Every winter for the past sixteen years, Porter County Parks and Recreation puts on a dazzling Winter Night Lights Display at Sunset Hill Farm County Park. Hundreds of different light displays from Santa Claus and his reindeer to dancing flowers are available free to the public for viewing at night between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day.
Downtown Valparaiso and Central Park Plaza came alive with music and light as a large crowd counted down the lighting of the Christmas Tree at Valpo Parks' annual Winter Festival. The family event wrapped up Small Business Saturday and kicked off the Christmas season for Valpo.
Winter struck Northwest Indiana just in time for the Winter Lights Festival at Sunset Hill Farm County Park. Cold weather does not have to mean slick streets and aching fingers. Saturday night was the beginning of a season of fantasy; the community debut of the holiday season.
Valpo Parks is offering youth hockey lessons at the Central Park Plaza ice rink under the William E. Urschel Pavilion. Children, ages 5 to 13, will learn skating and stopping, puck handling and shooting, and the fundamentals of playing hockey. Classes meet three times a week on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, plus Sunday mornings for 11 weeks. The season runs November 29, 2016 to March 5, 2017; there will be no classes December 18 - January 8.
Fire and ice, two things that usually don’t mix very well, seemed to get along just fine at the annual Valparaiso Parks Foundation's Party in the Park, with ice sculptures and live fire drumming as just part of the evening’s activities to kick off the beginning of ice skating season at the rink.
On November 4th, Valpo Parks cut the ribbon on the newest addition to the city' walking and biking trails: the Vale Park West Pathway. The project was a collaboration celebrated by many partners, including NIPRC, INDOT, Troyer Group, and Gariup Construction.
Valpo Parks is happy to announce that the Central Park Plaza Ice Rink will open to the public for the 2016-2017 season on November 14 at 6 p.m. Over the next two weeks the park staff will transform the 12,000-square-foot William E. Urschel Pavilion into the center of cold weather fun in downtown Valparaiso.
On Tuesday, the American Planning Association (APA) honored Central Park Plaza in Valparaiso as one of five Great Public Spaces on the organization’s annual Great Places in America list. The Great Neighborhoods, Great Streets, and Great Public Spaces of 2016 are places that are unique and exemplary in their amenities and infrastructure, cultural identity, and use of sustainable and innovative practices.
Valpo Parks Golf is teeing off new season pass options for Forest Park and Creekside golf courses. New for 2017 are combo passes for unlimited golf and cart rental. This incredible offer is only available for purchase from October 4 through December 31, 2016.
Families gathered Sunday afternoon to celebrate the wildlife of Northwest Indiana at Sunset Hill County Park in Valparaiso.