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Valpo Parks Briefs, October 30, 2014

valpo-parksVisit the Valpo Parks website for information on all programs at Registration is available online for most programs, in person at the Parks Office at 3210 N. Campbell St., or by phone at 219.462.5144.

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Taltree Arboretum & Gardens Briefs: October 28, 2014

2014-Taltree-10KTALTREE 10K RUN/WALK
November 1
This Saturday at 9 am, come run/walk a 6.2-mile trail course. Open to all skill levels. Age group and overall placement awards given.

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Porter County Parks Briefs, October 28, 2014

rot3Winter Lights Night Festival
Saturday, November 22, 3-8pm, Sunset Hill Farm, Only $5 per car

Join us for the most anticipated night in holiday entertainment at Winter Lights Night! Visit with Santa, enjoy a wagon ride, decorate cookies, sing a carol, get your face painted, enjoy a dazzling fireworks display, visit with the Snow Queen and Ice Princess, all among a myriad of amazing holiday light displays!

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At Last, ValPLAYso A Reality for Generations to Come

Valplayso-opening-1FINALLY!!!! The day that children in Valparaiso and Porter County have been anxiously awaiting! At 10 a.m. on Monday morning, after 2950 volunteers worked approximately16,350 hours in a 7-day period, ValPLAYso - The Next Generation! was officially opened. Excitement filled the air as jubilant children scampered from one station to the next trying out all the new "really cool and fun" playground equipment. The setting was perfect on a beautiful fall day and the playground was packed as many of the children had the day off, thanks to the Valparaiso Community School’s fall break.

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Indiana Dunes State Park Receives Funding to Restore Campground

Save-the-Dunes-LogoThe Indiana Department of Natural Resources has been awarded a Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) grant for a tree planting project in the Indiana Dunes State Park campground. In recent years, a large scale die-off of trees has occurred in the campground due to a lack of age diversity in the trees. Through funding from the GLRI, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources will reforest the campground area with approximately 80 new trees of varying ages and species. While a number of species will be planted, predominantly red, white, and black oak, all species will be native.

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2014 Outstanding Tree Steward

carrie tauscher linda mapes nate farisPorter County Master Gardener Linda Mapes, Valparaiso, received the "2014 Outstanding Tree Steward of the Year" award at the 24th Annual Indiana Urban Forest Council (IUFC) fall conference in Indianapolis. IUFC’s mission is to expand and improve Indiana’s urban forests.

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ValPLAYso – The Next Generation to Officially Open

ValPLAYso logo-FINAL-ARTValPLAYso - the Next Generation will open at 10am on Monday, October 27, 2014. It was originally hoped that the playground could open on Sunday, October 26, but Surface America, the installer of the poured rubber groundcover is recommending that the surface cure an additional day. They completed their work on schedule Friday evening, but our recent cool night temperatures have required that curing take an additional day for the integrity , safety and long term durability of the surface. Timing is fortunate in that Valparaiso Schools are on Fall Break and school is not in session on Monday so that children and families will be able to enjoy ValPLAYso for most of that day.

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