Welcome Back, Howard Park!
As part of the “Welcome Back, Howard Park” grand opening festivities, I had the opportunity to offer three different public addresses. Working on this project along so many talented and generous community members has been one of the greatest honors in my life to date. To fully capture my sentiments, I’d like to share the […]
Back-In Angle Parking at Howard Park
What is Back-In Angle Parking? Designed to improve safety when entering and exiting traffic, back-in angle parking allows drivers to reverse into spots, making them vigilant of other bicyclists, pedestrians and traffic around them. When drivers leave, they pull forward into the street instead of backing into it, allowing them to see oncoming traffic easier. […]
Facilities and Grounds: Thinking Outside the Box
Picture this: litter on the street, overgrown grass, barren and broken parks. Our Facilities and Grounds team works hard to make sure this never happens. It’s easy to forget about the hard work that goes into making our city beautiful. When everything is running smoothly you don’t think about the alternative. The unsung heroes of […]
Coming Soon to South Bend – Boomer, a Mobile Experience
EQUITY The City of South Bend is investing approximately $50 Million of capital improvements into our shared public spaces through an initiative called My SB Parks & Trails. This includes hundreds of deferred maintenance items, such as replacing old and unsafe playgrounds, benches, athletic courts, and sidewalks. The improvements are designed to make our parks […]
VPA Welcomes You to 2019
With everything we do, we keep in mind our mission to inspire a more livable South Bend for all, connecting us to emotionally engaging experiences and each other.
Best. Week. Ever.
2017 was full of exciting changes for our community, including the addition of the 1st Annual Best. Week. Ever. celebration. For an entire week, every day and evening, across every portion of the city, something was happening. 50,000+ residents and visitors attended the approximately 100 experiences that took place. Best. Week. Ever. was built upon […]
Spark’s Top 5
Venues Parks & Arts staff members give you five things they’re looking forward to this fall and winter.
VPA Behind the Scenes
The Top 10 Fun Things to Do in South Bend This Spring and Summer
It’s time to get the kids out of the house and shake off that deep winter hibernation!
My South Bend Parks & Trails
South Bend has always been a city thriving on vision: vision that transformed the bend of a river into a center for trade, that pushed to be a leader in heavy industry, that sought to operate as a 21st century city and that positioned itself as a hotbed for technology and innovation.
10 Fun Things To Do This Fall & Winter in South Bend
The changing seasons are upon us: School is back in session, leaves are painted in stunning hues of oranges, reds, and yellows, and the brisk morning air ushers in the need for hot coffee.
More Than Just a Game
Spring is a wild season for Byers Softball Complex at Phil St. Clair Park, formerly known as Belleville Softball Complex.