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2017 Washington Park Annual Parking Sticker Distribution Has a New Location

mc-parksThe Michigan City Parks & Recreation Department announces that beginning Monday, April 3, Washington Park 2017 parking stickers will be issued at the North Pointe Pavilion in Washington Park, 6 on the Lake, Michigan City, IN 46360. Stickers for the past several years have been issued out of the City Clerk’s office at City Hall but all operations for parking stickers will now move to the North Pointe Pavilion.

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Baby Otters Give Washington Park Zoo Something to Roar About!


On January 31st, 2017 a pair of otter pups were born at Washington Park Zoo. This is the fourth time in seven years that the Washington Park Zoo has welcomed the birth of River Otters.

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Unity Foundation Receives NIPSCO Grant for Unity Park Lighting

unity-park-celebration-2016-5 Unity Foundation President, Maggi Spartz, announced that the Unity Foundation has been awarded $25,000 for lighting at Unity Park. Spartz said, “This LED lighting will make the Park accessible into evening hours. It is one more step toward completion of our 2-acre treasure on La Porte’s Pine Lake. We are so grateful for NIPSCO’s help.”

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Washington Park Beach Location Markers

michigan-city-fireworks-2012The Michigan City Parks & Recreation Department announces that it has begun work to dig up and reset its emergency marker signs along the lakefront from stop 1 to stop 13. It is imperative for safety purposes that each of these markers are visible and not covered within the dune. We recognize the importance of our living dunes and we will conduct this operation with the most significant care to limit the disturbance to the dunes.

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La Porte Park and Recreation Department Announces 2017 Adult Municipal Basketball Slow Break and Women’s Leagues

La-Porte-ParksThe City of La Porte Park and Recreation Department announced they are currently taking team registrations for Adult Municipal Basketball Slow Break and Women’s Leagues. The two leagues will have six games with a tournament at the end of the season.

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Burns Harbor Unveils New, ADA-Accessible Playground at Lakeland Park

burnsharbor-lakeland-park-2016A playful gift for all children arrived early for the holidays as the Burns Harbor Park Department dedicated its newest playground equipment at a ribbon cutting Saturday morning.

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Briar Leaf Golf Outing Seeks to Raise Funds for Resurging Friendship Botanic Gardens


Dozens of golfers came from across the tri-state area on the last day of September, gathering at the Briar Leaf Golf Club in La Porte to play a round of golf and raise some money for the Friendship Botanic Gardens in the process.

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Power of Community Celebrated as Unity Foundation of La Porte County Gifts Unity Park to City of La Porte


Around 200 people gathered at the newly-minted Unity Park on September 27, 2016 to celebrate the gifting of Unity Park to the City of La Porte from the Unity Foundation of La Porte County. To go along with the gifting, the La Porte City Park Foundation celebrated the establishment of a $100,000 endowment to go toward the park’s ongoing care.

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Take the 2016 Michigan City Parks & Recreation Survey

mc-parksThe Michigan City Parks and Recreation Department is updating its Parks & Recreation Five-Year Master Plan. We are making a survey available to the community to provide us with input. This survey was specifically created to gather information from residents and park patrons in order to learn more about recreational interests and to provide an opportunity to express an opinion concerning the programs, activities and quality of parks within the City. The results of this survey are used to apply for Federal and State grants to help improve the Park system in Michigan City so it is vital that the community voice their opinions.

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Rip Currents: When You See the Red Flags, Respect the Red Flags

It was a sunny day in North Carolina when my sister and I went into the water. The sky was pristine; the waves, calm and collected, gently crashed into the sand bar near where my sister and I were, and the wind was just a whisper.

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Lifeguards at Washington Park Beach Hours Change in 2016

mc-parksThe Michigan City Parks & Recreation Department announces that beginning the week of Monday, August 15th, 2016, lifeguards will NO LONGER be on duty at Washington Park beach during the weekdays. They WILL continue to be on duty on Saturdays and Sundays through Labor Day weekend from 10am-6pm.

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