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Allesee Park

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Allesee Park is a 6-acre neighborhood park on the south side of the city. It was developed adjacent to a housing subdivision to provide recreational facilities to the neighborhood. Improvements were made in 2000 thanks to a donation by the Allesee family to the La Porte Park Foundation.

Features
  • Ball Diamond
  • Basketball Half-Court
  • Benches
  • Parking
  • Playground
  • Walking Track

Ben Rees Park

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Ben Rees Park is a 1.5-acre parcel that is half of a square block located near the Civic Auditorium. The park was the site of the Fourth Ward School in the early 1900s. The school was demolished in the 1920s and the property was donated to the city in the 1940s.

The park was named in honor of Ben C. Rees, a local attorney and school board member. A new playground, basketball court and gazebo shelter were installed through the help of community volunteers and contributions.

Features
  • Basketball
  • Benches
  • Playground
  • Shelter

Clarke Field

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Clarke Field is a two square block area of 6 acres that was a donation to the city in the late 1930s. The park is generally surrounded with tall, mature fir evergreen trees that provide a buffer for the adjacent residential areas. The main recreational usage at Clarke Field are two ball diamonds, one used primarily by the La Porte High School junior varsity and La Porte Babe Ruth Baseball and the other for younger age levels. The park also contains a playground.

Features
  • Water Fountains
  • Ball Diamonds ($50.00 Add-on)
  • Concession Stand
  • Playground
  • Restrooms

Fox Memorial Park

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Fox Memorial Park, originally started in 1911 with only 15 acres, has grown today to 170 acres of scenic beauty. In the early 1900s, flowers, shrubs, and trees were planted to further beautify the hills of mature oak, hawthorn and wild apple. The entire park was landscaped and strolling paths developed.

Fox Memorial Park includes Clear Lake, which encompasses approximately 100 acres of the total park. Today, Fox Memorial Park can be considered one of La Porte’s finest parks. It still contains much of its scenic beauty. The trees planted in the early 1900s have matured to provide a scenic environment.

Active recreational facilities have been developed at the park as the demand for such activities have increased. The park offers ball diamonds, including Ron Reed Field; playgrounds; picnic shelters; fishing; boating; and Thrills ‘n’ Spills Skate Park. The park also contains the Dennis F. Smith Amphitheatre, home to various special events including the Arts in the Park program.

Features
  • Grills
  • Lighted Ball Diamonds ($50.00 Add-on)
  • Water Fountains
  • Bandshell / Amphitheater ($500.00 Add-on)
  • Basketball
  • Boat Launching Ramp
  • Fishing
  • Fitness Trail
  • Lighted Baseball Diamond ($50.00 Add-on)
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Shelters ($65.00 Add-on)
  • Skate Park
  • Walking Track

Hastings Park

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In 1970, the 1-acre lot was originally offered to the city to be used a tot lot. The area, known as the Monroe Tot Lot, was partially fenced and contained play equipment purchased through general park funds. In 2013, the Hastings family donated the property to the city and it was formally named Hastings Park. That same year, the La Porte Park Foundation donated a new playground.

Features
  • Benches
  • Playground

Kesling Park

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Kesling Park is located on the southern edge of the community. It started with a small 2-acre land donation and has since grown through additional donations by the Kesling family to the present day size of 90 acres.

The park was developed in three phases through the use of park and recreation grant programs. Today, residents from all of La Porte enjoy the modern facilities including four ball diamonds, six tennis courts, a walking and nature trail, soccer fields, sledding hill and picnic shelters. The park also contains Fort La Play Porte, a large community-built playground.

Features
  • Racquetball Courts
  • Water Fountains
  • Ball Diamonds ($50.00 Add-on)
  • Basketball Half-Court
  • Benches
  • Community Built Playground
  • Concession Stand
  • Fitness Trail
  • Grills
  • Large Shelter ($129.00 Add-on)
  • Nature Trail
  • Parking
  • Restrooms
  • Shelters ($65.00 Add-on)
  • Sledding Hill
  • Soccer Fields
  • Tennis Courts
  • Walking Track

Kiwanis-Teledyne Park

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Kiwanis-Teledyne Park is a small park located on the eastern side of Pine Lake and located at the intersection of US Highway 35 and State Road 39.

The original 2-acre park was formed in 1965 as a training exercise by the National Guard while conducting a dredging operation on a lake channel. In 1981, a land donation of 2.5 acres doubled the size of the park. The local Kiwanis Club was responsible for the initial development of the park with a fireplace and picnic shelter, and continues to actively help maintain the park to his day.

In 1990, with the assistance of an Indiana Waters Grant, Kiwanis-Teledyne Park was renovated with new facilities including entrance drive, parking, restrooms, picnic shelter, walkway to the lake, and floating piers.

Features
  • Fireplace
  • Fishing
  • Grill
  • Parking
  • Restrooms
  • Shelters ($65.00 Add-on)

Koomler Park

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Koomler Park covers 4 acres in southern La Porte. It was initially a play area developed by the federal government in the 1940s for children of the workers at the Kingsbury Ordinance Plant. In 1962, this land was transferred to the city for exclusive use as a park. Today, Koomler Park serves the residents of Maple Terrace and offers a ball diamond, basketball court and playground.

Features
  • Ball Diamond
  • Basketball
  • Playground

Larson-Danielson Field

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Larson-Danielson Field was constructed in 1996 to replace the ball diamonds formerly located across Central Avenue.

Features
  • Ball Diamond
  • Parking

Lindewald Park

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Lindewald Park, formerly known as City Park, is considered La Porte’s first park. A parcel of land, 9.4 acres on Lower Lake, was purchased in 1890. The original parcel contained a notable grove of white oaks, of which a few stands of this native timber still remains.

The park today is a popular site for family reunions and picnics. Facilities include a picnic shelter, playground, restrooms, ball diamond and 12 lighted horseshoe pits, which are home to the La Porte Horseshoe Pitches Association.

Features
  • Ball Diamond
  • Basketball Half-Court
  • Grill
  • Lighted Horseshoe Pits
  • Parking
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Shelter ($65.00 Add-on)
  • Water Fountain

Rumely Park

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Rumley Park is a 4-acre neighborhood park that was purchased and developed entirely with federal funds in 1980. It was actually a replacement park for the former Marquette Park, which was located four blocks away. Marquette Park was a piece of donated land that was unsuitable and unbuildable for a park. Rumley Park offers a basketball court, playground, picnic facilities and fishing.

Features
  • Basketball
  • Grill
  • Parking
  • Playground
  • Water Fountain

Scott Field

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Scott Field was the result of another land donation of a developer. Originally, in the layout of Scott's Second Addition, 5 acres in the middle of the new housing development was left as a neighborhood play area. The land was donated to School City of La Porte in 1923. It wasn't until 1952 that the Park Department entered a 99-year lease, for $1 per year, with the school corporation.

The park currently includes a shelter, playground, ball diamond, open play, half-court basketball and picnic facilities.

Features
  • Ball Diamond
  • Basketball Half-Court
  • Benches
  • Playground
  • Shelter
  • Water Fountain

Soldiers Memorial Park

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Soldiers Memorial Park, dedicated in 1928 and containing 556 acres, serves the population of northern Indiana and southern Michigan. It is the largest city park and widely known for its forested beauty, water sports and organized recreational activities.

The park encompasses all of Stone Lake, 140 acres of water and all but 628 feet of shoreline. Also the park provides a variety of active and passive recreational activities including swimming, playgrounds, diamond sports (softball, baseball and t-ball), volleyball, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, fishing and boating.

Within its gently rolling terrain, the property is approximately 85 percent woodlands and water. Access is available to Stone Lake, Pine Lake, Crane Lake and Craven Pond. Nature trails have been developed through a stand of native trees, allowing environmental education opportunities.

Soldiers Memorial Park is also the site of the Park Department Office and maintenance facilities, as well as Cummings Lodge.

Features
  • Boat Launching Ramps
  • Grills
  • Lighted Ball Diamonds ($50.00 Add-on)
  • Nature Trails
  • Water Fountains
  • Ball Diamonds
  • Beach
  • Beach House
  • Fishing
  • Ice Skating Area
  • Mountain Bike Trail
  • Parking
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Shelters ($65.00 Add-on)
  • Volleyball

Warsaw Park

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The Warsaw Tot Lot is a small playground of less than 1 acre in size. The triangular piece of land was donated to the city in 1946 and was developed in 1980 with funding from a federal grant. The play equipment has been recently updated thanks to a donation from the La Porte Park Foundation.

Features
  • Basketball Half-Court
  • Benches
  • Playground

Red Mill County Park

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Located on 160 acres just south of Michigan City off U.S. Highway 421, this 160-acre park opened June 29, 2002. The park offers multi-use trails for hiking and mountain biking, fishing, picnic areas, restroom facility, a playground, Patricia J. Smith and EEC rental facilities. The Park Administrative offices are located at this park.

This park includes a 108-acre State Dedicated Nature Preserve and headwaters to the Little Calumet River with 23 acres of wetlands and open water.

Luhr County Park

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Located on 89 acres just south of LaPorte, Luhr Park features four ecosystems: upland forest, wetland, prairie and stocked pond (fishing pole rental available at the Nature Center), paved trails, picnic shelter rental, picnic tables, restrooms, fishing pier, playground, boardwalks,observation tower, and No-Leash Dog Exercise Area. There is also a geocache located in the park.

Luhr Park is also home to the Nature Center where children of all ages can find hands-on environmental displays and exhibits.

Creek Ridge County Park

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This park land is leased from the state and was dedicated in 1992. Creek Ridge encompasses 112 acres and is located just south of Michigan City.

A series of accessible boardwalks allow all visitors a chance to experience the entire trail system.This property is host to deer, fox, raccoons, and rabbits that live in the park's open field prairies, wetlands, and hardwood forests. An annual steelhead migration also occurs along Trail Creek.

The park offers picnicking, shelter rentals, rest rooms, well water, playground equipment, volleyball nets, horseshoe pits, fishing on Trail Creek, No-Leash Dog Exercise Area and a Disc Golf course.

Bluhm County Park

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Donated in 1992, by the Gayle and Lucille Bluhm. The Park includes 96 acres of spring wildflowers, upland forest, wetland, prairie and a pond. Enjoy a Variety of nature trails, paved trails, picnic shelter rentals, picnic tables, playground, restrooms, and No-Leash Dog Exercise Area.

Already established as one of the area’s best wildflower viewing secrets, the east property is dedicated to hiking trails only, to protect its delicate natural beauty. The west side of the property was designated for multiple use trails: mountain bike, horseback, cross country skiing and hiking. The west side of the property is also host to a large wetland area where waterfowl abound and wood ducks and geese are common sightings.

La Porte YMCA

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This Y branch has been in operation at its original location in downtown La Porte since 1911. Facility highlights include two gymnasiums, the Jones Family Pool and a state-of-the art Wellness Center. The La Porte branch offers a wide variety of preschool, youth and family programs.

Long Beach YMCA

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Opened in 2012, this charming branch is located inside the historic Long Beach Community Center, which formerly housed Long Beach School. It offers strength and cardio equipment and a variety of group exercise classes.

  • Wellness Center with cardio and strength equipment

  • Group Exercise Classes

  • Enhance®Fitness program for arthritis sufferers

Michigan City Elston YMCA

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Our county's newest Y branch opened in 2015 through a partnership with Michigan City Area Schools. Housed in the former Elston School building, this unique facility features separate strength and cardio rooms, a dedicated cross-training space, two gymnasiums and the recently renovated Tucker-Babcock Pool. While this branch offers all of the traditional Y sports, it has also hosted a number of new and exciting programs including Spoken Word, Track & Field and outdoor walking/running at Gill Field.

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