2019 has begun and we couldn’t be more excited to share all the exciting news we have for this year! 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.
This year, we are ecstatic to highlight the latest features coming to Venues Parks & Arts (VPA) in 2019:
- Our new and improved website makes searching for your favorite venues, parks and programming smooth and effortless, getting you to the fun faster! The website is designed to increase accessibility and inclusion by providing a more user-friendly interface for finding information about all things VPA.
- An 18-foot-tall, 36-foot-long special event vehicle is coming into town this spring to breathe fresh life into South Bend’s neighborhoods. Identifying availability of recreation programming among the top parks-related issues, this vehicle aims to respond to this need via a year-round traveling series of music, games, recreational activities for families, social spaces, access to community resources, food, and entertainment for people of all ages.
- After the ice rink and recreation building at Howard Park reached the end of their life cycle, plans for a new space became a priority. Opening later this year, Howard Park will house a new ice rink and trail, outdoor playground, a café with indoor and outdoor seating, administrative offices, community rooms, and an interactive water feature, allowing the space to be used year-round.
- Finally, no new year would be complete without a little exercise involved. This year, we are showcasing 36 new pieces of cardio equipment at O’Brien Fitness Center. Whether you’re a gym shark or a minnow, these updates allow you to track your fitness, so you can push yourself and meet your goals.
- Hint: Some of the new equipment even lets you keep up on your Netflix queue while you workout!
That’s only a small amount of what we have in store for 2019. Here at VPA, we’re passionate about positively impacting the community, so we strive to go above and beyond. Stay tuned to our blog for updates full of surprise and delight!