Valpo Parks Activity & Facility Guide 2023

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Activity & Facility Guide 2023

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IN THIS GUIDE

@ValpoParks

Administration Office: 3210 N. Campbell Street, Valparaiso, IN 46385

Phone: (219) 462-5144

Fax: (219) 465-0098

Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 am - 5 pm

CONNECT WITH US WAYS TO REGISTER

IN PERSON during regular office hours Monday - Friday, 8 am -5 pm

ONLINE via RecDesk. www.ValpoParks.org

PAYMENTS ACCEPTED cash, check and credit (American Express, Discover, MasterCard or Visa). Cash/checks can be dropped in the after hours dropbox at the Valpo Parks admin office.

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 .

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.

Outstanding Agency Award

The Valpo Parks team celebrated receiving the Outstanding Agency Award at the 2022 Indiana Park & Recreation Association Awards Banquet. This Award identifies an exceptional IPRA agency who shows significant contributions to the parks and recreation field and strives to improve the quality of life to both their community and to the state of Indiana. We are so proud of our hardworking team for this achievement and look forward to continuing our mission to serve Valpo For All Generations!

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04 PARK INFORMATION 05 PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE 06 SPECIAL EVENTS 12 HEALTHY LIFESTYLE 13 YOUTH SPORTS 18 DISCOVERY COTTAGE 21 YOUTH ENRICHMENT 24 DISCOVERY DAY CAMP 26 FAMILY ENRICHMENT 29 ADULT SPORTS 32 SENIOR ENRICHMENT 34 VALPO PARKS GOLF 36 DAY TRIPS 38 PARKS & PATHWAYS 40 CREEKSIDE TRAILS 41 VALPAWRAISO DOG PARK 42 ROGERS LAKEWOOD PARK 44 CENTRAL PARK PLAZA 46 SHELTERS & FIELD RENTALS 47 VENUE RENTALS

PARK INFORMATION

alcohol

in parks

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

registration fees, refunds & receipts

REGISTER EARLY

It is important to register early to ensure your place in our programs. 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.

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 to you via check or by credit back to your household account.

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.

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.

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

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.

security

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.

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

participation & photos dogs in parks

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.

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. Be sure to become a member at the ValPAWraiso Dog Park for off-leash fun, more information on page 41.

MEET THE PROGRAMMING STAFF

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dlukes@valpo.us
Dan Lukes Adult Program Director Cristina Darr Special Events Director
cdarr@valpo.us
kridinger@valpo.us
Katie Ridinger Youth Enrichment Director Madison Bell Youth Sports Director mbell@valpo.us

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

Like many of you, I am a proud citizen of Valparaiso. Serving as the current president of the Valparaiso Parks and Recreation Board of Directors is an honor and a privilege, one for which I am grateful. I’ve learned how much the Parks Department contributes, not only to the health and wellness of all people, but also to the beauty of our town.

Valpo Parks adds such an element of fun and beauty to Valparaiso! This realization elicits in me the feeling to give back, to volunteer, to be a part of things. Being involved, in any capacity, makes us, our neighborhoods and our city stronger, more unified, more diversified.

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

Harry Peterson

Jack Pupillo

Diana Reed

Casey Schmidt

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Kay Magnetti, President

Don Clark

Kevin Cornett

Mark Hardwick

Martin Sonnenberg

Tim Warner

The Parks, with the support of local government, as well as public and private funding, is on the precipice of generational improvements to our park system. Valpo for All Generations is a comprehensive plan of action, aiming to create and enhance our recreational space for all ages and interests. Game changing plans…pun intended!

For starters, a state-of-the-art skatepark is nearly underway, with a completion date of fall 2023. Located at Fairgrounds Park, the skatepark will incorporate ramps, street features and a beginners area for all ages and abilities. Get on Board Valpo!

Next up and just as exciting is a new 248-acre park located on the east side of Valparaiso, which will boast multi-use sports fields, walking trails, playgrounds and more! Tucked in an area of natural surroundings, this park will have much to offer.

The Adult Center for Enrichment (ACE) is a modern and much needed community building that will replace the current, and well-loved, Banta Activity Center on Beech Street. Not only will the building be new, the programming and philosophy will be refreshed as well. The ACE will offer activities, meals, and fellowship, helping build and maintain strong, social, and happy adults over 50.

Finally, we could never forsake our own beloved neighborhood parks, the legacy and foundation of our park system. Valued for their differences, as are our citizens, our legacy parks will also receive some love and attention. In some cases, new playground equipment and landscaping may be in order. In other instances, new and safer entrances and larger scale plans are on the docket.

Hopefully, one of these personally interests you. These are BIG and BOLD endeavors, for Valparaiso and for us, its citizens. I invite all of you to find what interests you and get involved. Make your mark with Valpo for All Generations!

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SPECIAL EVENTS

JAN

ICE FISHING DERBY

Ages: All Ages Welcome

Location: Rogers Lakewood Park, Loomis Lake

Jan 28 Sa 5 am – 12 pm $20 (16 & under free)

Join Friends of Fishing & Valpo Parks for the 12th Annual Ice Fishing Derby! Prizes will be awarded to the longest measured fish in each category. All fish must be measured by 12 pm and awards will be announced at 1pm at the Program Center. The event will only take place if there is safe ice. Should there not be safe ice, please contact the Parks Office or visit the Friends of Fishing Facebook group for updates. For information please email: FOFindiana@gmail.com. All Indiana state fishing regulations apply.

APR 15

Ages: All Ages Welcome

MAY 19

COLOR FUN RUN

Ages: All Ages Welcome Register Online: RunSignUp.com

Location: Valplayso & TJ Fields

May 19 F 6 pm $25 adults

$15 students

$10 off Family 4 Pack Registration of 2 adults + 2 Students

Location: Butterfield Family Pavilion DATES DAY TIME ADMISSION FEE

Apr 15 Sa 8 am – 12 pm $3 cash only

Per person age 18 & up

Search for the best finds! Patrons may shop 20+ vendor booths of gently used infant, toddler, and children's apparel, toys, furniture, and more. Vendor fee: $50 for basic 6'x10' booth, $80 for premium 10'x14' booth.

APR 23

SPRING KID'S CLOSET SALE ACTIVE KIDS DAY

Ages: All Ages Welcome

Location: Central Park Plaza

DATES DAY TIME ADMISSION FEE

Apr 23 Su 12 – 3 pm Free

This interactive vendor fair encourages kids to 'get involved and be active'! Local businesses and organizations will showcase the amazing opportunities they have available for kids of all ages. See demonstrations of kid-centric activities and even register on-site for youth sports, lessons, camps, clinics and more. If you are interested in being a vendor visit our website at www.ValpoParks.org to submit an application form.

The Color Fun Run is FUN for the whole family! This 1.5 mile course will include running or walking, and colorful fun along with various obstacle stations to keep you on your toes! This family-friendly untimed event is great for all ages and abilities!

MAY 26

MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY

Ages: All Ages Welcome

Location: Service Memorial at Foundation Meadows Park

DATES DAY TIME ADMISSION FEE

May 26 F 9 am Free

Families, friends, and individuals are invited to remember those who have served and given the ultimate sacrifice. The ceremony includes posting of 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.

Ages: 16 and under (Kids 14 & under with an adult)

Location: Rogers Lakewood Park

DATES DAY TIME REGISTRATION FEE

Jun 3 Sa 8 am – 12 pm Free

Join Friends of Fishing & Valpo Parks for a Free Fishing Weekend by the Indiana DNR, no fishing license is required at this event. Casting games and prizes for children with the longest fish in several categories. Loaner rods are available if needed, as well as bait. If you have any questions or would like to help or donate, please contact us at FOFIndiana@gmail.com or visit the Friends of Fishing Facebook page.

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Ages: All Ages Welcome Purchase Tickets Online: EventBrite.com Location: TBD

Jun 9 F TBD 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 supporting the Valpo Parks Foundation!

TOUCH A TRUCK

Ages: All Ages Welcome

Location: Central Park Plaza

Jun 11 Su 11 am – 1 pm Free

Kids of all ages will enjoy exploring their favorite big rigs during this free, hands-on Touch a Truck event. Take pictures with your favorite trucks, enjoy the DJ, food trucks, and more! We’re excited to partner with the Family & Youth Services Bureau and accept cash or credit donations along with new items for the Tot Shop.

SPECIAL EVENTS

JUN 18 FATHER'S DAY GOLF TOURNAMENT

Ages: All Ages Welcome Location: Forest Park Golf Course

Jun 18 Su 6 am - 12 pm $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 registration fees will fund awards which will be based on number of participants & flights. *Regular green fees and cart fees apply on day of tournament.

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JUN 9 JUN 11 PARTY IN THE PARK
Located at the William E. Urschel Pavilion at Central Park Plaza, 63 Lafayette Street in Valparaiso Interested in becoming a vendor? Find out how to apply on our website: www.CentralParkPlazaValpo.com Tu esdays & Sa t u r day s starting June 3, 2023 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM If you're a fan of special events, then you'll love our Day Trips! Check out the amazing line-up of destinations on page 36. Join Us On Our Day Trips

SPECIAL EVENTS

Ages: All Ages Welcome Register Online: RunSignUp.com

Location: Downtown Valparaiso

Jul 1 Sa 7:30 am $33 by 6/18

5K $38 after 6/18

9:10 am $25 by 6/18

2K Fun Run/Walk $30 after 6/18

Start your holiday weekend off with a bang and join Valpo Parks for the 4th of July Blast! This is a race for everyone whether you are an experienced runner or just looking for an event to enjoy with the family.

CREEKSIDE CLASSIC

Ages: All Ages Welcome

Location: Creekside Golf Course

Jul 20 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.

VALPO NIGHT RIDE & BIKE BASH

Ages: All Ages Welcome Register Online: RunSignUp.com 17 & under with an adult

Location: Central Park Plaza

Aug 19 Sa Bash 7 pm $33 by 8/6

Ride 10 pm $38 after 8/6

Ages: All Ages Welcome

Location: Urschel Field, Valparaiso Street and Vale Park Road

Jul 4 Tu 6:30 pm Celebration Free 9:15 pm* Fireworks

Join the City of Valparaiso for one of the best entertainment and fireworks shows in the area. Event kicks off with live music, food trucks, patriotic events, along with a great fireworks show. *Time is estimated.

Grab your bicycle and join us downtown for lots of bike-related fun at the Valpo Night Ride and Bike Bash! Family friendly fun at the FREE Bike Bash from 7-10pm includes face painting, DJ music, contests, food trucks, tricycle racing and more. At 10pm riders will take off for the 10 mile Valpo Night Ride. Led by the Valpo PD, this scenic, relaxing ride winds its way through the city streets by starlight before returning back to Central Park Plaza.

Ages: 8 – 12

Location: Fairgrounds Park

Register Online: ValpoParks.org

DATES DAY TIME REGISTRATION FEE

Sep 8 F 6 pm $15

Pop on over to the Fairgrounds Park walking track for this one lap fun run the night before Popcorn Fest! Participants will run 3/4 of a mile and receive a t-shirt and ribbon.

Ages: All Ages Welcome Register Online: RunSignUp.com

Location: Downtown Valparaiso

DATES DAY TIME REGISTRATION FEE

Sep 9 Sa 7:20 am 5M / 7:30 am 5K $33 by 8/19 $38 after 8/19

A community tradition for over 4 decades, running and walking through Valparaiso! In teams or as individuals, you can choose to run the 5 miles or run or walk the 5K.

LIT'L KERNEL PUFF RUN

Ages: 2 – 9

Location: Downtown Valparaiso

Register Online: ValpoParks.org

DATES DAY TIME REGISTRATION FEE

Sep 9 Sa 8:30 am $15 by 8/26 $22 after 8/26

Kids can join the fun and run in this 100 – 300 yard event; distance varies by age group. Everyone receives a t-shirt and ribbon.

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SPECIAL

Ages: All Ages Welcome

Location: TBD

Oct 5 Th 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm Free

Join the Valpo Parks Foundation as they honor outstanding individuals to recognize their partnership efforts as residents, business owners and statesmen of the community.

Ages: All Ages Welcome Register Online: BikeReg.com Location: Creekside Trails

DATES DAY TIME REGISTRATION FEE

Sep 22 F Family Fun Ride 6 pm - 9 pm Free

Sep 23 Sa Bike Races 9 am $40

Sep 24 Su Trail Run Races 8:30 am $35

The Creekside Trails Bike Fest is a Celebration of Trails hosted at Creekside Trails on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Friday evening will be a family fun trail ride followed by a bonfire and s'mores for the kids. On Saturday will be the Creekside MTB Championships which includes a 20k XC & E-Bike race, 5k Kids Race and a 10k Fat Tire Bike race. On Sunday will be an 8k trail run to cap off the weekend. Food, drinks and music will be featured all weekend long. All activities will be located at Trailyard (2551 Clifford Rd.).

TRAILS FEST 2023 FALL

Ages: All Ages Welcome

Location: Rogers Lakewood Park, Loomis Lake

DATES DAY TIME REGISTRATION FEE

Sep 23 Sa 7 am - 12 pm $20 (16 & under free)

Join Friends of Fishing & Valpo Parks for a day of fishin', fellowship, food and fun. Biggest fish payouts in the following categories: Bass, Bluegill/Redear/Warmouth, Crappie, Perch. Fish can be measured at the clubhouse anytime during the day and then released. Fishing from park property only - or fishing from your own boat or kayak you can launch onsite. All Indiana state fishing regulations apply. Kids fish for prizes only. Besides fishing contests, there is a 50/50 raffle. For information please email: FOFindiana@gmail.com or visit the Friends of Fishing Facebook page. All Indiana state fishing regulations apply.

Ages: All Ages Welcome

Location: Butterfield Family Pavilion

Oct 7 Sa 8 am – 12 pm

$3 cash only

Per person age 18 & up

Search for the best finds! Patrons may shop 20+ vendor booths of gently used infant, toddler, and children's apparel, toys, furniture, and more. Vendor fee: $50 for basic 6'x10' booth, $80 for premium 10'x14' booth.

OCT

HALLOWEEN

Ages: All Ages Welcome Register Online: RunSignUp.com Location: Rogers Lakewood Park

Bring your little monsters to Rogers-Lakewood Park for a day full of Halloween-themed family fun! Activities will include a 2K family fun run/walk, 3/4 mile dog walk, costume contests for both two and four-legged friends, carnival games, hayrides, s’mores by the fire, music, food, crafts, and more!

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DATES DAY TIME REGISTRATION FEE Oct 21 Sa 10 am 2K Fun Run/Walk $25 by 10/8 $30 after 10/8 11:30 am 3/4 Mile Dog Walk $10 11 am -2 pm Fest Free
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SPECIAL EVENTS

WINTER FEST & TREE LIGHTING

Ages: All Ages Welcome

Location: Central Park Plaza

DATES DAY TIME ADMISSION FEE

Nov 25 Sa 5 – 7 pm Free

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

SANTA

Ages: All Ages Welcome

Location: Foundation Meadows Park

DATES DAY TIME ADMISSION FEE

Dec 9 Sa 4 – 6 pm Free

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VETERAN'S DAY OBSERVANCE

Ages: All Ages Welcome

Location: Service Memorial at Foundation Meadows DATES

Nov 10 F 9 am 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.

FIRST SKATE FUNDRAISER

Ages: All Ages Welcome

Location: Central Park Plaza

DATES DAY TIME ADMISSION FEE

Nov 11 Sa 5 pm - 9 pm $20

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.

Help us spread some holiday cheer! Join Valpo Parks and the Dunes Leathernecks Marine Corps League for their largest fundraiser of the year, the Toys for Tots toy drive. Families can drive through the gleaming stationary display of emergency vehicles, with Big Santa greeting you as you enter Foundation Meadows Park. Kids of all ages can experience the joy of giving while enjoying seeing Santa, lights, treats and more. New, unwrapped toys and monetary donations will be accepted on behalf of Toys for Tots. We look forward to helping fulfill the holiday wishes of children within our community!

Volunteer with Valpo Parks!

Do you love Special Events as much as we do? Sign up to be a volunteer! Valpo Parks is always looking for dedicated volunteers to help at our races and free community events. Email specialevents@valpo.us for more information and to sign up as a volunteer.

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Friday, June 9, 2023

Location TBD

Celebrate with Valpo Parks at this annual fundraiser

Upcoming Events

Thursday, July 20, 2023

Creekside Golf Course Juniors & Adults gol ng together for a good cause

valpo for all generations

Valpo Parks is happy to continue to enhance parks across all generations!

We’re calling this initiative

Valpo for All Generations.

The idea is to serve residents and visitors of all ages – for this generation and those who come after us.

legacy pa rk s

adult cente r f o r en richment

valpo skatepark

valpo sports & rec reation campus

Thursday, October 5, 2023

Location TBD

Honoring those who love

Saturday, November 11, 2023

Ice Rink at Central Park Plaza

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HEALTHY LIFESTYLE

accelerate your health with

In partnership with Community Healthcare System, Valpo Parks is excited to host the following FREE classes that offer opportunities to learn about a variety of health and wellness topics. All classes will be taught by Community Healthcare System professionals. CLASS DATE DAY TIME LOCATION

Metabolic Syndrome

Feb 22 W 2 pm - 3 pm Banta Center

Oh, My Achy Bones

Mar 15 W 2 pm - 3 pm Banta Center

Eating to Support Health

Apr 19 W 2 pm - 3 pm Banta Center

Active Kids Day

Apr 23 Su 12 pm - 3 pm Central Park Plaza

Walk and Talk for Your Health

May 6 Sa 10 am - 11 am Creekside Trails

Your Heart Health – And the Beat Goes On!

Sep 6 W 2 pm - 3 pm Banta Center

Halloween Howl Fest

Oct 21 Sa 11 am - 2 pm Rogers Lakewood

Grocery Shopping for Diabetes

Nov 18 Sa 10 am - 11 am TBD

For a full description of these classes please visit our website at: www.ValpoParks.org

www.Facebook.com/ValpoPathways

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 DAY TIME LOCATION

Bike Tune-Up Apr 13 Th 5:30 pm Banta Activity Center

Tour de Parks May 11 Th 5:30 pm ValPlayso Park

Ice Cream Ride Jun 15 Th 5:30 pm Tower Park

Red, White & Blue July 6 Th 5:30 pm Bicentennial Park

Pathways & Pizza Aug 10 Th 5:30 pm Central Park Plaza

Heroes Ride Sep 7 Th 5:30 pm Foundation Meadows

Autumn Colors Oct 12 Th 5:30 pm Rogers Lakewood

community garden

DATES FEE REGISTER

May – October $60 per 10x10 plot Begins Mar 1 $30 per kid plot

Grow your own veggies, herbs, or flowers with a Community Garden plot! The garden, located next to the Park Office at 3210 N Campbell St. at Foundation Meadows Park, contains 42 standard plots and one ADA accessible plot. Your kids can also join in on the fun with one of the 14 kid's garden boxes on-site. Space is limited, and registration must be done IN-PERSON at the Valpo Parks Office.

downtown fitness

Join Valpo Parks as we encourage the community to come out and get fit at the Northwest Health Amphitheater at Central Park Plaza! Participants can attend FREE fitness classes led by local instructors throughout the summer. No registration is required. All ages welcome!

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For a full list of the fitness schedule please visit our website at: www.CentralParkPlazaValpo.com/2232/Downtown-Fitness

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soccer

WINTER SOCCER CAMP

Ages: 7 - 12 years old by April 1, 2023

Location: Flint Lake

Feb 1 -22

(Ages 7 - 9)

Feb 1 -22 W 6 pm - 7 pm $45/$57 By Jan 25

(Ages 10 - 12)

Explore your athlete's soccer ability and prepare for the upcoming soccer season. High school coaches and players will be assisting as your child develops their fundamental skills in passing, dribbling, and basic rules of the game.

SPRING & FALL COED SOCCER LEAGUE

Ages: 4 - 12 years old by April 1, 2023 (Spring) / August 1, 2023 (Fall)

Location: Westside Park

Includes: Shirt, Socks, and Medal*

Apr 14 - May 19

By Mar 15 (12U)

Apr 15 - May 20 Sa AM Games $80/$92 By Mar 15 (5U - 9U)

Aug 11 - Sep 29 F PM Games $80/$92 By Jul 12 (12U)

Aug 12 - Sep 30 Sa AM Games $80/$92 By Jul 12 (5U - 9U)

This league encourages athletes to develop skills over the course of the season pertaining to dribbling, shooting, scoring and teamwork on and off the field. No coach or friend requests accepted. Practices start approximately 2 weeks prior to the first game. *Medals will be given for 5u - 7u and tournament winners of 9u-12u.

MIGHTY MITES SOCCER CAMP

Ages: 3 years old by June 7, 2023

Location: Westside Park

Includes: Shirt and Medal

An introductory program for 3 year olds to work on soccer skill development before joining our coed leagues. This is a great opportunity to discover your love for the sport!

pickleball

PICKLEBALL CAMP NEW

Ages: 11 - 14 years old

Location: Kirchhoff Pickleball Courts

This camp is a beginner level class that will emphasize the basics of this growing sport and support general skill development. A paddle will be provided for each participant to use during camp. Round Robin Tournament will be on the last day of class.

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DATES DAY TIME FEE REGISTER Jun 7 -29 W/Th 3 pm - 3:45 pm $70/$82 By May 10 W/Th 4 pm - 4:45 pm $70/$82 By May 10 W/Th 5 pm - 5:45 pm $70/$82 By May 10
DATES DAY TIME FEE REGISTER May 1 -12 M/W/F 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm $60/$72 By Apr 19

SENIOR BABE RUTH BASEBALL LEAGUE (18U)

Ages: 16-18 years old by April 30, 2023

Location: Home games at Rotary Field & Kiwanis Field

Includes: Jersey, Hat, and Socks

DATES DAY TIME FEE REGISTER

Apr - Jul M-Sa Varies $170/$182 By Mar 22

This league provides upper high school aged athletes the opportunity to compete against Lake and Porter County rec and mid-rec teams in over 20 games. Some travel is required. Teams will play in games as well as possible tournaments. Practices begin approximately 2 weeks before the first game.

CHALLENGER BASEBALL LEAGUE

Ages: 5 - 22 years old by April 1, 2023

Location: Samardzija Field / Northgate Park (Dyer, IN)

Includes: Jersey and Hat DATES

Apr - Jun Su 11 am - 12 pm $65/$77 By Apr 12

Aug - Oct Su 11 am - 12 pm $65/$77 By Jul 19

Both Seasons $110/$124 By Apr 12

Challenger Baseball League is an adaptive sports program designed for individuals ages 5-22 who are physically or intellectually challenged and is centered around building skills both on and off the field. This program teaches basic baseball fundamentals, along with other necessary skills such as teamwork, sportsmanship, and bonding with other athletes in the community.

MINORS BASEBALL LEAGUE (10U)

Ages: 9-10 years old by April 30, 2023

Location: Home games at Westside Park / Samardzija / Kirchhoff

Includes: Jersey, Hat, and Socks

DATES DAY TIME FEE REGISTER

May - Jun M-Sa Varies $120/$132 By Mar 22

Practices start mid April

Aug - Oct M-Sa Varies $90/$102 By Jul 5

Practices start end of July

Valpo Parks Minors Baseball League is designed to work with players on developing fundamentals and learning baseball without the assistance of coach pitch. Athletes will be learning about their individual strengths on the field and as part of the team. No coach or friend requests. Practices begin approximately 2 weeks before first game.

BIFF GEISS ROOKIE BASEBALL LEAGUE (8U)

Ages: 7 - 8 by April 30, 2023

Location: Home games at Westside Park / Samardzija / Kirchhoff

Includes: Jersey, Hat, and Socks

DATES DAY TIME FEE REGISTER

May - Jun M - Sa Varies $120/$132 By Mar 22

Practices start mid April

Aug - Oct M - Sa Varies $90/$132 By Jul 5

Practices start end of July

This league is a transitional opportunity for players coming from t-ball to begin to learn the game of baseball. This is a coach pitch league, however, the players will begin to learn the fundamentals of each position. No coach or friend requests. Practices begin approximately 2 weeks before first game.

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BATTER UP! T-BALL CAMP

Ages: 4 - 5 by April 30, 2023

Location: ValPlayso Park

Includes: Shirt

Not sure about t-ball? Come out to our one week camp and see all that Valpo Parks has to offer with our Batter Up T-ball camp. Spend time with dedicated staff that will get the ball rolling on baseball skills and development before starting our summer t-ball season.

LITTLE SLUGGERS T-BALL CAMP

Ages: 3 by April 30, 2023

Location: ValPlayso Park

Includes: Shirt, Hat, and Medal

INTERMEDIATE BASEBALL - 6 YEAR OLDS NEW

Valpo Parks Little Sluggers Tball gives our youngest participants the opportunity to get in on all the fun. Learn all the skills you will need, such as batting, catching and throwing, so that your athlete will be ready for our Summer T-ball next year!

SUMMER COED T-BALL

Ages: 4 - 5 by April 30, 2023

Location: ValPlayso Park

Includes: Shirt, Hat, and Medal

Jun 10 - Jul 22 Sa Morning $75/$87 By May 15

Summer Coed T-ball is a great way to get your athlete interested in baseball through instructional techniques and drills. 4-5 year olds will play traditional t-ball rules. Season includes 6 games and practices begin approximately 2 weeks before first game.

Ages: 6 by April 30, 2023

Location: ValPlayso Park

Includes: Shirt, Hat, and Medal

Jun 10 - Jul 22 Sa

Morning $75/$87 By May 15

The perfect stepping stone for your athlete between traditional t-ball and coach pitch baseball. Athletes will spend half of the season playing t-ball and transition into coach pitch for the last half of the season in order to prepare them for the next level of baseball. Season includes 6 games and practices begin approximately 2 weeks before first game.

BASEBALL PITCHING/CATCHING CAMP NEW

Ages: 7 - 12 by April 30, 2023

Location: Samardzija Field at Tower Park

Jul 24 - Jul 28

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$50/$62 By Jul 19

This camp is designed for athletes starting their baseball journey to work on fundamentals related specifically to pitching and catching and develop their skills before the fall season begins. Pitchers must bring someone to catch for them.

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SPRING & FALL SOFTBALL LEAGUES

Ages: 5 - 14 years old by December 31, 2022

Location: Home Games at Bicentennial Park

Includes: Jersey and Socks

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FLAG FOOTBALL

Designed to give the opportunity to girls ages 5-14 to play softball against in house teams and other teams in Porter County to advance their skills through competitive play. These leagues may involve slight travel to other locations in Porter County. Practices begin approximately 2 weeks before the first game.

SOFTBALL PITCHING/CATCHING CAMP NEW

Ages: 7 - 14 years old by December 31, 2022

Location: Bicentennial Park

This program is designed for athletes to work on fundamentals related specifically to pitching and catching and develop their skills before the fall season begins. Taught by former high school players. Pitchers must bring someone to catch for them.

Ages: 8 - 14 years old by December 31, 2022

Location: Westside Park / Chesterton High School

Includes: Jersey, Mouth Guard, Medal

DATES DAY TIME FEE REGISTER

May - Jul M - Sa Varies $75/$87 By May 10

This program is a great way to learn the rules and skills of football in a safe and instructional environment. Practices are decided by the coach and games are on Saturday mornings. Practices begin approximately 2 weeks before the first game.

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TRACK & FIELD

Ages: 5 - 12 years old by May 1, 2023

Location: Ben Franklin Middle School

Includes: Shirt and Ribbons

Jun 14 - Jul 21 W / F Varies $70/$82 By May 31

This program allows its participants the opportunity to compete in multiple track and field events and develop their skills, while competing against other athletes from the area. Practices are held on Wednesdays and the 4 meets will be held on Friday evenings. We will only have one make up meet if necessary.

be a volunteer coach

By signing up to be a volunteer head coach, your athlete will receive one FREE REGISTRATION, along with resources and assistance in coaching that particular sport. Call the office to discuss how you can get started on your coaching journey!

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DATES DAY TIME FEE REGISTER Apr - Jun (6U) M-Sa Varies $90/$108 By Mar 8 (8U) M-Sa Varies $120/$132 By Mar 8 (10U - 16U) M-Sa Varies $132/$144 By Mar 8
- Oct (8U) TBD Varies $75/$87 By Jul 26 (10U - 16U) TBD Varies $75/$87 By Jul 26
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SAND VOLLEYBALL CAMP NEW

Ages: 4th - 8th Grade

Location: Berkley Park

Includes: Volleyball

This camp is a great way to practice your volleyball skills in a new, fun setting. This camp will focus on volleyball through interactive games and activities to promote the enjoyment of the sport!

VOLLEYBALL LEAGUE

Ages: 4th - 8th Grade

Location: Flint Lake Elementary

Includes: Shirt

tennis

By Dec 6

Perfect for your athlete to develop individual and team skills while experiencing game situations and drills. Fall scrimmages are every other Wednesday. Game times for Friday/Saturday will be posted closer to the season start dates.

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LACROSSE CAMP

Ages: 5 - 13 years old

Location: Westside Park

Includes: Shirt

Jun 10 - Jul 29 Sa 9 am - 10 am $60/$72 By May 17

This lacrosse camp is designed to introduce fundamentals, team concepts and game situations to all levels of lacrosse players. This instructional program is a great way to begin your journey with Lacrosse!

GROUP TENNIS LESSONS

Ages: 4 - 16 years old by June 1, 2023

Location: TBD Includes: Shirt

volleyball hockey

Valpo Parks Group Tennis Lessons is a fun and exciting program that introduces children to the basics of tennis. Modified techniques are used to adhere to all levels of players. Fridays are used as make up days for rain-outs during the week.

Sign-ups for the Valpo Parks Youth Hockey 2023 - 2024 will begin in October 2023! Check out our website for more information about potential schedules and time frames.

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5 - Jun 9 M-F 5 pm - 6 pm (4th - 6th) $55/$65 By May 17 6 pm - 7 pm (7th-8th)
24 - Jul 28 M-F 5 pm - 6 pm (4th - 6th) $55/$65 By Jul 5
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- 8th) T/F 5 pm - 6:30 pm (T) $85/$97
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DATES DAY TIME FEE REGISTER Jun 12 - Jul 20 M - Th 9 am - 10 am $90/$102 By May 24 (Munchkins 4-6) 9:30 am - 10:30 am (Juniors 7-10) 9 am - 10 am $105/$117 By May 24 10 am - 11 am (Aces 11-16) 10:30 am - 11:30 am $105/$117 By May 24 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
YOUTH SPORTS

DISCOVERY COTTAGE

(219) 242-5389

1158 W. Harrison Blvd.

Valparaiso, IN 46385

Discovery Cottage hosts enrichment programs for pre-school children ages 2– 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. 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!

busy bees

Age: 2 (Max of 10 kids per class) Child attends independently

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.

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OR 11– 11:50 am $47/$59

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little sprouts

Ages: 3 – 4 years

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)

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kinder ready

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

Child attends independently

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)

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.

summer days

camp dates

Ages: 3 – 5 years

Child attends independently

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DATES DAY TIME FEE NO CLASS Jan 4 - 25 M/W 9 – 11 am $90/$102 1/16 Feb 1 - 27 M/W 9 – 11 am $90/$102 2/20 Mar 1 - 22 M/W 9 – 11 am $90/$102 Apr 3 - 26 M/W 9 – 11 am $90/$102 4/10 May 1 - 17 M/W 9 – 11 am $47/$59 Sep 6 - 27 M/W 9 – 11 am $105/$117 Oct 2 - 30 M/W 9 – 11 am $105/$117 10/16 Nov 1-29 M/W 9 – 11 am $105/$117 11/22 Dec 4 -13 M/W 9 – 11 am $87/$99 DATES DAY TIME FEE NO CLASS Jan 3 - 31 Tu/Th 9 – 11 am $90/$102 Feb 2 - 28 Tu/Th 9 – 11 am $90/$102 Mar 2 - 23 Tu/Th 9 – 11 am $90/$102 Apr 4 - 27 Tu/Th 9 – 11 am $90/$102 May 2 -18 Tu/Th 9 – 11 am $47/$59 Sep 5 - 28 Tu/Th 9 – 11 am $105/$117 Oct 3 - 31 Tu/Th 9 – 11 am $105/$117 10/17 Nov 2-30 Tu/Th 9 – 11 am $105/$117 11/23 Dec 5 -14 Tu/Th 9 – 11 am $87/$99
DATES DAY TIME FEE NO CLASS Jan 3 - 31 M–Th 8:30 am - 11:30 am $125/$137 1/16 Feb 1 - 28 M–Th 8:30 am - 11:30 am $125/$137 2/20 Mar 1 - 23 M–Th 8:30 am - 11:30 am $125/$137 Apr 3 - 27 M–Th 8:30 am - 11:30 am $125/$137 4/10 May 1 - 18 M–Th 8:30 am - 11:30 am $98/$110 Sep 5 - 28 M–Th 8:30 am - 11:30 am $140/$152 Oct 2 - 31 M–Th 8:30 am - 11:30 am $140/$152 10/16, 10/17 Nov 1 - 30 M–Th 8:30 am - 11:30 am $140/$152 11/22, 11/23 Dec 4 - 14 M–Th 8:30 am - 11:30 am $115/$127 DATES DAY TIME FEE NO CLASS Jan 3 - 31 M–Th 12 pm - 3 pm $125/$137 1/16 Feb 1 - 28 M–Th 12 pm - 3 pm $125/$137 2/20 Mar 1 - 23 M–Th 12 pm - 3 pm $125/$137 Apr 3 - 27 M–Th 12 pm - 3 pm $125/$137 4/10 May 1 - 18 M–Th 12 pm - 3 pm $98/$110 Sep 5 - 28 M–Th 12 pm - 3 pm $140/$152 Oct 2 - 31 M–Th 12 pm - 3 pm $140/$152 10/16,10/17 Nov 1 - 30 M–Th 12 pm - 3 pm $140/$152 11/22, 11/23 Dec 4 - 14 M–Th 12 pm - 3 pm $115/$127 Join Discovery Cottage for mini camp for little ones to beat the heat with ice cream and fun! With new themes weekly, your child will never be bored this summer.
DATES DAY TIME FEE June 5 - July 7 (ages 3-4) M/W/F 9 am – 11 am $65/$77 June 5 - July 7 (age 5) M - F 9 am – 12 pm $120/$132

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calming connections

Ages: Birth - 5 (with caregiver)

Location: Discovery Cottage

May 5 - 19 F 9:30 am – 10:30 am $60/pair By Apr 28

This child/caregiver class taught by Joy Culver, LMT, will foster calm & enhance family connections through massage. This is a 1:1 ratio class.

friday classes

A variety of NEW Friday classes held every month!

Friday morning enrichment classes at Discovery Cottage will broaden your child's horizons and engage your little one in learning and great fun!

Ages: 3 - 5 (Students must be fully potty trained)

Child attends independently

storybooks

come alive

A favorite book will be selected each week and come alive as a craft or activity to enhance favorite parts of that story. No class 2/17.

wiggle worms

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Kids will get their bodies moving through fitness, and yoga. Games and creative play will help them stretch, wiggle and move their way to fun!

sensory science

Touch the world around you! From outdoor textures, to cloud dough and bubbles this class is all about being hands on.

pixel play time cottage crafting

Apr 7 - 28 F 9 am – 10 am

We're all about squares this month! From building with bricks and blocks to pixelated art. Time to shape up.

Nov 3 - 17 F 9 am – 10:15 am

By Oct 27

Kids will have the opportunity to get creative. Whether it's outdoor or indoor materials, there will be masterpieces for sure!

reindeer games playground pals

Sep 8 - 29 F 9 am – 10 am

By Sep 1

Each Friday we're visiting a different park in Valparaiso! Join us for social play at Butterfly Meadows, Bicentennial, Westside & ValPLAYso.

By Nov 24

Who knows what ruckus will happen as we establish the first annual Discovery Cottage Reindeer Games!

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nerf night on the cutting edge

Ages: 9 - 12

Location: Banta Activity Center

Feb 2 - Feb 23 Th 5 pm - 6 pm $75 By Jan 27 Nov 6 - Nov 27 M 5 pm - 6 pm $75 By Oct 27

Join this squad for action and adventure. Each week the teams change and a new game is introduced. You bring the Nerf gun, and we'll bring the rest.

young authors

Ages: 9 - 12

Location: Banta Activity Center (Virtual Option for Weather)

Feb 7 - 28 Tu 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm $75 By Jan 31

This club will guide students to create their own story. From plot and character development, to supporting with illustrations, each student will construct their own masterpiece to take home. The class, as a whole, will also write their own story for Valpo Parks brand new Story Walk at Butterfly Meadows.

Ages: 13 - 18

Location: Valparaiso University - Gellersen Engineering Center

Valpo Parks is partnering with Valparaiso University College of Engineering to introduce students to different printing machines and technology. Led by a VU Professor of Engineering, laser cutting technology and its uses will also be covered in this one-day class.

magic masterclass!

Ages: 9 -12

Location: Banta Activity Center

Learn the top 7 rules every magician knows. Learn how to misdirect your audience. Learn tricks you can do with everyday items or a few magical props. Magician Steve Kellogg will teach you how to amaze an audience with simple but effective tricks and skills. No class 10/16.

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DATES DAY TIME FEE REGISTER Feb 22 W 4 pm - 5 pm $60 By Feb 15 Feb 24 F 4 pm - 5 pm $60 By Feb 15
DATES DAY TIME FEE REGISTER Mar 1 - 22 W 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm $75 By Feb 22 Oct 2-30 M 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm $75 By Sep 25
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youth painting class

Ages: 9-13

Location: Banta Activity Center

We are proud to partner with the Art Barn to offer a series of painting and mixed media classes. Check online for a detailed desciption of each class, because they change each month. No Class 11/23.

young rembrandts

Ages: 5 - 8

Location: Banta Activity Center

Our elementary-age curriculum is designed to teach basic to advanced drawing skills, art techniques and vocabulary. You’ll see increased art abilities, learning skills, self-confidence, and selfesteem. No class 3/28.

bricks

Ages: 5 - 8

4 kidz

Location: Banta Activity Center

Our one-hour classes explore architecture, engineering and technology concepts using. LEGO® Bricks. Students work hands-on to design and build machines, buildings and other constructions using problem solving and critical thinking skills.

doll spa day

Ages: 5 - 12

Location: Banta Activity Center

This spa day is for everyone who would like to pamper themselves and their dolls. We will polish up our dolls and our nails, go over hairstyles and enjoy some light refreshments with a craft. Each attendee should bring a doll of their choice.

Ages: 13 - 18

Location: Valparaiso University - Gellersen Engineering Center DATES

Apr 3-24 M 5 pm - 6 pm $60 By Mar 27

Join us in the electronics lab at Valparaiso University College of Engineering to learn how sound works and how to change it. This class will also teach how popular audio effects are created (including hidden messages!). Students should bring their phone or music player for this hands-on class taught by a VU professor.

line dancing

Ages: 9 - 18

Location: Butterfield Family Pavilion

Apr 12 - May 3 W 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm $75 By Apr 5 Sep 20 - Oct 11 W 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm $75 By Sep 13

Learn the popular party line dances from electric slide to cupid shuffle, along with lines dances to country music and pop music. Whether your dancing shoes are cowboy boots or sneakers, any shoe will do.

basic survival skills

Ages: 9 - 12 in April, 13-18 in October

Location: Rogers Lakewood - Hickory Grove Shelter

Apr 18 - May 9 Tu 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm $75 By Apr 11

Oct 3 - 24 Tu 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm $75 By Sep 26

Are you an outdoor enthusiast? This class will give students a good foundation for primitive and modern survival techniques. Each set of classes will teach skills according to the age level of the students.

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DATES DAY TIME FEE REGISTER Mar 2-23 Th 5 pm - 6:30 pm $90 By Feb 23 Apr 6-27 Th 5 pm - 6:30 pm $90 By Mar 30 May 4-25 Th 5 pm - 6:30 pm $90 By Apr 27 Sep 7-28 Th 5 pm - 6:30 pm $90 By Aug 31 Oct 5-26 Th 5 pm - 6:30 pm $90 By Sep 28 Nov 2-30 Th 5 pm - 6:30 pm $90 By Oct 26
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coding adventures

Ages: 6-10

Location: Banta Activity Center

Aug 10 - 31 Th 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm $75 By Aug 3

Learn the basics of coding with Scottie Go! Scottie is the friendly alien who crash landed on Earth and needs help collecting the parts to his spaceship. Students will work together to guide him through his adventure and complete objectives in this fun augmented reality game.

tie-dye madness

Ages: 9 - 12

Location: Rogers Lakewood - Discovery Day Camp Shelter

Aug 12 Sa 10 am - 12 pm $75 By Aug 4

Summer is not over yet! Come get groovy and tie-dye shirts, socks, and a bandana. Come and create a wonder of color outside for this one day event.

YOUTH ENRICHMENT

doll camp out

Ages: 9 - 12

Location: Rogers Lakewood Park-Hickory Grove Shelter

Sep 15 F 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm $70 By Sep 8

Bring your doll and join us at Rogers Lakewood for an evening of food and fun. Learn how to make a fire, cook a pie iron pizza, and swap silly stories.

nature photography

Ages: 9 -12

Location: Varies

Oct 1-22

1 pm - 2 pm

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Local nature photographer, Maria Overlay, will teach students the basics of nature photography, in our very own Valpo Parks. Students need to bring a camera or smartphone. After the course is complete, students will be able to participate in a local photo exhibit.

Ages: 5 - 8

Location: Bicentennial Park/Westside Park

Sep 5 - 26 Tu 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm $75 Aug 29

Stay active with Valpo Parks and Perpetual Motion as we team up to train ninjas! Learn basic parkour and take a turn on our slackline as we introduce new challenges weekly. We will meet Sept 5 & 12 at Bicentennial Park & Sept 19 & 26 at Westside Park.

ninja fit challenge escape room

Ages: 9 - 12

Location: Banta Activity Center

Sep 11-25 M 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm $65 By Sep 4

Do you enjoy solving the clues and riddles of an escape room? Join us as we gather and play Escape Room: The Game. Each week will be a different game room.

cocoa club

Ages: 9 - 12

Location: Banta Activity Center

Learn how to make molded chocolates using only a microwave. This class is for those who love chocolate. No Class 11/21.

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Contact Valpo Parks to share your ideas OR if you have a skill and want to teach school aged children - let's connect! Contact Katie at kridinger@valpo.us or call the Valpo Parks office at (219)462-5144 NEW NEW NEW NEW NEW NEW
What youth enrichment classes would you like to see?

DISCOVERY DAY CAMP

Discovery Day Camp offers your child the summer experience of a lifetime. We provide campers the opportunity for physical activity, fresh air, and lots of fun & new activities every week. DDC campers can look forward to fun and safe activities such as games, songs, team sports, arts & crafts, nature hikes, water games, and more!

YOUNG CAMPERS

Ages: K - 6th Grade by August 1, 2023

Location: Rogers Lakewood Park WEEK

Full Week M – F 9 am – 5 pm $125 / $137*

Full Summer Jun 5 - Jul 27 9 am – 5 pm $825 / $914*

summer camp before care camp discounts

Our camp seeks to invite campers into nature daily. As a nature summer camp, we spend the entire day outside. Younger campers are divided into their fall 2023 grades for age-specific programming, and each day has a mixture of group activities and free time with stations around camp for all ages to interact. We will also have all camp events based on that week’s theme.

COUNSELOR IN TRAINING LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

Ages: 7th to 8th Grade by August 1, 2023

Location: Rogers Lakewood Park

Full Week M – F 9 am – 5 pm $135 / $147*

Full Summer Jun 5 - Jul 27 9 am – 5 pm $891 / $963*

This brand new program is to prepare adolescents for future leadership roles working with children in camps and other professional settings. In addition to regular camp programs, participants will enjoy fun ways to develop team-building and communication skills.

Campers will bring a lunch Monday – Thursday. Lunch will be provided on Fridays. *Fee reduced for short weeks.

Campers will play games, make crafts and enjoy the outdoors! A snack is provided during AM care.

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

8 WEEK DISCOUNT

Register for all weeks of camp by phone at one time for a discounted rate. *Discount unavailable online.

join us for summer camp! registration

Registration deadline for camp is 5 pm on the Tuesday prior to the week your child is attending. A $15 fee will be added for any approved late registrations. This includes AM Care.

Cancellations: Any cancellations after May 1 will be given as credit if the vacancy is filled.

Register online at ValpoParks.org, by calling (219) 462-5144, or in person at the Valpo Parks admin building during our office hours.

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CARE DAY TIME WEEKLY FEE Extended AM M – F 6:30 am – 8:45 am $45 One Day M
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ROGERS LAKEWOOD PARK 5320 N Campbell Street Valparaiso, IN 46385 NEW

DISCOVERY DAY CAMP

mystery incorporated

WEEK 1: JUNE 5 - JUNE 9

holiday mashup

WEEK 2: JUNE 12 - JUNE 16

super soaker

WEEK 3: JUNE 19 - JUNE 23

olympic games

WEEK 4: JUNE 26 - JUNE 30

science seekers

WEEK 5: JULY 5 - JULY 7 (3 Day Week, Fee Reduced)

wild wild west

WEEK 6: JULY 10 - JULY 14

great outdoors

WEEK 7: JULY 17 - JULY 21

curtain call

WEEK 8: JULY 24 - JULY 27 (4 Day Week, Fee Reduced)

save the date

JUN

Location: Rogers Lakewood Park, Discovery Day Camp Shelter

DATES DAY TIME

Jun 1 Th 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Presentations at 6pm / 6:30pm

Meet the staff for this summer! Parents and children are invited to Rogers Lakewood Park to meet the directors and counselors, learn how Discovery Day Camp runs, play some traditional camp games, and get ready for a summer of fun.

MEET THE COUNSELORS NIGHT LIP SYNC PERFORMANCE

Location: Rogers Lakewood Park, Discovery Day Camp Shelter

DATES DAY TIME

Jul 27 Th 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

The most exciting and anticipated week to end the summer! Campers learn and practice group dances to their favorite songs, and make props throughout the week for the big performance night. Family and friends come out to be the audience, and your child is the star!

SPECIAL THANK YOU TO OUR 2023 CAMP SPONSORS would you or someone you know make a great camp counselor?

We’re looking for dependable people who enjoy spending time outdoors with school age children. We seek fresh ideas, silly games, bold activities, and someone who is heaps of fun.

Find out more details, and apply online at valpoparks.org/jobs

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FAMILY ENRICHMENT

themed crafts

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

SOAP MAKING

Ages: 6+, 6 - 12 with an adult

Location: Banta Activity Center

SPRING ROCKS

Join us to learn how to make your own soap and start learning to "live off the land". Other homesteading activities can include all sorts of activities from growing food and raising animals. Class is led by Bonnie Flint.

VALENTINE WOOD SIGN

Ages: 10+, 10 - 15 with an adult Location: Banta Activity Center

Feb 4 Sa 10:30 am - 12:00 pm $35 By Jan 26

Share the love as you create a one of a kind wooden sign for you to add to your Valentine décor or gift to that someone special. Class led by K2 Kreative & Krafty.

Ages: 6+, 6 - 12 with an adult Location: Banta Activity Center

Mar 2

Let spring inspire you as you create a work of art out of a bit of nature. Whether it's a butterfly or flower or maybe a bunny or a basket, let your creative juices take over. Once you're done, you can keep it or you can join others in spreading kindness by hiding your rock in one of our many wonderful parks in Valparaiso! Class is led by Bonnie Flint.

PERSONALIZED WELCOME SIGN

Ages: 10+, 10 - 15 with an adult Location: Banta Activity Center

By Mar 23

Don't be a Fool and miss out decorating your doorstep as you make your friends feel welcome at first sight! Join in the fun and personalize your own decorative wooden sign! Class is led by K2 Kreative & Krafty.

MOTHER'S DAY BUTTON BOUQUET

Ages: 6+, 6 - 12 with an adult Location: Banta Activity Center

May 6 Sa 10:00 am - 12:00 pm $20 By Apr 20

Moms, share a special moment with your child creating an everlasting button bouquet. Dads, you can surprise mom by spending quality time with your child making this beautiful centerpiece! Add $10 for each additional bouquet. Class is led by Bonnie Flint.

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HAND PRINT FLAG

Ages: 10+, 10 - 15 with an adult

Location: Banta Activity Center

Jun 10 Sa 10:30 am - 12:00 pm $35 By Jun 3

This commemorative and crafty project can be displayed year round to celebrate July 4th, Veteran's Day or good old fashioned patriotism. Class is led by K2 Kreative & Krafty.

HALLOWEEN DECOR SIGN

Ages: 10+, 10 - 15 with an adult

Location: Banta Activity Center

Sep 30 Sa 10:30 – 12:00 pm $35 By Sep 21

Add a personal touch to your spook-tacular decorations for Halloween! Class is open to all good boos and ghouls! Class is led by K2 Kreative & Krafty.

SCARECROWS FROM SCRATCH

Ages: 6+, 6 - 12 with an adult

Location: Butterfield Family Pavilion

Oct 8 Su 1 – 2:30 pm $35 By Sep 28

Put together your own child-sized scarecrow. All materials provided, though you are welcome to bring your own clothes. $25 for each additional scarecrow. Class is led by Bonnie Flint.

CHRISTMAS WOOD DECOR SIGN

Ages: 10+, 10 - 15 with an adult

Location: Banta Activity Center

Nov 18 Sa 10:30 am –

FAMILY ENRICHMENT

By Nov 9

Just in time for Christmas, you can let everyone know you're in the spirit of the season. Class is led by K2 Kreative & Krafty.

HOLIDAY SNOW GLOBES

Ages: 6+, 6 - 12 with an adult

Location: Banta Activity Center

Dec 9 Sa 11:00 am – 12:00 pm $20 By Nov 30

Create your very own winter scene to accent your home during the holidays. This decoration will show your creative side while making a memory! Class is led by Bonnie Flint.

needlepoint felting

By using special felting needles, you're able to lock together the felt and create shapes. The needles are sharp, so a steady delicate hand is helpful to manipulate and transform the fabric. All levels are welcome to try your hand at creating your own beautiful sculptures and crafts.

FELT SUCCULENT

Ages: 13+

Location: Banta Activity Center

Mar 4 Sa 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

By Feb 23

Not everyone has a green thumb, but you can make your very own plant that will make all those gardeners jealous! Class is led by Felting by Laura.

NEEDLE FELTED BIRD

Ages: 13+ Location: Banta Activity Center

Jul 29 Sa 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

By Jul 20

Are you a nature lover? A bird watcher? You can fly in to this class and soar out with a beautiful bird to enjoy even when they fly south. Class is led by Felting by Laura.

FELT PUMPKIN OR GHOST

Ages: 13+ Location: Banta Activity Center

Oct 7 Sa 10:00 am - 12:00 pm $30 By Sep 28

The choice is yours, either a perfect pumpkin or a ghastly ghostwhat's your pleasure? Class is led by Felting by Laura.

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FAMILY ENRICHMENT

dance classes

Slow down your Monday nights with our 6 week dance programs at Fred Astaire Dance Studio. Learn a variety of dance styles, all in a fun and supportive environment!

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

SESSION 1 — LATIN CLASS

Feb 6 - Mar 13 M 5:30 pm - 6:15 pm $90/$100 Couple By Jan 26 $55/$65 Individual

Spice up your Monday nights with our Latin Dance series. Learn the steps of Latin dances. Includes Cha-Cha, Merengue, and Rumba.

SESSION 2 — WEDDING CLASS

Apr 3 - May 8 M 5:30 pm - 6:15 pm $90/$100 Couple By Mar 23 $55/$65 Individual

Learn a variety of dance steps to impress at weddings or social gathering. Includes Night Club Two Step, Rumba, and traditional slow dance

SESSION 3 — SLOW DANCE

Jun 5 - Jul 17 M 5:30 pm - 6:15 pm

photography

BEGINNERS PHOTOGRAPHY

Ages: 8+, 8 – 13 with an adult

Location: Rogers Lakewood Park

May 11 Th 6 – 7:30 pm $25 By May 2 Jul 13 Th 6 – 7:30 pm $25 By Jul 6

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 with a take-home reference guide for all participants. Class is run by Megan from Hochbaum Photography.

Couple By May 25 $55/$65 Individual

Learn a variety of slow dance styles. Includes Waltz, Bachata, Rumba, and a traditional slow dance

SESSION 4 — COUNTRY DANCE

Sep 11 - Oct 16 M 5:30 pm - 6:15 pm

Learn a variety of 16 step, Texas 2-Step and Country Waltz

By Aug 31

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What family enrichment classes would you like to see? Contact Valpo Parks to share your ideas OR if you have a skill and want to teach in a small group setting - let's connect! Contact Dan at dlukes@valpo.us or call the Valpo Parks office at (219)462-5144

ping pong

DOUBLES PING PONG LEAGUE

Ages: 18+

Location: Banta Activity Center

Feb 15 - Apr 5 W 6 pm – 9 pm $100/team By Feb 2

Oct 11 - Dec 6 W 6 pm – 9 pm $100/team By Sep 28 (times vary per week)

Join us for the third year of Doubles Ping Pong! Teams will play two matches per week (minimum). 8 week league with 7 weeks of regular season play followed by a double elimination tourney. League 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

• Mandatory captains meeting will be virtual, date & time TBD.

ADULT COED LEAGUE

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

May – Jul Varies Varies $975/$1050 Team By Apr 28

All divisions offer 12 games along with a post season doubleelimination tourney.

don't have a team?

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ultimate frisbee

COED ULTIMATE FRISBEE LEAGUE

Ages: 18+ (no longer participating in high school athletics)

Location: Westside Park

Jun 13 - Aug 15 Tu 6:30 pm $35 / Individual By Jun 1

That's right. Eight weeks of Ultimate Frisbee is back! Come join the fun with the NWI Ultimate Frisbee Club. Open to players of all abilities and experience. Teams will be put together by league officials based on ability and experience. Season consists of eight weeks of league play followed by a tournament. All who join will get their own custom league disc!

kickball

COED KICKBALL TOURNAMENT

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

Aug 4 F 6 pm - 10 pm $200 Team By Jul 29 $20 Individual

Join as a team or individual in the return of our Kickball Tournament at Fairgrounds Park under the lights! Teams need a miniumum of 10 players to play. Tournament will be double elimination format. Trophy will be presented to the winning team! Standard kickball rules apply. Concession stand will be open for food and drinks throughout the evening. Field will be capped at 10 teams.

hockey

4 ON 4 LEAGUE 2024

Ages: 18+ (no longer participating in high school athletics)

Location: Central Park Plaza Ice Rink

Jan – Mar M / Tu Varies $120/Individual By Nov 16

Jan – Mar M / Tu Varies $875/team By Nov 16

The adult hockey season includes eight games of four-on-four 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.

The Valpo Pickleball Community is always looking to connect people interested in this growing sport that is fun and easy to learn for all ages. The Facebook group is intended to help people find information about where and when to play pickleball in Valparaiso, IN. This group works in conjunction with the companion group on the "TeamReach" app which you can join with code: 46383.

www.Facebook.com/Groups/ValpoPickleball

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the Valpo Parks Office or sign up online to be added to the free agent list for Softball, Soccer, Volleyball, or Ping Pong.

ADULT SPORTS

softball

• T eams 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

• Whenever possible, Sunday Coed Tourneys will not be scheduled at the same time as other Coed Tourneys during the Summer or Fall.

• Mandatory captains meeting will be virtual, date & time TBD.

SPRING SWING TOURNEY

Ages: 18+ (no longer participating in high school athletics)

Location: Fairgrounds Park

DATES DAY TIME FEE REGISTER

Apr 22 Sa 9 am start $115/$225* Team By Apr 14

This tourney is open to all Men's, Coed or Women's team. *Registered summer Valpo Parks league teams fee is $115, all outside teams, fee is $225. 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.

SUNDAY LEAGUES

Ages: 18+ (no longer participating in high school athletics)

Location: Fairgrounds Park

Apr 23 – Jun 11 Su Varies $400/$450 Team By Apr 13

Jul 30 – Sep 10 Su Varies $400/$450 Team By Jul 20

This league is for Coed teams that prefer weekend play. Season will consist of 10 games plus a tourney.

SUMMER LEAGUES

Ages: 18+ (no longer participating in high school athletics)

Location: Fairgrounds Park DATES

Apr – Jul M Varies $525/$625 Coed By Apr 6

Apr – Jul Tu Varies $525/$625 Women By Apr 6

Apr – Jul W/Th Varies $525/$625 Men By Apr 6 League consists of 14 regular season games and a double elimination tourney.

FALL COED & MEN’S LEAGUES

Ages: 18+ (no longer participating in high school athletics)

Location: Fairgrounds Park

Jul – Sep

$525/$625 Coed By Jul 6

Jul – Sep W/Th Varies $525/$625 Men By Jul 6

Coed will now play on Mondays & Tuesdays and Men's will play on Wednesdays and Thurdays. There will be a cap for the number of teams for each night, so if you want to ensure your night, sign up early! League consists of 14 regular season games and a double elimination tourney.

FALL MEN'S DRAFT LEAGUE NEW

Ages: 18+ (no longer participating in high school athletics)

Location: Fairgrounds Park

DATES

Oct 3 – Nov 7 Tu Varies $35/Player By Sep 20

This league is for players whose team has hung up the cleats for the season but they want a bit more before the snow flies. Season will consist of four weeks of doubleheaders plus a season ending tourney. Space is limited, so don't wait, call the office today to sign up!

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Looking for extra cash on nights you don't play? Contact Dan Lukes at dlukes@valpo.us to become an umpire for the season. See the game from the other side of the plate!

cornhole

CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT

Ages: 18+

Location: Central Park Plaza, William E. Urschel Pavilion DATES

Jun 30 F 6 pm $100/team By Jun 15

Grab a partner and enter the double elimination cornhole tourney at Central Park Plaza. Team will be randomly selected on the bracket and will compete against the field for a chance for bragging rights! Music, food and drinks will be available throughout the evening. Field will be capped at 24 teams.

CORNHOLE TEAMS TOURNAMENT NEW

Ages: 18+

Location: Central Park Plaza, William E. Urschel Pavilion

Jul 21 F 6 pm $150/team By Jul 6

This new team format for cornhole, created by the ACA, allows more flexiblity and broader inclusion of players of all skill levels. While you're used to playing with just one other person, this new game brings all your friends from your backyard together against all your neighbors. Singles and doubles matches take place before the "Airmail Round" as each team races to reach 21 for the contest. More rules can be found at www.playcornhole.org under the Rules tab for Team Match. Music, food and drinks will be available throughout the evening. Field will be capped at 16 teams.

ADULT SPORTS

SPONSOR HERE

sponsor a set of cornhole boards!

Would you like to see your company logo on one of the cornhole boards? Contact Dan Lukes at dlukes@valpo.us for more details on how to sponsor a set today!

volleyball

SAND VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT

Ages: 18+ (no longer participating in high school athletics)

Location: Berkley Park

The 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.

PRE-SEASON TOURNEY

Ages: 18+ (no longer participating in high school athletics)

Location: Thomas Jefferson Middle School

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+ (no longer participating in high school athletics)

Location: Thomas Jefferson Middle School

Mandatory captains meeting will be virtual, date and time TBD.

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$440/$490 Women By Sep 28

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 28 with $100 deposit.

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SENIOR ENRICHMENT

BANTA ACTIVITY CENTER

Open Monday – Friday from 9 am to 3 pm 605 Beech Street, Valparaiso, IN 46383

banta center membership

Ages: 50+ Annual Membership: $60 Semi-annual: $35

(219) 462-1301

bantacenter@valpo.us

@605BeechSt

Providing a warm and friendly environment for adults ages 50 and up where you can take part in a wide variety of activities.

LUNCH PROGRAM: Banta Center is a Northwest Indiana Community Action nutrition site that serves hot, nutritious lunches Monday – Friday at 11:30 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.

included programs

ACTIVITIES: Card games, bingo, mexican train, bunco, mahjongg, cornhole, ping pong, chair volleyball, writing workshop, and free movies with popcorn monthly

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

RECREATIONAL: Aging support group, library, retiree group meeting, quiet corners to sit and read with coffee

HEALTH & EXERCISE: Fitness Room with various conditioning machines and free weights, Pilates, Reformers, Theraband, Exercise with DVD-Richard Simmons and more. NEW for 2023, a "Ball Drumming Class" will be added to programming.

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SENIOR ENRICHMENT pilates

All Pilates classes taught by certified instructor Pat Twilla. Pat Twilla, NASM CPT, CES, & Pilates Instructor (219) 628-0881

PILATES MAT CLASS

DATES DAY TIME FEE REGISTER

Year Round W / F 9:15 - 10:15 am $50/10 classes Banta Desk Banta Member $60/10 classes

Non-Member

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.

PILATES REFORMER TRAINING

DATES DAY TIME FEE REGISTER

Year Round M - Sa By Appt $35/Duet Banta Desk

$55/Private

Gain strength, flexibility, stability & fluidity of motion without impact. Focus on corrective exercises for past injuries, poor balance and posture. Easy on joints. This program is by appointment only, please contact the instructor. Feel free to schedule a free demo to try it out before proceeding with a full course.

tai chi

ENERGY, CENTERING, AND TAI CHI

DATES DAY TIME FEE REGISTER

Year Round W 9 am - 10:15 am Free/$15 Banta Desk

Regardless of fitness level, all seniors are welcome to join this class to increase awareness of how mind-body energy flows, to learn how physical techniques keep you centered and to improve your physical strength and focus your mind. Drop by a class to check it out and then keep coming if you'd like. Taught by Dr. Stephen Gray, who has been studying the art for decades. Banta members can participate for free, non-members can contact Banta to join the class.

card games

Card games played year round! Games are free to Banta members or a daily fee of $2 for non-members to join. Please arrive 15 minutes early to register at the Banta front desk the day of play.

*ACBL Sanctioned Duplicate Bridge Club. Arrive by 10:45 and you are guaranteed a partner, ACBL points are awarded.

ball drumming

Year Round F 12:30 pm Free/$2 Banta Desk

Join this form of exercise bringing together yoga balls and drumsticks to encourage movement and rhythm. Increase the heart rate and burn calories the fun way!

rent the room

The Banta Center also rents the multi-purpose room with kitchen and restroom access for family/group functions.

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GAME DAY TIME Golf Cards M 9:30 am Pinochle M/F 12:00 pm Euchre Tu 9:30 am Phase 10 Tu 10:15 am Bridge Tu/Th 12 pm - 3 pm Card Mahjongg Tu 12:15 pm Five Crowns W 10 am Bridge (Duplicate*) W 10:30 am - 3:00 pm Canasta W 12:15 pm Bridge (Advanced Beginner) Th 9:15 am - 12:00 pm Hand & Foot F 12:15 pm
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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

2355 Clifford Road

Valparaiso, IN 46385 WEEKDAY

DRIVING RANGE PRICE

1155

creekside golf course & training center forest park golf course outings simulators

• Date Night

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RATES GREENS FEE RIDING 9 Holes $15 $23 3 Holes $5 $10 Senior 9 Holes $8 $18 Junior 9 Holes $9 WEEKEND RATES GREENS FEE RIDING 9 Holes (open – 3 pm) $20 $28 3 Holes (open – 3 pm) $5 $10 Junior 9 Holes $12 -Twilight (3 pm – close) $16 $24 CART RATES 9 Holes $8 3 Holes $5 Twilight (3 pm – close) $8
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WEEKDAY RATES GREENS FEE RIDING 18 Holes $18 $34 9 Holes $15 $23 Twilight (M/F, 3 pm – close) $15 $23 Senior 18 Holes $15 $25 Senior 9 Holes $8 $18 Junior 18 Holes $15 -Junior 9 Holes $10 -WEEKEND RATES GREENS FEE RIDING 18 Holes (open – 3 pm) $24 $40 9 Holes (open – 3 pm) $20 $28 Twilight (3 pm – close) $20 $28 Junior 18 Holes $18 -Junior 9 $12 -CART RATES 18 Holes $16 9 Holes $8 Twilight (3 pm – close) $8
Sheffield Drive Valparaiso, IN 46385
Bring your game inside at Creekside: 1 hour $25 or 1/2 hour $13
43 courses, including the Old Course at St. Andrews
Leagues & rentals available
Multiple game formats, practice module and more!
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• Fun Fridays on the Range
• Ladies Evening
• Father’s Day Tournament
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Adult Add-on must be 18 or older and reside in the same household. Proper documentation required. Junior Add-on must be 17 or younger and be related to the adult membership holder. If playing alone they can not play at Forest Park before 1pm on weekends and holidays.

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VALPO PARKS GOLF SEASON PASSES 2023

DAY TRIPS

ALL DAY TRIPS BEGIN & END AT THE VALPO PARKS OFFICE

3210 N. Campbell Street, Valparaiso, IN 46383

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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, Milwaukee or Michigan - there is something for everyone to enjoy.

beef & boards: footloose

polish village tour

INDIANAPOLIS, IN

What's better than watching a top notch musical performance of Footloose? Enjoying a gourmet lunch at the same time! That's what you'll do at this all new trip to the iconic Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre!

DATE DAY TIME FEE

Mar 1 W 7 am - 6:00 pm $109

This day trip includes:

• Deluxe Motorcoach transportation

• Buffet lunch with coffee, tea or lemonade

• Access to full cash bar and cash dessert bar

• Premium seats to stage performance of Footloose

day in holland

HOLLAND, MI

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

DATE DAY TIME FEE

May 5 F 7:00 am – 7:00 pm $115

This day trip includes:

• Deluxe Motorcoach transportation

• Lunch at Boatwerks on Lake Macatawa

• Shopping in downtown Holland

• Tulip tour at Windmill Island and Window on the Waterfront Park

• Wine tasting reception on return trip

No need to travel overseas to visit the Old Country! Join us for a funfilled day of food, history, and culture in Chicago's thriving Polish Village.

DATE DAY TIME FEE

Jun 1 Th 7:30 am - 5 pm $135

This day trip includes:

• Deluxe Motorcoach transportation

• Tour of St. Hyacinth Basilica, the heart of Chicago's Polish Village

• Docent-led tour of The Polish Museum of America

• Family style lunch at Staropolska's followed by shopping time on Milwaukee Ave

• Visit to Kolatek's Bakery

CHICAGO, IL SOLD OUT a

cubs bleacher experience

CHICAGO, IL

Be a bleacher bum with Valpo Parks as we travel to Wrigley Field to see the Baltimore Orioles take on the Chicago Cubs.

DATE DAY TIME FEE

Jun 16 F 10 am - 6:30 pm $109

This day trip includes:

• Deluxe Motorcoach transportation

• Snacks for the ride

• Bleacher seat ticket to the game

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crosstown classic

CHICAGO, IL

Whether you root for the Northsiders or Southsiders, you're sure to have a 'ball'! Join us for the oldest rivalry in baseball as the Chicago Cubs take on the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field.

DATE DAY TIME FEE

Jul 26 W 3:30 pm - 11:30 pm $175

This day trip includes:

• Deluxe Motorcoach transportation

• Ticket to the game

• 2 Hour access to the Patio Party including unlimited buffet, wine, beer, and non-alcoholic beverages

frederik meijer gardens

GRAND RAPIDS, MI SOLD OUT

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is a masterpiece of art and nature. Hundreds of species of plants and flowers combine with one of the most comprehensive collections of outdoor sculptures in the world.

DATE DAY TIME FEE

Aug 3 Th 7:30 am - 6:30 pm $75

This day trip includes:

• Deluxe Motorcoach transportation

• Guided walking tour of the indoor gardens

• Guided tram tour of the outdoor sculpture park and gardens

• Lunch will be on your own at the James & Shirley Balk Café on site. Please plan $15 or less as the cost of your lunch

chicago botanic gardens

GLENCOE, IL

Explore the beauty of the Chicago Botanic Garden's 28 gardens and four natural areas. Situated on 385 acres, it boasts six miles of lake shoreline and a renowned Bonsai Collection.

DATE DAY TIME FEE

Sep 22 F 7:30 am - 5:00 pm $99

This day trip includes:

• Deluxe Motorcoach transportation

• Lunch in private room at the Gardens

• Tram tour of the Gardens

• Time to explore on your own

DAY TRIPS

hamilton the musical

CHICAGO, IL

See history brought to life on stage as Hamilton the musical returns to Chicago! This Tony award winning musical will keep you on the edge of your seat as it tells the story of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. Breathtaking vocals, masterful choreography, and a moving story come together to delight audiences at the Nederlander Theatre.

Oct 5 W 11 am - 5:30 pm $195

This day trip includes:

• Deluxe Motorcoach transportation

• Boxed lunch

• Main floor orchestra seat ticket

a day in amish country

NAPPANEE, IN

Take a step back in time on this full day tour of life in Amish Country! You'll shop, eat, and explore before taking in a top-notch show at the Round Barn Theatre in Nappanee.

Nov 2 Th 7:30 am - 4:30 pm $125

This day trip includes:

• Deluxe Motorcoach transportation

• VIP Amish tour and shopping time

• Family style meal

• Ticket to Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash

christmas bakery tour

MILWAUKEE, WI

Fill your holiday season with cheer….and treats! This Christmastime bakery tour in Milwaukee is the perfect chance to sample desserts from different ethnicities while also hearing about their rich history. DATE

Dec 1 F 6:45 am - 6:00 pm $135

This day trip includes:

• Deluxe Motorcoach transportation

• Visits to 4+ local bakeries with treats, samples and shopping time at each location

• Lunch at On The Clock

• Fully narrated tour including the history of Christmas holiday traditions of the Polish, Germans, Italians, and more!

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200 EAST PARK

2501 McCord Rd

Large open greenspace and playground equipment.

BANTA PARK

605 Beech St

Neighborhood park with handicap accessible playground equipment and greenspace area.

BERKLEY PARK

201 Sheffield Dr

Neighborhood picnic area, greenspace and sand volleyball court.

BICENTENNIAL PARK

175 Burlington Beach Rd

Large open greenspace, multi-purpose area with basketball hoop and pickleball court, playground equipment, softball fields and seasonal restrooms.

CENTRAL PARK PLAZA

63 Lafayette St

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

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, indoor practice hitting net and two indoor golf simulators.

CREEKSIDE TRAILS

2355 Clifford Rd

12 + miles of multi-use trails located at Creekside Golf Course and Training Center.

DISCOVERY COTTAGE

1158 Harrison Blvd

Home to preschool and youth enrichment classes for children ages 2 through 5 years old.

FAIRGROUNDS PARK

704 McCord Rd

3/4 mile pathway loop, 4 softball fields, playground equipment, Life Trails System, Butterfield Family Pavilion and seasonal restrooms. Future home to the Valparaiso Skatepark.

FOREST PARK

575 Harrison Blvd

Large open greenspace, playground equipment, backstop with play area suitable for ball games, 2 picnic shelters, 2-acre nature area with walking trails and seasonal restrooms.

FOREST PARK GOLF COURSE

1155 Sheffield Dr

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

FOUNDATION MEADOWS PARK

3210 N Campbell St

Park Admin Office, Service Memorial Fountain & Monuments, Butterfly Meadows Playground, Tri Kappa Gazebo, large open greenspace, 2 picnic shelters, The Prairie with trails, 50 Trees of Indiana arboretum, community garden and seasonal restrooms.

PARKS & PATHWAYS

GLENROSE SOUTH PARK

1505 McCord Rd

2 baseball fields with dugout benches and small playground.

JESSEE-PIFER PARK

4 00 Elmhurst Ave

Playground equipment, pickleball court without net, basketball hoop, greenspace and picnic shelter. No restrooms.

KIRCHHOFF PARK

400 N Roosevelt Rd

Open greenspace, basketball hoop, tennis court, pickleball courts, age-appropriate playground equipment, (1) baseball field, 4 picnic shelters and seasonal restrooms.

OGDEN BOTANICAL GARDEN

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, kayak launch, new boat ramp, park store, playground equipment, group hayrides, disc golf, Discovery Day Camp, 4 picnic shelters and seasonal restrooms.

TOWER PARK

1000 N Franklin St

Basketball courts, Samardzija Field an all weather turf youth baseball field, pickleball court, picnic shelter, playground, greenspace and seasonal restrooms.

VALPAWRAISO DOG PARK

2902 N. Campbell St

A state-of-the-art off-leash dog park including shelters, agility equipment, 2 large and (1) small dog areas and seasonal restroom. Membership required.

VALPLAYSO PARK

1400 Glendale Blvd

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

WESTSIDE PARK

157 Westside Park Ave

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

WILL PARK

354 Morgan Blvd

New playground equipment, large open greenspace, backstop with play area suitable for ball games, full basketball court, picnic shelter and seasonal restrooms.

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CREEKSIDE TRAILS

CREEKSIDE GOLF TRAILHEAD

2355 Clifford Road, Valparaiso, IN 46385

TRAILYARD TRAILHEAD

2551 Clifford Road, Valparaiso, IN 46385

An addition to the parks system in November of 2019, Creekside Trails is a multi-use trail system that offers 12+ miles of soft surface corridors for mountain biking, hiking, and walking. The trails provide a full spectrum, recreation riding experience for riders of all ages, skills and abilities. With a variety of scenic route options including portions of the trail traveling along Salt Creek - we encourage you to come see the beauty for yourself and explore more at Creekside Trails.

join us on the trails

APRIL - OCTOBER

Tuesday Group Ride 5:30 pm Start

Wednesday Group Run 6:00 pm Start

Thursday Weekly Event Check Facebook Page for Updates

TRAILS FEST 2022

September 22nd - September 24th

See page 9 for details

hours & admission map of trails

Creekside Trails is open dawn to dusk seven days a week, weather permitting. The trails are best enjoyed April through November. Winter recreation is also encouraged for fat bikes, XC skiing and snowshoes during the months of December through March. Night riding is not authorized.

A donation box is onsite, but a contribution is not required to utilize the park.

trail updates

Our volunteer team is always working on the trails that continue to grow! We encourage visitors to download the Trailforks app for access to most up-to-date map of Creekside Trails.

To learn more about Creekside Trails and to stay up-to-date on volunteer days, trail conditions and more, please "like" our Facebook page! Join the Creekside Trails Fan Page Facebook group to meet new friends and organize group rides.

www.Facebook.com/MTBCreekside

www.Facebook.com/Groups/CreeksideTrailsFanPage

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2902 N Campbell Street

Valparaiso, IN 46385

VALPAWRAISO DOG PARK

Unleash the Fun at Valpo Parks off leash dog park!

The ValPAWraiso dog park spans over 2 acres while featuring two large dog areas and a separate small dog area. Amenities include a welcoming archway complete with paw print bricks, pavilions, concrete pathways, agility equipment, public seasonal restroom, drinking fountain for both humans and dogs, as well as a paw wash. Be sure to fetch your membership today!

membership fees

Membership is 12 months from date of purchase. Phone app access included with membership, physical key card is available upon request. Memberships will be suspended if vaccinations become out of date. Memberships will auto renew and an invoice will be sent to the email on file 10 days prior to expiration. Any member not abiding by park rules is subject to access being revoked without any refund.

MEMBERSHIP YEARLY RATE

Residents & Non-Residents $40

ADDITIONAL FEES

Extra Dog $15

Access Key Card Replacement $10

Each dog must have proof of up-to-date rabies, distemper, and bordetella (kennel cough) vaccines to gain access after registering to the dog park. Vaccination records can be uploaded online or emailed to ValPAWraiso@valpo.us.

Call Valpo Parks to register your furry friends!

Phone: (219) 462-5144 Fax: (219) 465-0098

Email: ValPAWraiso@valpo.us

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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 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 46), perfect for family get-togethers and company parties.

entrance fees park store

Entrance fees apply Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Season vehicle stickers must be adhered directly to your vehicle windshield and are not interchangeable.

RESIDENT STATUS DAILY RATE

Porter County Residents Weekdays $5 / Weekends $6

Non-Porter County Residents Weekdays $8 / Weekends $9

SEASON PASS RATES

Standard Passes $57 per vehicle / $5 per additional

Valparaiso City Resident $42 per vehicle / $5 per additional

Senior / Veterans* $15 per vehicle / $5 per additional

Replacement Pass $5 per vehicle

*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.

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 and park information. Open weather permitting.

BOAT RENTALS

Must have valid driver’s license to rent a boat. Rates subject to change.

Paddleboat / $6 per ½ hour Rowboats / $6 per hour

FISHING POLE RENTAL

Two Poles & nightcrawlers $15 per 2 hour

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DATES DAYS HOURS May 20 - May 21 Sa - Su 10 am - 6 pm May 27 - May 29 Sa - M 9 am - 6 pm May 30 - Aug 4 M - F 10 am - 7 pm Sa - Su 9 am - 7 pm Aug 5 - Sep 4 Sa - Su 9 am - 6 pm
@RogersLakewoodPark @ValpoParks Tag us in your #RogersLakewood adventures! 5320 N Campbell Street Valparaiso, IN 46385

ROGERS LAKEWOOD PARK

Join the “Friends of Fishing” club at Rogers Lakewood Park. The club has monthly meetings at the Clubhouse at Rogers Lakewood Park. Hosting a variety of annual events for 12 years, including the Ice Fishing Derby (pg 6), Take a Kid Fishing (pg 6), and Fall Classic Fishing Derby (pg 9), this club focuses on promoting and improving fishing in Northwest Indiana.

For information please email: FOFindiana@gmail.com.

www.Facebook.com/Groups/118704301491941

boat tours

An 18-foot Duffy electric boat will offer memorable lake cruises for social gatherings starting this summer! Up to six people can enjoy a relaxing boat ride around Loomis lake, minors must be accompanied by an adult. Groups are encouraged to bring snacks. No fishing is allowed on the boat. Register through the park office.

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.

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

disc golf

Players enjoy playing 24 holes of a championship caliber disc golf course 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 course is free to park guests, entrance fees to Rogers Lakewood apply. For updates on current happenings, course layouts, league schedule and the lost & found listing join our Duneland Disc Golf Club Facebook group:

www.Facebook.com/Groups/DunelandDiscGolf

Save the date for these upcoming disc golf tournaments! Both tournaments are bring your own partner.

TOURNAMENT DATES

Snowdown Showdown Feb 11

Shutdown the Shorts Apr 22

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DATES DAYS HOURS COST Sep 15 - Nov 5 F - Sa 5:30 pm - 7 pm $85/$97 7:10 pm - 8:40 pm 8:50 pm - 10:20 pm Su 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm 4:40 pm - 6:10 pm 6:20 pm - 7:50 pm
DATES DAYS HOURS COST Jun 3 - Aug 6 Sa/Su 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm $65/$77 4:30 pm - 5:45 pm 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
Want to learn to fish or hang out with others who love fishing? Come cast a line with us!

CENTRAL PARK PLAZA

A centerpiece for downtown Valparaiso, Central Park Plaza houses the Northwest Health Amphitheater, William E. Urschel Pavilion, Indiana Beverage Activity Center and The 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 most-loved downtowns.

When thinking about having your next big event, have it here with us at Central Park Plaza.

summer recreation winter recreation

Enjoy Valparaiso’s refrigerated ice rink all winter long ! Step into the Indiana Beverage Activity Center to pay your admission fee, rent skates, and step outside to skate away under the lights and music that fill the Urschel Pavilion ice rink. Ice skating season is from midNovember to the beginning of March.

PRIVATE ICE RINK RENTAL

Host your next party or fundraiser at Central Park Plaza Ice Rink. Available January 14 – March 3, 2024 on Sundays from 6:00 – 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.

SPLASH PAD

Located in the center of Central Park Plaza’s lawn is the ever-popular splash pad, which showers fun from May to September, weather permitting. The water feature is free to the public and open daily, unless there are special events scheduled at the Northwest Health Amphitheater. Adjusted splash pad hours can be found at www.CentralParkPlazaValpo.com

May - September

Daily | 10:00 am - 7:00 pm*

Free Admission

HOCKEY

Central Park Plaza offers both youth hockey 17) and adult hockey (pg 29) Urschel Pavilion.

LEARN TO SKATE

Classes meet twice a week for three weeks. Lesson fee includes ice skate rental and open skate for the day of the lesson. Space is limited. Make-up days for lessons will be held at the end of the session and only one make-up day is guaranteed.

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70 Lafayette Street, Valparaiso, IN 46383 Phone: (219) 548-4888
www.Facebook.com/CentralParkPlazaValpo Reference the Healthy Lifestyles page (pg 12), for detailed information on summer DOWNTOWN FITNESS in the park!

venue rentals

WILLIAM E. URSCHEL PAVILION

This 135’ x 85’ open air pavilion houses events when the weather turns bad and gives relief from the hot sun during the summer. Rent this facility for your next wedding reception or to house your food and beer gardens.

Regular Rate: $1,625

Non-Profit Rate: $890

The above rates are for an 8-hour rental period. Additional hours can be purchased for $150 per hour.

NORTHWEST HEALTH AMPHITHEATER

Our large stage can house large bands and acts. Power hookups are available through the floor of the stage and high-power hookups are inside the storage room, located right off the stage. The big, natural grass lawn makes for a great area for guests to enjoy the show. This area lends itself for lots of musical acts, art performances and church services.

Standard Rate: $1,260

Non-Profit Rate: $680

The above rates are for an 8-hour rental period. Additional hours can be purchased for $150 per hour.

LAFAYETTE STREET

Rent this area for expanded crowds, food and supply vendors alike. The street also has built in tent anchors for securing tents when renting tents through us.

Rental Fee: $260

There is no charge for Lafayette Street when renting both Urschel Pavilion and the Northwest Health Amphitheater.

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.

Rental Fee: $360 for 4 hours $75 per additional hour

The Conference Room is a great space for business meetings that can house up to 12 people. 10 chairs and a large table come with the room, along with access to a SmartTV/monitor with internet access.

Rental Fee: $125 for 2 hours

$75 per additional hour

valparaiso market

Visit the market weekly every Tuesday & Saturday beginning June 3rd! Shop for fresh local produce, handmade products, and beautiful plants and flowers. The fresh produce will liven up even your favorite recipes or grab lunch on the go from one of the wonderful food vendors.

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CENTRAL PARK PLAZA

SHELTERS & FIELD 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.

shelters sports fields

PREMIUM SHELTERS

Cost: $90/$102

Caterpillar (8) Jessee-Pifer (6)

Family Express Pavilion (14) Will Park (8)

Discovery Day Camp (12)

STANDARD SHELTERS

Cost: $80/$92

Forest Park Rotary (15) Kiwanis West (15)*

Hickory Grove (7)*

LEGACY SHELTERS

Cost: $70/$82

Forest Park Beta (8) Tower Park (6)

Kirchhoff North (8) Kirchhoff South (6)

Miller Woods #1 (15) Miller Woods Schroeder (6)

Kiwanis East (2)*

* Shelters at Rogers Lakewood Park. Between May 27 - September 4 an additional fee of $50 will be applied to cover all guest entry fees to the park.

• ( ) Number of picnic tables provided with shelter rental

• Shelter Pricing: Resident/Non-Resident

• Prices Subject to Change

FACILITY RENTAL ALA CARTE ITEMS

ADDITIONAL PICNIC TABLES

Cost: 1 for $15 at Rogers Lakewood

2 for $25 at Rogers Lakewood

4 for $55 at all other locations

Each shelter comes with a set number of picnic tables indicated in ( ). Tables seat 8-10 persons.

SPORTS FIELD RENTALS

Field rentals available May through mid October.

Softball, Baseball & Soccer Fields

2

Game $90 per field

1.5 Hr Practice* $65 per field

Add-On Lights $60 per hour

*Practice field no cost for Valpo Parks teams

SAMARDZIJA FIELD AT TOWER PARK

Artificial turf field rental available May through mid October. For baseball and softball players 12 and under.

Bases & scoreboard included 2 Hours $115

All Day (Bases & scoreboard included) 9 am – 9 pm $375

MULTI-GAME RESIDENT PACKAGES

(5) game package $430

(10) game package $690

Multi-game packages include bases and scoreboard.

HALF-BARREL GRILLS

Cost: $60 per grill (plus taxes)

A half-barrel grill is provided at the shelter when reserved. You provide charcoal and utensils. (limited availability)

BOUNCE HOUSE INFLATABLE SLIDE

Cost: $160 (plus taxes) $210 (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.

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HOURS RATE
TYPE
Daily
$115 per field
Hour
TYPE HOURS RATE Single Game Resident Packages No bases or scoreboard 2 Hours $90

OGDEN GARDENS GAZEBO

Location: In the middle of beautiful Ogden Gardens

Available: Approximately April 14 – Oct 15

TYPE CAPACITY RATE

Main Event 60 chairs* $215/$227 (2 hours)

Rehearsal No chairs $60/$72 (1 hour)

The Florence A. Dayton Gazebo provides the ideal setting for an outdoor wedding or the perfect backdrop for a special photo opportunity. *Rental fee includes 60 chairs. Additional chairs can be ordered up to 100 for an additional fee.

VENUE RENTALS

BUTTERFIELD FAMILY PAVILION

Location: Fairgrounds Park

Available: Approximately April 14 – Oct 15

TYPE HOURS CAPACITY RATE

Main Event 9 am - 12 am 250 $695/$725 daily*

Early Set Up 4 pm - 12 am $290 (Sun - Fri)

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 a 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.

WELTER ROOM

Location: Clubhouse at Forest Park Golf Course

Available: Year round

TYPE HOURS CAPACITY RATE

Main Event 8 am – 11 pm 80 $290 (5 hours)

Additional hours (after initial 5 hours) $30 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.

HOFFMAN ROOM

Location: Clubhouse at Creekside Golf Course

Available: Year round

TYPE HOURS CAPACITY RATE

Main Event 8 am – 11 pm 45 $185 (5 hours)

Additional hours (after initial 5 hours) $30 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.

TRI KAPPA GAZEBO

Location: Foundation Meadows Park

Available: Approximately April 14 – Oct 15

TYPE CAPACITY RATE

Main Event 60 chairs* $195/$207 (2 hours)

Rehearsal No chairs $60/$72 (1 hour)

The gazebo is surrounded by a spacious lawn, maturing tress, 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.

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