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Kids Summer Park Program Returning to Hawthorne Park

porter-summer-parks-programThe popular Kids Summer Park Program at Hawthorne Park, will be starting soon. The program will run for four separate weeks this year with sessions going June 5th-9th, June 19th-23rd, June 26th-30th, and July 17th-21st. The four themed weeks include Super Hero Week, Animals Week, Nature/Environment Week, and Movie Magic Week.

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A New Chellberg Farm Family is Making the Farm Cool Again

New-Chellberg-Farm-Family-is-Making-the-Farm-Cool-Again-2017_01Years ago, Annette Hansen and her son stopped by the Chellberg Farm in Porter to see the animals. There were pigs to pet, cows to moo with, and chickens to peck and poke.

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Hammond's 2017 Summer Recreation Program

Hammond-Parks-2017Mayor Thomas M. McDermott, Jr. and Hammond Parks & Recreation present: Summer Recreation 2017, a supervised program with Arts & Crafts, Sports and Games.

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Generous Donors Send Record Number of Kids to Camp in the Dunes

Summer-Camp-National-ParkIndiana Dunes National Lakeshore education partner, Dunes Learning Center is set to award a record number of summer camp scholarships this year, according to executive director Geof Benson.

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Dunes Learning Center Receives $2,500 Environmental Grant from Patagonia

Military-Kids-to-CampIndiana Dunes National Lakeshore education partner, Dunes Learning Center, is proud to be the recipient of a $2,500 Patagonia Environmental Grant to engage youth through field-based stewardship and learning in their communities.

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Hobart Celebrates Earth Day By Having a Park and Lake Clean Up

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In celebration of Earth Day Saturday morning, the Hobart Parks Department hosted its annual Hobart Community Clean Up Day to spruce up the beautiful parks and show the Earth that the City of Hobart is taking every step to ensure a clean future.

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Portage Dog Park at Woodland Park is a Great Place for Dogs!


On a sunny Friday afternoon, a group of dogs run together at the Portage Dog Park, located in Woodland Park, and it was clear they are familiar with each other and having a great time. Their owners gathered around picnic tables in the park, chatting and watching the spectacle.

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Porter County Parks & Recreation Announces Brincka Cross Land Acquisition

rot4Porter County Parks & Recreation is pleased to announce that on April 14, 2017, Porter County Park Board President Rich Hudson executed the closing documents to acquire 15 acres adjacent to Brincka Cross Gardens. The Parks are planning to add a much-needed parking lot on the property and maintain the rest for conservation and accessibility purposes.

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Hannah’s Hope's Dream for a Playground Close to Reality


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.

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2017 Camp FUNset Registration Now Open

Camp-Funset-Pioneer-DaysWe are excited to invite you back for a new season of fun and adventure at Camp FUNset. We have a great summer planned, with all the outdoor excitement we can have plus some fun new field trips.

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Porter County Parks and Recreation Department Updates Master Plan in 2017


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.

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