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Published by Hammond Parks & Recreation, 2019-08-26 16:16:46

2019 Fall Recreation Guide 2019

Your destination for recreation in Hammond, IN.

Keywords: Parks & Recreation,Northwest Indiana,Hammond,Fall Season

Hammond Parks & Recreation Presents

FALL 2019
RECREATION

GUIDE

Mayor Thomas M. McDermott Jr.

www.gohammond.com


Welcome to Hammond Parks & Recreation

Residents of Hammond and surrounding communities:

Mayor's Thank you for your interest in the City of Hammond's 2019 Fall
Parks & Recreation Guide.

Welcome While exploring this guide you will to find numerous activities, programs, events, and
more happening in and around Hammond. Besides all of the city’s parks, our facilities
Thomas M. McDermott Jr. include the Jean Shepherd Community Center, Hammond Civic Center and the
Hammond Sportsplex, all of which are available for rental and have many activities
Mayor of Hammond planned for this fall and winter.
 
gohammond.com One of our newest events is happening this October—the Autumn Colors Craft Show
at the Hammond Civic Center where shoppers are free to come visit over 60 vendors!
The Hammond Parks & Recreation Find more information on the show and becoming a vendor on page 9. 
Mission is to enhance the quality  
Over the past couple of years, the city has embarked on several exciting new
of life and community pride by renovations in our parks, including a complete renovation of Edison Park, and a newly
continuing to provide and maintain updated Hessville park that includes a water feature and skate park.  Our newest
renovation is Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park, which is currently in the middle of
safe, accessible and affordable multi- phased improvements. The first phase with updated and new basketball
parks, facilities and recreation courts, fitness equipment and a hoop tree opened in June. The second phase is
under construction and will include an interactive water feature, updated
programs that fulfill the physical, playground, walking path, additional parking, shelter improvements and an eternal
mental, social, cultural and leisure flame.
needs of Hammond residents and  
Other upgrades include Columbia Park, Dowling Park and Indi-Illi park.
visitors to our community. Park renovations and upgrades offer increased recreational opportunities for
our city residents and visitors, while encouraging healthy lifestyles in safe and
modern environments. The open spaces also increase property values in the
surrounding areas. More upgrades and improvements are planned so make sure to
follow the city and park department on social media and at gohammond.com for
more information.
 
Don't forget to save the date for our upcoming events this year and next on your
calendar. From our exciting Hammond parades (the Veterans’ Day Parade on
November 9th and the Holiday Parade on December 7th) to my personal favorite
219 Day (set for February 15, 2020 at the Civic Center!).
 
Finally, I want to extend a warm thank you to our hard working staff and employees
of the City of Hammond and our amazing community who are a huge part of why
Hammond is full of recreational fun and opportunity. Have a great fall season
enjoying all Hammond has to offer!

Thomas M. McDermott Jr.
Mayor of Hammond


Hammond 311 is an easy way for you to report
non-emergency issues to the city such as
potholes, streetlight outages, graffiti and
more.

Using GPS you can help identify the location
of the problem and with the use of your
camera you can send a picture as well.

You’ll be able to track your issue from the time
it is reported until it is resolved.

Reporting a problem is now easier than ever.

Connect with us on Download the App at the App Store or
social media! Play Store for Apple or Android.

Hammond
Parks & Recreation

@HammondParks

The objective of the program is to
provide eligible students, living in

an owner-occupied home in
Hammond, with up to $10,500 per
year toward tuition at an Indiana
accredited college or university of

their choice.

The scholarship is renewable for
up to four consecutive years.

For more information, visit 
collegebound.gohammond.com.


Contact Information Table of Contents

Hammond Civic Center Jean Shepherd Center
.....................................................................5
5825 Sohl Ave. Hammond, IN 46320 Jean Shepherd Events
219-853-6378 | Monday - Friday | 8:30am - 4:30pm .....................................................................6
Jean Shepherd Event Space
Jean Shepherd Community Center .....................................................................7
Civic Center Events
3031 Mahoney Dr. Hammond, IN 46323 .....................................................................8
219-554-0155 | Monday - Friday | 7:00am - 9:00pm Autumn Colors Craft Show
.....................................................................9
Saturday | 9:00am - 4:00pm Civic Center Facilities
.....................................................................10
Hammond Sportsplex & Community Center Hammond Sportsplex
......................................................................11
6630 Indianapolis Blvd. Hammond, IN 46320 Hammond Sportsplex Fall Programs
219-853-7660 | Monday - Friday | 8:00am - 9:00pm ......................................................................12-13
Hammond Sportsplex Event Space
Saturday & Sunday | 9:00am - 5:00pm ......................................................................14
Hammond Port Authority
The Recreation Department ......................................................................15
reserves the right to photograph Hammond Lakefront Park & Bird Sanctuary
and video record events, programs, ......................................................................16
Hammond Dog Parks
classes and facilities for ......................................................................17
advertising use on our website, Senior News
......................................................................18
Recreation Guide, and other Hammond Parades
digital and print materials. ......................................................................19
Save the Dates
City Council Members Board of Park ......................................................................20
Commissioners
Robert A. Markovich Let's be friends!
Councilman at Large Michael Dye
President Hammond
Dan Spitale Parks & Recreation
Councilman at Large Arthur Peschke Jr.
Vice President @HammondParks
Janet Venecz
Councilman at Large Andrea Edwards
Secretary
Mark Kalwinski
1st District Marcus Taylor
Pete Torres Treasurer

2nd District Park Board meetings
are held in the Board
Anthony W. Higgs
Room at the
3rd District Hammond Civic
William Emerson Center every 1st
(5:30pm) and 3rd
4th District (5:00pm) Wednesday
Dave Woerpel
of the month.
5th District

Scott Rakos

6th District


Jean Shepherd Hessville
Community Community
Center Crime Watch

Learn more about what’s
happening in your
community!

Crime watch meetings are
once a month on

Thursdays at 7 p.m.
For more information

about dates,
call (219) 554-0155.

R.C. Pilots

Call (219) 554-0155
for more information.

Red Cross
Blood Drives

The JSCC hosts a blood
drive every other month.

Please call
1-800-RED-CROSS or
go to recrossblood.org
to schedule your blood
donation appointment.

Ballroom Dancing

Wednesday's from 1-3pm
Call (219) 554-0155
for more information.

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Let us be part of your event!

Call us for more information at 219-554-0155

Monday-Friday 7am - 9pm; Saturday 9am - 4pm; Closed Sunday

Cafe A & B

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Art Room

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December 1

Showtimes & Tickets For full details,
call us after November 1st
www.supershrinecircus.com at 219-853-6378

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Join the event on Facebook! Shop local businesses and entrepreneurs! 9

"Autumn Colors Craft Show 2019" FREE for all shoppers to attend!


Hammond Fitness Center
Civic Center Swimming Pool

Facilities Sauna/Steam Room

Also featured: @Hammond Civic Center (Facebook)

Indoor Track @HmdCivicCenter (Twitter)
Locker Rooms
Free Weights
Racket Ball Courts
Nutrition Room
Specialty Classes

Zumba Sentao
Water Workout
Aqua Rhythm
Aqua Abs
Aqua Boot Camp

Call 219-853-6378
for information
on memberships

Follow us on
social media

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Free Walking Club Monday-Friday

Come sign up for the free walking club 8-9pm
at our newest facility, the Hammond Sportsplex. Saturday & Sunday

Call 219-853-7660 for more. 9-5pm

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Velocity 219 Tryouts Hammond Youth Hoops
October 12th - Ages 12-14 Registration opens August 19th
October 13th - Ages 15-18 Sundays starting October 27th
If placed on a team: $100 Deposit
Fee: $110
plus Team Fee: Boys & Girls 5-7; Girls 8-10;
Elite $1,500 or Regional $1,000 Boys 8-10; Girls 11-15; Boys 11-15

smargorP llaF Men's Basketball League Co-Ed Volleyball League
September 8th - December 1st September 11th - November 27th

Sunday Nights Wednesday Nights
Team Fee: $600 Divisions: A or B
Team Fee: $350

Middle School 4 v 4 Volleyball Tournament
Volleyball Tournament September 28th
CYO & Public Schools Divisions:

August 24th Co-Ed, Womens and Mens
Team Fee: $100 Team Fee: $80

Queens of the Court Youth Co-Ed Volleyball Camp
Volleyball Tournament Ages 8-15

November 9th September 10th-12th
Divisions: 6:00 - 7:30pm

Co-Ed, Womens and Mens Fee per Camper: $60
Team Fee: $80

Youth Volleyball League
Ages 9-16

December 12th -March 8th
Fee per Player: $125

Register at the Hammond Sportsplex! 12

6630 Indianapolis Blvd. Hammond, IN 46320 | 219-853-7660


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Ages 5-6 and 7-8 October - April
Saturday & Sunday
August 27 - October 15 5:00pm - 11:00pm
October 29 - December 17 Team Fee: $850

Player Fee: $80 Youth Elite League
Ages U8 - High School
Youth Recreational League
Ages U8 - High School October - April
October - April 8 weeks plus play-offs
8 weeks plus play-offs Sundays 8am - 4pm
Saturdays 8am - 4pm
Team Fee: $600 Team Fee: $600

Co-Ed Soccer Women's Soccer
October - April October - April
Thursday Evenings
Team Fee: $750 Fridays Evenings
Team Fee: $750
Monday Night Open Play Soccer
Ages U8 - U13 | 5:00-6:30pm Veteran Soccer League
Ages U14 - High School Ages 30+
6:30-8:00pm
Adult Open | 8:00-9:30pm October - April
Adult Fee: $7 | Youth Fee: $5 Friday Evenings
Team Fee: $750

For Registration & More Information Email
reyesr@gohammond.com or call 219-853-7660

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Call us for more information at 219-853-7660

Monday-Friday 8-9pm; Saturday & Sunday 9-5pm

Multi-Purpose Room

Community Room

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Hammond Port Authority

The Emerlad Green The Pav at Wolf Lake Wolf Lake

Lost Marsh Golf Course Hammond Marina The Pavilion (The Pav) at Wolf Lake has proven
itself to be an entertainment haven for all kinds
The Emerald Green of activities in Northwest Indiana. Annual events
at Lost Marsh
include the Festival of the Lakes, WHAM After
Open to the public for lunch and dinner Monday Midnight Bike Ride, Leon's Triathlon, Northwest
through Sunday. Enjoy American food with an
Italian flair. Al fresco dining is available. Indiana Symphony Orchestra, and the 4th of
Visit www.emeraldgreenatlostmarsh.com for July Celebration. This park is also home to miles
the hours of operation and more details.
of fitness trails, restored nature areas and
Call 219-228-2534 for information on reserving green space including Forsythe Park.
the hall for your private event.
Hammond Marina
Lost Marsh Golf Course
Designated the first Clean Marina in the
Affordable golf for all levels! Lost Marsh is a State of Indiana, the Hammond Marina is
330-acre championship golf course, youth just 12 miles from Downtown Chicago. The

golf academy and nature preserve designed marina features 918 slips with room for
through the creative ingenuity of the largest transient dockage. Launch your boat, fill up

voluntary environmental remediation at the fuel dock and take a ride.
program in Indiana. Located 25 minutes Home to the 2nd Seabin in the country!
Call 219-659-7678 for more information.
from Downtown Chicago, golfers can
choose from the 18-hole championship Sail-a-way Program
course, a fun-filled 9-hole youth course, a
first-rate 300-yard driving range. Phone # A learn-to-sail program providing classroom
and on-water sailing instruction for both the
and website. able bodied and disabled. Sailing is enjoyed

aboard uniquely designed Freedom
Independence 20-foot sailboats. 12 hours of
instruction (6 two hour lessons) plus books and
materials are included. One to Four student
ratio. Call 219-659-7678 for more information.

First Tee Program

Currently located at the Lost Marsh Golf Course
in Hammond, Indiana, children ages 4-17 can

join the First Tee of Hammond for an affordable
one-time fee for each 6 week session.

Visit thefirstteelakecounty.org to sign up!
Call 219-228-2528 for more information.

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Hammond Lakefront Park &
Bird Sanctuary

Featuring a 600-meter wooded strip of Specialty Species this Fall:
lakefront fill, lies within a kilometer of the Connecticut Warbler
Mourning Warbler
Illinois line on Lake Michigan. Clay-colored Sparrow
LeConte’s Sparrow
A virtual oasis of vegetation within a vast
urban sprawl, this site, once well-known 16
simply as “The Migrant Trap”, is flanked

to the west by the new Data Center
under construction and to the east by

Hammond Marina.

True to its name, the Bird Sanctuary
produces great concentrations of migrant

passerines in spring and fall as they
search for cover en route across
Northwest Indiana.

The City of Hammond has
acknowledged the importance of the
Lakefront Park & Bird Sanctuary to avian
migration through the Calumet Region
and has set aside much of the land as a
permanent migratory bird sanctuary.

For more information,
Visit indianaaudubon.org
Click on the Northwest Region
Select Hammond Lakefront Park


Hammond Dog Parks

Free Off-Leash Dog Parks

Riverside Dog Park Dowling Dog Park

River Dr. & Calumet Ave J.F. Mahoney Dr. & Parrish Ave.

Forsythe Dog Park Amy Dog Park

119th St. & Carolina Ave. 173rd St. & Cline Ave.

Bring your
furry pal
today!

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Senior News

Pulaski Park Senior Center

The Hammond Parks & Recreation Senior Center is located at Pulaski Park in North Hammond.

The facility is free to use and is open every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00am to 3:00pm.
You are invited to gather with friends and

enjoy a variety of activities, including cards & bunco (Tuesdays 1:00-3:00)
and chair aerobics (Tuesdays 10:00-11:00am)

as participants determine to stay mentally and physically fit!
The Center is closed on Holidays and Election Day.

Those who attend are pleasantly surprised by the warmth and welcome of this cozy venue.

Why not bring your ideas, a friend or two and come for coffee, conversation and camaraderie.
You are sure to enjoy this senior "gift" from the City of Hammond.

Open Tuesday's & Thursday's Located at 282 137th St.
from 9:00am - 3:00pm Hammond, IN 46327

Check out our Ballroom Dancing at Jean Sheperd on Page 4! 18


Hammond Parades

The City of Hammond celebrates its
annual Veteran Appreciation Day

parade on Saturday, Nov. 9th at 10am 
in Hammond’s 5th and 6th districts.

The parade route travels from Olcott
Avenue, down 173rd Street and ends at

the Hessville Park Veterans Memorial.

A short program will immediately follow
the parade at the

Hessville Park Veteran Memorial at
173rd Street & Kennedy Ave.

9 9 Join us at the ceremony and sign a huge
thank you banner
that will be sent to active duty personnel.

Parade Starts at 10:00
A.M. at Gavit High

School and ends at the
Hammond Sportsplex.
Join us December 7th
for all the fun and a
great kick off to the
2019 Holiday Season!

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January 13 The new City Councilmen and
2020 City Council members will be
sworn in on January 13, 2020.

The annual candlelight march to January 20
commemorate the life of 2020
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

A community commemoration will be held
at the Hammond Civic Center

immediately following the march.
Please call 219-853-6378
for more information.

February 15 Mayor Thomas M. McDermott, Jr.
2020 and the 219 Day Committee
invite all Region residents
(over the age of 21) to join us
for the fun, weird and wacky

event that celebrates everything
we love about the Region… 
219 Day!

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