It has been a long time in the making, but finally that dream is turning into reality. For the last five years the group of passionate, dedicated volunteers of Hannah’s Hope have been working towards the vision of a playground where children of all ages and abilities can play together.
Every five years the Porter County Parks and Recreation Department produces an update to its Master Plan. The update is not simply a document in an electronic file folder or a deck of PowerPoint slides. The update is a cohesive and comprehensive process that brings together stakeholder groups, park users, advocates, elected officials, concerned citizens and funders. The Park Board in 2016 appointed one of its members as well as a member of the Parks Foundation Board as co-chairs for the current committee. Together with nine other members this group has reviewed massive amounts of data, met again and again and probed deeply into the maneuverings of our County Park Department.
The Portage Department of Parks and Recreation had another incredible Daddy Daughter Dance this year.
The Porter County Parks & Recreation has received a generous donation of $16,500 from the Greater Northwest Indiana Association of Realtors® to fund its recent needs assessment survey. $15,000 of this donation was provided by a National Association of REALTORS® Smart Growth Action Grant. According to Valerie Rosenblum, President of the Greater Northwest Indiana Association of Realtors®, this is the largest grant GNIAR has ever received from the National Association of REALTORS®. The remaining $1,500 was matched by GNIAR. The needs assessment survey, completed by Ron Vine and Associates in conjunction with the Eppley Foundation at Indiana University, measured public use of and opinions about Porter County Parks & Recreation’s properties and programs.
At Porter County Parks and Recreation we know and embrace the fact that our citizens deserve a good “return” on their parks investment. We know that well maintained parks and open space increase neighboring land values, provide increased revenue to local governments, improve tourism and attract high quality businesses. Ever since Frederick Law Olmsted proved that his $13 million Central Park project in New York City increased neighboring land values by $209 million in less than 20 years, it has been clear that parks, open spaces, and recreation areas provide significant increases to area land values.
The evergreen tree is an ancient symbol of life. The decoration and illumination of the tree in the holiday spirit is a tradition that transcends culture, religion, and demographic. Hobart has adopted this tradition as their own for six consecutive years.
Every winter for the past sixteen years, Porter County Parks and Recreation puts on a dazzling Winter Night Lights Display at Sunset Hill Farm County Park. Hundreds of different light displays from Santa Claus and his reindeer to dancing flowers are available free to the public for viewing at night between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day.
Beautiful October weather rolled in Friday evening as Portage residents and city officials gathered to celebrate the grand opening and ribbon cutting for the new amphitheater at Founders Square Park. The park, which rests in the heart of Portage just off of Central Avenue, was full of smiling families and local food vendors, while the Portage High School Music Program and Brass From the Past provided live entertainment for the crowd.
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.