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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

Valparaiso office shortens its name, continues growing

VALPARAISO | The number of events keeps growing, but the Valparaiso Community Festivals and Events has shortened its name to Valparaiso Events.

December 22, 2013 9:45 pm

Valpo board takes baby steps on Vale Park path

VALPARAISO | After looking at the various pathway projects under consideration, the city's Redevelopment Commission agreed Wednesday to start small in 2014 until it has a better idea of costs and revenue.

December 11, 2013 7:30 pm

Valpo students get lesson in city government

VALPARAISO | With a brief agenda and a room full of high school students, Valparaiso officials used Monday's City Council meeting as a classroom in local government.

December 09, 2013 9:00 pm

Creekside lease fulfilling golf coach's dream

VALPARAISO | The city's Park Board could vote on the first lease agreement for the operation of one of its golf courses.

December 07, 2013 8:30 pm
Urschels give $3M for Valpo park pavilion

Urschels give $3M for Valpo park pavilion

VALPARAISO | If the ghost of William E. Urschel, founder of Urschel Laboratories, still lives in the house he built at Indiana Avenue and Napoleon Street, he will soon be able to look out the front windows at the new pavilion/skating rink to bear his name in Central Park Plaza.

November 19, 2013 5:45 pm Photos

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Valplayso designer chosen to create park's next generation

VALPARAISO | The design of the next generation of Valplayso will be done by Leathers and Associates, the same company that did the original design for the Valparaiso playground in 1994.

November 05, 2013 4:29 pm

Valpo parks seeks new business operations director

VALPARAISO | The city's Parks Department is doing a regional search for someone who "has a passion for numbers and finance" to fill the position of business operations director.

October 30, 2013 7:30 pm
Proposal to replant spruce at Valpo roundabout taking root

Proposal to replant spruce at Valpo roundabout taking root

VALPARAISO | A former downtown holiday tree is about to be given the holiday touch again.

October 12, 2013 6:38 pm
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