100, all outside teams, fee is $200. Teams play a minimum of three games. Winners of each bracket will receive either a team credit or custom designed t-shirts. Limited number of spots available.

FALL COED & MEN’S LEAGUES

Ages: 18+ and no longer participating in high school athletics Location: Fairgrounds Park Mandatory captains meeting will be virtual. Date and time TBD.

DATES

DAY TIME FEE

Aug 9 – Sep 30 M/W

REGISTER

Varies

$500/$600 Coed A–C By Jul 9

Ages: 18+ and no longer participating in high school athletics Location: Fairgrounds Park

Aug 9 – Sep 30 Tu/Th Varies

$500/$600 Coed D–F By Jul 9

Aug 9 – Sep 30 Tu

Varies

$500/$600 Men

By Jul 9

Mandatory captains meeting will be virtual. Date and time TBD.

Aug 9 – Sep 30 Th

Varies

$500/$600 Men

By Jul 9

SUMMER LEAGUES

DATES

DAY

TIME

FEE

REGISTER

May 3 – Jul 31

M

Varies

$500/$600 Coed

By Apr 1

May 3 – Jul 31

Tu

Varies

$500/$600 Women By Apr 1

May 3 – Jul 31

W–Th

Varies

$500/$600 Men

By Apr 1

Season consists of 14 regular season games and a double elimination tourney.

SUNDAY LEAGUES Ages: 18+ and no longer participating in high school athletics Location: Fairgrounds Park

DATES

DAY

TIME

FEE

REGISTER

Apr 25 – Jun 27

Su

Varies

$375/$425

By Apr 8

Aug 1 – Sep 26

Su

Varies

$375/$425

By Jul 22

This league is for Men’s, Women’s and Coed teams that prefer weekend play. Season will consist of 10 games plus a tourney.

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cornhole CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT

Ages: 18+ Location: Central Park Plaza, William E. Urschel Pavilion

DATES

DAY

TIME

FEE

REGISTER

Jun 12 Sa 5pm $50/team By Jun 4 Grab a partner and enter the double elimination cornhole tourney at Central Park Plaza. Teams will be randomly selected on the bracket and complete against the field for a chance for 1st place! Music, food and drinks will be available throughout the evening. Field will be capped at 16 teams.


soccer • • • • •

Three divisions: Competitive, Mid-Recreational, Recreational Coed teams are required to have a minimum of 3 women on roster Six or more non-residents equals a non-resident team All team fees must be paid prior to first night of play Rosters due by deadline date with $100 deposit

ADULT COED & MEN'S LEAGUES

Ages: 18+ and no longer participating in high school athletics Location: Fairgrounds Park & Westside Park Mandatory captains meeting will be virtual. Date and time TBD.

DATES

May – Aug

DAY

Varies

TIME

Varies

FEE

$950/$1050

REGISTER

By Apr 15

NEW FOR 2020 - MEN'S LEAGUE! Both leagues offer 12 games along with a post season double-elimination tourney.

PRE-SEASON TOURNEY

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

DATES

MEN, WOMEN & COED VP FUTSAL LEAGUE

Ages: 18+ and no longer participating in high school athletics Location: TBD

DATES

FALL

DAY Su

TIME

Varies

FEE

REGISTER

$575 / $650 Men TBD

The fast-paced small sided soccer game is coming to Valpo! Played by teams of five, plus the goalkeeper, you can keep your footwork sharp during the winter months.The season will include seven games and a single elimination tourney at the conclusion.

Oct* Oct*

DAY

M W

TIME TBD* TBD*

FEE

REGISTER

$60 Coed $60 Women

By Oct 7 By Oct 7

Teams participating in our leagues can play in our pre-season tourney. Limited spots available; brackets determined by divisional assignments. *Date will be scheduled 1–2 weeks before start of regular season.

COED & WOMEN'S LEAGUES

Ages: 18+ and no longer participating in high school athletics Location: Thomas Jefferson Middle School Mandatory captains meeting will be virtual. Date and time TBD.

volleyball

DATES

DAY

DATES

DAY

Sa Su

TIME

9 am start 9 am start

FEE

$60 Coed $60 Women

REGISTER

By Aug 1 By Aug 1

Time has come for you to enjoy our hidden gem at Berkeley Park. This will be a four-on-four format with a limited number of spots available; brackets will be determined once registration is complete.

Call the Valpo Parks office to be added to the free agent list: (219) 462-5144

By Sep 30 By Sep 30

hockey 4 ON 4 LEAGUE 2021/2022

Ages: 18+ and no longer participating in high school athletics Location: Central Park Plaza Ice Rink

DATES

Don't have a team?

$410/$460 Coed $410/$460 Women

REGISTER

Season includes round robin play and tournaments. Four or more nonresidents equals a non-resident team. All teams fees must be paid prior to the first night of play. Register by September 18 with $100 deposit.

Aug 7 Aug 8

Varies Varies

FEE

BEACH VOLLEYBALL TOURNEY

Ages: 18+ and no longer participating in high school athletics Location: TBD

M W

TIME

Oct – Mar Oct – Mar

Jan 3 – Mar 8 Jan 3 – Mar 8

DAY

M/Tu M/Tu

TIME

Varies Varies

FEE

$100 Individual $775 team

REGISTER

By Nov 15 By Nov 15

The adult hockey season includes eight games of 4 on 4 play for each team Monday and Tuesday nights. Games are 40 minutes long, with two 20 minute running clock halves, a referee and a full net.

*All events and programs listed in this guide are subject to change based on recommendations and guidelines regarding Covid-19.

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VALPO PARKS GOLF Home to Forest Park and Creekside Golf Course & Training Center offering opportunities for players of all ages and abilities. Schedule a tee time for a 360 degree golfing experience! 219-531-PUTT (7888) or visit www.ValpoParksGolf.com

creekside golf course & training center

forest park golf course

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

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

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

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

RIDING $21 $8 $15 -$19

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 $25 $8 $19 -$22

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

$8 $4 $8

DRIVING RANGE PRICE Bucket: $5 Range Card (40 buckets): $100

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 $16 $13 $13 $15 $8 $13 $9

RIDING $31 $21 $21 $23 $16 ---

WEEKEND RATES

GREENS FEE

RIDING

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

$21 $17 $17 $20 $16 $11

$36 $25 $25 $28 ---

$15 $8 $8

simulators

outings

Bring your game inside at Creekside: 1 hour $24 or 1/2 hour $12

All the right amenities to host your golf outing in 2021!

• 43 courses, including the Old Course at St. Andrews • Leagues & rentals available • Multiple game formats, practice module and more!

• Local Organizations • Corporate Events • Annual Fundraisers

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2021 MEMBERSHIPS

STANDARD TYPE Individual Couple Senior Senior Couple

WALKING $700 $1,050 $630 $900

RIDING $950 $1,425 $880 $1,275

PREMIER TYPE Individual Couple Senior Senior Couple

WALKING $800 $1,200 $730 $1,050

RIDING $1,155 $1,730 $1,085 $1,425

NEW Add Junior to any Individual, Senior or Couple Pass - $150 Walking / $250 Riding

Junior is under 18 and can not drive cart. If playing alone they can not play at Forest Park before 1pm on weekends and holidays.

Forest Park Senior Men’s Golf League • Forest Park Men’s Club Forest Park Women’s Golf League • Creekside Ladies’ League

Visit our website for details on memberships and leagues:

www.ValpoParksGolf.com

*All events and programs listed in this guide are subject to change based on recommendations and guidelines regarding Covid-19.

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SENIOR ENRICHMENT Providing a warm and friendly environment for seniors ages 50 and up where you can take part in the many activities offered.

membership Persons aged 50 and older can become a member for just $4 per month, paid quarterly (prorated) or annually at $48.00 per year. The Banta Center also rents the multi-purpose room with kitchen and restroom access for family/group functions.

included programs ARTS: Painting class CRAFTS: Banta Center has a “Knit Wits” group who enjoy knitting and crocheting items that are donated to various organizations for children/families in need DANCE: Line dancing EDUCATIONAL: Lunch & learns offer education on senior resources HEALTH & EXERCISE: Fitness Room with various conditioning machines and free weights, Pilates, QiGong, Reformers, Theraband, Exercise with DVD-Richard Simmons and more. Many classes are with a certified/qualified trainer. The Banta Center is utilized as a site that offers seniors flu shots and a community voting site HOBBIES: Sewing machines available to do mending or start quilting MUSIC: Sing-a-longs with piano accompaniments RECREATIONAL: Aging support group, library, retiree group meeting, quiet corners to sit and read with coffee LUNCH PROGRAM: Banta Center is a Northwest Indiana Community Action nutrition site that serves hot, nutritious lunches Monday – Friday at 11:15 am. Lunches are complimentary to anyone 60 and older, though a voluntary contribution of $1.50 is suggested. Reservations for the lunches must be made at least two business days ahead by calling (219) 462-1301. You do not have to be a Banta Center member to partake in the lunch program.

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Open Monday – Friday from 9 am to 4 pm 605 Beech St. Valparaiso, IN 46383 Phone: (219) 462-1301 / Email: bantacenter@valpo.us


pilates

weights LIGHT WEIGHT RESISTANCE - LIGHT CARDIO

PILATES MAT CLASS

Ages: 50+ Location: Banta Activity Center

Ages: 50+ Location: Banta Activity Center

DATES

DAY

Year Round W / F

TIME

FEE

REGISTER

DATES

9:05 - 10 am

$50/10 classes Banta Member $60/10 classes Non-Member

Banta Desk

Year Round Tu / Th

Work your core the entire time you're gaining muscular strength, balance, and flexibility. Modifications for all exercises when needed. We work in bare feet or grippy socks. Please bring a mat. Attend 1 or 2 days/ wk. All Pilates classes taught by certified instructor Pat Twilla.

PILATES REFORMER TRAINING

DAY

TIME

FEE

REGISTER

9:15 - 10:15 am

$60/$10

Banta Desk

Light weight resistance work out that kicks up the cardio. Heart rate monitored on a scale of 1-9, Rate of Perceived Exertion. Modifications for those with arthritis and osteoporosis. Led by Certified Instructor with Senior Fitness specialization.

qigong 5 ELEMENT HEALING MOVEMENTS

Ages: 50+ Location: Banta Activity Center

DATES

DAY

TIME

FEE

REGISTER

Year Round

M - Sa

By Appt

$35/Duet $55/Private

Banta Desk

Gain strength, flexibility and fluidity of motion on the Pilates Reformer while increasing core strength and balance. Improves posture and corrects muscle imbalances without impact. All classes taught by certified instructor Pat Twilla.

Ages: 18 + Location: Banta Activity Center

DATES

DAY TIME

Sep 8 – Oct 27 W

9:50 – 10:50 am

FEE

REGISTER

$10 Banta Member $20 Non-Member

Aug 27

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.

Enjoy one of the many day trips with Valpo Parks on page 26.

*All events and programs listed in this guide are subject to change based on recommendations and guidelines regarding Covid-19.

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HEALTHY COMMUNITIES 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

togetherhood® library

Valpo Parks, Fit City & the Valparaiso Family YMCA Togetherhood® committee have teamed up to bring Togetherhood Libraries to you. These free-standing structures house books that are made for sharing. Just take a book, leave a book, or read a book and return it – it’s that easy! Check out the Valpo Parks Facebook page for specific library locations.

"dig it" kids summer gardening Ages: 5 - 17 Location: Foundation Meadows Park

Kids will learn and grow through gardening while engaging their natural curiosity and wonder! Each child will get a 4 ft. x 4 ft. square bed to grow their own plants with a bag of tools to help get started. Young gardeners will also have the opportunity to meet as a group throughout the summer for creative tips, games and more!Each gardener who completes a task card will receive an end of season prize. DATES

FEE

Spring – Fall 2021

$25 per plot

community garden Grow your own veggies, herbs, or flowers from May to November! Located at 3210 N. Campbell St. at Foundation Meadows Park, residents may reserve a 10 x 10 plot for just $45 per plot. Space is limited. Only 42 plots available. Call the Park Office for more details. (219) 462-5144.

@ValpoParksCommunityGarden

downtown fitness Ages: All Ages Welcome Location: Northwest Health Amphitheater

DATES June 7 – July 26 June 9 – July 28 June 11 – July 30

DAY M W F

TIME 6 am - 6:45 am 12 pm - 12:45 pm 12 pm - 12:45 pm

Participate in FREE fitness at Central Park Plaza throughout the Summer. No registration is required. Details on class theme TBD.

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group bike rides Ages: All Ages Welcome Join the Valparaiso Pathways Committee at these FREE community rides. Each ride will start at the listed Valpo park and travel the paved pathways around town. Please visit the Valpo Pathways Facebook page for more info.

THEME

DATE

Bike Tune Up

Apr 8

DAY TIME Th

5:15 pm

LOCATION Banta Center

Tour de Parks

May 27

Th

5:15 pm

ValPlayso Park

Ice Cream Ride

Jun 17

Th

5:15 pm

Tower Park

Red, White & Blue

July 1

Th

5:15 pm

Bicentennial Park

Pathways & Pizza

Aug 12

Th

5:15 pm

Central Park Plaza

Heroes Ride

Sep 9

Th

5:15 pm

Foundation Meadows

Autumn Colors

Oct 7

Th

5:15 pm

Rogers–Lakewood

adult recess Ages: 18+ Location: Northwest Health Amphitheater Adult recess is in session! Stop by Central Park Plaza on your lunch hour and enjoy fun recess games with others. Activities will change from week to week. Attendees can look forward to jumbo jenga, checkers, chess, horseshoes, crochet, parachute, cornhole, hula hoops, musical chairs and so much more! Come in your work clothes, stay as long as you can and then grab lunch at the Farmers Market before heading back to work.

DATES June 8 – July 27

DAY Tu

TIME 11am - 1pm

FEE FREE


*All events and programs listed in this guide are subject to change based on recommendations and guidelines regarding Covid-19.

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PARKS & PATHWAYS 200 EAST PARK

GLENROSE SOUTH PARK

Large open greenspace, playground equipment.

2 baseball fields with dugout benches.

BANTA PARK

JESSEE-PIFER PARK

2501 McCord Rd

1505 McCord Rd

Neighborhood park with playground and green space area.

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

BERKLEY PARK

KIRCHHOFF PARK

Neighborhood picnic area, green space and sand volleyball court.

Open greenspace, horseshoe pits, basketball, tennis courts, ageappropriate playground equipment, baseball fields, restrooms and 4 picnic shelters.

605 Beech St

201 Sheffield Dr

BICENTENNIAL PARK 175 Burlington Beach Rd

Large open greenspace, multi-purpose area with basketball backstop, playground equipment, softball fields and new restrooms.

CENTRAL PARK PLAZA 63 Lafayette St

Open greenspace, park benches, splash pad, restrooms and Porter Health Amphitheater, William E. Urschel Pavilion, Costas Dining Plaza and Indiana Beverage Activity Center.

CREEKSIDE GOLF COURSE & TRAINING CTR 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.

CREEKSIDE TRAILS 2355 Clifford Rd

400 N Roosevelt Rd

OGDEN BOTANICAL GARDENS 451 Harrison Blvd

Spectacular floral displays, a Japanese garden, koi pond, brick plaza and gazebo.

ROGERS-LAKEWOOD PARK 5320 N Campbell St

Hiking trails, fishing, boating, rowboat & paddleboat rentals, park store, playground equipment, group hayrides, disc golf, Discovery Day Camp, restrooms and 5 picnic shelters.

TOWER PARK 1000 N Franklin St

Basketball courts, youth baseball field, pickleball court, picnic shelter, restroom, playground and greenspace.

VALPAWRAISO DOG PARK

A multi-use trail system located at Creekside Golf Course and Training Center.

2902 N. Campbell St A state-of-the-art off-leash dog park including shelters, restroom, large and small dog areas.

FAIRGROUNDS PARK

VALPLAYSO PARK

3/4 mile walking track, 4 softball fields, soccer field, playground equipment, Life Trails System, Butterfield Family Pavilion, restrooms.

Large open greenspace, t-ball fields, all accessible playground equipment, nature walk area, restrooms, picnic shelter.

FOREST PARK

WESTSIDE PARK

Large open greenspace, backstop, two picnic shelters, restrooms and a two acre nature area with walking trails.

Large open greenspace, soccer fields, baseball fields, playground equipment, and restrooms.

FOREST PARK GOLF COURSE

WILL PARK

18-hole course with wide open traditional parkland front nine, and a very challenging back nine.

Large open greenspace, backstop with play area suitable for ball games, restrooms, and picnic shelter.

704 McCord Rd

575 Harrison Blvd

1155 Sheffield Dr N

1400 Glendale Blvd

157 Westside Park Ave

354 Morgan Blvd

FOUNDATION MEADOWS PARK 3210 N Campbell St

Park Admin Office, Service Memorial Fountain and Monuments, Butterfly Meadow Playground, gazebo, 2 picnic shelters, prairie trails, 50 Trees of Indiana arboretum, community garden, restrooms.

*All events and programs listed in this guide are subject to change based on recommendations and guidelines regarding Covid-19.

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CENTRAL PARK PLAZA As a centerpiece for downtown Valparaiso, Central Park Plaza houses the Northwest Health Amphitheater, William E. Urschel Pavilion, Indiana Beverage Activity Center and Bill Costas Family Plaza. 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 mostloved 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.

summer recreation

winter recreation

SPLASH PAD

Come & 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.

Located in the center of the Central Park Plaza’s front lawn is the ever popular splash pad, which showers fun from May to September weather permitting. The water feature is open daily and free to the public unless there are special events scheduled at the Porter Health Amphitheater. May - September Daily | 10:00am - 7:00pm* FREE Admission

PRIVATE ICE RINK RENTAL

**Hours and days will be adjusted according to schedule of special events or park rentals. Visit CentralParkPlazaValpo.com for up-to-date information.

Host your next party or fundraiser at Central Park Plaza. Available January 9 – March 6, 2022. 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.

ROLLER SKATING

LEARN TO SKATE

Valpo Parks transforms the William E. Urschel Pavilion into an outdoor roller rink complete with lights and music. Although roller skating is open to all families, rental skates are limited to youth sizes. Skaters may wear their own in-line or traditional roller skates as long as they have soft rubber wheels. Skateboards are prohibited. Mondays this summer 6 – 10 pm Skate Admission: $5 per person Skate Rental: $4 per person

Classes will meet twice a week for three weeks. 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 make-up day is guaranteed.

HOCKEY

Central Park Plaza offers both youth hockey (see page 14) and adult hockey (see page 28) under William E. Urschel Pavilion.

CENTRAL PARK PLAZA— A NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED SPACE 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.

www.CentralParkPlazaValpo.com 70 Lafayette Street, Valparaiso, IN 46383 | Phone: (219) 548-4888

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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:

$1,230 $1,535

$685 (non-profit) M – Th $835 (non-profit) F – Su

NORTHWEST 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:

$1,025 $1,075

$575 (non-profit) M – Th $625 (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:

$195

INDIANA BEVERAGE ACTIVITY CENTER

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

$345 for 4 hours

The Conference Room is a great space for business meetings that can house up to 12 people. 12 business like chairs and tables come with the room, along with access to a SmartTV/monitor with internet access. Conference Room

$125 for 2 hours $75 per additional hour

@CentralParkPlazaValpo

*All events and programs listed in this guide are subject to change based on recommendations and guidelines regarding Covid-19.

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RENTALS Payment for shelter reservations is due in full when making the reservation and is non-refundable. Must be reserved two weeks in advance. All rental prices are subject to Indiana sales tax. Reserve online at ValpoParks.org or by calling the Valpo Parks office at (219) 462-5144.

PREMIUM SHELTERS

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

SPORTS FIELD RENTALS

Field rentals available late April through beginning of October. Tower Park (8) Forest Park Rotary (15) Will Park (10) Caterpillar shelter (6)

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

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

* 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

Softball & Baseball Fields Soccer Fields Lights Practice Field

$100 per field $100 per field $50 per hour $45 1–1/2 hours

(Practice field no cost for Valpo Parks teams)

SAMARDZIJA FIELD AT TOWER PARK

Field rental available late April through October. For baseball and softball players 12 and under SINGLE GAME RESIDENT PACKAGES No bases or scoreboard $75 (2 hours) Bases and scoreboard included $100 (2 hours) 9 am – 9 pm, bases scoreboard $330 (all day) MULTI-GAME RESIDENT PACKAGES (5) game package $300 (10) game package $500 Both packages include bases and scoreboard Resident is considered any individual who lives within the city limits of Valparaiso

FACILITY RENTAL ALA CARTE ITEMS ADDITIONAL PICNIC TABLES Cost: 2 for $30 at Rogers-Lakewood 4 for $45 at all other locations Each shelter comes with a set number of picnic tables indicated in ( ). Tables seat 8-10 persons. 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. (limited availability)

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BOUNCE HOUSE Cost: $145 (plus taxes)

INFLATABLE SLIDE Cost: $190 (plus taxes)

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.


OGDEN BOTANICAL GARDENS GAZEBO

TRI KAPPA GAZEBO

Location: in the middle of beautiful Ogden Botanical Gardens Available: Approximately April 15 – Oct 17

Location: Foundation Meadows Park Available: Approximately April 15 – Oct 17

TYPE

CAPACITY RATE

TYPE CAPACITY RATE

Main Event

60 chairs*

$180/192 for 2 hours

Main Event

60 chairs*

$160/172 for 2 hours

Rehearsal

No chairs

$45/$57 for 1 hour

Rehearsal

No chairs

45/$57 for 1 hour

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 Botanical Gardens Commemorative Brick. *Rental fee includes 60 chairs. Additional chairs can be ordered up to 100 for an additional fee.

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. *Rental fee includes 60 chairs. Additional chairs may be ordered up to 100 for an additional fee.

HOFFMAN ROOM

BUTTERFIELD FAMILY PAVILION

Location: Fairgrounds Park Available: Approximately April 15 – Oct 17

Location: Clubhouse at Creekside Golf Course Available: Year round

TYPE

HOURS

CAPACITY RATE

TYPE

HOURS CAPACITY RATE

Main Event

9 am – midnight

250

Non-Prime Time

8 am – 6 pm

seats 40-45

$150 (5 hrs)*

Prime Time

After 6 pm

$175 (5 hrs)*

Each hour

after initial 5 hours:

$550/$575 daily*

Stage Rental (8 x 16)

$60

The enclosed 5,000 sq ft Butterfield Family Pavilion offers plenty of space for wedding receptions, graduation parties, group meetings, and entertainment needs. It 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. *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 $250 plus tax. Price only applies with a fully paid primary reservation. Early set up price is not offered on Saturdays.

$25 per hour

The Hoffman Room offers a perfect place to hold business meetings, special parties, and social gatherings. Limited kitchen facilities are available and caterers are welcome.

WELTER ROOM

Location: Clubhouse at Forest Park Golf Course Available: Year round TYPE

HOURS CAPACITY RATE

Non-Prime Time

8 am – 6 pm

seats 60–80

Prime Time

After 6 pm

Each hour

after initial 5 hours:

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

The Welter Room offers a perfect place to hold business meetings, special parties, and social gatherings. Limited kitchen facilities are available and caterers are welcome. *Reservations beginning in non-prime and entering prime time are charged the prime time rate.

*All events and programs listed in this guide are subject to change based on recommendations and guidelines regarding Covid-19.

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PARK INFO

registration

fees, refunds & receipts

REGISTER EARLY It is important to 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.

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.

LATE REGISTRATION If a program deadline has passed, please contact the Park Office. 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. CANCELLATION POLICY 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.

participation & photos PARTICIPATION 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. PHOTOGRAPH OR VIDEOTAPE

FEE ASSISTANCE 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 an application for assistance. RECEIPTS Receipts are automatically generated through online registration. Please refer to this brochure as a record of program dates and times for your reference. Most league players will be contacted by coaches and captains. To confirm your enrollment in a class please call the Park Office. 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.

security

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.

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

dogs in parks

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

*All events and programs listed in this guide are subject to change based on recommendations and guidelines regarding Covid-19.

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