Venues Parks & Arts Blog

Read up on what's happening in South Bend and Venues Parks & Arts! You'll find insights on upcoming park project, Best. Week. Ever. announcements, and articles from the latest SPARK Magazine!

SPARK Magazine

Issue 03 | Fall/Winter 2018

- Spark's Top 5: Venues Parks & Arts staff members give you five thing they're looking forward to this fall and winter.

- Charles Black Center Renovations: For years, Charles Black Recreation Center has been a pride and joy for the LaSalle Park neighborhood.

Bark in the Park: A new dog park in Rum Village will benefit pets and owners.

Winter Warriors: A new look at Venues Parks & Arts behind the scenes during the dark and dreary winter months.

Issue 02 | Spring/Summer 2018

Top 10 Things to Do This Spring/Summer: Looking for something to do? We've narrowed down the top 10 things to do in South Bend.

My South Bend Parks & Trails: The largest parks project in South Bend's history, My South Bend Parks & Trails is soon to have a dramatic impact on our green spaces.

More than Just a Game: The Byers Softball Complex is a hotspot for athletes in the spring and summer months, and their award winning complex is just the beginning of reasons why.


Issue 01 | Fall/Winter 2017

Building the Future at Charles Black Recreation Center: If you've ever been to the Charles Black Recreation Center, you've probably noticed the kind, welcoming faces of its staff. The many years of the events and programs show their wear and tear, evident inside and out. But all that is about to change. 

10 Fun Things to Do This Fall & Winter: Your go-to list of things to do as the colder months return to South Bend.


VPA Blog Articles


Warm Summer Nights and Movies in the Park

An Adventure in the Treetops

101 Days of Summer

Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center Guides Youth with Life-Changing Program

Charles Black Center, Sr. Recreation Center Uses Creative Mentorship Opportunities to Impact Lives