More chances to give input regarding the future of Elkhart parks

(Photo supplied/City of Elkhart)

The City of Elkhart Parks and Recreation Department and enFocus, a local nonprofit dedicated to building better communities in the South Bend-Elkhart region, will solicit
feedback from Elkhart residents this summer through a series of in-person community meetings.

Information collected on park usage, perception of amenities, and resident desires for the park’s future will inform the improvement plans for over 30 local parks. The first in-person meeting will be held this Thursday, June 24, at Willowdale Pavilion.

The initial effort to gather resident feedback on just 6 parks began in early 2021. Unfortunately, attendance was impacted by the virtual meeting format mandated during COVID-19. Still, the Parks Department did benefit from a number of learnings, including that many residents had a desire to better understand current park offerings.

As COVID-19 guidelines have relaxed, the Parks Department and enFocus are expanding the Elkhart City public park engagement initiative and broadening their focus to gather information on the most-used parks.

Meetings will be hosted in-person with food and beverage provided. The meeting schedule is as follows:

Willowdale Pavilion Thursday, June 24th 6-8 pm

Studebaker Pavilion Thursday, July 8th 6-8 pm

High Dive Park Pavilion Thursday, July 29th 6-8 pm

McNaughton Pavilion Wednesday, August 4th 6-8 pm

Advance registration at is encouraged.

Residents unable to attend the scheduled meetings may provide park feedback via a survey at on the City of Elkhart Parks and Recreation Department’s website.

For more information, visit

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