Valpo Parks Activity & Facility Guide 2022 2nd Edition

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Activity & Facility Guide 2022

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PARK INFORMATION PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE SPECIAL EVENTS HEALTHY LIFESTYLE YOUTH SPORTS DISCOVERY COTTAGE YOUTH ENRICHMENT DISCOVERY DAY CAMP FAMILY ENRICHMENT ADULT SPORTS VALPO PARKS GOLF DAY TRIPS SENIOR ENRICHMENT PARKS & PATHWAYS CREEKSIDE TRAILS VALPAWRAISO DOG PARK ROGERS LAKEWOOD PARK CENTRAL PARK PLAZA SHELTERS & FIELD RENTALS VENUE RENTALS

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Administration Office:

3210 N. Campbell Street, Valparaiso, IN 46385

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

WAYS TO REGISTER IN PERSON during regular office hours Monday - Friday, 8 am -5 pm ONLINE via RecDesk. www.ValpoParks.org PAYMENTS ACCEPTED cash, check and credit (American Express, Discover, MasterCard or Visa). Cash/checks can be dropped in the after hours dropbox at the Valpo Parks admin office.

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

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

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PARK INFORMATION

fees, refunds & receipts The Park Board has adopted a policy of the resident discount user fees at most facilities and for most programs. This policy apportions an equalized higher fee to our non-resident participants. The higher fee contributes to the overall operations financing of the Park Department on an equitable basis with Valparaiso City residents who contribute by paying property taxes. Standard fees are offered to those residing within or owning property within Valparaiso City limits. FEE ASSISTANCE Fee Assistance is available to reduce the basic fee for most Park Youth Programs. Fee assistance is based on family income and the number of members in the family. To apply, simply inquire when registering for a youth activity. A parent will be required to complete an application for assistance.

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 or by credit back to your household account.

participation & photos PARTICIPATION By participating in park programs you assume the risk of injury and you agree to hold harmless the Valpo Parks Department, the City of Valparaiso and its agents and forfeit the right to make any claim for monetary damages against Valpo Parks and the City of Valparaiso if you or your property is damaged while participating in or attending a program or while in a park facility. PHOTOGRAPH OR VIDEOTAPE Park staff and volunteers may photograph or videotape participants enrolled in programs and events or enjoying park facilities. These photos are for department use only and may be used in department publications or media promotions. If you prefer that you or your child not be photographed, please notify the photographer or program supervisor.

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

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

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RECEIPTS Receipts are automatically generated through online registration. Please refer to this brochure as a record of program dates and times for your reference. Most league players will be contacted by coaches and captains. To confirm your enrollment in a class please call the Park Office. REFUNDS All programs are subject to a minimum $10 cancellation fee; some restrictions apply. No refunds will be granted after the deadline date. Facility rental fees are non-refundable; including, Butterfield Family Pavilion, Central Park Plaza, Ogden Gardens and Foundation Meadows Gazebos, park shelters, hayrides and pre-paid Rogers-Lakewood entrance fees.

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 33.


PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE Christa Emerson

If you’ve ever hiked on a particularly steep and long, rocky trail, renovated or built a home, or worked on a daunting project of any sort, you know the feeling when you can see the finish line, summit, or final submission in the near distance. There’s that moment when you’re on the verge of seeing all your effort, planning, preparation, blood, sweat, and tears coming to an exhilarating, exciting conclusion. That is my sentiment about our Valpo Parks right now. Reaching the summit after planning and preparation won’t mean an ending but will begin many more climbs with many more exciting finishes over the next ten years. Since 2020, during extreme challenges, and with substantial community input, Valpo Parks has been working on a five-year master plan with significant improvements for our existing neighborhood and destination parks and plans for additional major projects including: An all-new Skatepark, Active Adult Lifestyle Center, and a Sports Complex. Never, in my 20 years on the Board, have we worked toward so many projects of this magnitude at one time. These projects will require more community input, fundraising, and the continued effort and support of our City Administration, Park Staff, Matt Murphy, Mayor Foundation Board, and Park Board. We can always use your help and input so Mike Jessen, City Administrator please volunteer. Holly Taylor, Clerk Treasurer

CITY LEADERSHIP

John Seibert, Parks Director

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

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

We, as people and a community, are still facing challenging times, yet the Park staff continue to excel and create new and unique opportunities for recreation, youth and adult sports, classes, day trips, special events, and enjoyment for all ages. Our team has grown to include more special events staff who have worked hand in hand this past summer with Valparaiso Events to bring you Concerts in the Park, Summer Movies, and the Valparaiso Market. This partnership will continue to grow and strengthen along with new and exciting community special events. We couldn’t manage without our volunteers and sponsors. Thank you for all you do to help us operate everything from horticulture to youth athletic leagues to the ValPAWraiso Dog Park to Creekside Trails, to our preschool programs and a lot more. Volunteers and sponsors should be very proud of our Challenger Baseball League which just finished successfully with lots of smiles and satisfaction. Congratulations to our Park Foundation “Friends and Legends” Erin and Rick Urschel, Jon Schmaltz, and Sandra DeTraz, who were recently recognized for their extraordinary support of Valpo Parks. We know you will find something to spark your interest in this guide for yourself, your child, your parent or friend. Try something new that you’ve never done before! Enjoy life in Valparaiso!

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SPECIAL EVENTS JUN

19 FATHER'S DAY GOLF TOURNAMENT Ages: All Ages Welcome Location: Forest Park Golf Course

DATES

Jun 19

DAY

TIME

Su

FEE

6 am - 12 pm

$25/team

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

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4TH OF JULY BLAST 5K/2K

Ages: All Ages Welcome Location: Downtown Valparaiso

DATES

Jul 4

DAY

TIME

M

7:30 am

FEE $33 by 6/10/22 $38 after 6/10/22

Start your holiday off with a bang and join Valpo Parks for the 4th of July Blast 5K & 2K Fun Run/Walk. • Register online at www.RunSignUp.com • Register by 6/10 to guarantee shirt size. No shirt option saves $5 • Event check-in and race day registration: 6 – 7 am, $38 JUL

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4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION

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

DATES

Jul 4

DAY

M

TIME

6:30 pm*

FEE

Free

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

JUL

21 CREEKSIDE CLASSIC Ages: All Ages Welcome Location: Creekside Golf Course

DATES

Jul 21

DAY Th

TIME

FEE

8 am – 3 pm

$100 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 for junior & adult golfers includes a t-shirt, food, awards, and swag for all participants. AUG

20 VALPO NIGHT RIDE & BIKE BASH Ages: All Ages Welcome, 17 & under with an adult Location: Central Park Plaza

DATES

DAY

TIME

Aug 20 Sa Bike Bash 8 pm - 10 pm Night Ride 10 pm

FEE

Free $33 by 8/5 $38 after 8/5

Grab your bike and join us downtown for lots of bike-related fun at the Valpo Night Ride and Bike Bash! Family friendly fun at the FREE Bike Bash from 8 - 10 pm includes face painting, DJ music, contests, food trucks and more. At 10 pm riders will take off for the 10-mile Valpo Night Ride, led by the Valpo PD. The scenic, relaxing ride winds its way through city streets by starlight before returning to Central Park Plaza. • Register online at BikeSignup.com/ValpoNightRide. • Register by 8/5 to guarantee shirt size. No shirt option save $5 Event check-in and day of registration: 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm, $38 AUG Ages:

27 CREEKSIDE DUATHLON

Ages 10+ Location: Creekside Trails

DATES

Aug 27

DAY

Sa

TIME

8:30 am

FEE

$45

Compete against the field in this cross-country style duathlon. 5K crosscountry run followed by 10K mountain bike ride at Creekside Trails. Awards to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place per age division. Team entries are permitted. For more information on Creekside Trails visit page 32.

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SPECIAL EVENTS SEP

23 TRAILS FEST 2022 SEP

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Ages: All Ages Welcome Location: Creekside Trails

JR. KERNEL RUN

Ages: 8 – 12 Location: Fairgrounds Park

DATES

Sep 9

DAY F

TIME 6 pm

FEE $15

Picking up your Popcorn Panic race packet at Butterfield Pavilion? While you're there, have your kids pop on over to the Fairgrounds Park walking track for this one lap fun run the night before Popcorn Fest. Participants run 3/4 of a mile and receive a t-shirt and ribbon.

DATES

DAY

TIME

FEE

Sep 23 Sep 24 Sep 25

F Sa Su

Family Fun Ride 6 pm - 9 pm MTB Championships 9 am 8K Trail Run 8:30 am

Free $30 $30

Join us for a Celebration of Trails all weekend long! Friday evening is a family fun trail ride followed by a bonfire and s'mores for the kids. Saturday will be the Creekside MTB Championships which includes a 20K XC, 5K Kids Race and a 10K Fat Tire race. Sunday will follow with an 8K Trail Run to cap off the weekend festival. Food, drinks and music will be featured all weekend long.

*Check in and shirt pickup for this race will be at 5:30pm the day of the race. SEP

24 FALL CLASSIC FISHING DERBY

SEP

10 POPCORN PANIC

Ages: All Ages Welcome Location: Rogers Lakewood Park

Ages: All Ages Welcome Location: Downtown Valparaiso

DATES

DAY

TIME

FEE

Sep 10

Sa

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

$33 by 8/19 $38 after 8/19

Looking for a return to racing? Join us for the 44th running of the Popcorn Panic. A community tradition for over four decades, this event has over 1,200 participants annually, running and walking through our tree-lined city streets. In teams or as individuals, you can choose to run the 5 miles or the 5K run or walk. 1. Register online: www.RunSignUp.com 2. Packet pick-up and Walk-in Registrations will be accepted at Extra Mile Fitness on Sep 7 & 8 and on Sep 9 at Butterfield Pavilion from 3:30 – 5:30 pm

DATES

DAY

TIME

ENTRANCE FEE

Sep 24

Sa

7 am - 12 pm

$20 (16 & under free)

Join Friends of Fishing & Valpo Parks for a day of fishin', fellowship, food and fun. Biggest fish payouts in the following categories: Bass, Bluegill/Redear/Warmouth, Crappie, Perch. Fish can be measured at the clubhouse anytime during the day and then released. Fishing from park property only - or fishing from your own boat or kayak you can launch onsite. All Indiana state fishing regulations apply. Kids fish for prizes only. Besides fishing contests, there is a 50/50 raffle. • Same day registration begins at 7 am at Program Center • Weigh-in at noon at the clubhouse, all live fish • To pre-register contact Mark Addis at: mwaddis@msn.com

• Register by 8/12 to guarantee shirt size. No shirt option save $5 • Event check-in and same day registration from 6 - 6:45 am, $43 SEP

10 LIT'L KERNEL PUFF RUN Ages: 2 – 9 Location: Downtown Valparaiso

DATES

DAY

TIME

Sep 10 Sa 8:30 am

FEE

$15 by 8/26 $22 after 8/26

Kids can join the Popcorn Festival fun with this unique kid-friendly race in Downtown Valparaiso. Kids run in this 100 – 300 yard event; distance varies by age group. Everyone receives a t-shirt and participation ribbon. • Register early online, space is limited: www.ValpoParks.org • Packet Pick-up: Butterfield Family Pavilion; Sep 9, 3:30 – 6 pm

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SPECIAL EVENTS NOV

11 VETERAN'S DAY OBSERVANCE

Location: Service Memorial at Foundation Meadows

DATES

DAY

TIME

Nov 11

F

8 am - 9 am

FEE Free

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

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12 FIRST SKATE FUNDRAISER

FRIENDS & LEGENDS

Ages: All Ages Welcome Location: Central Park Plaza

Ages: All Ages Welcome Location: Butterfield Family Pavilion

DATES Oct 6

DAY Th

TIME 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

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

8

DAY

TIME

Sa

8 am – 12 pm

ADMISSION FEE $3 cash only

Per person age 18 & up

Patrons may shop vendor booths of gently used infant, toddler, and children's apparel, toys, furniture, and more! Cash only for admission. Individual vendors will accept cash, and some may accept electronic payment. Vendor fee varies based on booth size. For more information, visit ValpoParks.org.

22 HALLOWEEN HOWL FEST & RUN

FEE $20

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

Ages: All Ages Welcome Location: Central Park Plaza

DATES Nov 26

DAY Sa

TIME 5 – 7 pm

FEE Free

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

DAY Sa

TIME 9 am, 5K Race 9:30 am, 2K Fun Run/Walk

10 SANTA & SIRENS TOY DRIVE Ages: All Ages Welcome Location: Foundation Meadows Park

Ages: All Ages Welcome Location: Rogers Lakewood Park

FEE $33 by 10/7 $38 after 10/7

10 am, 3/4 Mile Dog Walk $10 11 am - 1pm, Halloween Howl Fest Free What has traditionally been just a 2K/5K run will now be a day full of halloween-themed, family fun at a new location - Rogers Lakewood Park. After the run families can enjoy hayrides, s’mores by the fire, music, food, crafts, and more! • Register online at www.RunSignUp.com

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6 pm

DEC

OCT

DATES Oct 22

TIME

NOV

Location: Butterfield Family Pavilion

DATES

DAY Sa

26 WINTER FEST & TREE LIGHTING

FALL KID'S CLOSET SALE

Oct 8

DATES Nov 12

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DATES Dec 10

DAY Sa

TIME 4 – 6 pm

FEE Free

Join Valpo Parks and the Dunes Leathernecks Marine Corp 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.


SPECIAL EVENTS

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HEALTHY LIFESTYLE get healthy with

AFIB-WHAT IS IT AND WHY YOU NEED TO KNOW Ages: 18+ Location: Banta Activity Center

DATES

Sep 20 COMHS.org

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

DAY Tu

TIME

2 pm - 3 pm

FEE

Free

It’s National Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month! AFib is an irregular, often rapid heart rate that commonly causes poor blood flow. Sleep apnea can worsen heart issues, leading to a higher risk of developing AFib. This session includes a free AFib and sleep apnea screening. It is recommended for people who are 40-50+ years of age and have a history of heart disease, thyroid disorders or sleep apnea.

CREATE A ONE-BITE MONSTER DINE WITHOUT THE DISAGREEMENTS

Ages: 18+ Location: Halloween Howl Fest at Rogers Lakewood Park

Ages: 18+ Location: Banta Activity Center

DATES

Jul 19

DAY

Tu

DATES

TIME

6 pm - 7 pm

FEE

Free

Cooking with easy recipes backed by the American Heart Association, this session will include fun ideas to interact with the kids, easy recipes and healthy grilling ideas. Whether you are a parent, grandparent, sitter or friend, this day will be filled with great ideas to make mealtime less stressful and more interactive.

Oct 22

DAY

Sa

TIME

11 am - 1 pm

FEE

Free

Kids will make a monster made of delicious morsels, using some foods they may have never tasted before! The session includes education on how grains and herbs can fit into a healthy diet and switch up their meals. Parents will learn how to encourage kids to try new foods and build more fiber into the diet.

INCREASE YOUR HEALTH WEALTH FAMILY GROCERY SHOPPING

Ages: 18+ Location: Banta Activity Center

Ages: All Ages (under 16 must be accompanied by an Adult 18+) Location: Strack & Van Til (North Valparaiso)

Nov 15

DATES

Aug 16

DAY Tu

TIME

6 pm - 7 pm

FEE

Free

You can save money and eat healthier with tips on ways to navigate a grocery store. You will learn how to use the freezer for easy-to-add produce to make smoothies and meals, and ways to store fruits and vegetables to keep produce fresh.

DATES

DAY Tu

TIME

FEE

2 pm - 3 pm Free

Find ways to save on your medication and learn more about safe and proper medication storage. Retail pharmacy staff from Community Healthcare System will answer questions and offer tips to save money at local pharmacies and your insurance plan.

GROCERY SHOPPING WITHOUT A CAR AND COOKING HEALTHY ON A BUDGET Ages: All Ages (under 16 must be accompanied by an Adult 18+) Location: Banta Activity Center

DATES

Dec 13

DAY Tu

TIME FEE 2 pm - 3 pm

Free

Cooking from home gives you control over your food choices AND your wallet. This program, supported by the American Heart Association, should be on your to-do list if the weather is blustery or you are without a car. We will help you find ways to bring nutritious and delicious meals to your daily routine.

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community garden DATES

FEE

Spring – Fall 2022

$45 per plot

REGISTER

HEALTHY LIFESTYLE

Begins Mar 1

Grow your own veggies, herbs, or flowers from May to November! Located at 3210 N. Campbell St. at Foundation Meadows Park, residents may reserve a 10 x 10 plot for just $45 per plot. Space is limited. Only 40 plots available. Call the Park Office for more details. (219) 462-5144.

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

THEME

DATE

DAY TIME

LOCATION

Bike Tune-Up

Apr 14

Th

Banta Center

Tour de Parks

May 12 Th

Ice Cream Ride

Jun 16

Th

5:30 pm Tower Park

Red, White & Blue

July 7

Th

5:30 pm

Bicentennial Park

Pathways & Pizza

Aug 11

Th

5:30 pm

Central Park Plaza

Heroes Ride

Sep 8

Th

5:30 pm

Foundation Meadows

Autumn Colors

Oct 13

Th

5:30 pm

Rogers Lakewood

5:30 pm

5:30 pm ValPlayso Park

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YOUTH SPORTS soccer

MIGHTY MITES SOCCER CAMP

Ages: 3 by May 1, 2022 Location: Westside Park Includes: Shirt, Socks, and Medal

DATES

DAY

TIME

Jun 8 – Jul 30

W/Th 3 pm - 3:45 pm W/Th 4 pm - 4:45 pm W/Th 5 pm - 5:45 pm

FEE

REGISTER

$60/$72 $60/$72 $60/$72

By May 30 By May 30 By May 30

Begin learning fundamental soccer skills and drills. Taught by high schools soccer athletes, this program is the perfect way to engage your athlete in an outdoor sport while advancing their motor skills! No coach or friend requests accepted.

Ages: 4 - 9 by Aug 1, 2022 Location: Westside Park Includes: Shirt, Socks, and Medal

DATES

DAY

TIME

FEE

REGISTER

$75/$87

By Jul 20

This program runs for 6 Saturdays and encourages kids to develop skills over the course of the season pertaining to dribbling, shooting, scoring and rules per age group. No coach or friend requests accepted.

FALL COED SENIOR SOCCER LEAGUE

DATES

DAY

TIME

FEE $75/$87

REGISTER By Jul 20

This program runs for 6 Saturdays and is a unique opportunity for your athlete to take their soccer skills to the next level. Games will be played against other Valpo Parks teams and surrounding Porter County schools with two weekends at each location throughout the season. No coach or friend requests accepted.

football

FLAG FOOTBALL

Ages: 8 - 14 by May 1, 2022 Location: Westside Park / Field of Dreams Includes: Jersey, Mouth Guard and Medal

DATES

DAY

May 18 - Jul 23

W/Sa Varies

TIME

FEE $60/$72

REGISTER By May 9

This program is a great way to learn the rules and skills of football in a safe and instructional environment. Practices are on Wednesdays and games are on Saturdays.

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Ages: 4 - 12 by Jun 1, 2022 Location: Ben Franklin Middle School Includes: Shirt and Medal

DATES

DAY

TIME

FEE

Jun 8 - Jul 23

W/Sa

Varies

$65/$77

REGISTER By Jun 4

lacrosse LACROSSE Ages: 5 - 13 by Jun 1, 2022 Location: Westside Park Includes: Shirt

DATES

DAY

TIME

FEE

REGISTER

Jun 4 - Jul 30

Sa

9 am - 10 am

$40/$52

By May 25

This program 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!

Ages: 10 - 14 by Aug 1, 2022 Location: Westside Park / Heartland / Kouts Includes: Shirt, Socks, and Medal Jul 22 - Oct 1 Sa AM Games First Game Aug 13, No Games 9/3, 9/10

TRACK & FIELD

This program allows its participants the opportunity to compete in multiple track and field events and develop their skills, while competing against other area parks departments. Practices are held on Wednesdays and the 4 meets will be held on Saturdays.

FALL COED JUNIOR SOCCER LEAGUE

Jul 22 - Oct 1 Sa AM Games First Game Aug 13, No Games 9/3, 9/10

track & field

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tennis

GROUP TENNIS LESSONS

Ages: 4 - 16 by Jun 1, 2022 Location: Kirchhoff Park Includes: Shirt SIX WEEK SESSION: Jun 13 - Jul 21

GROUP

DAY

TIME

FEE

Munchkins (4-6) Munchkins (4-6) Juniors (7-10) Juniors (7-10) Aces (11-16)

M - Th M - Th M - Th M - Th M - Th

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

$80/$92 $80/$92 $105/$117 $105/$117 $105/$117

REGISTER By Jun 3 By Jun 3 By Jun 3 By Jun 3 By Jun 3

This fun and exciting program introduces children to the basics of tennis. Modified techniques are used to adhere to all levels of players. Fridays are used as make-up days for rain-outs.


baseball

YOUTH SPORTS

SPRING MINORS LEAGUE

SUMMER COED T-BALL

Ages: 9 - 10 by Apr 30, 2022 Location: Westside Park / Samardzija Field Includes: Jersey, Hat, Socks, and Medal Evaluation: Apr 30, 10 am – 12 pm

DATES

DAY

TIME

FEE

May 9 – Jul 16

M - Sa

Varies

$100/$112

REGISTER By Apr 25

Give your athlete an opportunity to compete in 8 games and a single elimination tournament against other Valpo Parks teams. Evaluation determines teams; no coach or friend requests.

SPRING BIFF GEISS ROOKIE LEAGUE Ages: 7 - 8 by Apr 30, 2022 Location: Westside Park / Samardzija Field Includes: Jersey, Hat, Socks, and Medal Evaluation: Apr 30, 10 am – 12 pm

DATES

DAY

TIME

FEE

May 9 – Jul 16 First Game May 21

M - Sa

Varies

$97/$109

REGISTER By Apr 25

SPRING 18U LEAGUE Ages: 16 - 18 by Dec 31, 2021 Location: Home Games at Rotary Field Includes: Jersey, Hat and Socks

DAY

TIME

Apr 18 – Jul 30 M - Sa Varies

DATES

DAY

Jun 4 - Jul 23 Sa First Game Jun 4

TIME

FEE

AM Games

$65/$77

REGISTER By May 13

This program is a great way to get your athlete interested in baseball through instructional techniques and drills. 4-5 year olds will play traditional t-ball and 6 year olds will start on a tee and transition to coach pitch. Season includes 8 games. No coach or friend requests accepted.

FALL MAJORS LEAGUE

Give your athlete an opportunity to compete in 8 games and a single elimination tournament against other Valpo Parks teams. Evaluation determines teams; no coach or friend requests.

DATES

Ages: 4-6 by Jun 1, 2022 Location: Valplayso Park / Westside Park Includes: Shirt, Hat, and Medal

Ages: 11 - 12 by Aug 1, 2022 Location: Home Games at Kirchhoff Park Includes: Jersey, Hat, Socks, and Medal

DATES

DAY

Aug 1 – Oct 1

M - Sa Varies

TIME

FEE $82/$94

REGISTER By Jul 20

Give your athlete an opportunity to compete in 6 games and a single elimination tournament against other Valpo Parks teams and other local teams. Evaluation determines teams; no coach or friend requests.

FALL MINORS LEAGUE FEE $150/$162 Team $225

REGISTER By Apr 1

Provide your upper high school aged athletes with the opportunity to compete against Lake and Porter County teams at a higher level of play. Some travel is required. Teams will play in games as well as tournaments. No coach or friend requests accepted.

CHALLENGER LEAGUE

Ages: 9 - 10 by Aug 1, 2022 Location: Westside Park / Samardzija Field Includes: Jersey, Hat, Socks, and Medal

DATES

DAY

Aug 1 – Oct 1

M - Sa Varies

TIME

FEE $82/$94

REGISTER By Jul 20

Give your athlete an opportunity to compete in 6 games and a single elimination tournament against other Valpo Parks teams. Evaluation determines teams; no coach or friend requests.

FALL BIFF GEISS ROOKIE LEAGUE

Ages: 5 - 22 by Aug 1, 2022 Location: Samardzija Field Includes: Jersey, Hat, Socks, and Medal

DATES

DAY

TIME

FEE

Aug 7 – Sep 25

Su

12 pm - 1 pm

$65/$77

REGISTER By Jul 31

Join this adaptive sports program designed for individuals who are physically or intellectually challenged. This program teaches basic baseball fundamentals, along with other necessary skills such as teamwork, sportsmanship, and bonding with other athletes in the community.

Ages: 7 - 8 by Aug 1, 2022 Location: Westside Park / Samardzija Field Includes: Jersey, Hat, Socks, and Medal

DATES

DAY

TIME

Aug 1 – Oct 1

M - Sa Varies

FEE $82/$94

REGISTER By Jul 20

Give your athlete an opportunity to compete in 6 games and a single elimination tournament against other Valpo Parks teams in a kid/coach pitch league. Evaluation determines teams; no coach or friend requests.

Worried about bad weather? Don't miss an update!

Call our youth sports cancellation hotline for a pre-recorded announcement of any cancellations due to bad weather: (219) 476-7961. You can also sign up for text updates at ValpoParks.org/list.aspx

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YOUTH SPORTS volleyball INSTRUCTIONAL VOLLEYBALL CAMP Ages: 4th - 6th Grade Location: Valparaiso Community Schools Includes: Shirt

DATES

DAY

TIME

FEE

REGISTER

Oct 17 - Dec 5 Oct 17 - Dec 5 Oct 17 - Dec 5 Oct 17 - Dec 5

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

5 pm - 6 pm (6th) 6 pm - 7 pm (4th - 5th) 5 pm - 6 pm (6th) 6 pm - 7 pm (4th - 5th)

$75 $75 $75 $75

By Oct 10 By Oct 10 By Oct 10 By Oct 10

This league is a great way for your athlete to develop individual and team skills while experiencing game situations and drills for the sport of volleyball.

hockey INSTRUCTIONAL YOUTH HOCKEY Ages: 5-14 by Dec 31, 2022 Location: Central Park Plaza Includes: Jersey and Socks Evaluation:

DATES

DAY

TIME

FEE

REGISTER

Nov 15 - Mar 5 T/Th/Su Varies $280 By Nov 11 Learn the skills of skating and stopping, puck handling and shooting, as well as other fundamentals of playing hockey with Valpo Parks! Coaches use techniques mirrored off of the USA Hockey ADM. Participants must supply their own hockey stick, helmet with face guard, and full hockey pads.

looking for an opportunity to be a positive role model? Sign up to be a volunteer coach with Valpo Parks! By signing up to be a volunteer coach, you will receive a $10 credit on your account for future programs through Valpo Parks, along with resources and assistance in coaching that particular sport. Call our office to discuss how you can get started on your coaching journey today and begin making a difference for the youth in your community.

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1158 W. Harrison Blvd. Valparaiso, IN 46385

DISCOVERY COTTAGE

Discovery Cottage hosts enrichment programs for pre-school children ages 2– 5 years old. Our unique program is designed to provide a totally hands-on and kid-centered learning experience that will allow them to use their own creativity and imagination. Children will participate in a wide variety of activities: playing, experimenting, singing, cooking, crafting, and learning with new friends! We can’t wait to have your child join us on the road to early childhood success!

busy bees Ages: 2–3 years (Max of 10 kids per class)

little sprouts

Child attends independently

Ages: 3 – 4 years

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

DATES

DAY

TIME

FEE

Sep 7 - 28 M/W Oct 3 - 31 M/W Nov 2 - 30 M/W Dec 5 - 14 M/W

9:30 - 10:20 am OR 11– 11:50 am 9:30 - 10:20 am OR 11– 11:50 am 9:30 - 10:20 am OR 11– 11:50 am 9:30 - 10:20 am OR 11– 11:50 am

$55/$67 $55/$67 $55/$67 $55/$67 $55/$67 $55/$67 $42/$54 $42/$54

10/10 10/10 11/23 11/23

DATES

TIME

FEE

NO CLASS

9:30 - 10:20 am OR 11– 11:50 am 9:30 - 10:20 am OR 11– 11:50 am 9:30 - 10:20 am OR 11– 11:50 am 9:30 - 10:20 am OR 11– 11:50 am

$55/$67 $55/$67 $55/$67 $55/$67 $55/$67 $55/$67 $42/$54 $42/$54

DAY

Sep 6 - 29 Tu/Th Oct 4 - 27 Tu/Th Nov 1 - 29 Tu/Th Dec 1 - 15 Tu/Th

NO CLASS

10/11 10/11 11/24 11/24

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

DATES

DAY

TIME

FEE

NO CLASS

Sep 7 - 28 Oct 3 - 31 Nov 2-30 Dec 5 -14

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

9 – 11 am 9 – 11 am 9 – 11 am 9 – 11 am

$90/$102 $90/$102 $90/$102 $47/$59

10/10 11/23

DATES

DAY

TIME

FEE

NO CLASS

Sep 6 - 29 Oct 4 - 27 Nov 1-29 Dec 1 -15

Tu/Th Tu/Th Tu/Th Tu/Th

9 – 11 am 9 – 11 am 9 – 11 am 9 – 11 am

$90/$102 $90/$102 $90/$102 $47/$59

10/11 11/24

@DiscoveryCottage

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kids warrior fitness

DISCOVERY COTTAGE

Ages: 3 - 5 Location: Discovery Cottage

kinder ready

DATES

DAY

TIME

Sep 9 - 30

F

9 am – 10 am

Child attends independently

Participants will have fun while learning about body control through martial arts, and a variety of challenging obstacles.

Ages: 4–5 years (1 year prior to starting kindergarten) We have a specially designed curriculum that is structured to prepare your child for kindergarten. We will have multiple assessments as well as parent teacher conferences to ensure proper growth and development. (Max of 14 kids per class)

DATES

DAY

TIME

FEE

NO CLASS

Sep 6 - 29

M–Th

8:30 am - 11:30 am

$125/$137

Oct 3 - 31

M–Th

8:30 am - 11:30 am

$125/$137 10/10, 10/11

Nov 1 - 30

M–Th

8:30 am - 11:30 am

$125/$137 11/23, 11/24

Dec 1 - 15

M–Th

8:30 am - 11:30 am

$98/$110

DATES

DAY

TIME

FEE

Sep 6 - 29

M–Th

12 pm - 3 pm

$125/$137

Oct 3 - 31

M–Th

12 pm - 3 pm

$125/$137 10/10, 10/11

Nov 1 - 30

M–Th

12 pm - 3 pm

$125/$137 11/23, 11/24

Dec 1 - 15

M–Th

12 pm - 3 pm

$98/$110

NO CLASS

FEE $45/$57

kulinary kidz

Ages: 3 - 5 Location: Discovery Cottage

DATES

DAY

TIME

Oct 7 -28

F

9 am – 10:30 am

FEE $45/$57

Inspire your little chef with delicious fun! Hands-on kitchen time will allow your child to learn lifelong skills, and express their creativity in the kitchen.

wacky science

Ages: 3 - 5 Location: Discovery Cottage

DATES

DAY

TIME

Nov 4 -18

F

9 am – 10:30 am

FEE $36/$48

Kids will have a blast doing mini-experiments and making huge messes and memories together!

little elves workshop

Ages: 3 - 5 Location: Discovery Cottage

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

summer days

DATES

DAY

TIME

Dec 2 - 16

F

9 am – 10 am

Ages: 3 – 5 years

Week 1: UNDER THE SEA | June 6 - 10 Come and "hang ten" with activities, songs, crafts and snacks.

DATES

DAY

9 am – 11 am

FEE

Week 2: BUGS LIFE | June 13 - 17

M/W/F

$60 /$72

June 13 - June 17

M/W/F

9 am – 11 am

$60 /$72

Week 3: ZOOTOPIA | June 20 - 24

June 20 - June 24

M/W/F

9 am – 11 am

$60 /$72

June 27 - July 1

M/W/F

9 am – 11 am

$60 /$72

July 4 - 8

W/F

9 am – 11 am

$40 /$52

TIME

Explore the important jobs of pesky insects. Spark curiosity with activities surrounding animals and their habitats.

Week 4: CAMP DISCOVERY | June 27 - July 1 Learn about nature, forest animals, the night sky, s'mores and more!

Week 5: RED, WHITE & BLUE | July 4 - 8 Lots of surprises are in store as we learn about the USA.

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$36/$48

Here's the scoop - Discovery Cottage is hosting their first ever mini camp for little ones to beat the heat with ice cream and fun! With new themes weekly, your child will never be bored this summer.

weekly themes

June 6 - June 10

FEE

In this workshop, kids will have fun creating holiday crafts and decorating cookies.

camp dates Child attends independently

Register Online at ValpoParks.org


friday night unplug

YOUTH ENRICHMENT

Ages: 8 - 16 Location: Banta Activity Center

DATES

DAY

TIME

Feb 4 - Nov 4

F

6 pm - 9 pm

FEE $25

Looking for a safe, fun place for your kids while you go to dinner downtown or finish those errands? We've got you covered! Kids are invited to attend Friday Night Unplug for a night of fun at Banta Activity Center. Kids will have the opportunity to do themed activities for 3 hours of technology free entertainment! Club meets once a month from Feb - Nov on the first Friday of the month.

ninja fit challenge Ages: 5 - 12 Location: Forest Park Picnic Area

DATES

DAY

TIME

Sep 6 - 27

Tu

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

FEE $60

american girl book club

A fun and fast-moving class based on obstacle courses and challenges similar to the TV show American Ninja Warrior. The class is designed to improve endurance, agility, coordination, speed, and stamina while participants are encouraged to challenge themselves to complete the course and cheer for each other!

DATES

lil vet school

Ages: 6 - 11 Location: Banta Activity Center Nov 6 -27

DAY Su

TIME

2 - 3:30 pm

FEE

$65

A book club for kids in grades 1st - 5th grade who already love to read or want to develop a love of reading. This class is designed to connect through a common love of reading and American Girl dolls. Each month a pre-selected book will be read and discussed along with hands-on learning activities expanded from the book.

Ages: 5 - 12 Location: Banta Activity Center

woodworking

Take on the role of a veterinarian and learn how to perform nose-to-tail exam, the importance of proper nutrition, how to perform a tick check, and how to identify animal body language. Guest appearance by the Valpo Police K-9 unit to learn about the role of K-9 officers!

Ages: 13 - 18 Location: Valpo Parks Maintenance Shop

DATES

DAY

TIME

Aug 2 - 23

Tu

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

FEE $75

Learn your way around a woodworking shop! Each week a different wood-based item will be taught and made using proper woodworking techniques.

DATES

DAY

TIME

Oct 4 - 25

Tu

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

FEE $60

home economics

Ages: 13 - 18 Location: Banta Activity Center

DATES

DAY

TIME

Nov 1 - 29

Tu

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

FEE $75

Learn the basics of cooking, ironing, laundry and more in this Home Economics class offered at Banta Activity Center. Get domesticated with Valpo Parks!

togetherhood® libraries Valpo Parks, Fit City & the Valparaiso Family YMCA Togetherhood® committee have teamed up to bring Togetherhood Libraries to you. These free-standing structures house books that are made for sharing. Take a book, leave a book, or read a book and return it. Here is where you can find a library near you! • Forest Park - 564 Harrison Blvd

• ValPlayso Park - 1400 E. Glendale Blvd

• Will Park - 354 Morgan Blvd

• Jessee-Pifer Park - 400 Elmhurst Ave

• Central Park Plaza - 68 Lafayette St

• ValPAWraiso Dog Park - 2902 Campbell St

• Fairgrounds Park -704 McCord Rd

• Butterfly Meadows - 3210 N Campbell St

• Tower Park - 1000 Franklin St

• Westside Park - 157 Westside Park Ave

Feel free to donate straight to the library or drop off at the Valpo Parks office M-F, 8 am - 5 pm. We appreciate everyone's generosity as we spark creativity and inspire readers!

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DISCOVERY DAY CAMP

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

summer camp

camp discounts SUMMER SCHOOL RATE

Ages: 5 to 14 Location: Rogers Lakewood Park

WEEK

DAY

Full Week

M–F

TIME

9 am – 12 pm (5 yr olds) 9 am – 3 pm (5 yr olds) 9 am – 5 pm

WEEKLY FEE

$70 / $82 $88 / $100 $115 / $127

Campers will bring a lunch Monday – Thursday. Lunch will be provided on Fridays. Must be 5 years of age on or before Aug 1, 2022.

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

SIBLING DISCOUNT

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

FREE WEEK OF CAMP

before & after care

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

CARE

Registration deadline for all camps is 3 pm on the Friday prior to the week your child is attending. Late registration must be done at the Parks office during business hours with approcal (plus $15 late fee). Register online at ValpoParks.org, by calling (219) 462-5144 or in person at Valpo Parks, 3210 North Campbell Street, Valparaiso, during our office hours.

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

DAY

TIME

WEEKLY FEE

Extended AM

M–F

6:30 am – 8:45 am

$40

Extended PM

M–F

3 pm – 5 pm (5 yr olds)

$30

Extended Combo

M–F

6:30 am – 8:45 am AND 3 pm – 5 pm

$65

registration

Grab a Slice - Pizza Fridays are back by popular demand!

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around the world

DISCOVERY DAY CAMP

WEEK 1: JUNE 6 - JUNE 10 Campers will spend the week traveling all around the globe with themed games & activities.

nature's calling

WEEK 2: JUNE 13 - JUNE 17 Campers are going green as they learn about nature and the environment around them!

ultimate survivor

WEEK 3: JUNE 20 - JUNE 24 The tribe has spoken! Campers compete in a variety of fun challenges throughout the week.

olympic games WEEK 4: JUNE 27 - JULY 1

Go for the gold! Campers play in the biggest event at DDC — from Opening Ceremony through the medal podium!

water week

WEEK 5: JULY 5 - JULY 8 (4 Day Week, Fee Reduced) Campers make a splash with a week full of water kickball, Drip Drip Drench, slip & slides, and more!

holiday days

WEEK 6: JULY 11 - JULY 15 Campers celebrate a new holiday every day this week with crafts, games and more!

mad science WEEK 7: JULY 18 - JULY 22

Campers become junior scientists with fun & safe science experiments throughout the week.

lip sync

WEEK 8: JULY 25 - JULY 28 (4 Day Week, Fee Reduced) Rock On! This tradition is always a favorite. Groups practice song and dance for a performance on Thursday night for friends & family.

save the date MAY

19 MEET THE COUNSELORS NIGHT Location: Rogers Lakewood Park

DATES

DAY

TIME

May 19

Th

5:30 pm - 8:30 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. JUL

28 LIP SYNC PERFORMANCE Location: Rogers Lakewood Park

DATES

DAY

TIME

Jul 28

Th

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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

SPECIAL THANK YOU TO OUR 2022 CAMP SPONSORS

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FAMILY ENRICHMENT

PINE CONE & FELT OWL Ages: 6+, 6 - 16 with an adult Location: Banta Activity Center

DATES

DAY

TIME

FEE

REGISTER

Nov 5

Sa

10:30 am - 11:30 am $20

By Oct 27

The adorable ornament your Christmas tree needs this year! They might be so cute you can't leave it at home and it needs to sit on your desk at work. Class is led by Bonnie Flint.

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

DATES

DAY

TIME

FEE

REGISTER

Dec 10

Sa

9:30 am – 10:30 am $20

By Nov 30

DIY ornaments make your Christmas tree look so beautiful and they make the perfect holiday gift. All materials provided for participants to make two globe-type ornaments. Class is led by Bonnie Flint.

themed crafts

WINTER DECORATION

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

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

DATES

DAY

TIME

FEE

REGISTER

Dec 10

Sa

11 am – 12 pm

$20

By Nov 30

Parents and kids come together to create the perfect companion for your elf-on-the-shelf. Class is led by Bonnie Flint.

DATES

DAY

TIME

FEE

REGISTER

Aug 6

Sa

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

$20

By Jul 28

Craft your way to sweeter dreams! A perfect addition to any room, let your creativity soar as you make your very own dreamcatcher. Class is led by Bonnie Flint.

FALL WOOD DECOR SIGN Ages: 10+, 10 - 15 with an adult Location: Banta Activity Center

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

SESSION III — SLOW DANCE DATES

DATES

DAY

TIME

FEE

REGISTER

Sep 24

Sa

10:30 – 12:00 pm

$30

By Sep 15

Celebrate sweater weather as you create a beautiful wood sign to make your home feel like fall. It's the perfect addition to any front porch or mantel! Class is led by K2 Kreative & Krafty.

SCARECROWS FROM SCRATCH

DAY

Jun 6 – Jul 18 M

TIME

FEE

5:30 – 6:15 pm

$85/$95 Couple $50/$60 Individual

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

photography BEGINNERS PHOTOGRAPHY

Ages: All ages welcome, 6+ with an adult Location: Rogers Lakewood Park

DATES

DAY

TIME

FEE

REGISTER

Oct 9

Su

1 – 2:30 pm 2:30 – 4 pm

$30

By Sep 22

Put together your own child-sized scarecrow. All materials provided, though you are welcome to bring your own clothes. $25 for each additional scarecrow. Register early in the summer and pick up a season pass to Rogers Lakewood for just $10. Class is led by Bonnie Flint.

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

Register Online at ValpoParks.org

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

DATES

DAY

TIME

FEE

REGISTER

Jul 7

Th

6 – 7:30 pm

$25

Jun 23

Each workshop is run by a professional photographer and is geared toward helping you achieve your comfort level with your camera. Instruction will be given on exposure, composition, and more. A takehome reference guide will be provided for all participants. When you register, pick up a season pass to Rogers Lakewood for just $10.


ADULT SPORTS

softball

• • • • • •

Teams are placed in divisions by request and past records and range from competitive to recreational Six or more non-residents equals a non-resident team All team fees must be paid prior to first night of play Rosters due by deadline date with $100 deposit No games: Mother's Day, Father's Day, Memorial Day weekend, Labor Day weekend

No Summer Coed Tourneys will be scheduled the same time as Sunday Coed Tourneys.

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

DATES

DAY

TIME

FEE

REGISTER

Aug 7 – Sep 30

Su

Varies

$385/$435

By Jul 21

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

soccer • • • • •

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

ADULT COED, MEN AND WOMEN LEAGUES Ages: 18+ and no longer participating in high school athletics Location: Fairgrounds Park & Westside Park Mandatory captains meeting will be virtual. Date and time TBD.

DATES

DAY

TIME

May – Jul May – Jul May – Jul

Varies Varies Varies Varies Varies Varies

FEE

REGISTER

$975/$1050 Coed By Apr 28 $975/$1050 Men By Apr 28 $975/$1050 Women By Apr 28

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

DATES

DAY

TIME

FEE

May 2 – Jul 28 May 2 – Jul 28 May 2 – Jul 28

M Tu W/Th

Varies Varies Varies

$500/$600 Coed $500/$600 Women $500/$600 Men

REGISTER By Apr 7 By Apr 7 By Apr 7

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

FALL COED & MEN’S LEAGUES Ages: 18+ and no longer participating in high school athletics Location: Fairgrounds Park Mandatory captains meeting will be virtual. Date and time TBD.

DATES

DAY

TIME

FEE

REGISTER

Aug 8 – Sep 30 Aug 8 – Sep 30 Aug 8 – Sep 30

M/W Tu/Th Tu

Varies Varies Varies

$500/$600 Coed A–C $500/$600 Coed D–F $500/$600 Men A–C

By Jul 21 By Jul 21 By Jul 21

Aug 8 – Sep 30

Th

Varies

$500/$600 Men D–F

By Jul 21

NEW FOR 2022 - MEN'S & WOMEN'S LEAGUES! Both leagues offer 12 games along with a post season double-elimination tourney. Up to three divisions are offered: Competitive, Mid-Recreational, and Recreational.

volleyball

PRE-SEASON TOURNEY

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

DATES

Oct* Oct*

DAY

M W

TIME

FEE

TBD* TBD*

$65 Coed $65 Women

REGISTER

By Oct 13 By Oct 13

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

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

DATES

Oct – Mar Oct – Mar

DAY

M W

TIME

Varies Varies

FEE

REGISTER

$425/$475 Coed By Sep 29 $425/$475 Women By Sep 29

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

Don't have a team?

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

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ADULT SPORTS kickball

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

DATES

DAY

TIME

Aug 5 F 6 pm - 10 pm

FEE

REGISTER

$200 Team $20 Individual

By Jul 29

NEW! Join as a team or individual in the inaugural Kickball Tournament at Fairgrounds Park under the lights! Teams need a minimum 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.

ultimate frisbee

hockey 4 ON 4 LEAGUE 2023 Ages: 18+ and no longer participating in high school athletics Location: Central Park Plaza Ice Rink

DATES

Jan – Mar Jan – Mar

COED ULTIMATE FRISBEE LEAGUE Ages: 18+ and no longer participating in high school athletics Location: Fairgrounds Park

DATES

DAY

TIME

FEE

Jun 14 - Aug 2 Aug 23 - Oct 8

Tu Tu

6:30 pm 6:30 pm

$30 $30

REGISTER By Jun 2 By Aug 4

The discs keep flying this fall! Open to players of all abilities and experience. Season consists of eight weeks of league play followed by a tournament. Everyone who joins will get their own league disc!

DAY

M/Tu M/Tu

TIME

Varies Varies

FEE

$100 Individual $800 team

REGISTER By Nov 17 By Nov 17

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

LEARN TO PLAY Ages: 15+ Location: Central Park Plaza Ice Rink

DATES

Dec 5 – Mar 6

DAY Su

TIME

6:55 am - 7:55 am

FEE

$180

REGISTER By Dec 3

This program is designed for the beginner hockey player or for someone who has been away from the game for some time. Basic equipment required, helmets stick and hockey gloves, full equipment is welcomed.

Join us on Facebook & the TeamReach app! 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. Free beginner lessons will be offered in the spring at Kirchoff Park with paddles and balls supplied. The Facebook group is intended to help people find information about where and when to play pickleball in Valparaiso, IN which you can easily join by scanning the QR code. This group works in conjunction with the companion group on the "TeamReach" app which you can join with code: 46383.

www.Facebook.com/Groups/ValpoPickleball

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Play and instructional times are posted on TeamReach while Facebook is easier for sharing any pickleball info including announcements, photos, videos, hashtags, and social media connections of all kinds.


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

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

RIDING $21 $8 $16 -$19

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

GREENS FEE $18 $4 $13 $10 $15

RIDING $26 $8 $21 -$23

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

$8 $4 $8

DRIVING RANGE PRICE Token: $6 Range Pass (40 tokens): $120

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

GREENS FEE $16 $13 $13 $15 $8 $13 $9

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

WEEKEND RATES

GREENS FEE

RIDING

$22 $18 $18 $21 $16 $11

$37 $26 $26 $29 ---

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

$15 $8 $8

simulators

outings

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

All the right amenities to host your golf outing in 2022!

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

• Local Organizations • Corporate Events • Annual Fundraisers

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VALPO PARKS GOLF

MEMBERSHIPS TYPE WALKING Individual $700 Senior $630 Student $290 Adult Add-on (18+) $350 Junior Add-on (under 18) $150

RIDING $950 $880 $540 $475 $250

TYPE Individual Senior Adult Add-on (18+)

WALKING $800 $730 $400

RIDING $1155 $1085 $575

Adult Add-on must be 18 or older and reside in the same household. Proper documentation required. Junior Add-on must be 17 or younger and be related to the adult membership holder. If playing alone they can not play at Forest Park before 1pm on weekends and holidays.

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

Visit our website for details on memberships and leagues:

www.ValpoParksGolf.com

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DAY TRIPS

All Day Trips Begin & End at the Valpo Parks Office 3210 N. Campbell Street, Valparaiso, IN 46383

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. Day Trips are added throughout the year so be sure to check our website for the most up-to-date information. Newly added trips for 2022 include a Broadway in Chicago show and an Architectural Boat Tour, and keep an eye out for a possible trip for shopping and lunch at the Christkindlmarket.

a day in lake geneva LAKE GENEVA, WI

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

DATES

DAY

TIME

FEE

Jul 8

F

7:00 am – 7:45 pm

$99

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

architectural boat tour CHICAGO, IL

Explore Chicago's iconic architecture aboard Chicago's First Lady River Cruise. This boat tour features both indoor and outdoor seating and a full-service cash bar. After the cruise we'll head to Navy Pier for a private luncheon, followed by time to shop and explore. This trip involves moderate walking.

DATES

DAY

TIME

FEE

Jul 19

Tu

8:00 am – 5:30 pm

$109

This day trip includes: • Deluxe Motorcoach transportation • Admission to the 90-minute boat tour • Private lunch at Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville • Shopping at Navy Pier

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frederik meijer gardens GRAND RAPIDS, MI

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

DATES

DAY

TIME

FEE

Sep 29

Th

7:30 am – 6:30 pm

$55

This day trip includes: • Deluxe Motorcoach transportation • Guided walking tour of indoor gardens. • Guided tram tour of the outdoor sculpture park and gardens. • Lunch will be on your own at the James & Shirley Balk Cafe on site. Please plan for $15 or less as the cost of your lunch.


DAY TRIPS starved rock fall colors UTICA, IL

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

DATES

Oct 14

DAY F

TIME

7:30 am – 6 pm

FEE

$79

This day trip includes: • Deluxe Motorcoach transportation • Trolley ride • Lunch at Starved Rock Lodge • Guided scenic walk

broadway in chicago CHICAGO, IL

Forget all that you know about The Wizard of Oz and be transported once again to the magical land of Oz! This time, however, the action takes place way before the arrival of Dorothy and her pooch Toto. Wicked is the story of two magically inclined women, one blonde, and one green of skin - and their coming-of-age as the forces of good and (perceived) wicked.

DATES

Nov 6

DAY

Su

TIME

11:00 am – 6:30 pm

This day trip includes: • Deluxe Motorcoach transportation • Admission ticket to Wicked: the Musical • Boxed lunch

FEE

$185

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SPECIAL THANK YOU TO OUR 2022 DAY TRIP SPONSORS Day Trips are subject to change due to changing Covid-19 restrictions at each destination. For more information about current restrictions for each trip, please visit www.ValpoParks.org. Call (219) 462-5144

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SENIOR ENRICHMENT

Open Monday – Friday from 9 am to 3 pm 605 Beech Street, Valparaiso, IN 46383 (219) 462-1301 / bantacenter@valpo.us

Banta Activity Center provides a warm and friendly environment for seniors ages 50+ where you can take part in the many activities offered.

banta center membership

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

included programs ARTS: Painting class CRAFTS: Banta Center has a “Knit Wits” group who enjoy knitting and crocheting items that are donated to various organizations for children/families in need DANCE: Line dancing EDUCATIONAL: Lunch & Learns offer education on senior resources

HEALTH & EXERCISE: Fitness Room with various conditioning machines and free weights, Pilates, QiGong, Reformers, Theraband, Exercise with DVD-Richard Simmons and more. Many classes are with a certified/ qualified trainer. The Banta Center is utilized as a site that offers seniors flu shots and a community voting site HOBBIES: Sewing machines available to do mending or start quilting MUSIC: Sing-a-longs with piano accompaniments RECREATIONAL: Aging support group, library, retiree group meeting, quiet corners to sit and read with coffee LUNCH PROGRAM: Banta Center is a Northwest Indiana Community Action nutrition site that serves hot, nutritious lunches Monday – Friday at 11:30 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.

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SENIOR ENRICHMENT pilates PILATES MAT CLASS

Ages: 50+ Location: Banta Activity Center

DATES

card games Ages: 50+ Location: Banta Activity Center

DAY

Year Round

W

TIME

TIME

FEE

REGISTER

9:15 - 10:15 am

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

Banta Desk

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

BRIDGE

DATES

DAY

Year Round W / F

FEE

REGISTER

Duplicate Free / $2 Banta Desk 11 am - 3:15 pm Tu/Th Social Contract Free / $2 Banta Desk 12 pm - 4 pm Th Advanced Beginner Free / $2 Banta Desk 9:30 am - 11:30 am

ACBL Sanctioned Duplicate Bridge Club held at the Banta Center, 605 Beech Street. Arrive by 10:45 and you are guaranteed a partner, ACBL points are awarded. Not ready for Duplicate Bridge? We also have Social Contract Bridge and Advanced Beginner Classes.

PILATES REFORMER TRAINING

Ages: 50+ Location: Banta Activity Center

DATES

DAY

TIME

FEE

Year Round

M - Sa

By Appt

$35/Duet $55/Private

REGISTER Banta Desk

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

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200 EAST PARK 2501 McCord Rd

Large open greenspace and playground equipment.

BANTA PARK

PARKS & PATHWAYS

605 Beech St

GLENROSE SOUTH PARK

Neighborhood park with new handicap accessible playground equipment and greenspace area.

1505 McCord Rd

2 baseball fields with dugout benches and small playground.

BERKLEY PARK

JESSEE-PIFER 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

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, horseshoe pits, basketball hoop, tennis court, pickleball courts, age-appropriate playground equipment, baseball fields, 4 picnic shelters and seasonal restrooms.

63 Lafayette St

OGDEN GARDENS

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

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

451 Harrison Blvd

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 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

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

FAIRGROUNDS PARK 704 McCord Rd

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

FOREST PARK 575 Harrison Blvd

Large open greenspace, 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 N

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

FOUNDATION MEADOWS PARK 3210 N Campbell St

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

5320 N Campbell St

TOWER PARK 1000 N Franklin St

Basketball courts, all weather turf youth baseball field, pickleball court, picnic shelter, playground, greenspace and seasonal restroom.

VALPAWRAISO DOG PARK

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

VALPLAYSO PARK 1400 Glendale Blvd

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

WESTSIDE PARK 157 Westside Park Ave

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

WILL PARK 354 Morgan Blvd

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

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CREEKSIDE TRAILS

Creekside Golf Trailhead 2355 Clifford Road, Valparaiso, IN 46385

Trailyard Trailhead 2551 Clifford Road, Valparaiso, IN 46385

An addition to the parks system in November of 2019, Creekside Trails is a multi-use trail system that offers 12+ miles of soft surface corridors for mountain biking, hiking, and walking. The purpose was to create a safe and enjoyable recreational riding and walking area for Porter County within Valparaiso, Indiana. Creekside Trails provides several scenic route options as portions of the trail travels along Salt Creek. The trails are open yearround but are best enjoyed April through November. Winter recreation is also encouraged for fat bikes, XC skiing and snowshoes, weather permitting. Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a leash at all times.

join us on the trails APRIL - OCTOBER

Tuesday Group Rides starting at 5pm

CREEKSIDE DUATHLON

Saturday, June 25th

Compete against the field in this cross-country style duathlon for ages 10 and up. This is a 5K cross-country run followed by 10K mountain bike ride through Creekside Trails. Awards to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place per age division. Team entries are permitted.

admission & hours Creekside Trails is free to the public. A donation box is onsite, but a contribution is not required to utilize the park. Open dawn to dusk seven days a week, weather permitting. Night riding is not authorized.

TRAILS FEST 2022

September 23rd - September 25th

A family fun trail ride Friday evening followed by a bonfire and s'mores for the kids. Saturday will be the Creekside MTB Championships which includes a 20K XC, 5K Kids Race and a 10K Fat Tire race. Sunday will follow with an 8K Trail Run to cap off the weekend festival. Food, drinks and music will be featured all weekend long.

map of trails

facebook community

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

Find us on Facebook to stay informed! Check the Creekside Trials Facebook page for updates on trail conditions and join the Creekside Trails Fan Page Facebook group to meet new friends and organize rides. www.Facebook.com/MTBCreekside www.Facebook.com/Groups/CreeksideTrailsFanPage

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

MEMBERSHIP

YEARLY RATE

Residents & Non-Residents

$40

ADDITIONAL FEES Extra Dog

$15

Access Key Card Replacement

$10

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

Call Valpo Parks to register your furry friends! Phone: (219) 462-5144 Fax: (219) 465-0098 Email: ValPAWraiso@valpo.us

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ROGERS LAKEWOOD PARK

5320 N Campbell Street Valparaiso, IN 46385

This 122-acre park is the perfect place to spend a day outdoors! Bring your own boat (only electric trolling motors allowed on lake) or take advantage of our boat rentals, concessions, family fun packs, and fishing pole rentals. Located on Loomis and Spectacle Lake, Lakewood is perfect for a day of fishing (with proper fishing license). The park has trails, both paved and un-paved, for biking, walking, and running. Lakewood has a number of shelters that can be reserved for a fee (see page 38), perfect for family get-togethers and company parties.

entrance fees

park store

RESIDENT STATUS

DAILY RATE

Porter County

Weekdays $5 / Weekends $6

DATES

DAYS

HOURS

Non-Porter County Residents

Weekdays $7 / Weekends $8

May 21 – May 29 May 30 – Aug 7

Sa – Su M–F Sa – Su

9 am – 6 pm 10 am – 7 pm 9 am – 7 pm

Aug 8 – Sep 5

Sa – Su

9 am – 6 pm

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

SEASON PASS

RATES

Standard Passes

$55 per vehicle / $5 per additional

Valparaiso City Resident

$40 per vehicle / $5 per additional

Senior / Veterans*

$14 per vehicle / $5 per additional

Replacement Pass

$5 per vehicle

The Rogers Lakewood Park Store is located near the playground and overlooks Loomis Lake. The Park Store offers paddle and row boat rental, bait, soda, candy, ice cream, Family Fun Pack rentals and park information. Open weather permitting.

BOAT RENTALS Must have valid driver’s license to rent a boat. Rates subject to change. Paddleboat / $6 per ½ hour

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

Rowboats / $6 per hour

FISHING POLE RENTAL Two Poles & nightcrawlers

$15 per 2 hour

GAME KIT RENTAL Each game kit contains football, soccer ball, kickball,bean bags/boards, six cones, and volleyball & net. Game kits are on a first-come-first-served basis. $25/day (cash only)

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ROGERS LAKEWOOD PARK Want to learn to fish or hang out with others that 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. We have sponsored an annual “Take a Kid Fishing” and “Ice Fishing Derby” for eleven years! Our club focuses on promoting and improving fishing in NWI. For more information call Randy Hall at (219) 730-1566 or Mark Addis at (219) 476-5860.

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boat tours

hayrides & campfires

An 18-foot Duffy electric boat will offer memorable lake cruises for social gatherings starting this summer! Up to six people can

Enjoy an autumn evening at Rogers Lakewood Park as you ride along on a tractor-drawn hay wagon. Then gather around a glowing campfire. Bring your marshmallows. This is a great outing for youth groups, scouts, service clubs, birthday parties and parent organizations.

enjoy a relaxing boat ride around Loomis lake, minors must be accompanied by an adult. Groups are encouraged to bring snacks. No fishing is allowed on the boat. Entrance fees waived for entire boat tour party. Register through the park office.

DATES

Jun 4 - Aug 7

DAYS

Sa/Su

HOURS

COST

DATES

Sep 16 – Nov 6 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm $65/tour 4:30 pm - 5:45 pm 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm

DAYS F – Sa

Su

HOURS

COST

5:30 pm - 7 pm $85/$97 7:10 pm - 8:40 pm 8:50 pm - 10:20 pm 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm 4:40 pm - 6:10 pm 6:20 pm - 7:50 pm

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

disc golf Players enjoy playing 24 holes of a championship caliber disc golf course throughout this scenic park. The diverse course has a superb variety of holes and shots that will challenge players of all skill levels. With groomed fairways through rolling hills, the scenery is second to none. The course is free to park guests, entrance fees to Rogers Lakewood apply. For updates on current happenings, course layouts, league schedule and the lost & found listing join our Duneland Disc Golf Club Facebook group:

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

TOURNAMENT

DATES

DAYS COST

Snowdown Showdown Feb 12

Sa

$50 Amateur Team $60 Pro Team

Shutdown the Shorts Apr 9

Sa

$50 Amateur Team $60 Pro Team

www.Facebook.com/Groups/DunelandDiscGolf

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www.CentralParkPlazaValpo.com

CENTRAL PARK PLAZA

70 Lafayette Street, Valparaiso, IN 46383 Phone: (219) 548-4888

As a centerpiece for downtown Valparaiso, Central Park Plaza houses the Northwest Health Amphitheater, William E. Urschel Pavilion, Indiana Beverage Activity Center and Bill Costas Family Plaza. Whether it’s a movie, festival, concert, church service, ice skating or even just a simple conversation with friends, there is something for everyone! You will see for yourself why Central Park Plaza makes Valparaiso one of the best and most-loved downtowns and one of the top rated 50 communities in America! When thinking about having your next big event, have it here with us at Central Park Plaza.

summer recreation

winter recreation Come & enjoy Valparaiso’s refrigerated ice rink under the Urschel Pavilion. Step into the Indiana Beverage Activity Building to pay your admission fee and rent skates. Then step outside and skate away under the lights and music that fill the Urschel Pavilion ice rink. Ice skating season is from mid November to the beginning of March.

PRIVATE ICE RINK RENTAL Host your next party or fundraiser at Central Park Plaza. Available January 8 – March 5, 2023. Sundays from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm. Sound system, LED lighting, conference room and lobby inside Indiana Beverage Activity Center, rental skates and skate aids are included in the pricing.

SPLASH PAD

Located in the center of the Central Park Plaza’s front lawn is the ever popular splash pad, which showers fun from May to September weather permitting. The water feature is open daily and free to the public unless there are special events scheduled at the Northwest Health Amphitheater. May - September Daily | 10:00 am - 7:00 pm* Free Admission **Hours and days will be adjusted according to schedule of special events or park rentals. Visit CentralParkPlazaValpo.com for up-to-date information.

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

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LEARN TO SKATE Classes will meet twice a week for three weeks. Lesson fee includes ice skate rental and open skate for the day of the lesson. Participants can use their own skates. They must wear a helmet; bike helmets are acceptable or they can use one from the rink. Space is limited. Make-up days for lessons will be held at the end of the session and only one make-up day is guaranteed.

HOCKEY

Central Park Plaza offers both youth hockey (see page 14) and adult hockey (see page 22) under William E. Urschel Pavilion.


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CENTRAL PARK PLAZA

WILLIAM E. URSCHEL PAVILION

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

$1,550 $850

Rates cover an 8-hour rental period, additional hours can be purchased at $150/hour.

NORTHWEST HEALTH AMPHITHEATER

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

$1,200 $650

Rates cover an 8-hour rental period, additional hours can be purchased at $150/hour.

INDIANA BEVERAGE ACTIVITY CENTER

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

$345 for 4 hours $75 per additional hour

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

$125 for 2 hours $75 per additional hour

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

PREMIUM SHELTERS Cost: $80/92 Miller Woods Schroeder (8) Kirchhoff South (8) Family Express Pavilion (10) Hickory Grove (10)*

SPORTS FIELD RENTALS

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

STANDARD SHELTERS Cost: $70/82 Forest Park Beta (10) Miller Woods #1 (15) Discovery Day Camp (10)* Kirchhoff North (10)

Kiwanis West (15)* Kiwanis East (6)* Jessee-Pifer (6)

* Shelters at Rogers Lakewood Park. Gate entrance fees not included with shelter rentals.

• ( ) Number of picnic tables provided with shelter rental • Shelter Pricing: Resident/Non-Resident • Prices Subject to Change

Softball & Baseball Fields Soccer Fields Lights Practice Field

$110 per field $110 per field $60 per hour $55 1–1/2 hours

(Practice field no cost for Valpo Parks teams)

SAMARDZIJA FIELD AT TOWER PARK

Field rental available late April through October. For baseball and softball players 12 and under SINGLE GAME RESIDENT PACKAGES No bases or scoreboard $85 (2 hours) Bases and scoreboard included $110 (2 hours) 9 am – 9 pm, bases scoreboard $350 (all day) MULTI-GAME RESIDENT PACKAGES (5) game package $330 (10) game package $550 Both packages include bases and scoreboard Resident is considered any individual who lives within the city limits of Valparaiso

FACILITY RENTAL ALA CARTE ITEMS ADDITIONAL PICNIC TABLES Cost: 2 for $40 at Rogers Lakewood 4 for $55 at all other locations Each shelter comes with a set number of picnic tables indicated in ( ). Tables seat 8-10 persons. HALF-BARREL GRILLS Cost: $50 per grill (plus taxes) A half-barrel grill is provided at the shelter when reserved. You provide charcoal and utensils. (limited availability)

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BOUNCE HOUSE Cost: $145 (plus taxes)

INFLATABLE SLIDE Cost: $190 (plus taxes)

Add a bounce house or inflatable slide to your birthday party or special event when renting a Valpo Parks picnic shelter. Inflatables are available through the Valpo Parks preferred provider only.


VENUE RENTALS OGDEN GARDENS GAZEBO

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

CAPACITY

RATE

Main Event

60 chairs*

$205/$217 (2 hours)

Rehearsal

No chairs

$55/$67 (1 hour)

The Florence A. Dayton Gazebo provides the ideal setting for an outdoor wedding or the perfect backdrop for a special photo opportunity. Be sure to recognize your special event with an Ogden Gardens Commemorative Brick. *Rental fee includes 60 chairs. Additional chairs can be ordered up to 100 for an additional fee.

BUTTERFIELD FAMILY PAVILION

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

HOURS

CAPACITY

Main Event

9 am – midnight

250

Stage Rental (8 x 16)

RATE $660/$690 daily* $60

The enclosed 5,000 sq ft Butterfield Family Pavilion offers plenty of space for wedding receptions, graduation parties, group meetings, and entertainment needs. It features handicap accessible restrooms and a kitchen equipped with sink, refrigerator, and stove. The Pavilion is a seasonal building; guests are advised to dress appropriately for the weather. *Prices include table and chair set up for up to 250 and includes use of the kitchen. Payment for pavilion reservations is due in full when making the reservation and is non-refundable. Early Set up: We now offer a discounted early set up fee Sun–Fri only. You may have access to the pavilion at 4 pm the day before your reservation for only $275 plus tax. Price only applies with a fully paid primary reservation. Early set up price is not offered on Saturdays.

WELTER ROOM

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

HOURS

CAPACITY

RATE

Main Event

8 am – 11 pm

seats 60–80

$275(5 hours)

Additional hours

after initial 5 hours:

$25 per hour

The Welter Room offers a perfect place to hold business meetings, special parties, and social gatherings. Limited kitchen facilities are available and caterers are welcome. *Must be done by 11pm.

HOFFMAN ROOM

Location: Clubhouse at Creekside Golf Course Available: Year round

TRI KAPPA GAZEBO

TYPE

HOURS

CAPACITY

RATE

Main Event

8 am – 11 pm

seats 40-45

$175 (5 hours)

Additional hours

after initial 5 hours:

$25 per hour

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

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

CAPACITY

RATE

Main Event

60 chairs*

$185/197 (2 hours)

Rehearsal

No chairs

$55/$67 (1 hour)

The gazebo is surrounded by a spacious lawn, maturing trees, and a nearby fountain. The Gazebo overlooks the Service Memorial at the Valparaiso Veterans and Volunteer Plaza. *Rental fee includes 60 chairs. Additional chairs may be ordered up to 100 for an additional fee.

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