Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation.

Elkhart City Public Park Engagement Sessions

The City of Elkhart Parks and Recreation Department and enFocus, a local nonprofit dedicated to building stronger communities in the South Bend-Elkhart region, will engage residents in neighborhoods adjacent to several community parks in community meetings.

Unable to attend our previous meetings? Please complete the survey below to share your feedback on the first group of parks: Hayden, Studebaker, High Dive, Weston, Langle, & Ullery. We look forward to hearing from you.

Park Survey

Now Hiring!

We are now hiring for summer seasonal positions. Please follow the links below to view job descriptions and apply online. Interviews will begin soon.

Aquatic Facility Manager
Cashier
Day Camp Leader
Lifeguard
Softball Supervisor
Spray Park Attendant
Tennis Instructor

Activity Guide

Check out our Activity Guide for ongoing and upcoming programs and events

Spring 2021 Activity Guide

Events

 
The Elkhart Farmers Market is now accepting applications for the 2021 season!
We are looking for growers, home-based vendors, crafters, and artisans.
For questions or more information, please contact us at 574-295-7275.

More information coming soon!

Elkhart Parks & Recreation presents the Summer Chill Concert Series, sponsored by NIBCO.
 
This FREE concert series takes place at NIBCO Water & Ice Park on the 3rd Friday of the month from June – September. Concerts run from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
Purchase food and drink from local food vendors, or feel free to bring your own. (No alcohol, please.)
 
June 18 – Shelly Cowling Quartet
July 16 – Hideous Business
August 20 – High Gravity
September 17 – Paul Erdman

Programs

Indoor Pickleball

Indoor Pickleball is offered 9 am to 12 pm, Monday through Friday at the Tolson Community Center. The cost is just $1 per player.

Free Indoor Pickleball is offered on Saturdays from 2 pm to 5 pm.

All ability levels are welcome!

Open gym time for teens in grades 9-12 is available from 3 pm to 5 pm, Monday through Friday.

Adult Open Gym is available from 5 pm to 8 pm on Mondays and Saturdays.

Youth Open Gym is available on Saturdays from 1 pm to 2 pm.

After school programs for children in elementary grades are available from 2:45 pm to 6 pm, Monday through Friday. 

  • Monday – Lego Club
  • Tuesday – Library Club
  • Wednesday – Life Skills Club
  • Thursday – Parks & Arts Club
  • Friday – Cinema Club

Elkhart Parks & Recreation and Kroyler Gracie Jiu Jitsu are offering intro to Jiu Jitsu classes for children ages 7-12.
Classes will be held on Wednesdays from 6 pm to 7 pm starting March 10 until April 28.
The cost is $40.
Classes will be held at the High Dive Pavilion at 500 E. Beardsley Ave. Elkhart.
Reserve your spot at https://elkhartin.seamlessdocs.com/f/jiujitsu
Payment must be made at the Elkhart Parks & Recreation office (1320 Benham Ave.) prior to the first class.
Space is limited. Your spot is not guaranteed until payment is received

Elkhart Parks & Recreation and ElkLogics are offering a First LEGO League for children in grades K-1.
This playful introductory STEM program ignites natural curiosity and builds habits of learning with hands-on activities.
The cost of the course is just $15.
Classes will meet at McNaughton Pavilion on Thursdays from 6 pm to 7 pm beginning March 11.
Reserve your spot here https://elkhartin.seamlessdocs.com/f/lego
Space is limited, so your spot is not guaranteed until payment is received at the Parks & Recreation office at 1320 Benham Ave. Elkhart.

Elkhart Parks & Recreation is offering a four-session co-ed training camp for children ages 8 to 12.
All skill sets welcome
Camp will be held on Tuesdays from April 13 to May 4 at the Tolson Community Center.
The cost is just $10 per player.
Reserve your spot by registering at https://elkhart.ezfacility.com/
Space is limited, so register today!

Elkhart Parks & Recreation and Purdue University Extension are partnering to offer the Elkhart Youth STEM Series for students in 4th to 8th grade.
This will be an immersive experience with a variety of topics including robotics, environmental science, agri-science, 3D printing, and clean energy.
Sessions will be held on Thursdays from 4 pm to 5 pm at the Studebaker Pavilion beginning April 22.
The cost is $20 per participant.
Register here: https://elkhart.ezfacility.com
Space is limited so register today!

Elkhart Parks & Recreation and Star Martial Arts are offering an Intro to Adult Self Defense course. This 4 session course will begin Wednesday, May 5 and occur every Wednesday in May from 6 pm to 7 pm at the High Dive Pavilion.
The course is open to all adults over 18.
Space is limited, so register today! The cost is just $15.
Register and pay online at elkhart.ezfacility.com

Join Ranger McCray for our free bird hikes.

Come out to meet others and look for our flighted friends coming back out in the Spring. Masks required with social distancing

 

Date Time Location
Saturday, April 10 8:00 am

Studebaker Pavilion

1020 McDonald St.

Thursday, April 22 8:00 am

River Greenway

Meet at EEC

1717 E. Lusher Ave.

Tuesday, April 27 6:00 pm

Pinewood Park

Meet in Pinewood School parking lot

3420 E. Bristol St.

Saturday, May 8 8:00 am 

River Greenway

Meet at EEC

1717 E. Lusher Ave.

Parks and Recreation

Recreational 
Venues.

NIBCO Water and Ice Park will open Friday, December 18, 2020. (weather permitting)

In order to keep our patrons and staff safe, we have new policies and procedures.

Capacity will be limited. Exact numbers will be determined by the Elkhart county status set by ISDH and may change as necessary.

Masks are required at all times including while skating. Masks may be removed while eating or drinking while stationary & physically distanced from others not in your group.

The warming area will only be open to get and return skates and to buy concessions. Capacity will be limited to one group at a time. Please dress for the weather and be prepared to be outside.

Lockers will not be available and all skate and shoe changing will take place outside. Patrons are encouraged to bring a bag to store shoes and other items while skating and to leave valuables at home.

We will be open for 90-minute sessions and cleaning will take place between sessions. Staff will routinely disinfect high-touch surfaces and skates between uses.

We are not requiring reservations or buying tickets in advance. Staff will be keeping count of patrons as they enter and exit & admission will be first come, first served. Admission will be $5 per person and skate rental will be free this year.

We hope that these policies will allow our patrons to have a fun and safe experience at NIBCO Water and Ice Park.


2020-21 Season Hours of Operation Admission Fees
December 18th-February 28th
 
 
All Open Dates/Times
are Weather Permitting
 
Fridays
6 pm – 7:30 pm
8 pm – 9:30 pm
Saturdays
1 pm – 2:30 pm
3 pm – 4:30 pm
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Sundays
1 pm – 2:30 pm
3 pm – 4:30 pm
 
Please call ahead to check on hours of operation, hours are subject to change.
Capacity is limited.
574-970-7490
 
Admission
$5.00
Ages 3 – Adult
 
2 & Under
Free
 
Skate Rental
Free
 
Other Services
Skate
Sharpening
$6.00
 
Winter Recess Hours
December 21st-January 1st
Official
Holiday
Hours
 
Monday-Saturday
1 pm – 2:30 pm
3 pm – 4:30 pm
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Sundays
1 pm – 2:30 pm
3 pm – 4:30 pm
Christmas Eve
1 pm – 2:30 pm
3 pm – 4:30 pm

Christmas Day & New Year’s Day
CLOSED

New Year’s Eve
1 pm – 2:30 pm
3 pm – 4:30 pm
Martin Luther
King Day & President’s Day
January 18th & February 15th
1 pm – 2:30 pm
3 pm – 4:30 pm

Ideal Beach Water Park

52256 Ideal Beach Road

574-262-1769

Ideal Beach Water Park / Elkhart, IN A trip to Ideal Beach is the perfect way to spend a summer day. Park amenities include: lakefront beach, wading pool, playground, sand volleyball courts, miniature golf, picnic areas, two corkscrew water slides, and concession stand. Picnic sites may be reserved through Ideal Beach, but Pavilion rental must be made through the Parks and Recreation Office.

McNaughton Spray Park

635 Arcade Avenue

574-970-5947

A Spray Park located in McNaughton Park.  The facility provides kids of all ages a new and exciting aquatic atmosphere.

Water features include: a large bucket spill, spray loops, team sprays, cannons, power volcanoes, aqua domes, spray nozzles, jets, valves, and water guns.  A concession stand, picnic area, loungers, and shade umbrellas will help make your visit even more enjoyable.

Pierre Moran Pool

119 West Wolf Avenue

574-293-7946

A family-friendly, swimming facility that features 2 pools: a zero-depth entry to 3 1/2 foot body of water with toddler-friendly playscapes, a 3-5 foot deep recreational pool, and a 10 foot deep well. Enjoy the large corkscrew-shaped waterslide. Relax by the pool under a shade umbrella or catch some rays on one of our many loungers. Refreshments are available from our concession stand.

The Elkhart Parks and Recreation Department offers five indoor pavilions that are available for rental throughout the year, High Dive, McNaughton, Pierre Moran, Studebaker, and Willowdale.

Pavilion amenities include a full kitchen, heating/air conditioning,12′ rectangular tables (seating 10 guests each), and chairs (seating capacity based on pavilion size).

No reservations will be taken over the phone, however, you may call to check availability.

Cash, Check, Money Order, and Credit/Debit Cards for Rentals Only.

Due to COVID-19, we are currently only doing full-day rentals from 12:00 pm to 12:00 am. 

Capacity limits are in effect. Please call 574-295-7275 for more information. 

Rental Process

  • You must be 21 to rent.
  • Rental fees must be paid in full at the time of reservation.
  • The rental contract must be signed.

Security Deposit/Key Pick Up

  • A cash-only security deposit of $300.00 will be due at the time of key pick-up.
  • Key pick-up is between the hours of 8 A.M. and 4:00 P.M.

Security Deposit/Key Return

  • Provided that the guidelines and requirements of the rental agreement are upheld, the deposit is refundable when the pavilion key is returned.
  • Keys should be returned the first business day following your event.
  • Keys may be returned between the hours of 9:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M.

 

RIVERVIEW PARK SOFTBALL COMPLEX
340 Riverview Avenue, Elkhart, IN 46516
Weather Hotline:574-293-1128 (active only April 15-October 15)

League Director- Ed Bellows
574-596-3036
 
 
Registrations are now being accepted for the 2021 summer slow pitch softball leagues.

Click here to register for a 20-game season with a league tournament.

Here is the UPDATE on summer softball openings! Leagues have been filling fast.

Tuesday night men’s

2 openings remain in the competitive league

1 opening remains in the recreational league

 Wednesday night COED

2 openings remain in the COED league

Thursday night men’s and COED

1 opening remains in the men’s league

1 opening remains in the recreational COED

For men’s leagues we will be offering the following
Tuesday – Semi Competitive League (3hr’s then 1-up)
Tuesday – Recreational League (1hr then outs)
Thursday – Recreational League (3hr’s then 1-up)

For COED we will be offering the following
Wednesday – Competitive League (2hr’s then outs)
Thursday – Recreational Leagues  (1hr for females only)

Fee: 2021 Summer softball entry fee is $750.00 for a 20 game season plus tournament. If registered and PAID before 5:00pm on March 31, a discount of $50 will be applied

If you are planning to play on Thursday night, don’t delay, this night fills up fast. Once they get filled up the league will be closed.

Recreational 
Venues.

NIBCO Water and Ice Park will open Friday, December 18, 2020. (weather permitting)

In order to keep our patrons and staff safe, we have new policies and procedures.

Capacity will be limited. Exact numbers will be determined by the Elkhart county status set by ISDH and may change as necessary.

Masks are required at all times including while skating. Masks may be removed while eating or drinking while stationary & physically distanced from others not in your group.

The warming area will only be open to get and return skates and to buy concessions. Capacity will be limited to one group at a time. Please dress for the weather and be prepared to be outside.

Lockers will not be available and all skate and shoe changing will take place outside. Patrons are encouraged to bring a bag to store shoes and other items while skating and to leave valuables at home.

We will be open for 90-minute sessions and cleaning will take place between sessions. Staff will routinely disinfect high-touch surfaces and skates between uses.

We are not requiring reservations or buying tickets in advance. Staff will be keeping count of patrons as they enter and exit & admission will be first come, first served. Admission will be $5 per person and skate rental will be free this year.

We hope that these policies will allow our patrons to have a fun and safe experience at NIBCO Water and Ice Park.


2020-21 Season Hours of Operation Admission Fees
December 18th-February 28th
 
 
All Open Dates/Times
are Weather Permitting
 
Fridays
6 pm – 7:30 pm
8 pm – 9:30 pm
Saturdays
1 pm – 2:30 pm
3 pm – 4:30 pm
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Sundays
1 pm – 2:30 pm
3 pm – 4:30 pm
 
Please call ahead to check on hours of operation, hours are subject to change.
Capacity is limited.
574-970-7490
 
Admission
$5.00
Ages 3 – Adult
 
2 & Under
Free
 
Skate Rental
Free
 
Other Services
Skate
Sharpening
$6.00
 
Winter Recess Hours
December 21st-January 1st
Official
Holiday
Hours
 
Monday-Saturday
1 pm – 2:30 pm
3 pm – 4:30 pm
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Sundays
1 pm – 2:30 pm
3 pm – 4:30 pm
Christmas Eve
1 pm – 2:30 pm
3 pm – 4:30 pm

Christmas Day & New Year’s Day
CLOSED

New Year’s Eve
1 pm – 2:30 pm
3 pm – 4:30 pm
Martin Luther
King Day & President’s Day
January 18th & February 15th
1 pm – 2:30 pm
3 pm – 4:30 pm

Ideal Beach Water Park

52256 Ideal Beach Road

574-262-1769

Ideal Beach Water Park / Elkhart, IN A trip to Ideal Beach is the perfect way to spend a summer day. Park amenities include: lakefront beach, wading pool, playground, sand volleyball courts, miniature golf, picnic areas, two corkscrew water slides, and concession stand. Picnic sites may be reserved through Ideal Beach, but Pavilion rental must be made through the Parks and Recreation Office.

McNaughton Spray Park

635 Arcade Avenue

574-970-5947

A Spray Park located in McNaughton Park.  The facility provides kids of all ages a new and exciting aquatic atmosphere.

Water features include: a large bucket spill, spray loops, team sprays, cannons, power volcanoes, aqua domes, spray nozzles, jets, valves, and water guns.  A concession stand, picnic area, loungers, and shade umbrellas will help make your visit even more enjoyable.

Pierre Moran Pool

119 West Wolf Avenue

574-293-7946

A family-friendly, swimming facility that features 2 pools: a zero-depth entry to 3 1/2 foot body of water with toddler-friendly playscapes, a 3-5 foot deep recreational pool, and a 10 foot deep well. Enjoy the large corkscrew-shaped waterslide. Relax by the pool under a shade umbrella or catch some rays on one of our many loungers. Refreshments are available from our concession stand.

The Elkhart Parks and Recreation Department offers five indoor pavilions that are available for rental throughout the year, High Dive, McNaughton, Pierre Moran, Studebaker, and Willowdale.

Pavilion amenities include a full kitchen, heating/air conditioning,12′ rectangular tables (seating 10 guests each), and chairs (seating capacity based on pavilion size).

No reservations will be taken over the phone, however, you may call to check availability.

Cash, Check, Money Order, and Credit/Debit Cards for Rentals Only.

Due to COVID-19, we are currently only doing full-day rentals from 12:00 pm to 12:00 am. 

Capacity limits are in effect. Please call 574-295-7275 for more information. 

Rental Process

  • You must be 21 to rent.
  • Rental fees must be paid in full at the time of reservation.
  • The rental contract must be signed.

Security Deposit/Key Pick Up

  • A cash-only security deposit of $300.00 will be due at the time of key pick-up.
  • Key pick-up is between the hours of 8 A.M. and 4:00 P.M.

Security Deposit/Key Return

  • Provided that the guidelines and requirements of the rental agreement are upheld, the deposit is refundable when the pavilion key is returned.
  • Keys should be returned the first business day following your event.
  • Keys may be returned between the hours of 9:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M.

 

RIVERVIEW PARK SOFTBALL COMPLEX
340 Riverview Avenue, Elkhart, IN 46516
Weather Hotline:574-293-1128 (active only April 15-October 15)

League Director- Ed Bellows
574-596-3036
 
2021 League Information Coming Soon!
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574-295-7275