Established in 1989, the Schererville Parks and Recreation Department has made tremendous strides when it comes to meeting the needs of a growing community.
While managing over 260 acres of land in 26 parks with playgrounds, sports fields and courts, picnic shelters and paved trails, the Parks and Recreation team sponsors and conducts a full range of great activities and events that encourage residents to get out and enjoy their park facilities.
Engaging everyone from youth to teens and adults to seniors, Parks and Recreation programs and events encourage the entire community to get outside and play this summer. Residents will find complete details in the Summer 2014 brochure, which is always available online at schererville.org, as well as the very latest updates on the Schererville Parks and Recreation Facebook page.
Always popular, the Redar Park Market season kickoff was delayed by weather this year, but things got off to a great start just one week later than usual. Featuring a great lineup of summertime acoustic entertainment, the Redar Park Market presents a fresh array of food to enjoy while you’re there and/or take home and prepare in your own kitchen as well as a relaxing beer and wine garden.
“We are really pleased with the results of the shelter renovation at Redar Park,” Parks and Recreation Superintendent John Novacich says. “The new metal roof and brick columns match the comfort station now plus there’s more space under roof to better accommodate all of the events that take place in Redar Park all year long.”
Now that the Redar Park project is complete, Parks and Recreation is looking forward to the debut of a completely new and totally ADA accessible playground at Stephen Park.
“That project recently went out to bid and was awarded to Grimmer Construction,” Novacich added. “The new equipment has been ordered, and site preparation is underway. The upgrades at Stephen Park have been funded though a federal Community Development Block Grant and will include a poured-in-place rubber surface like some of our other parks plus age appropriate as well as accessible equipment. There will be an area for 2-5 year olds and another for 5-12 year olds. Along with swings and other apparatus, Stephens Park will have a new play element that is not in any other Schererville park. The area for older children will feature a large pyramid-shaped space net climber. We anticipate everything to be complete sometime later this summer.”
In the meantime, Parks and Recreation will be installing new shelters and benches at the Perry Ferrini Dog Park.
“Improvements at the Dog Park continue thanks to the support of the Schererville Parks Foundation, and a passionate group of pet owners,” Novacich says. “It took a group effort to see it come to fruition supported through numerous donations and fundraisers such as wine tasting events. By the second anniversary, some of the improvements already include paving the parking lot, adding a pet drinking fountain and agility equipment to both the large and small dog park areas. This year, along with shelters to provide some shade and benches for seating, we’ll also be doing some landscaping improvements – adding native plantings that are pet friendly and also provide an opportunity for the dogs to explore.”
Expansion of the Pennsy Greenway trail is also on the team’s agenda this summer.
“There’s a lot of work going on behind the scenes for the continuation of the Pennsy trail,” Novacich explained. “Last year the town received $800,000 in federal funding for the third phase from downtown to 213th Street. The current challenge is acquiring land to extend the trail.”
While the Parks and Recreation team continues to provide quality facilities and experiences for Schererville residents as well as the Northwest Indiana community at large, it’s up to you to take advantage of them!