Category Archives: Parks & Recreation

Prairie Magic Music Festival-

     The Prairie Magic Music Festival is an annual celebration of Rock, Americana, and Blues music that takes place each August.      This year, Los Lobos will headline the event. Additional artists for the day include Big Road, Robbie Fulks, and The Bottle Rockets.      Bring your lawn chairs and sun shades…

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New Reservations System for Indiana Dunes Campsites & Shelters

     The National Park Service is proposing a reservation system for 11 picnic shelters and 34 campsites at Indiana Dunes National Park. A reservation system will allow visitors to plan their camping trips and picnics at the national park up to six months in advance.      Currently, all picnic shelters in the park and all campsites…

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The Blues Are Coming to Spring Out to Sunset Festival

Join Porter County Parks for a celebration of spring at Sunset Hill Farm amphitheater. This blues-inspired concert takes place at the conclusion of our annual Spring Out to Sunset festival on Saturday, May 18th. Joseph Mojo Morganfield isn’t just any newcomer to the Chicago Blues music scene. As the youngest son of legendary artist Muddy…

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Indiana Dunes is NOW a National Park!

     The 15,000-acre Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore was re-designated by President Donald Trump as America’s 61st National Park. This is the first national park in Indiana, which has 15 miles of beach along the shores of Lake Michigan.       Lake Michigan is the 5th largest lake in the world, and one of…

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Kesling Park Redesigns And Rebuilds Fort La Play Porte

La Porte residents will soon be able to enjoy the redesigned Fort La Play Porte playground at Kesling Park with a successful crowdfunding campaign launched today. The campaign is sponsored by the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) and offered through the crowdfunding platform developed by Patronicity. The campaign is led by LaPorte Parks and Recreation. “Unfortunately, playgrounds…

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Valpo Ice Rink Offers Extended Holiday Hours

     Valpo Parks ice rink will be offering extended holiday hours beginning at 12 noon, Thursday, December 20, 2018. Skate admission is $5 per person and skate rental is $4.  All ages and abilities are welcome.  Skate aids, ADA skate sled, lockers, skate sharpening and concessions available. Free helmet rental also available courtesy of Centier…

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New Silo At Sunset Hill Park to Open at Winter Lights Fest

    A new silo-themed program center at Sunset Hill Farm County Park has officially started construction. The 700 square-foot building, which pays homage to the history of Sunset Hill as a former farm, will provide space for additional programming as well as venue rentals. The decision to construct the silo was prompted by increases in…

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Fall Colors at LaPorte County Parks

    The beautiful autumn colors are illuminating the county.  Put on your walking shoes and discover the beauty of autumn in our four parks.  There are so many scenic trails you and your family can enjoy with the burst of colors shinning among the fall foliage.  Oh, and don’t forget your four legged pets two…

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New Observation Deck at Sunset Hill Park

A new wetland observation deck at Sunset Hill Farm County Park is ready for visitors. Located on the northeast side of the pond, the viewing platform provides access for birdwatching and observing wetland wildlife. It will also serve as a place to provide educational programming about wetland plants and animals, which has become a popular…

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Native Plant Symposium Planned for September 29th

The 7th Biennial Native Plant Symposium will be held on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at the St. John Township Community Center 1515 W. Lincoln Highway, Schererville,  hosted by Wild Ones, Gibson Woods Chapter. Registration begins at 8am – 9am with a hot lunch buffet from 11:15  Noon.. Following is the agenda.       Silent Spring & the…

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