About Venues Parks & Arts


Venues Parks & Arts inspires a more livable South Bend for all, connecting us to emotionally engaging experiences and to one another. Our Vision? Every resident of South Bend is positively engaged at least once every year. Our goal is to touch on four major impact drivers throughout everything we do, including:

  • Social Equity: Erasing societal divides and ensuring the ability to thrive for all, regardless of income level, race, gender, ability, orientation or age.
  • Neighborhood & Economic Impact: Creating strong and safe neighborhoods providing significant return on investment.
  • Health & Wellness: Enhancing the physical and emotional well-being of individuals.
  • Ecological Stewardship: Responsible use and protection of the natural environment through conservation and sustainability practices.

VPA is a nationally accredited parks and recreation agency with the Commission for Accreditation of Parks and Recreation Agencies, member of the International Association of Venue Managers, and a recent winner of the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA)’s 2022 National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management.