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City to open ValPLAYso by Sunday

VALPARAISO | The rubber that famously hits the road is hitting the concrete base beneath the ValPLAYso playground equipment this weekend.

October 19, 2014 12:00 am
ValPLAYso building very special walls

ValPLAYso building very special walls

VALPARAISO | The "Big build" at the ValPLAYso playground officially ended Sunday, but work goes on and, for two of the park's most personal features, will continue into next year.

October 13, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Preserve getting makeover along with Valplayso

Preserve getting makeover along with Valplayso

VALPARAISO | The sign at the corner of Glendale Boulevard and Roosevelt Road says it's a nature preserve and wildlife area, but lately it's mostly been home to chain saws and trucks.

October 09, 2014 12:05 am
3,000 volunteers expected for ValPlayso's Big Build

3,000 volunteers expected for ValPlayso's Big Build

VALPARAISO | Construction of ValPLAYso — The Next Generation, a.k.a. "the Big Build," begins at 8 a.m. Monday, but the site hasn't exactly been abandoned since the original playground was removed in early August.

October 04, 2014 11:30 pm Photos

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Valpo tries again to lease golf course operation

VALPARAISO | For the second year in a row, the city's Parks Department is looking for someone to take over operation of Creekside Golf Course, but this time it is taking a slightly different approach.

September 27, 2014 9:15 pm

Valpo gearing up for ValPLAYso's 'Big Build'

VALPARAISO | With the "big build" scheduled to start Oct. 6, the city's Parks Department is still looking for volunteers interested in helping put together ValPLAYso The Next Generation, as well as donors of both tools, time and money for the project.

September 23, 2014 8:12 pm

Valpo golf courses trying hard to stay afloat

VALPARAISO | The city's Parks Department might have to introduce water polo to its program choices in order to make any money from Creekside Golf Course for a while.

August 27, 2014 12:12 pm

Valpo to open bids for Central Park II in September

VALPARAISO | The city's Parks Department already is getting inquiries about renting the William Urschel Pavilion being built in the expansion of Central Park Plaza and scheduled to open next August.

August 24, 2014 12:00 am

Crown Point cops want to connect with kids - in a good way

CROWN POINT | To help young children connect with police officers in a less formal, even fun, setting, the city's Parks Department is offering a new program called, appropriately enough, Connect Kids with Cops.

June 23, 2014 2:53 pm

Valpo playground to help heal abused girls

VALPARAISO | The old playground equipment at Bicentennial Park is being restored so it can be sent to Guatemala to help restore the childhoods of sexually abused girls.

May 11, 2014 12:00 am
Valpo parks to allow inflatable house, slide

Valpo parks to allow inflatable house, slide

VALPARAISO | People who have asked to have inflatable bouncy houses and other similar entertainment for their parties in Valparaiso parks are going to get their wish.

April 27, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Transplanted roundabout tree barely survived

VALPARAISO | It might have been a merry Christmas, but it has not been a happy new year for the spruce planted in the middle of the five-points roundabout in November.

April 20, 2014 6:42 pm

Fees having an impact again in Valpo

VALPARAISO | The impact of the parks' impact fee on the city's parks department budget is growing again after going through a couple of years when the fee was waived to try to encourage development.

April 05, 2014 8:23 pm
Group gives disabled kids chance to play

Group gives disabled kids chance to play

VALPARAISO | A group of Valparaiso area women believe that every child should have the chance to play, even those with special needs.

February 15, 2014 7:00 pm

Vendors needed for health fair slated Feb. 24 in S'ville

SCHERERVILLE | The Schererville Parks Department is seeking vendors to participate in its health and wellness fair scheduled from 3 to 7 p.m. Feb. 24 at the Schererville Community Center, 500 E. Joliet St.

February 09, 2014 12:05 am
Kids Alive provides new home for playgrounds

Kids Alive provides new home for playgrounds

VALPARAISO | When a parks department playground set retires, it isn't thrown in a landfill. It gets a face-lift and then travels the world.

February 08, 2014 8:15 pm Photos

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Dads, daughters dance the night away in Portage

Dads, daughters dance the night away in Portage

February 08, 2014 8:15 pm Photos

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Plans for new ValPlayso revealed today

Plans for new ValPlayso revealed today

VALPARAISO | The city's Parks Department wants to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the opening of ValPlayso this fall by tearing it down and building ValPlayso: the Next Generation.

January 30, 2014 9:05 am
Headless Santa stands frozen in time, ice

Headless Santa stands frozen in time, ice

VALPARAISO | You know it's been a tough winter when even Santa loses his head.

January 29, 2014 6:30 pm

Warm weekend spoils Valpo ice-making efforts

VALPARAISO | One thing has been missing from the city Parks Department's annual activities that involve ice the last couple of years: the ice.

January 11, 2014 7:02 pm
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