About

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who we are

The Valpo Parks Foundation brings people and community resources together to enhance and sustain the highest quality park facilities and programs.  It is our mission to provide opportunities for the community to connect with the Valpo Parks to support the continuing legacy of high quality experiences provided by the Valpo Parks Department.  

 

The Projects We've Supported

 
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RENOVATION OF TOWER PARK

Lead gifts by Valpo natives Robbie Hummel and Jeff Samardzija and the Samardzija family, along with Purdue standout basketball player Brian Cardinal, and Purdue Community Hoops created momentum that launched the Leaders Giving Back campaign for the Tower Park renovation. Upon its completion Tower Park became a state-of-the-art basketball, pickleball, and softball/baseball play area. 

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CENTRAL PARK PLAZA

With lead gifts from private donors and corporate sponsors, Phase 1 and 2 were completed between 2011 and 2015. Phase 1, the 12,000-square-foot, $3 million Amphitheater includes an open air-stage with lighting and sound integrated into lawn seating areas, public restrooms and splash pad. Phase 2, a 135-foot-long by 85-foot-wide pavilion designed for activities in all four seasons: ice skating, farmers’ markets, festivals, concerts, exhibitions and civic gatherings. In 2016, Central Park Plaza was recognized as one of the nation’s best public spaces by the American Planning Association.

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VALPLAYSO, THE NEXT GENERATION

More than 600 donors raised over $1 million in private funds to create this 18,000 square foot world-class all-inclusive playground. Even more remarkable were the 3,000 volunteers who worked countless hours to help design and build the playground which was completed in October of 2014 and sat adjacent to the previous ValPlayso, which was built in 1994.

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BUTTERFLY MEADOW & CATERPILLAR CROSSING

In 2013, Butterfly Meadow & Caterpillar Crossing Park was competed. Located at Foundation Meadows Park, this unique playground is designed specifically for the Valparaiso community including adventurous slides, interactive learning station, preschool specialty area, and much more!

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CREEKSIDE GOLF COURSE & TRAINING CENTER

Creekside Golf Course is situated on pristine, rolling land acquired by the city of Valparaiso in 1992. Groundbreaking at the site took place in June 1998 as parks officials laid out a blueprint for a 151-acre, year-round facility. Two years later, on June 6, 2000, officials returned to preside over Creekside’s grand opening.

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SERVICE MEMORIAL-VETERANS & VOLUNTEERS PLAZA

In the fall of 2000, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Chequeuk Lodge 55, approached the Valpo Parks Foundation about funding and creating a Service Memorial on park property. On Memorial Day, 2003, the Service Memorial at Veterans & Volunteers Plaza was dedicated at Foundation Meadows Park.

 
 

partners

PREMIER PARTNERS 

 

PLATINUM PARTNERS

 
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GOLD PARTNERS

 
 

sILVER PARTNERS


current board members

 

JAMIE SULCER
Chicago Title Company, President

TIM VERSCHURE
Lakeside Wealth Management Group, Vice-President

JIM CUNNINGHAM
Task Force Tips, Treasurer

DR. ROB BEHREND
Valpo Family Dentistry

WADE BREITZKE
We Create Media

CATHY BROWN
Valpo Velvet

JEFF DANEFF
Porter Health Systems

BRANDI ANSTINE
HealthLinc

LINDA EYERMANN
Community Volunteer

KAYE FRATACCIA
Empower Porter County

FRANK KUSBEL
AM Stabilizers

JEFF LEWIS
Shive-Hattery

MITCH PETERS
Mitch Peters Law

JIM MCCALL
Valparaiso Community Schools

JON SCHMALTZ
Burke Costanza & Carberry

JOHN SEIBERT
Valpo Parks Foundation Executive Director

NICK SOMMER
Century 21 Alliance Group

ALEX OLYMPIDIS
Family Express

MELANIE TROWBRIDGE
Valparaiso University

ERIN URSCHEL
Community Volunteer

MATTHEW VESSELY
1st Source Bank

TIM WARNER
Centier Bank