Potawatomi Park

One of South Bend's most active parks, Potawatomi Park's tree-shaded acres are home to a wide variety of amenities. The park has a new Splash Pad feature, an exercise track, a large Universally Accessible Playground, the popular, community built Kids' Kingdom playground, an outdoor Performance Arts Pavilion and viewing area, restroom facilities and much more. If you would like to see pictures from Potawatomi Park please click here

Alcohol Request for a Facility Reservation

Due to State Regulations, please call the City of South Bend Venues Parks & Arts administrative office Monday-Friday, 8 am to 4 pm at 574-299-4765 for new procedures.

Picnic sites and Pavilions

Potawatomi Park has two covered open sided pavilions for rent which each hold 100 people, and one larger pavilion which holds up to 300 people. All pavilions include water and large grills.

Reservations for the dates of May 1st thru September 30th are accepted year round. The small pavilions cost $60/day plus tax and the large pavilion is $240, or $135 for half, plus tax.

Picnic areas complete with tables and grills are also available for $15/day plus tax, each picnic area holds 50 people.

A rough map of the picnic sites and pavilions is available here.

Potawatomi Pool

Located in Potawatomi Park near Kids' Kingdom, Potawatomi Pool is a place that is fun for the whole family. Potawatomi Pool has a wading pool with spray feature, a main pool with a 35 foot slide and a diving well.

Potawatomi Zoo

South Bend is home to the Potawatomi Zoo, Indiana’s oldest zoo!  Originally founded in 1902 at Leeper Park, the zoo moved its current location in Potawatomi Park in 1912.


Located in Potawatomi Park, the Muessel-Ellison Conservatory, with its tropical plants, waterfall and quaint garden provides a warm, inviting spot to host wedding ceremonies, receptions, parties, graduation open house, recitals, showers and meetings

Chris Wilson Pavilion

An outdoor community performance stage, the Chris Wilson Pavilion is host to several concert and art series for the public every year.