Parking & Programming Updates
During construction, parking can be found at the newly paved Zion United Church of Christ across from the former Howard Park parking lot, along with street parking along E Wayne Street. Howard Park will remain closed throughout the construction process.
All senior programming will be relocated to Zion United Church of Christ – 211 S St. Peter Street in the community room.
Mondays: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm: Wellness Group, Dominoes, 5 Crown cards, Mahjongg
Wednesdays: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm: Euchre, 5 Crown cards
Fridays: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm: Euchre
For more details call Rose Kaufman at 574-235-9428.
Howard Park Redevelopment Project construction
After over 9 months of planning the conceptual framework for the parks and trails along the St. Joseph Riverfront, the design and construction planning of the Howard Park renovation process began in Spring 2017. After the existing ice rink and recreation building at Howard Park reached the end of their life cycle, plans for a new space became a priority. The proposed designs call for a new multi-purpose building that faces the corner of Jefferson Blvd. and St. Louis Blvd. The new building design will model the urban area surrounding the park by bringing the building to the street edge for a vibrant, active space. This phase of the Howard Park upgrades also calls for an interactive water feature and companion ice facility which will allow the space to be used year-round.
Riverfront Trail Improvements construction
Event lawn with extended trail lighted connections to St. Louis Boulevard is part of this construction project which is scheduled to begin Spring 2019.
Howard Park Center construction
The Howard Park Center will house administrative offices, community rooms, an ice trail, outdoor playground, cafe with indoor and outdoor seating and an interactive water feature. During construction, the park and parking lot off St. Louis Boulevard will be closed.
St Louis Boulevard Improvements construction
New curbing, sidewalk, lighting, asphalt, on-street parking, water main and installation of storm sewers.
Vietnam Veterans Memorial completed
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial was moved on July 18, 2018 and will be located within the southern lawn space.
Stone Lodge Restoration completed
Originally built in 1940 as the administration building for the Parks Department, the Howard Park Stone Lodge has been restored to its original use as an office space for city employees. The project included extensive renovation and restoration work to transform the space into usable work areas.