Northwest Indiana is filled from border to border with what makes the Region home – local diners, microbreweries, county fairs, and believe it or not, its outdoors.
Coming on the heels of President Trump’s FY19 budget—which recommended steep cuts to core Great Lakes programs—citizens from Indiana traveled to Washington, D.C. on March 7 & 8 to urge members of Congress to restore federal support to agencies and programs that restore and protect Lake Michigan and the other Great Lakes. The visit is part of Great Lakes Day, an annual affair sponsored by the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition and the Great Lakes Commission in which more than 100 citizens visit Hill offices to underscore the importance of the lakes to Indiana and the region.
Four young La Porte artists recently completed the 15-session Fall after-school program, The Comic Book ProjectTM, sponsored by the La Porte Park and Recreation Department and coached by Debra Sawyer, local arts educator. On Friday December 29th at 3 p.m., their very first published comic, "The Defenders of La Porte" was introduced to the world at Monroes Collectibles, a very cool comic book store in La Porte. And, to everyone’s surprise, Batman of Michiana (Gary Bingaman) showed up to endorse their book and award them with Batwings. Their comic book, “The Defenders of La Porte,” is a superheroes story created by Margaret Hobbs,13, Conrad Miselwicz,11, Cameron Lewis,10, and Ethan Messacar, 9. The young artists learned teamwork while combining skills such as reading, writing, brainstorming and...
The Washington Park Zoo has set a new record for attendance in 2017, up 2.6% from our last record season which was set in 2016. As of the first week of September 2017, a total of 87,497 guests have visited our furry, feathered and scaly friends (which is 2,273 more guests than at the end of last year!) While many of the zoo attendees came from Michigan City, about 88% were from out of town and their impact on the local economy is estimated at $6 million.
Visitors who enter Michigan City through the Eastern Highway 12 gateway will be greeted by a dazzling new landscape feature along the roadside. The entrance to Friendship Botanic Gardens has been extensively renovated into a spectacular mosaic of garden plots, stonework, and an aluminum sculpture of undulating ribbons created by renowned artist John Searles.
It’s that time of year again: Orchard Season! Northwest Indiana boasts some of the most scenic, variety-packed orchards in the Midwest, and this is the perfect season to take the whole family out for an exciting day of fruit picking. If picking isn’t your thing, these orchards and their markets offer everything from fruit, vegetables, jams, honey, delicious treats and so much!
The Washington Park Zoo founded in 1928, encompasses 15 acres on a hilly sand dune located near the southern shore of beautiful Lake Michigan. The zoo exhibits more than 90 species originating throughout the world. The animals are exhibited in natural settings, surrounded by botanical plantings. Among the exhibits are Bengal tigers, Cotton top tamarins, American alligators, Grizzly bear, Grey Wolves, Ring-tailed lemurs, River otters, Bald eagles, and more.
The City of La Porte Park and Recreation Department has started the process of preparing a master plan to improve parks and recreation opportunities throughout our city. Public input is being sought to provide the framework and set the priorities for those proposed improvements.
If you interact with children at all, odds are you've run into more than one that loves the park. From swings to slides and everything in between, there is something about a trip to the park that brings pure joy into a child’s eyes.
The La Porte Park and Recreation Department’s Night Bicycle Ride will take you on a leisurely starlit bike ride of La Porte. Please note this is NOT a race. All participants must wear a helmet and have a headlight and taillight on their bike. Participants under the age of 10 years old must be accompanied and ride with an adult, either pull behind or tandem and require their own registration.