Valpo Parks Activity & Facility Guide 2024

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Activity & Facility Guide 2024

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IN THIS GUIDE

04 PARK INFORMATION 05 MESSAGE FROM THE BOARD 06 SPECIAL EVENTS 11 HEALTHY LIFESTYLE 12 YOUTH SPORTS 18 DISCOVERY COTTAGE 20 YOUTH ENRICHMENT 22 DISCOVERY DAY CAMP 24 FAMILY ENRICHMENT 26 ADULT SPORTS 30 SENIOR ENRICHMENT 32 VALPO PARKS GOLF 34 DAY TRIPS 36 PARKS & PATHWAYS 38 CREEKSIDE TRAILS 39 SKATEPARK 41 VALPAWRAISO DOG PARK 42 ROGERS LAKEWOOD PARK 44 CENTRAL PARK PLAZA 46 SHELTERS & RENTALS

CONNECT WITH US @ValpoParks

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

Phone: (219) 462-5144 Fax: (219) 465-0098 Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 5 pm

WAYS TO REGISTER IN PERSON during regular office hours Monday - Friday, 8:30 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.

Dedicated to enriching our community by designing meaningful spaces, creating impactful experiences, and promoting healthy lifestyles.

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MEET THE PROGRAMMING STAFF Dan Lukes

Adult Program Director dlukes@valpo.us

Katie Ridinger

Youth Enrichment Director kridinger@valpo.us

Madison Bell Youth Sports Director mbell@valpo.us

Cristina Darr Special Events Director cdarr@valpo.us

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PARK INFORMATION registration 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.

fees & refunds The Park Board has adopted a policy of the resident discount user fees at select facilities and designated 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. 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. REFUNDS Youth Sports, Adult Sports, Enrichment Activities, Summer Camp, and/or Discovery Cottage

participation & photos

• To be eligible for a refund, cancellations must be requested a minimum of seven (7) days before the published registration deadline.

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.

• Cancellations within seven (7) days of the published registration deadline will not be refunded.

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.

• Refunds will be distributed back to the participant through a check in the mail. This process takes 4 – 6 weeks. • Refunds for Summer Camp will be processed through the Camp Doc software. • A $15.00 service charge for processing all cancellations will apply unless the Valpo Parks and Recreation Department cancels a program due to low enrollment. Facility Reservations • All facility rentals are non-refundable. • If Valpo Parks must cancel a reservation due to unforeseen circumstances, a full refund will be issued. Special Events • Day Trips

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.

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

dogs in parks Be considerate of others enjoying the parks. Dogs are allowed in the parks, but they must be on a leash and owners are responsible for cleaning up after them. Please leash and scoop. Pet waste stations provided by Vale Park Animal Hospital. Be sure to become a member at the ValPAWraiso Dog Park for off-leash fun, more information on page 41.

• Registrations are non-refundable. • If registrant's spot can be filled, registrant will receive a household credit that can be used toward a future Day Trip that calendar year. • Royal Tea Party, Kids Closet Sale, Color Fun Run, 4th of July Blast, Valpo Night Ride, Valpo Bike Fest races, Popcorn Panic, Lit’l Kernel Puff, Jr. Kernel Run • To be eligible for a refund, cancellations must be requested a minimum of 21 days before the published registration deadline. • Cancellations within 21 days of the published registration deadline will not be refunded. • If eligible, registrations done through RunSignUp will be refunded through the RunSignUp software • Other refunds will be distributed back to the participant through a check in the mail. This process takes 4 – 6 weeks. • A $15.00 service charge for processing all cancellations will apply unless the Valpo Parks and Recreation Department cancels a program due to low enrollment. Community Garden Plots, Passes to Rogers Lakewood, ValPAWraiso Dog Park, Central Park Plaza Ice Rink, Golf, or other season passes are non-refundable. *Special consideration may be given by the Valpo Parks Director in the case of documented life altering situations and medical emergencies.

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MESSAGE FROM THE BOARD Kay Magnetti

The one constant in life is change. As you may have noticed, there are lots of changes happening in Valparaiso. For some, change elicits feelings of uncertainty and trepidation. Often, however, after the change has taken place, we sometimes see things through a whole new lens! Among the most notable changes around the Parks Department was the retirement of John Seibert, our fearless leader, park advocate and true citizen of Valparaiso! Under John’s leadership, our Parks, along with city leadership, have been recognized numerous times for both quality and innovation. John built his career on relationships, caring and communication. Luckily for Valparaiso, John has passed the torch to the warm, talented, and intelligent Kevin Nuppnau. It is without question that Kevin will lead us into a future of continued progress and success. Kevin is a Valparaiso native and a graduate not only of VHS in 2006, but also of Valparaiso University in 2011. He received his master’s degree in Sports Administration from Northwestern University in 2014 and worked in Chicago Jon Costas, Mayor for several sports marketing firms and for Northwestern University as the Business Bill Oeding, City Administrator Operations Director. Ultimately, Kevin returned home approximately five years ago Holly Taylor, Clerk Treasurer and has been part of the Parks Department ever since! We look forward to Kevin's Kevin Nuppnau, Parks Director leadership in 2024!

CITY LEADERSHIP

CITY COUNCIL Barbara Domer Diana Reed Ellen Kapitan Emilie Hunt Jack Pupillo Peter Anderson Robert Cotton

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Kay Magnetti Don Clark Kevin Cornett Mark Hardwick Martin Sonnenberg Tim Warner

One thing that never ceases to amaze me is the Parks Department’s ability to adapt and evolve in the face of change. Valpo for All Generations, unveiled in the Fall of 2022, is the comprehensive plan to update and enhance our parks. Flounder & Friends Skatepark is the first initiative completed. Like many of our city’s projects, the skatepark came to fruition because of countless volunteers and donors, both private and public. The fundraising committee has exceeded $1,000,000 in private funds! Our skatepark is on track to be one of the best in the nation! Interested in volunteering or donating? Get on board! Last year, the city purchased a 248-acre parcel of land for the Sports and Recreation Campus, pegged at $30 million. The bids came back considerably higher and the project has been put on pause. Again, the Valparaiso Parks Department has planned a pivot. The focus will turn to improvements in our Legacy Parks, the heart of town. Stay tuned!

Change is good and there are always good things happening at the parks department! Looking to be part of the action? Contact any of us at the Valpo Parks Department.

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APR

SPECIAL EVENTS

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Ages: All Ages Welcome Location: Butterfield Family Pavilion

JAN

27 ICE FISHING DERBY DATE DAY TIME

REGISTRATION FEE

Jan 27

$20 (16 & under free)

5 am – 1 pm

Don’t let the cold keep you away from the 13th Annual Ice Fishing Derby! Food, door prizes and raffles are all part of the winter fun. Fish must be measured by 12 pm. Prizes will be awarded at 1 pm to the longest measured fish in each category. For information please contact us at FOFIndiana@gmail.com. *Event will only take place if there is safe ice. All Indiana state fishing regulations apply. MAR

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ROYAL TEA PARTY

NEW

Ages: All Ages Welcome (All children must be accompanied by an adult) Location: Welter Room at Forest Park

DATE

DAY

TIME

Mar 10

Su

12 pm – 3 pm

ADMISSION FEE $35 per person Adults & children must purchase a ticket.

Your little ones will delight at the chance to meet their favorite princesses at Valpo Parks' newest event: the Royal Tea Party! Children are encouraged to wear their best royal attire alongside their favorite fairytale characters! Included in the ticket price is lunch & dessert, singalong, meet and greet, and a photo opportunity with the princesses. APR

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SOLAR ECLIPSE VIEWING PARTY NEW

Ages: All Ages Welcome Location: Central Park Plaza

DATE

DAY

TIME

Apr 8

M

12 pm - 3:30 pm Free

ADMISSION FEE Eclipse Viewing Glasses $3.00 each

Join Valpo Parks downtown for the chance to safely view the 2024 Solar Eclipse! Watch day turn to night as Valparaiso experiences about 95% coverage of the sun during this exciting natural phenomenon. Purchase lunch from one of the food trucks, learn about the Eclipse, and then see it for yourself! *Limited supply of ISO Certified Eclipse glasses will be available for purchase for $3 each and MUST be worn to avoid eye damage.

Join Us On Our Day Trips

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 34.

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DATE

DAY

TIME

Apr 13

Sa

8 am – 12 pm

Ages: All Ages Welcome Location: Rogers Lakewood Park, Loomis Lake Sa

SPRING KIDS CLOSET SALE

Register Online at ValpoParks.org

ADMISSION FEE $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

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ACTIVE KIDS DAY

Ages: All Ages Welcome Location: Central Park Plaza

DATE

DAY

TIME

ADMISSION FEE

Apr 21

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. MAY

17

COLOR FUN RUN

Ages: All Ages Welcome Register Online: RunSignUp.com Location: ValPlayso & TJ Fields

DATE

DAY

TIME

May 17 F 6 pm

REGISTRATION FEE $25 adults $15 students

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

The Color Fun Run was designed with families in mind. Run or walk this colorful 1.5-mile course with a range of obstacle stations to keep your kids engaged and having FUN! This event is inclusive, welcoming participants of all ages, skills and abilities.


MAY

24

SPECIAL EVENTS

MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY

Ages: All Ages Welcome Location: Service Memorial at Foundation Meadows Park

DATE

May 24

DAY

TIME

ADMISSION FEE

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. JUN

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TAKE A KID FISHING

Ages: 16 and under (Kids 14 & under with an adult) Location: Rogers Lakewood Park

DATE

DAY

TIME

REGISTRATION FEE

Jun 1

Sa

8 am – 12 pm

Free

Join Friends of Fishing & Valpo Parks for a day full of fishin', fellowship, food and fun. Prizes will be awarded to kids with the biggest fish in each category. Registration takes place the day of event at the parking area up on the hill. 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. * Free Fishing Weekend by the Indiana DNR, no fishing license is required at this event. Loaner rods are available if needed, as well as bait.

JUN

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TOUCH A TRUCK

Ages: All Ages Welcome Location: Central Park Plaza

DATE

DAY

TIME

ADMISSION FEE

Jun 9

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 and enjoy the DJ, food trucks, and more! JUN

JUN

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16 FATHER'S DAY GOLF TOURNAMENT

PARTY IN THE PARK

Ages: All Ages Welcome Location: TBD

Purchase Tickets Online: RunSignUp.com

Ages: All Ages Welcome Location: Forest Park Golf Course

DATE

DAY

TIME

ADMISSION FEE

DATE

DAY

TIME

REGISTRATION FEE

Jun 16

Su

6 am - 12 pm

$25/team

Jun 7

F

TBD

TBD

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.

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!

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SPECIAL EVENTS

VALPO BIKE FEST

NEW

Location: Creekside Trails & Trailyard Join Valpo Parks for a fun-filled weekend of all things bicycling at Creekside Trails! The Valpo Bike Fest is focused on bringing enthusiasts, competitors, casual participants, and spectators together to share in the mental, physical, and social benefits of bicycling.

JUN

29 4TH OF JULY BLAST 5K/2K Ages: All Ages Welcome Register Online: RunSignUp.com Location: Downtown Valparaiso

DATE

DAY

Jun 29 Sa

TIME

REGISTRATION FEE

7:30 am

$33 by 6/16 $38 after 6/16 $25 by 6/16 $30 after 6/16

5K

9:10 am 2K Fun Run/Walk

Start your holiday week off with a bang and join Valpo Parks for the 4th of July Blast 5K & 2K Fun Run/Walk. You can choose betwen the timed 5k race, or the 2K untimed run/walk. Strollers welcome, please no pets. JUL

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4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION

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

DATE

DAY

TIME

ADMISSION FEE

Jul 4

Th

5 pm

Free

Join the City of Valparaiso for one of the best entertainment and fireworks shows in the area. Event kicks off at 5:00 pm with live music and food trucks. Patriotic events and Main Stage Band begin at 6:30, with the amazing fireworks show at 9:15 pm. *Time is estimated.

AUG

16 FAMILY FUN NIGHT EVENT

DAY

Family Fun Night F Family Twilight Trail Ride F

TIME

FEE

4 - 8 pm 7 pm

$15

Bring the family out to kick off Bike Fest weekend! Activities will include a bonfire with s'mores, bounce house, face painter, and craft. Families can enjoy a guided evening ride through Creekside Golf Course and Trails. *Helmets required, headlights encouraged. Live music provided by Trailyard.

Registration required for all events www.runsignup.com

JUL

18 CREEKSIDE CLASSIC

volunteer with us!

Ages: All Ages Welcome Location: Creekside Golf Course

DATE

DAY

TIME

REGISTRATION FEE

Jul 18

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.

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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.


SPECIAL EVENTS

AUG

17 RIDE & RACE DAY EVENT

DAY

TIME

FEE

15 Mile MTB E-Bike Race

Sa

11:00 am

$33

12 or 18 Mile MTB Race

Sa

1:30 pm

$33

6 Mile MTB Race

Sa

4:00 pm

$33

(Class 1 Only)

(Elite, Sport, Base) (Junior & Intro)

SEP

A jam-packed day of racing and riding for all interest and ability levels. Bikers can choose the competitive race that's right for them during the day, and stick around for the Valpo Night Ride at night! DJ and live music all day. AUG

17 NIGHT RIDE EVENT

DAY

10 Mile Valpo Night Ride Sa (Ages 13+)

TIME

FEE

9:00 pm

$33 by 8/4/24 $38 after 8/4/24

Grab your bicycle and join us at the Valpo Bike Fest for the 2024 Valpo Night Ride! This is the same relaxing ride you know and love, now starting at a new location! This scenic 10 mile ride is led by the Valpo PD, and winds its way through the city streets by starlight before returning back to Creekside Golf Course. Helmets and headlights are required for all riders.

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JR. KERNEL RUN

Ages: 8 – 12 Location: Fairgrounds Park

DATE

DAY

TIME

REGISTRATION FEE

Sep 6

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. SEP

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POPCORN PANIC

Ages: All Ages Welcome Location: Downtown Valparaiso

DATE

Sep 7

DAY Sa

TIME

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

REGISTRATION FEE $33 by 8/11 $38 after 8/11

Join us for the 46th running of the Popcorn Panic! A community tradition for over 4 decades, this event has over 1,200 participants annually. Runners can choose from the timed 5K race or timed 5 Mile race, and may compete as individuals and also form teams. *Please note- strollers are allowed but please no pets.

SEP

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LIT'L KERNEL PUFF RUN

Ages: 2 – 9 Location: Downtown Valparaiso

DATE

DAY

Sep 7 Sa

TIME

REGISTRATION FEE

8:30 am

$15 by 8/11 $22 after 8/11

Kids can join the Popcorn Festival fun with this unique, kid-friendly run in Downtown Valparaiso. Kids run 100–300 yards depending on age group, and receive a t-shirt and participation ribbon. *Please note that parents may NOT run with their children. The VU Women's Basketball team will run with children, and parents pick up at the finish line. Register early as space is limited. Fee increases to $22 after 8/11 until event is full.

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SPECIAL EVENTS SEP

21 FALL CLASSIC FISHING DERBY Ages: All Ages Welcome Location: Rogers Lakewood Park, Loomis Lake

DATE

DAY

TIME

REGISTRATION FEE

Sep 21

Sa

7 am - 12 pm

$25 (16 & under free)

Kick off the fall season with Friends of Fishing & Valpo Parks! Enjoy a day full of fishing with friends with prizes in multiple categories. Event includes prizes for kids, food, raffle and fun for all! For information please contact us at FOFIndiana@gmail.com. * All Indiana state fishing regulations apply. OCT

3

FRIENDS & LEGENDS

Ages: All Ages Welcome Location: TBD

DATE Oct 3

DAY Th

TIME 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

ADMISSION FEE 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. OCT

5

FALL KIDS CLOSET SALE

Ages: All Ages Welcome Location: Butterfield Family Pavilion

DATE

DAY

TIME

ADMISSION FEE

Oct 5

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.

NOV

8

VETERANS DAY OBSERVANCE

Ages: All Ages Welcome Location: Service Memorial at Foundation Meadows

DATE

DAY

TIME

ADMISSION FEE

Nov 8

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. NOV

16 FIRST SKATE FUNDRAISER Ages: All Ages Welcome Location: Central Park Plaza

DATE

DAY

TIME

ADMISSION FEE

Nov 16

Sa

TBD

TBD

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

30 WINTER FEST & TREE LIGHTING Ages: All Ages Welcome Location: Central Park Plaza

DATE Nov 30

DAY Sa

TIME 5 – 7 pm

ADMISSION FEE Free

Enjoy caroling, figure skating performances, photos with Santa and the lighting of the Central Park Plaza Christmas tree. From 7-10 pm, 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. DEC

8

SANTA & SIRENS TOY DRIVE

Ages: All Ages Welcome Location: Foundation Meadows Park

DATE Dec 8

DAY Su

TIME 4 – 6 pm

ADMISSION FEE Free

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!

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HEALTHY LIFESTYLE ask the nurse Ages: All Ages Welcome www.Facebook.com/ValpoPathways

group bike rides 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

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

Ages: All Ages Welcome

DATE

Bike Tune-Up Apr 15 Tour de Parks May 13 Ice Cream Ride Jun 10 Red, White & Blue July 15 Pathways & Pizza Sep 16 Autumn Colors Oct 14

COMHS.org

DATE

DAY

TIME

LOCATION

Understanding the Risk of Brittle Bones

Feb 15

Th

12:45 pm

Banta Center

Discover ways to maintain strong bones as you age. Join us for insights into exercises, foods, and vitamins that can help prevent or improve osteoporosis and osteopenia. Free bone density screening available for registered participants.

DAY TIME

LOCATION

M

5:30 pm

Banta Activity Center

M

5:30 pm ValPlayso Park

Women's Wellness: Prevention & Early Detection by Age

M

5:30 pm Tower Park

M

5:30 pm

Foundation Meadows

M

5:30 pm

Central Park Plaza

M

5:30 pm

Bicentennial Park

community garden DATES

FEE

May – October

$60 per 10 x10 plot

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!

DATE

DAY

TIME

Jun 3 – Jul 26

M/F W

12:00 pm - 12:45 pm 5:30 pm - 6:15 pm

5:30 pm

Banta Center

'Eating Healthy' through the Ages Jun 6 Th 12:45 pm Banta Center As you age, your idea of a healthy diet evolves, necessitating adjustments in portion sizes, fiber, protein, and sodium intake. Discover how adopting a Mediterranean eating style can aid in preventing cardiovascular disease and promote overall health. Recipes included.

Begins Mar 1

downtown fitness

Tu

Join our healthcare provider for an all-ages women's health talk, coinciding with Valpo Parks Youth Programming. Discussion covers screenings, preventative practices, and tips for a healthier life. Enjoy light refreshments during the discussion.

REGISTER

Grow your own veggies, herbs, or flowers with a Community Garden plot! The garden, located next to the Parks Office at 3210 N Campbell St. at Foundation Meadows Park, contains 42 standard plots and one ADA accessible plot. Space is limited, and registration must be done IN-PERSON at the Valpo Parks Office.

Mar 12

Strategies for a Healthy Household

Aug 20

Tu

5:30 pm

Banta Center

A family-friendly talk on health and safety at Banta Center, coinciding with Valpo Parks Youth Programming. Topics include medication safety, health apps, emergency preparedness, and vaping awareness. Light refreshments provided.

Register online for free: www.ValpoParks.org

wellness walks Ages: All Ages Welcome Location: Rogers Lakewood Park

COMHS.org

Walkers of all ages and abilities are invited to walk and talk with a Community Healthcare System provider. This easy walk will explore trails of Rogers Lakewood Park with the ability to connect and ask health questions while enjoying nature.

DATE

DAY

TIME

LOCATION

May 7 Sep 19

Tu Th

10 am 10 am

Kiwanis West Shelter Kiwanis West Shelter

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

Call (219) 462-5144

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YOUTH SPORTS

soccer

MIGHTY MITES SOCCER CAMPS Ages: 3 years old by April 1st, 2024; 3 by August 1st, 2024 Location: Westside Park Includes: Shirt and Medal

WINTER SKILLS SOCCER CAMP Ages: 7 - 12 years old by April 1st, 2024 Location: Valparaiso Community Schools

DATES

DAY

TIME

Feb 8 - 29 (Ages 7 - 9)

Th

5 pm - 6 pm $45/$54 6 pm - 7 pm

Mar 5 - 14 T/Th 5 pm - 6 pm 6 pm - 7 pm (Ages 10 - 12)

FEE

$45/$54

REGISTER By Jan 24 By Feb 28

This camp introduces more detailed techniques to help prepare for the upcoming soccer season. Taught by high school soccer athletes, your athlete will get instruction on individual skills and build upon existing soccer knowledge to increase their player potential.

Ages: 4-12 years old by April 1st, 2024 (Spring) 4-12 years old by August 1st, 2024 (Fall) Location: Westside Park Includes: Jersey, Socks, and *Medal

DAY

TIME

FEE

REGISTER

Apr 13 - May 18 Sa Mornings $80/$96 (Ages 4 - 9) Apr 12 - May 17 F Evenings $80/$96 (Ages 10 - 12)

By Mar 13

Aug 10 - Sep 28 Sa Mornings $80/$96 (Ages 4 - 9) Aug 9 - Sep 27 F Evenings $80/$96 (Ages 10 - 12)

By Jul 10

By Mar 13

By Jul 10

This league encourages skill development over the course of the season pertaining to dribbling, shooting, scoring and teamwork on and off the field. Practices start approximately 2 weeks prior to the first game. *Medals will be given for 5U - 7U and tournament winners of 9U-12U.

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DAY

TIME

FEE

REGISTER

Jun 3 - Jun 19

M/W

4 pm - 4:45 pm 5 pm - 5:45 pm

$70/$84 $70/$84

By May 15 By May 15

4 pm - 4:45 pm 5 pm - 5:45 pm

$50/$60 $50/$60

By Jul 17 By Jul 17

Aug 8 - Aug 29 Th

Mighty Mites Soccer Camp is an introductory program for 3 year olds to work on soccer skill development before joining our coed leagues. This is a great opportunity to engage your athlete in an outdoor sport while advancing their motor skills.

LITTLE KICKERS SOCCER CAMP

NEW

Ages: 4 - 6 years old by April 1st, 2024 Location: Westside Park

SPRING & FALL COED SOCCER LEAGUE

DATES

DATES

Register Online at ValpoParks.org

DATES

DAY

TIME

FEE

REGISTER

Jun 6 - Jun 27

Th

4 pm - 4:45 pm 5 pm - 5:45 pm

$50/$60 $50/$60

By May 15 By May 15

Little Kickers Soccer Camp is a great way to keep your athlete engaged in soccer in between seasons! This camp encourages kids to develop skills pertaining to dribbling, shooting, scoring and teamwork with other peers their age.

Don't miss an update! Bad weather updates can be found on our Valpo Parks Youth Sports Facebook Page and at the top of our Valpo Parks website. You can also sign up for text updates at ValpoParks.org/list.aspx


YOUTH SPORTS 6U FALL SOFTBALL CAMP

NEW

Ages: 4 - 6 years old by June 30, 2024 Location: Samardzija Field, Tower Park

DATES

DAY

Aug 20 - Sept 5 T/Th

TIME

FEE

5pm - 5:45pm

$50/$60

REGISTER By Jul 31

Valpo Parks 6U Fall Softball Camp is a great opportunity to get your daughter interested in softball for next spring or continue their skill building from this past spring! The session will culminate in games played during the last week to put all of their skills together.

disc golf

SOFTBALL PITCHING/CATCHING CAMP

YOUTH DISC GOLF CAMP

NEW

Ages: 3rd - 8th Grade Location: Rogers Lakewood Park - Discovery Shelter Includes: Starter Disc Kit - Putter, Mid/Range, Driver

DATES

DAY

TIME

Apr 15 - May 1

M/W

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm $50/$60

FEE

REGISTER By Mar 27

Sept 9 - 25

M/W

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm $50/$60

By Aug 21

Join Valpo Parks in introducing one of the fastest growing sports in the US! Taught by the Duneland Disc Golf Club, our camps are centered around learning the game from technique and fundamentals, all the way up to playing a round and putting all of your skills together. These 3 week, 6 session camps will teach you how to putt, throw, keep score, and much more.

Ages: 7 - 16 years old by December 31, 2023 Location: Bicentennial Park

DATES

DAY

TIME

FEE

Jul 22 - 25

M - Th

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm $55/$66 (8U-10U) 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm (12U-16U)

REGISTER By Jul 3

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.

softball SPRING & FALL SOFTBALL LEAGUES Ages: 5 - 16 years old by December 31, 2023 Location: Home Games at Bicentennial Park Includes: Jersey and Socks

DATES

DAY

TIME

FEE

REGISTER

Apr - Jun (6U) (8U) (10U - 16U)

M-Sa M-Sa M-Sa

Varies Varies Varies

$90/$108 $120/$132 $132/$144

By Mar 13 By Mar 13 By Mar 13

Aug - Oct (8U - 16U)

TBD

Varies

$80/$96

By Jul 3

Designed to give the opportunity to girls ages 5-16 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.

Coach or friend requests not guaranteed for team sports.

Call (219) 462-5144

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YOUTH SPORTS baseball SENIOR BABE RUTH BASEBALL LEAGUE (18U) Ages: 16-18 years old by April 30, 2024 Location: Home games at Rotary Field / Kiwanis Field Includes: Jersey, Hat, and Socks

DATES

DAY

TIME

FEE

REGISTER

Mid Apr - Jul

M-Sa

Varies

$180/$216

By Mar 27

This league provides upper high school aged athletes the opportunity to compete against Lake and Porter County rec and mid-rec teams in roughly 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, 2024 Location: Samardzija Field, Tower Park / Northgate Park (Dyer, IN) Includes: Jersey and Hat

DATES

DAY

TIME

Apr - Jun Aug - Oct

Su Su

11 am - 12 pm $45/$54 11 am - 12 pm $45/$54

Both Seasons

FEE

$70/$84

REGISTER By Apr 10 By Jul 31 By Apr 10

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.

BASEBALL PITCHING/CATCHING CAMP Ages: 7-10 years old by April 30, 2024 Location: Samardzija Field, Tower Park

DATES

DAY

TIME

FEE

REGISTER

Jul 8 - Jul 29

M

5 pm - 6 pm

$50/$60

By Jun 19

Valpo Parks Baseball Pitching and Catching Camp is designed for athletes starting their baseball journey to work on fundamentals related specifically to pitching and catching to develop their skills before the fall season begins.

BIFF GEISS INSTRUCTIONAL CAMP Ages: 7-10 years old by April 30, 2024 Location: Samardzija Field, Tower Park Includes: Hat

DATES

DAY

Jul 9 - Aug 1 T/Th

TIME

FEE

5 pm - 6 pm (8U) $75/$90 6 pm - 7 pm (10U)

REGISTER By Jun 26

Biff Geiss Instructional Baseball League is the perfect way to build on your fundamentals between seasons through skill development and instructional game play! Athletes will develop and strengthen their individual skills in fielding, batting, throwing, and much more! *Add on our Monday night Pitching/Catching Camp for $10 off the added camp.

6 YEAR OLD INTERMEDIATE BASEBALL Ages: 6 years old by April 30, 2024 Location: Samardzija Field, Tower Park Includes: Shirt, Hat, and Medal

DATES

DAY

TIME

FEE

REGISTER

Jun 3 - Jul 27

M-Sa

Varies

$75/$90

By May 8

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.

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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Register Online at ValpoParks.org

Coach or friend requests not guaranteed for team sports.


t-ball

YOUTH SPORTS

BATTER UP! T-BALL CAMP Ages: 4 - 5 years old by April 30, 2024 Location: ValPlayso Park Includes: Shirt

DATES

DAY

TIME

Apr 29 - May 2

M - Th

5 pm - 5:45 pm $45/$54 6 pm - 6:45 pm $45/$54

FEE

REGISTER By Apr 10 By Apr 10

Not sure about t-ball? Come out to our 4 day 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 or fall t-ball seasons.

LITTLE SLUGGERS T-BALL Ages: 3 years old by April 30, 2024; by August 1, 2024 Location: ValPlayso Park Includes: Shirt, Hat, and Medal

DATES

DAY

TIME

FEE

REGISTER

Jun 4 - Jun 20

T/Th

4 pm - 4:45 pm $70/$84 5 pm - 5:45 pm $70/$84

By May 15 By May 15

Aug 7 - Aug 28

W

4 pm - 4:45 pm $50/$60 5 pm - 5:45 pm $50/$60

By Jul 17 By Jul 17

Give your youngest athlete the opportunity to get in on all the fun. Your child will begin their journey of batting, catching, throwing and be ready for next year's summer t-ball league!

pickleball PICKLEBALL CAMP Ages: 11 - 14 years old Location: Kirchhoff Pickleball Courts

DATES

DAY

TIME

May 6 - 22

M/W

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm $60/$72

DATES

DAY

TIME

FEE

Jun 3 - Jul 27

M-Sa

Varies

$75/$90

By May 8

Valpo Parks Summer Coed T-ball is a great way to get your athlete interested in baseball through instructional techniques and drills. This league plays using traditional t-ball rules and developmental approaches.

By Apr 24

tennis GROUP TENNIS LESSONS Ages: 4 - 14 years old by June 1, 2024 Location: Valparaiso High School Tennis Facility Includes: Shirt

DATES

DAY

Jun 10 - Jul 25 M - Th Munchkins 4 - 6

TIME

FEE

REGISTER

8:45 am - 9:30 am

$90/$102

By May 29

Juniors 7-10

9:30 am - 10:30 am $110/$132 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Aces 11-16

11:30 am - 12:30 pm $110/$132

REGISTER

REGISTER

Youth Pickleball Camp is a beginner level class that will emphasize the basics of this growing sport and support general skill development. Paddles can be borrowed during the session. Round robin tournament will be on the last day of class.

SUMMER COED T-BALL Ages: 4 - 5 years old by April 30, 2024 Location: ValPlayso Park Includes: Shirt, Hat, and Medal

FEE

Valpo Parks Group Tennis Lessons offer our participants the opportunity to develop their skills or perfect their techniques individually and as a group. Modified techniques are used to adhere to all levels of players.

6U FALL T-BALL CAMP Ages: 4 - 6 years old by June 30, 2024 Location: Samardzija Field, Tower Park

DATES

DAY

Aug 20 - Sep 5 T/Th

TIME

FEE

REGISTER

5:45pm - 6:30pm

$50/$60

By Jul 31

Valpo Parks 6U Fall Baseball Camp is a great opportunity to get your son interested in baseball for next spring or continue their skill building from this past spring! The session will culminate in games played during the last week to put all of their skills together.

Coach or friend requests not guaranteed for team sports.

Call (219) 462-5144

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mountain bike

YOUTH SPORTS

MOUNTAIN BIKE CAMP 101

NEW

Ages: 8 - 13 years old Location: Creekside Trails

DATES

DAY

TIME

FEE

REGISTER

August 5 - 7

M/T/W

9 am - 12 pm

$55/$66

By Jul 24

For young riders with an interest in Mountain biking and have done less than 10 trail rides. Campers will learn new skills, develop more confidence, make new friendships, and take their riding to the next level. Riders have the opportunity to focus on specific skills with an emphasis on safety and rider etiquette. The camps are full of cycling activities that keep things fun and challenging. Campers will also get to participate in traditional camp activities like crafts, games, and nature education.

MOUNTAIN BIKE CAMP 202

NEW

Ages: 11-17 years old Location: Creekside Trails

skateboarding BEGINNER SKATEBOARDING LESSONS

NEW

Ages: 8 - 13 years old Location: Flounder & Friends Skatepark, Fairgrounds Park

DATES

DAY

April 29 - May 22 M/W

TIME

FEE

REGISTER

4:30 pm - 5:15 pm 5:30 pm - 6:15 pm

$60/$72

By Apr 17

This class is for beginners with little to no experience skateboarding. Our goal is to help students feel comfortable skating and learn basic skills. Master the basics: body and foot positioning, pushing, and turning.

INTERMEDIATE SKATEBOARDING LESSONS

NEW

Ages: 11 - 17 years old Location: Flounder & Friends Skatepark, Fairgrounds Park

DATES

DAY

April 30 - May 23 T/Th

TIME

FEE

REGISTER

4:30 pm - 5:15 pm 5:30 pm - 6:15 pm

$60/$72 By Apr 17

This class is for intermediate skaters with some experience. Students will master the basics: body and foot positioning, pushing, turning, tic tacking, pumping on transitions, frontside and backside kick turns, carving transitions, dropping in on banks and transitions, introduction to the ollie, switch, fakie and some basic ramp and ground tricks.

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Register Online at ValpoParks.org

DATES

DAY

TIME

FEE

REGISTER

August 5 - 7

M/T/W

9 am - 12 pm

$55/$66

By Jul 24

More advanced riders with some experience in Mountain biking (has done more than 10 trail rides and comfortable on green level trails). Campers will learn new skills, develop more confidence, make new friendships, and take their riding to the next level. Riders continue transitioning from basics of riding and maintaining their mountain bike to an intermediate level. The camps are full of cycling activities from skill drills, practice trials, short courses and trail rides that keep things fun and challenging. Campers will also get to participate in traditional camp activities like crafts, games and nature education.


volleyball SAND VOLLEYBALL CAMP

YOUTH SPORTS

NEW

Ages: Going into 5th - 8th grade Location: Berkley Park Includes: Volleyball

DATES

DAY

TIME

Jun 3 - Jun 7 Jul 15 - Jul 19

M-F

5 pm - 6 pm (5th - 6th) $55/$65 6 pm - 7 pm (7th-8th) 5 pm - 6 pm (5th - 6th) $55/$65 6 pm - 7 pm (7th-8th)

M-F

FEE

REGISTER By May 22 By Jul 10

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 TRY-OUT PREP

NEW

Ages: Going into 7th - 9th Grade Location: Valparaiso Community Schools

DATES

DAY

TIME

Jul 29 - Jul 31

M-W 5:00pm - 6:30pm

FEE

REGISTER

$25/$30

By Jul 24

Is your daughter getting ready for their first middle school/high school volleyball try-out? Come get ready with us! Taught by former varsity volleyball athletes, your athlete will gain valuable skills and techniques to put their best foot forward during try-outs at all levels.

VOLLEYBALL LEAGUE Ages: 4th - 8th Grade Location: Valparaiso Community Schools Includes: Jersey

DATES

DAY

TIME

Sep - Oct/Nov

M/W M/W T/W T/W

6 pm - 7 pm (4th) $95/$114 By Aug 21 5 pm - 6 pm (5th - 6th) 5 pm - 6 pm (5th - 6th) 6 pm - 7:30 pm (7th - 8th)

FEE

REGISTER

lacrosse LACROSSE CAMP Ages: 5 - 13 years old Location: Westside Park Includes: Jersey

DATES

DAY

TIME

FEE

REGISTER

June 15 - July 27

Sa

9 am - 10 am

$75/$90

By May 22

Valpo Parks offers a lacrosse clinic 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!

track & field TRACK & FIELD

Valpo Parks Youth Volleyball League is a great way for your athlete to develop individual and team skills while experiencing game situations and drills. Specific schedules per age group will be released closer to the season start date. *Wednesday practices will be every other week.

Ages: 5-12 years old by June 1, 2024 Location: Ben Franklin Middle School Includes: Shirt

DATES

DAY

TIME

FEE

REGISTER

Jun 12 - Jul 26

W/F

Varies

$75/$90

By May 29

Valpo Parks Youth Track and Field 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.

hockey Sign-ups for the Valpo Parks Youth Hockey 2024 - 2025 will begin in October 2024! Check out our website for more information about potential schedules and time frames.

Coach or friend requests not guaranteed for team sports.

Call (219) 462-5144

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DISCOVERY COTTAGE

(219) 242- 5389 1158 W. Harrison Blvd. Valparaiso, IN 46385

@DiscoveryCottage

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. We can’t wait to have your child join us on the road to early childhood success!

busy bees

little sprouts

Ages: 2 years old by start of class Child attends independently | Must register by 23rd monthly

Ages: 3 – 4 years old by start of class Child attends independently | Must register by 23rd monthly

DATES

DAY

TIME

FEE

DATES

DAY

TIME

FEE

Jan 8 - May 16 Sep 4 - Dec 19

M/W M/W M/W M/W

9:15 am - 10 am 10:30 am -11:15 am 9:15 am - 10 am 10:30 am -11:15 am

$60/$72 $60/$72 $75/$90 $75/$90

Jan 8 - May 16 Sep 3 - Dec 19

M/W or T/Th M/W or T/Th

9 am – 11 am 9 am – 11 am

$105*/$117 $120*/$144

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.

caterpillars

NEW

Ages: 2.5 - 3.5 years old by start of class Child attends independently | Must register by 23rd monthly

DATES

DAY

TIME

FEE

Jan 8 - May 16 Sep 3 - Dec 19

T/Th T/Th T/Th T/Th

9:15 am - 10:30 am 11:00 am -12:15 pm 9:15 am - 10:50 am 11:00 am -12:15 pm

$70/$84 $70/$84 $85/$102 $85/$102

This new program is designed to help with the transition from Busy Bees to Little Sprouts. This program will continue to help your child grow and develop in all areas, including language and cognitive skills.

In a fun environment, children will learn good manners, following directions, sharing, and taking turns. They'll also be introduced to shapes, colors, numbers, and literature through monthly themed activities.

kinder ready Ages: 4 -5 years old (Must turn 5 by Aug 1, 2025) Child attends independently and must be potty trained Must register by August 23rd for entire school year

DATES

DAY

TIME

YEAR FEE

Sep 3 - May 5, 2025

M - Th

8:30 am - 11:30 am $1440/$1728 12 pm - 3 pm (can bill monthly)

Our year-long curriculum, designed to prepare your child for kindergarten, includes assessments and parent-teacher conferences to monitor their growth and development.

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

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Register Online at ValpoParks.org

*Reduced fee for shorter months


friday classes

DISCOVERY COTTAGE

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

Child attends independently

Friday morning enrichment classes from 9 am - 10 am at Discovery Cottage will broaden your child's horizons and engage your little one in learning and great fun! CLASS

DATES

FEE

REGISTER

Storybooks Come Alive*

Feb 2 - 23

$50/$60

By Jan 23

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 2/16. *Time increased 15 minutes for short month

Mini Masterpieces

Mar 1 - 22

$50/$60

By Feb 23

Our exciting weekly preschool painting class is designed to nurture your child's creativity and imagination through the world of art!

Garden Gnomes

Apr 5 - 26

$50/$60

By Mar 23

Children will be immersed in the beauty of the great outdoors while learning about the magic of gardening.

Wild Child Adventures

Sep 6 - 27

$50/$60

By Aug 23

This fully outdoor experience allows children to engage with the natural world.

Tiny Dancers

Oct 4 - 25

$50/$60

By Sep 23

This dance and movement class will create a vibrant environment for children to enjoy music and participate in creative expression.

Flavorful Fun

Nov 1 - 22

$50/$60

By Oct 23

This culinary journey for kids is where they'll experiment with new foods, and savor their creations every Friday!

discovery clubhouse NEW

Ages: 2 - 12 years old

Child attends independently DATES Apr 5

DAY F

TIME 6 pm - 9 pm

FEE $25/$30

REGISTER By Mar 29

Dec 20

F

1 pm - 4 pm

$25/$30

By Dec 13

This one-of-a-kind haven is designed exclusively for parents seeking a well-deserved break from their hectic lives while ensuring their children are safe and entertained.

summer days Join Discovery Cottage for this minicamp, which has new themes weekly. We take full advantage of the great outdoors, while providing a safe and enriching environment.

camp dates Ages: 3 – 5 years old Child attends independently and must be potty trained

DATES

June 3 - June 28

DAY

M/W/F

TIME

9 am – 12 pm

FEE

$75/$90

Call (219) 462-5144

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YOUTH ENRICHMENT

young rembrandts Ages: 5 - 9 years old Location: Banta Activity Center

DATES

DAY

Mar 5 - Apr 2 Tu Aug 27 - Sep 17 Tu

TIME

FEE

REGISTER

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

$75/$90 $75/$90

By Feb 27 By Aug 20

This elementary aged curriculum is designed to teach basic drawing skills and art techniques. This class is aimed to increase art abilities and confidence. No class March 26.

wildlife explorers club NEW

Ages: 5 - 14 years old Location: Foundation Meadows Park

nerf night

Ages: Jr 5 - 8 years old / Elite 9 - 12 years old Location: Banta Activity Center

DATES

DAY

TIME

FEE

REGISTER

Feb 6 - Feb 27 Jr Feb 1 - Feb 22 Elite

Tu Th

4:30 pm - 6 pm 4:30 pm - 6 pm

$75/$90 $75/$90

By Jan 30 By Jan 25

It's back and better than ever! Join either our junior or elite squad to participate in new battles every week. You bring the Nerf weapon, and we'll bring the rest.

youth sketch & paint Ages: 10 - 14 years old Location: Banta Activity Center

DATES

DAY

TIME

FEE

REGISTER

Feb 29 - Mar 21

Th

5 pm - 6:30 pm

$90/$108 By Feb 22

Oct 3 - Oct 24

Th

5 pm - 6:30 pm

$90/$108 By Sep 26

Valpo Parks is partnering with the Art Barn to teach the fundamentals of drawing and watercolor painting. Get inspired by examples from art history and have fun learning how to compose a painting step by step.

magic masterclass! Ages: 9 - 12 years old Location: Banta Activity Center

DATES

DAY

TIME

Feb 28 - Mar 2 0

W

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm $75/$90

FEE

REGISTER By Feb 21

Magician Steve Kellogg will teach the secrets behind classic magic tricks. Students will discover the power of misdirection, sleight of hand, and the importance of showmanship in creating magical moments.

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Register Online at ValpoParks.org

DATES

DAY

TIME

FEE

REGISTER

Apr 3 - May 8 Sep 25 - Oct 30

W W

5 pm - 6 pm 5 pm - 6 pm

$75/$90 $75/$90

By Mar 27 By Sep 11

Valpo Parks and Humane Indiana invite young explorers to connect with the natural world and observe live animals. Join us as we embark on outdoor adventures and foster a love for animals and the environment.

hairstyling

NEW

Ages: 9 - 14 years old Location: Glamour Hair Design Salon

DATES

DAY

TIME

FEE

REGISTER

Apr 4 - Apr 25

Th

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

$75/$90

By Mar 28

Valpo Parks and Glamour Salon have teamed up to provide a class where kids can learn classic and trendy hairstlyes to use on themselves or their friends. Join us as we experiment and learn the skill of hairstyling.


YOUTH ENRICHMENT little vet school Ages: 5 - 12 years old Location: Banta Activity Center

BACK FOR 2024

DATES

DAY

TIME

FEE

REGISTER

Oct 29 - Nov 19

Tu

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

$75/$90

By Oct 22

Back by popular demand, it's time to take on the role of a veterinarian and learn all about dogs, cats and other animals from the staff at Vale Park Animal Hospital.

basic survival skills

bricks 4 kidz

Ages: 10 - 14 years old Location: Rogers Lakewood Park, Hickory Grove Shelter

Ages: 5 - 9 years old Location: Banta Activity Center

DATES

DAY

TIME

FEE

REGISTER

Apr 9 - Apr 30 Sep 24 - Oct 22

Tu Tu

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

$75/$90 $75/$90

By Apr 2 By Sep 17

This class explores architecture, engineering and technology concepts using LEGO® Bricks. Students work hands-on to design and build machines, buildings and other constructions while using problem solving and critical thinking skills. No class October 15.

DATES

DAY

TIME

FEE

REGISTER

Apr 23 - May 14

Tu

6 pm - 7 pm

$75/$90

By Apr 16

In this immersive and hands-on course, students will learn the fundamental techniques and knowledge required to thrive in the great outdoors.

coding adventures Ages: 6 -10 years old Location: Banta Activity Center

DATES

DAY

TIME

May 7 - May 16 Tu/Th 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm Aug 13 - Aug 22 Tu/Th 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

FEE

REGISTER

$75/$90 $75/$90

By Apr 30 By Aug 6

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.

ninja fit challenge

What youth enrichment classes would you like to see?

Ages: 5 - 8 years old Location: Bicentennial Park / Westside Park

DATES

DAY

TIME

FEE

REGISTER

Sep 5 - Sep 26

Th

5 pm - 6 pm

$75/$90

By 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. Class meets Sept 5 & 12 at Bicentennial Park & Sept 19 & 26

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

at Westside Park.

Call (219) 462-5144

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DISCOVERY DAY CAMP

ROGERS LAKEWOOD PARK 5320 N Campbell Street Valparaiso, IN 46385

join us for summer camp! Discovery Day Camp offers your child the summer experience of a lifetime. We provide campers the opportunity for physical activity, fresh air, and 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!

summer camp

registration

JUNE 3 - AUGUST 1

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.

Ages: K - 8th Grade by August 1, 2024 Location: Rogers Lakewood Park

GROUP

Young Campers (K - 6th)

DAY

M–F

TIME

9 am – 5 pm

FEE

$150*

Younger campers are divided into their fall 2024 grades for agespecific programming, and each day has a mixture of group activities and free time with stations around camp for all ages to interact. Counselors in Training (7th - 8th) M – F

9 am – 5 pm

M–F

6:30 am – 8:30 am

$50*

A snack is provided during AM care. No camp the week of July 4th Campers must bring a lunch Monday – Friday. *Fee reduced for Week 8.

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NEW All registrations will be online through

CampDoc for 2024. For more details or to register online use the link on the Discovery Day Camp tab on the Valpo Parks webpage or scan the QR code.

$160*

Back for a second year, this program aims to equip older campers with leadership skills by allowing them to lead activities for younger campers twice a week, all while still enjoying regular camp activities. Before Care

Cancellations: All cancellations must be submitted through CampDoc and require approval.

Register Online at ValpoParks.org

Campers enjoy Kona Ice weekly!


art exhibition WEEK 1: JUNE 3 - JUNE 7

Jump into a world of color as we ignite campers' artistic spark! The Art Barn will come to camp to lead an art project, and the entire camp will participate in an all-camp mural.

into the woods WEEK 2: JUNE 10 - JUNE 14

Embark on an outdoor adventure as campers are connected with nature. An inflatable obstacle course will be at camp and also, the fan favorite all-camp Gold Rush.

super soaker

WEEK 3: JUNE 17 - JUNE 21 Splash into an exciting week of water games galore! The camp will travel to the Hobart swimming pool and have an all-camp water war.

olympic games WEEK 4: JUNE 24 - JUNE 28

Get ready for a week of teamwork and competition. The DDC Soccerfest tradition continues this week as well as a visit from Valpo Velvet ice cream!

4th of july week - no camp JULY 1 - JULY 5

DISCOVERY DAY CAMP save the date MAY

30 MEET THE COUNSELORS NIGHT Location: Rogers Lakewood Park, Discovery Day Camp Shelter

DATES

DAY

TIME

May 30

Th

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

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. Perfect time for pre registered campers to pick up their shirt and gate pass! AUG

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LIP SYNC PERFORMANCE

Location: Rogers Lakewood Park, Discovery Day Camp Shelter

DATES

DAY

TIME

Aug 1

Th

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

The most exciting and anticipated way 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!

beach bash

WEEK 5: JULY 8 - JULY 12 Waves of fun as we beat the heat with water and sand activities. An inflatable water slide will come to camp, and there will be an allcamp sandcastle competition.

mighty jungle WEEK 6: JULY 15 - JULY 19

This expedition encourages discovery and provides animal encounters. Camp will travel to the Potawatomi Zoo and Humane Indiana will introduce us to wonders in our own backyard.

double dare

WEEK 7: JULY 22 - JULY 26 Experience the magic of science with some messy projects perfect for being outside. Magician Steve Kellogg returns to camp and the entire camp must solve the riddle - Who stole the slime?

curtain call

WEEK 8: JULY 29 - AUG 1

would you or someone you know make a great camp counselor? Find out more details, and apply online at valpoparks.org/jobs

THANK YOU 2024 CAMP SPONSORS

(4 Day Week, Fee Reduced)

It’s showtime for our most exciting week of camp! The camp will travel to a movie theater and then perform our own show Thursday night.

Call (219) 462-5144

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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 DATES

DAY TIME

FEE

REGISTER

Feb 5 - Mar 11 M 5:30 pm - 6:15 pm $95/$114 Couple By Jan 25 $60/$78 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 DATES

needle felting All skill levels are welcome to try your hand at creating your own beautiful sculptures and crafts. 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. Classes are led by Felting by Laura and includes all materials, plus snacks. Classes may run over on time depending on size and pace of group. Ages: 13+ Location: Banta Activity Center

CLASS

DATE

TIME

FEE

REGISTER

Mini Landscape

Feb 3

1 pm - 3 pm

$45/$54

By Jan 25

Create your own framed mini wool 2D landscape that is the perfect size for a shelf or desk. Learn how to create skies, clouds, mountains, water and trees with wool!

Felted Sheep

Apr 6

1 pm - 3 pm

$35/$42

By Apr 4

Create an adorable needle felted sheep, perfect for a gift or Easter decor! Learn how to three dimensionally needle felt to shape an animal out of wool.

Felted Cacti

Jul 27

1 pm - 3 pm

$35/$42

By Jul 18

Make a plant that doesn’t need water! Choose your own style of cactus or succulent and follow along with the example to make a unique wool sculpture complete with a little pot for display.

Felted Monsters

Oct 12

1 pm - 3 pm

$35/$42

By Oct 3

Learn how to needle felt your own unique little monster in this guided class. Use a wide variety of fun colors to create a little creature of your own.

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!

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DAY TIME

FEE

REGISTER

Apr 1 - May 6 M 5:30 pm - 6:15 pm $95/$114 Couple By Mar 21 $60/$78 Individual

Register Online at ValpoParks.org

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

SESSION 3 — SLOW DANCE DATES

DAY TIME

FEE

REGISTER

Jun 3 - Jul 8 M 5:30 pm - 6:15 pm $95/$114 Couple By May 25 $60/$78 Individual Learn a variety of slow dance styles. Includes Waltz, Bachata, Rumba, and a traditional slow dance.

photography BEGINNERS PHOTOGRAPHY Ages: 5-12 years old with an adult, 13+ Location: Rogers Lakewood Park

DATES

DAY TIME

FEE

REGISTER

May 16 Jul 18

Th Th

$30/$36 $30/$36

By May 6 By Jul 1

6 - 7:30 pm 6 - 7:30 pm

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.


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. Class may run over on time depending on size and pace of group.

FAMILY ENRICHMENT

CUSTOM BLOCK FAMILY SIGN

SOAP MAKING

Ages: 5-12 years old with an adult, 13+ Location: Banta Activity Center

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

DATE

DAY TIME

FEE

REGISTER

Feb 4

Su

$35/$42

By Jan 25

1pm - 2 pm

Share the love as you create a customized one of a kind wooden sign that represents each member of your family! Class led by K2 Kreative & Krafty.

FLOWER POT ANIMALS

DATE

DAY TIME

FEE

REGISTER

Mar 3

Su

$30/$36

By Feb 19

Get ready for spring with the cutest little barnyard animals to spruce up your garden or porch! Participants will create their own unique pig and cow to enjoy throughout the year. Class is led by Bonnie Flint.

BUNNY FAMILY SIGN Ages: 5-12 years old with an adult, 13+ Location: Banta Activity Center

FEE

REGISTER

$30/$36

By Jul 2

1pm - 2 pm

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.

Ages: 5-12 years old with an adult, 13+ Location: Butterfield Pavilion

DATE

DAY TIME

FEE

REGISTER

Oct 6

Su

$40/$48

By Sep 30

1pm - 2 pm

Put together your own child-sized scarecrow from the ground up. All materials will be provided, though you may bring your own clothes from home for that personal touch! Class is led by Bonnie Flint.

CHRISTMAS JOY SIGN

DATE

DAY TIME

FEE

REGISTER

Mar 17

Su

$35/$42

By Mar 7

1pm - 2 pm

DAY TIME Su

SCARECROWS FROM SCRATCH

Ages: 5-12 years old with an adult, 13+ Location: Banta Activity Center 1pm - 2 pm

DATE Jul 7

Hop on over and join us as you put all your heart into an adorable Bunny Family Easter sign! Class led by K2 Kreative & Krafty.

DRAGONFLIES

Ages: 5-12 years old with an adult, 13+ Location: Banta Activity Center

DATE

DAY TIME

FEE

REGISTER

Nov 17

Su

$35/$42

By Nov 7

1pm - 2:30 pm

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

Ages: 5-12 years old with an adult, 13+ Location: Banta Activity Center

DATE

DAY TIME

FEE

REGISTER

Apr 21

Su

$30/$36

By Apr 8

1pm - 2 pm

Ahead of Earth Day, join us to take some nature indoors by creating a special dragonfly made out of maple tree samaras, better known by most as "helicopters"! Class is led by Bonnie Flint.

HOMEMADE BATH BOMBS Ages: 5-12 years old with an adult, 13+ Location: Banta Activity Center

DATE

DAY TIME

FEE

REGISTER

Jun 30

Su

$30/$36

By Jun 17

1pm - 2 pm

Join us to learn how to make your own all natural bath bombs to put to use at home. Whether it's just been a long week or maybe you're already thinking about the kids going back to school, join us to learn how to make your own!

Call (219) 462-5144

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ADULT SPORTS

ping pong

pickleball

DOUBLES PING PONG LEAGUE

PICKLEBALL LEAGUE

Ages: 18+ Location: Banta Activity Center

Ages: 18+ Location: Kirchhoff Courts

DATES

DAY

TIME

Feb 21 - Apr 10 W 6 pm – 9 pm Oct 9 - Dec 4 W 6 pm – 9 pm

FEE

REGISTER

$110/team By Feb 8 $110/team By Sep 26 (times vary per week)

Join us for another year of Doubles Ping Pong! Teams will play two matches per week (minimum). This is an 8 week league with 7 weeks of regular season play followed by a double elimination tourney. League will be capped at 16 teams.

SINGLES PING PONG LEAGUE

DATES

DAY W

TIME

6 pm – 9 pm

FEE

$50 / $60

REGISTER

By May 23

New for 2024, we are introducing Singles Ping Pong! Players will play a minimum of two matches per week. This is an 8 week league with 7 weeks of regular season followed up by a double elimination tournament. League will be capped at 16 players.

don't have a team?

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

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DAY

TIME

FEE

REGISTER

Th Th

6 pm – 9 pm 6 pm – 9 pm

$150/team $150/team

By Apr 3 By Jul 17

Join us for Doubles Pickleball! Teams will play two matches per week (minimum) and can be made up of Men's, Women's or Coed teams. Must be 18+. Matches will be played between 6 - 9 pm (times will vary each week) with 7 weeks of regular season play followed by a tournament. League will be capped at 16 teams per session.

NEW

Ages: 18+ Location: Banta Activity Center Jun 5 - Jul 24

DATES Apr 18 - Jun 6 Aug 1 - Sep 19

Register Online at ValpoParks.org

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


soccer • • • • • •

ADULT SPORTS

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 2 weeks 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: Westside Park & VHS Football Field

DATES

DAY

TIME

FEE

May – Jul

Varies

Varies

$800/$960 Team By Apr 25

REGISTER

All divisions offer 10 games along with a post season single elimination tourney.

cornhole

ultimate frisbee

CORNHOLE TOURNAMENTS

COED ULTIMATE FRISBEE LEAGUE

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

Ages: 18+ (no longer participating in high school athletics) Location: Summer, Westside Park; Fall, Old Fairgrounds Park

DATES

DAY

TIME

FEE

REGISTER

DATES

TIME

FEE

REGISTER

May 31 Jun 21 Aug 2

F F F

6 pm 6 pm 6 pm

$110/team $110/team $110/team

By May 26 By Jun 12 By Jul 25

Jun 11 - Aug 13 Tu

6:30 pm

$40/$48

By Jun 3

Sep 3 - Oct 22

6:30 pm

$40/$48

By Aug 26

Grab a partner and enter one of the double elimination cornhole tournaments at Central Park Plaza. Sign up for May, June, August or all three! Teams will be randomly selected on the bracket and will compete against the field for bragging rights. (No Cash Prizes) Music, food and drinks will be available throughout the evening. Field will be capped at 24 teams.

DAY Tu

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. 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

DATES

Jul 19

DAY

F

TIME

FEE

REGISTER

6 pm - 10 pm $200 Team By Jul 9 $20/$24 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.

SOR SPON 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!

Call (219) 462-5144

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ADULT SPORTS softball • • • • • •

Teams are placed in divisions by request and past records and range from competitive to recreational All team fees must be paid 2 weeks 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 20

Sa

9 am start $125/$230* Team

By Apr 10

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

DATES

DAY

TIME

FEE

REGISTER

Apr 22 – Jul Apr 23 – Jul Apr 24 – Jul

M Tu W/Th

Varies Varies Varies

$550 Coed $550 Women $550 Men

By Apr 12 By Apr 12 By Apr 12

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

FALL COED & MEN’S LEAGUES

This tourney is open to all Men's, Coed or Women's teams. 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.

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

DATES

DAY

TIME

FEE

REGISTER

SUNDAY LEAGUES

Jul 29 – Sep 30 Jul 29 – Sep 30

M/Tu W/Th

Varies Varies

$550 Coed $550 Men

By Jul 3 By Jul 3

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

DATES

DAY

TIME

FEE

REGISTER

Apr 21 – Jun 9

Su

Varies

$400 Team

By Apr 11

Jul 28 – Sep 8

Su

Varies

$400 Team

By Jul 18

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

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

DATES

DAY

TIME

FEE

REGISTER

Oct

Tu

Varies

$40/$48 Player

By Sep 19

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!

NEW dugouts for 2024

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become an umpire with Valpo Parks 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!


ADULT SPORTS hockey 4 ON 4 LEAGUE 2024 Ages: 18+ (no longer participating in high school athletics) Location: Central Park Plaza Ice Rink

volleyball

DATES

DAY

Jan 6 – Mar 10 M / Tu

TIME

Varies

FEE

$900/team

REGISTER

Opens Oct 1

COED & WOMEN'S LEAGUES

The adult hockey season includes seven 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, referees and a full net.

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

Limited to 12 teams.

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

DATES

Oct – Mar Oct – Mar

DAY

M W

TIME

Varies Varies

FEE

$450 Coed $450 Women

REGISTER By Oct 3 By Oct 3

Season includes round robin play and tournaments. Four or more nonresidents equals a non-resident team. All teams fees must be paid 2 weeks prior to the first night of play. Register by September 28 with $100 deposit.

Call (219) 462-5144

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SENIOR ENRICHMENT

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

(219) 462-1301 bantacenter@valpo.us

@605BeechSt

banta center membership

Ages: 50+

Annual Membership: $60

Semi-annual: $35

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, sing-along, bunco, mahjongg, cornhole, ping pong, chair volleyball, writing workshop, free movies with popcorn monthly, and various Holiday Parties 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: Library, quiet corners to sit and read with coffee and gardening group

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HEALTH & EXERCISE: Fitness Room with various conditioning machines and free weights, Pilates, Reformers, Theraband, Exercise with DVD-Richard Simmons, Ball Drumming, Tai Chi, and more. NEW for 2024, Chair Yoga!


SENIOR ENRICHMENT 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.

ball drumming

DAY

TIME

M

9:30 am

DATES

DAY

TIME

FEE

REGISTER

GAME Golf Cards

Year Round

F

12:30 pm

Free/$2

Banta Desk

Pinochle

M/F

12:00 pm

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!

Phase 10

Tu

10:15 am

Euchre

Tu

12:15 pm

Bridge

Tu/Th

12 pm - 3 pm

pilates

Five Crowns

W

10 am

Bridge (Duplicate*)

W

10:30 am - 3:00 pm

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

Canasta

W

12:15 pm

Bridge (Advanced Beginner)

Th

9:15 am - 12:00 pm

PILATES MAT CLASS

Skip-Bo

Th

10 am

Hand & Foot

F

12:15 pm

Trash

F

12:15 pm

DATES

DAY

Year Round W / F

TIME

FEE

REGISTER

9:15 - 10:15 am

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

Banta Desk

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

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 $55/Private

Banta Desk

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.

tai chi

rent the room

ENERGY, CENTERING, AND TAI CHI

Available: Year Round TYPE HOURS CAPACITY Main Event 8 am – 11 pm 72 Additional hours (after initial 5 hours)

DATES

DAY

TIME

FEE

REGISTER

Year Round

W

9 am - 10 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. Taught by Dr. Stephen Gray, who has been studying the art for decades. Banta members can participate for free, non-members can contact Banta Center to join the class.

RATE $185 (5 hours) $30 per hour

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

Call (219) 462-5144

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VALPO PARKS GOLF

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

creekside golf course & training center

forest park golf course

2355 Clifford Road Valparaiso, IN 46385

1155 Sheffield Drive Valparaiso, IN 46385

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

GREENS FEE $18 $5 $12 $10

RIDING $26 $10 $20 --

WEEKEND RATES 9 Holes (open – 3 pm) 3 Holes (open – 3 pm) Junior 9 Holes Twilight* (3 pm – close)

GREENS FEE $23 $5 $13 $18

RIDING $31 $10 -$26

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

$8 $5 $8

DRIVING RANGE PRICE Token (45 balls): $7 Range Pass (40 tokens): $180

*Twilight available only on days that league does not inhibit the use of it

simulators Bring your game inside at Creekside: 1 hour $30 or 1/2 hour $15

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

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WEEKDAY RATES 18 Holes (open – 3 pm) 9 Holes (open – 3 pm)

GREENS FEE $22 $18

RIDING $38 $26

Twilight* (3 pm – close)

$18

$26

Senior 18 Holes (open – 3 pm) Senior 9 Holes (open – 3 pm)

$12 $12

$28 $20

Junior 18 Holes Junior 9 Holes

$17 $11

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WEEKEND RATES 18 Holes (open – 3 pm) 9 Holes (open – 3 pm)

GREENS FEE $28 $23

RIDING $44 $31

Twilight* (3 pm – close)

$23

$31

Junior 18 Holes Junior 9 Holes

$20 $13

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

$16 $8 $8

outings All the right amenities to host your golf outing in 2024!

leagues Seeking new league members! • Forest Park Senior Men’s Golf League

• Local Organizations

• Forest Park Women’s Golf League

• Corporate Events

• Creekside Ladies’ League

• Annual Fundraisers

• Forest Park Men’s Club • Creekside Winter Sim League

Book Online at ValpoParksGolf.com


VALPO PARKS GOLF

2024

SEASON PASSES Frequent golfers can save with season passes that can be used at both Forest Park and Creekside!

Bronze Individual

5-Day (excludes holidays) $875

Platinum

7-Day & holidays

Individual

$1010

Unlimited Greens Fees at Forest Park & Creekside Monday - Friday.

Unlimited Greens Fees at both Forest Park & Creekside 7 days a week.

Cart Add-On

Cart Add-On

$275

Cart Pass for the season Monday through Friday. Based on availability.

Junior* (under 18)

$390

Cart Pass for the season 7 days a week. Based on availability.

$180

Unlimited Greens Fees at Forest Park & Creekside Monday through Friday. *IDs may be requested at check-in.

Player's Card $299

Range Pass $180

Ready to make 2024 your best golfing year yet? With our Players Card, you get an unbeatable 50% off greens fees, transforming every swing into savings that can be used at both Forest Park and Creekside golf courses.

Our Range Pass offers 40 tokens, which saves you more than 30% off purchasing all the tokens individually. It's not just buying a pass; you're investing in a year of incredible savings that lets you focus on what truly matters – perfecting your swing!

*Expires 12/31/2024

*Expires 12/31/2024

Visit our website for details on memberships and leagues:

www.ValpoParksGolf.com

Call (219) 531-7888

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ALL DAY TRIPS BEGIN & END AT THE VALPO PARKS OFFICE 3210 N. Campbell Street, Valparaiso, IN 46383

DAY TRIPS

www.Facebook.com/Groups/ValpoDayTrips

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

beef & boards: beautiful the musical

a day in holland tulip time

DATE

DAY

FEE

LOCATION

DATE

DAY

FEE

LOCATION

Mar 6

W

$109

Indianapolis, IN

May 3

F

$119

Holland, MI

You'll enjoy a gourmet lunch buffet along with a professional performance of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. The story of her early life and career is told through the songs she wrote along with other contemporary music. 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

peter pan the musical DATE

DAY

FEE

LOCATION

Apr 7

Su

$169

Chicago, IL

Fun for the whole family, this show has been delighting audiences for almost 70 years. Don't miss your chance to see Peter Pan, Tinker Bell, Captain Hook and all their friends! This day trip includes: • Deluxe Motorcoach transportation • Boxed lunch • Dress Circle seat ticket to the show

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Have you always wanted to visit the Holland Tulip Festival but don't want to fight the crowds? We'll do the driving so you can sit back and relax while enjoying thousands of colorful tulips! This trip is packed from start to finish with a gourmet lunch at Boatwerks, a tour of Windmill Island, shopping in Downtown Holland, and wine and charcuterie at Local Pour on the way home. This day trip includes: • Deluxe Motorcoach transportation • Lunch at Boatwerks on Lake Macatawa • Shopping in downtown Holland • Tulip tour at Windmill Island & Window on the Waterfront Park • Wine tasting reception on return trip


DAY TRIPS progressive ethnic lunch tour DATE

Aug 1

DAY

Th

FEE

LOCATION

$139

Chicago, IL

Immerse your bellies and minds in the ethnic history and cuisine of Chicago. This tour features a progressive meal with three ethnic stops for appetizers, entree, and dessert. As a bonus, we'll visit the Irish American Heritage Center, before stopping to shop at Eataly.

cornwell's turkeyville: oklahoma! DATE

DAY

FEE

LOCATION

May 30

Th

$99

Marshall, MI

The perfect throwback to simpler times, Cornwell's Turkeyville combines meals 'just like grandma used to make' with an amazing production of the classic 'Oklahoma!'. After enjoying lunch and a show, you can also browse the gift shop and enjoy a scoop from their old fashioned ice cream parlour. This day trip includes: • Deluxe Motorcoach transportation • Ticket to the show and lunch • Time to shop and visit the ice cream parlour

lake michigan lunch cruise DATE

DAY

FEE

LOCATION

Jun 18

Tu

$119

Chicago, IL

This day trip includes: • Deluxe Motorcoach transportation • Guided bus tour of Chicago's Ethnic neighborhoods and restaurants • Food and drink at each stop • Time to shop at Eataly

christmas bakery bus tour

DATE

DAY

FEE

LOCATION

Dec 12

Th

$139

Chicago, IL

Returning by popular demand, this Christmastime tour is the perfect trip for young and old alike! On this narrated tour you'll visit 4 different bakeries where you'll receive samples and have time to shop for all your favorites. Between stops you'll enjoy a sit down lunch and enjoy the beautifully decorated city. This day trip includes: • Deluxe Motorcoach transportation • Guided Bus tour of 4 Chicago bakeries • Samples at each stop and time to shop • Sit down lunch

All aboard! Join us as we set sail aboard the Spirit of Chicago for a lunch cruise on Lake Michigan. This 2-hour cruise is complete with a chef-prepared buffet, DJ & dancing, open air viewing decks, and access to a cash bar. After the cruise, guests will have time to take in the sights and shop at Navy Pier. This day trip includes: • Deluxe Motorcoach transportation • 2 hour cruise on Lake Michigan aboard the Spirit of Chicago • Buffet-style Lunch on the water • 1 hour to explore and shop at Navy Pier

Call (219) 462-5144

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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.

PARKS & PATHWAYS GLENROSE SOUTH PARK 1505 McCord Rd

2 baseball fields with dugout benches and small playground.

JESSEE-PIFER PARK 400 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.

CREEKSIDE GOLF COURSE & TRAINING CTR

ROGERS LAKEWOOD PARK

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.

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.

2355 Clifford Rd

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.

5320 N Campbell St

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

FAIRGROUNDS 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.

3/4 mile pathway loop, 4 softball fields, playground equipment, Life Trails System, Butterfield Family Pavilion and seasonal restrooms. New to 2024, Flounder & Friends Skatepark.

VALPLAYSO PARK

FOREST PARK

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

704 McCord Rd

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

1400 Glendale Blvd

WESTSIDE PARK 157 Westside Park Ave

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

WILL PARK 354 Morgan Blvd

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

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.

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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.

hours & admission 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 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

join us on the trails APRIL - OCTOBER Tuesday Group Ride Wednesday Group Run Thursday Weekly Event

VALPO BIKE FEST

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We encourage hikers to bring their leashed dogs to enjoy the trails too!

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5:30 pm Start 6:00 pm Start Check Facebook Page for Updates August 16 - August 17

See page 9 for details

map of trails We encourage visitors to download the Trailforks app for access to most up-to-date map of Creekside Trails.


FAIRGROUNDS PARK 704 McCord Road, Valparaiso, IN 46383

SKATEPARK

Valpo Parks and Valpo Parks Foundation celebrated the grand opening of Flounder & Friends Skatepark on November 9, 2023. This newest park is 15,000 square feet and features a bowl in the shape of a fish, a musical manual pad, mini-ramp, a 6' high vert wall and other exciting street features.

skate hours Flounder & Friends Skatepark is open year round, weather permitting. The lights on the park enable parkgoers to enjoy the park for longer hours in the fall and winter months. December 1 - February 29 Dawn - 8 pm

March 1 - November 30 Dawn - 10 pm

history In 1997, Dug Ketterman led the planning of the first Flounder Skatepark, dedicated to his friend Ray “Flounder” Wampler. After 24 years, the City of Valparaiso sought Ketterman's expertise to rebuild. Through his business, DugOut Design Studio, they created the Flounder & Friends Skatepark, a tribute blending the original's spirit with a design inclusive of all skill levels. The skatepark not only honors Wampler's legacy but also provides a safe haven for skateboarders to thrive and progress.

one-of-a-kind elements FLOUNDER BOWL The Flounder Bowl serves as the origin or “heart" of the skatepark. The coping line shape of the bowl is inspired by the original green Flounder skatepark icon. The bowl features several varying radius pockets with steel coping, as well as, two tail fin extensions at the tail end of the bowl. These pockets are great for getting extra speed in and out of the bowl and are also perfect for slasher grinds on the hand-formed pool coping edges.

MUSICAL MANUAL PAD In honor of Ray “Flounder” Wampler, this manual pad plays the song ‘Bro Hymn’ by Pennywise, the song that was played at Ray’s funeral. In order to ‘unlock’ the the song, you need to land a manual (or roll on your front/back wheels only) across the whole pad. The saw-cuts in the concrete will be spaced to match the beat and essence of ‘Bro Hymn’.

MINI RAMP The standard mini ramp is a great place to learn all of your basic transition grinds and airs. This mini has a total of 44ft of flat coping split into two heights, 4ft and 5ft deep allowing you to progress your skills quickly. The mini ramp is bowled on both ends, providing 45 degree and 90 degree corners in the deep end and two hips with a hump bump which opens up to a flowy shallow end pocket.

Pictured: Dug Ketterman, designer of Flounder & Friends Skatepark and son Oliver Ketterman, testing out the Flounder & Friends Skatepark for the first time

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VALPAWRAISO DOG PARK

2902 N Campbell Street Valparaiso, IN 46385

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. One physical key card is included for access. 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 during registration or emailed to ValPAWraiso@valpo.us.

Register online or visit the Valpo Parks admin office to register your furry friends! Phone: (219) 462-5144 Fax: (219) 465-0098 Email: ValPAWraiso@valpo.us

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ROGERS LAKEWOOD PARK

5320 N Campbell Street Valparaiso, IN 46385

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 both paved and un-paved trails, 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

Entrance fees apply at the gate entrance of Rogers Lakewood Park. This money helps us protect and maintain the park. Visitors can choose to pay a daily rate or purchase our annual Lakewood Pass to enjoy the park all year long. PLEASE NOTE: Gate payment is credit card only.

SEASON

DAYS

RATE

DATES

All Seasons

Wed

FREE

Jan 1 - Dec 31

Summer

Mon,Tues, Thurs

$5.00

May 24 - Sep 3

Fri - Sun

$6.00

May 24 - Sep 3

Fall

Mon,Tues, Thurs-Sun

$3.00

Sep 4 - Dec 20

Winter

Mon,Tues, Thurs-Sun

$2.00

Dec 21 - Mar 19

Spring

Mon,Tues, Thurs-Sun

$3.00

Mar 20 - May 23

annual passes

An annual pass is good for the year in which they are purchased. One key card per household is given for access. Passes will auto renew and an invoice will be sent to the email on file 30 days prior to the new year. Passes will expire on December 31st. Available through the Valpo Parks office.

ANNUAL PASS

FIRST CARD

ADDITIONAL CARD

Standard Passes

$60.00

$10.00

Senior/Veteran

$20.00

$10.00

Replacement Card

$10.00

Want to learn to fish or hang out with others who love fishing? Come cast a line with us! 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 7), and Fall Classic Fishing Derby (pg 10), this club focuses on promoting and improving fishing in Northwest Indiana. For information please email: FOFindiana@gmail.com.

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ROGERS LAKEWOOD PARK Be sure to check out the new Youth Disc Golf Camp program on page 13. Grades 3rd – 8th can learn the game from technique and fundamentals, all the way up to playing a round and putting all of your skills together.

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: facebook.com/groups/dunelanddiscgolf

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

TOURNAMENT

DATES

Snowdown Showdown

Saturday, Feb 10

Shutdown the Shorts

Saturday, Apr 20

hayrides & campfires Enjoy an autumn evening at Rogers Lakewood Park as you ride along on a tractor-drawn hay wagon, gathering around a glowing campfire. This is a great outing for youth groups, scouts, service clubs, birthday parties and parent organizations. Be sure to bring your s'mores supplies! 50 person max per time slot.

DATES

Sep 13 - Nov 3

DAYS F - Sa Su

park store 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.

DATES

DAYS

HOURS

May 18 - May 19 May 25 - May 27 May 28 - Aug 2

Sa - Su Sa - M M-F Sa - Su

10 am - 6 pm 9 am - 6 pm 10 am - 7 pm 9 am - 7 pm

HOURS COST Aug 3 - Sep 2 Sa - Su 9 am - 7 pm 5:30 pm - 7 pm $100 7:10 pm - 8: 40 pm BOAT RENTALS 8:50 pm - 10:20 pm Must have valid driver’s license to rent a boat. Rates subject to 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm change. Rentals end one hour before closing. 4:40 pm - 6:10 pm 6:20 pm - 7:50 pm Paddleboat / $7 per ½ hour Rowboats / $7 per hour FISHING POLE RENTAL Two Poles & bait

$20 per 2 hour

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CENTRAL PARK PLAZA

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

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.

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

LEARN TO SKATE 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. May - September Daily | 10:00 am - 7:00 pm* Free Admission * 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

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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.

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!

DATE

DAY

TIME

Jun 3 – Jul 26

M/F W

12:00 pm - 12:45 pm 5:30 pm - 6:15 pm


Visit our website for more information:

www.CentralParkPlazaValpo.com

venue rentals

CENTRAL PARK PLAZA

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: Non-Profit Rate:

$1,675 $920

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 to lots of musical acts, art performances and church services. Standard Rate: Non-Profit Rate:

$1,300 $700

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:

$300

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 1st! 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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SHELTERS & 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.

sports fields & courts SPORTS FIELD RENTALS

Field rentals available May through Mid-October. TYPE Softball, Baseball & Soccer Fields

HOURS RATE Daily $140 per field 2 Hour Game $90 per field 1.5 Hr Practice* $65 per field Add-On Lights $60 per hour

*Practice field no cost for in-season Valpo Parks teams

shelters

SAMARDZIJA FIELD AT TOWER PARK

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

PREMIUM SHELTERS Cost: $105 Caterpillar (8) Family Express Pavilion (14) Discovery Day Camp (12)

Jessee-Pifer (6) Will Park (8)

STANDARD SHELTERS Cost: $95 Forest Park Rotary (15) Kiwanis West (15)* Hickory Grove (7)*

LEGACY SHELTERS Cost: $85 Forest Park Beta (8) Kirchhoff North (8) Miller Woods #1 (15) Kiwanis East (2)*

Tower Park (6) Kirchhoff South (6) Miller Woods Schroeder (6)

* For park reservations, guests must pay the park daily entrance fee or the renter must pay a $50 flat fee to cover all admittance to the park

• ( ) Number of picnic tables provided with shelter rental • Prices Subject to Change

FACILITY RENTAL A LA CARTE ITEMS ADDITIONAL PICNIC TABLES Cost: 1 for $35 at Rogers Lakewood 4 for $65 at all other locations

HALF-BARREL GRILLS Cost: $60 per grill

BOUNCE HOUSE Cost: $190

INFLATABLE SLIDE Cost: $240

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TYPE HOURS Single Game Resident Packages No bases or scoreboard 1.5 Hours Bases & scoreboard included 2 Hours All Day (Bases & scoreboard included) 9 am – 9 pm (5) game package (10) game package

RATE $110 $140 $425 $525 $840

Multi-game packages include bases and scoreboard.

BASKETBALL COURTS AT TOWER PARK

Court rentals available Mid- April through Mid-October. TYPE 2 Basketball Courts 1 Basketball Court

HOURS 1 1

RATE $65 $35

PICKLEBALL COURTS

Court rentals available Mid-April through Mid-October. TYPE HOURS All Kirchhoff Courts 1 1 Court (Kirchhoff, Tower or Bicentennial) 1

creekside trails

NEW

NEW

RATE $65 $20

NEW

Rental Fee Includes: • Exclusive access to 12+ miles of multi-use trails during the event • (2) event Facebook posts promoting the event • Trails will be mowed and maintained prior to event day. • Certificate of Insurance is required. 1-3 Hours: $345

3-6 Hours: $650

All Day (7am – Dusk): $900


OGDEN GARDENS GAZEBO

VENUE RENTALS

Location: In the middle of beautiful Ogden Gardens Available: Mid-April through Mid-October TYPE Main Event

CAPACITY 60 chairs*

RATE $230 (1 hr 45 min)

Rehearsal

No chairs

$75 (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.

HOFFMAN ROOM Location: Clubhouse at Creekside Golf Course Available: Year round TYPE HOURS CAPACITY Main Event 8 am – 11 pm 40 Additional hours (after initial 5 hours)

RATE $185 (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.

WELTER ROOM Location: Clubhouse at Forest Park Golf Course Available: Year round TYPE HOURS CAPACITY Main Event 8 am – 11 pm 76 Additional hours (after initial 5 hours)

RATE $290 (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.

KIWANIS SHELTERS - ROGERS LAKEWOOD

NEW

Location: Rogers Lakewood Park Available: April 12 - October 13 TYPE

HOURS

Main Event 9 am - 10pm

CAPACITY

RATE

120

$180

Whether you have your ceremony down at the East Shelter in front of the fireplace or on the patio of the West Shelter looking out to Spectacle Lake, it's sure be a gorgeous background.

*Additional chairs can be ordered up to 60 for an additional fee. Gate code can be purchased for entry to the park for all of your guests.

SHADY GROVE - ROGERS LAKEWOOD

NEW

Location: Rogers Lakewood Park Available: April 12 - October 13 TYPE

HOURS

Main Event 9 am - 10pm

CAPACITY

RATE

60*

$170

Nestled perfectly in the grove between Loomis and Spectacle Lakes, the trees give a beautiful setting in nature for your event. *Rental fee includes 60 chairs. Additional chairs can be ordered up to 100 for an additional fee. Gate code can be purchased for entry to the park for all of your guests.

BUTTERFIELD FAMILY PAVILION Location: Fairgrounds Park Available: Approximately April 13 through Mid-October TYPE HOURS Main Event 9 am - 12 am Early Set Up 4 pm - 12 am (Sun - Fri) Stage Rental (8 x 16)

CAPACITY 250

RATE $730 daily* $290 $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.

TRI KAPPA GAZEBO Location: Foundation Meadows Park Available: Approximately April 14 – Oct 15 TYPE Main Event Rehearsal

CAPACITY 60 chairs* No chairs

RATE $210 (1 hr 45 min) $75 (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.

BANTA ACTIVITY ROOM Details to rent the Banta Activity Room can be found on page 31.

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