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Dunes Learning Center Receives $2,500 Environmental Grant from Patagonia

Military-Kids-to-CampIndiana Dunes National Lakeshore education partner, Dunes Learning Center, is proud to be the recipient of a $2,500 Patagonia Environmental Grant to engage youth through field-based stewardship and learning in their communities.

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Urschel Named Valpo Velocity’s Title Sponsor at Opening Ceremony


The surprise was unveiled at the Valpo Velocity Opening Ceremony on Wednesday: Urschel Laboratories Inc. is the secret title sponsor for the new bike share program. Yet, to offer their support for the innovative, fun program, Rick Urschel said that it was no surprise at all the company wanted to be part of another great initiative in Northwest Indiana.

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Porter County Parks & Recreation Announces Brincka Cross Land Acquisition

rot4Porter County Parks & Recreation is pleased to announce that on April 14, 2017, Porter County Park Board President Rich Hudson executed the closing documents to acquire 15 acres adjacent to Brincka Cross Gardens. The Parks are planning to add a much-needed parking lot on the property and maintain the rest for conservation and accessibility purposes.

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"Leaders Giving Back" Campaign to Renovate Tower Park

Valpo-Parks-Leaders-Giving-Back-Campaign-to-Renovate-Tower-ParkThis is YOUR park Valparaiso! You are invited to join an extraordinary list of notable athletes and community leaders who have come together to help renovate Tower Park for a next generation of kids, families and adults.

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Valpo Parks' Upcoming Projects and Partnerships Designed to Make Valparaiso More Fun


The Valparaiso Department of Parks and Recreation is a team of staff and volunteers who come together to achieve the same goals: sustaining the city’s high quality of life through recreational activities, both indoor and outdoor. This team is does not sit anyone the bench, but instead welcomes "athletes" of all ages and fitness levels to join in the fun of Valpo Parks.

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Local Leaders Giving Back With Tower Park Renovation

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Thursday afternoon, the Valparaiso Parks Foundation welcomed a group of extraordinary people for the announcement of the upcoming year’s goals and objectives to renovate a beloved, 50-year-old park.

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Central Park Plaza Ice Rink Remains Opens through March 12


"Don’t hang up your skates yet," says Central Park Plaza Facility Manager Dan McGuire. “The Central Park Plaza Ice Rink will open to the public this Saturday, February 25, and remain open through March 12.” The Valpo Parks closed the rink this past week due to the unseasonably warm weather that challenged the ice making.

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2017 Camp FUNset Registration Now Open

Camp-Funset-Pioneer-DaysWe are excited to invite you back for a new season of fun and adventure at Camp FUNset. We have a great summer planned, with all the outdoor excitement we can have plus some fun new field trips.

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Porter County Parks and Recreation Department Updates Master Plan in 2017


Every five years the Porter County Parks and Recreation Department produces an update to its Master Plan. The update is not simply a document in an electronic file folder or a deck of PowerPoint slides. The update is a cohesive and comprehensive process that brings together stakeholder groups, park users, advocates, elected officials, concerned citizens and funders. The Park Board in 2016 appointed one of its members as well as a member of the Parks Foundation Board as co-chairs for the current committee. Together with nine other members this group has reviewed massive amounts of data, met again and again and probed deeply into the maneuverings of our County Park Department.

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Valpo Parks is Seeking FACES

Valpo-Parks-is-Seeking-FACESWe are looking for photos of our fans to use in marketing and promotion of Valpo Parks in print and social media.

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Valparaiso's Central Park Ice Rink Adds Two New Ice Sleds Thanks To Hannah's Hope

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Valparaiso's Central Park Ice Rink just became even more inclusive yesterday with the addition of two new, state-of-the-art ice sleds. The ice sleds, which were donated by the local non-profit group Hannah's Hope, are designed to make the ice skating experience accessible for children and adults who rely on wheel chairs for mobility.

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