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Lakes of Valparaiso Community Celebrates Trail Park Ribbon Cutting

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Residents, staff, members of the Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce, and community members met at The Lakes of Valparaiso on Tuesday to celebrate the opening of Trail Park with a ribbon cutting. The new park brings even more recreation to residents, offering a tennis court, basketball court, two sand volleyball courts, and a bark park.

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Porter County Parks & Recreation Welcomes Volunteers from Swartz, Retson & Co. Certified Accountants to Sunset Hill Farm Park


sunsetpathPorter County Parks & Recreation was pleased to welcome volunteers from Swartz, Retson & Co. Certified Accountants to Sunset Hill Farm Park on Friday, September 29, 2017 for a Day of Service. These volunteers worked to clear invasive plants from the natural prairie and plant beneficial trees around the pond. Greg Ward, Principal at Swartz, Retson & Co. said “Our firm likes to volunteer as a way to give back to the community. We choose Porter County Parks and Recreation since it has great facilities like Sunset Hill Farm that many of us use and want keep nice for years to come.”

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Partners Celebrate East Branch of the Little Calumet River Opening


Save-the-Dunes-LogoThe East Branch of the Little Calumet River is one of Northwest Indiana’s invaluable natural resources, providing habitat for aquatic wildlife and picturesque views for hikers on nearby trails. Save the Dunes, Shirley Heinze Land Trust, the National Park Service, Student Conservation Association, and the Northwest Indiana Paddling Association are working to restore habitat and improve access along the river corridor.

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Valpo Parks' Ogden Gardens Uplit for the First Time

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Ogden Gardens celebrated the addition of new lighting on Monday evening with friends and community members alike. Since 1958, Ogden Gardens has stunned its visitors. With its beautiful flowers, trees, gazebo, and Japanese Garden, viewers are continually rendered speechless by the gifts that this garden has to offer. The lighting was not only a celebration of Ogden Gardens history, but also a symbol for peace and safety within the community.

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Orchard Season is Upon Us! Check Out What the Region Has to Offer

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It’s that time of year again: Orchard Season! Northwest Indiana boasts some of the most scenic, variety-packed orchards in the Midwest, and this is the perfect season to take the whole family out for an exciting day of fruit picking. If picking isn’t your thing, these orchards and their markets offer everything from fruit, vegetables, jams, honey, delicious treats and so much!

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Valpo Parks Welcomes Jeff Samardzija to Groundbreaking Celebration of 'Samardzija Field’ at Newly Renovated Tower Park

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A day filled with celebrations for the Valpo Parks and the Valpo Parks Foundation culminated on Thursday afternoon when stakeholders celebrated the groundbreaking of Samardzija Field, which featured former Valparaiso High School and Notre Dame Football legend and current San Francisco Giants pitcher Jeff Samardzija.

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Valpo Parks Celebrates Grand Opening of Tower Parks' Boilermaker and Viking Courts

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Valpo Parks kicked off a tremendous day for Tower Park with two dedication ceremonies officially opening their new Boilermaker Court and Viking Court, each part of a $1 million renovation of Tower Park.

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Major Improvements to Hammond Park


Major-Improvements-to-Hammond-ParkHammond Mayor Thomas M. McDermott, Jr. has announced the ribbon cutting of the park at the corner of Cline Avenue and 173rd Street in Hammond.

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Valpo Parks Wants People to Find Their Passion Serving the Valparaiso Community!

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Valparaiso has some beautiful parks and playgrounds for residents of the community to enjoy. Those parks wouldn't be nearly as perfect without a dedicated staff of groundskeepers and park employees staying vigilant on their upkeep and beautification.

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NWI Playground Review: Olson Memorial Park

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When the kids beg for a trip to the playground after school, how do you decide where to take them? We’re fans of stopping at random playgrounds on our way home to experience something new!

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Playground Review: Valplayso

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If you’re anything like me, when you heard about the renovations of Valplayso in 2014, your heart sank a bit. The playground had an awesome castle theme with ropes, tires, slides, and a maze of pathways up and down the larger structures. Sure, it was getting a bit worn out at 20 years old, but the creativity and care of the whole place was so unique.

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