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and events, reserve a facility or see what's happening in our rec. leagues.

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to participate in a program, service, or activity of the City should contact the Office of the City Clerk-Treasurer,
300 West Lincoln Street, Nappanee, Indiana 46550, (574) 773-2112, kbrown@nappanee.org
as soon as possible but no later than 48 hours before the scheduled event.



Park department facilities and rules
Park hours are 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM each day or as posted. No alcohol is permitted in city parks.

Special events must be arranged through the parks department to guarantee facility availability. Call (574) 773-2112 to make a reservation.

West Park Pavilion may be rented throughout the year. The large room ($250 rental plus additional $100 deposit which can be refunded) has space for 200 guests. The meeting room ($125 rental fee with $100 refundable deposit) is available with seating for up to 64. Kitchen facilities are available with the rental of either room. Please read the city's policy prior to completing the rental application. Open-air Shelters are also available for rent at Stauffer Park.

Visit www.nappaneeparks.recdesk.com/Community/Home to reserve the pavilion or shelter or to sign up for programs and events.

Swimming — Lessons at the community pool run through the summer for children ages 4 and up, and the city's Mommy and Me class encourages development of water skills for children ages 6 months to 4 years.

Tennis — Instruction for beginners to advanced skill levels takes place throughout the summer at Stauffer Park for ages 6-14.

Golf — Nappanee's junior golf program takes place in the early summer at McCormick Creek. Golfers ages 6 to 14 are encouraged to attend one of the week-long sessions.

Unplug 60! - This new program replaceds sports, craft and nature camps. It is designed to get kids outside for 60 minutes everyday to move, create and explore.

Junior Smokey Stovers - This new program is offered by the Nappanee Fire Dept. for boys and girls ages 6-12 to learn fire safety, fire prevention and to see what the fire department is all about!

Softball Leagues - Men's softball starts in May at the Callander Sportsplex. The Park Department is working to build all the softball programs and offering exciting tournaments. For more information, visit the Nappanee Softball League Facebook group.

Questions about any of the city's programs may be directed to the Parks Dept. at 574-773-2112 or to Parks Supt. Chris Davis by email.


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Stauffer Park
Situated on 30 acres on Nappanee's east side, Stauffer Park offers incredible diversity in its activities — the community swimming pool, ball diamonds, basketball and tennis courts, a skate park, picnic facilities and the renowned Little Paws playground. Open-air shelters are available to rent also.

All facilities have nearby restrooms, and many of the areas are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Pool — From Memorial Day until about mid-August, the Nappanee pool is open from 12:30 to 5:00 PM Mondays through Saturdays and from 1:00 to 5:00 PM on Sundays, with an evening swim offered each day from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. The parks department offers swimming lessons for children age 3 and up. Daily admission is $2.50 for youths and $3.00 for adults (residents living outside Nappanee will pay more). Season passes are available, as well, and we encourage you to call and inquire about rental possibilities.

Little Paws —This community-built play area features climbing opportunities, swings and sandboxes for children up to age 12. The playground on the west side of Stauffer Park is open until dusk.

Skate Park — Skateboarders are offered ramps and flat surfaces to work out tricks. The enclosed area is located near the tennis courts and is open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM, and Sunday noon to 7:00 PM.


Little Paws Playground
Little Paws playground at Stauffer Park


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West Park
The 7-acre park on Nappanee Street features open space, playground equipment and a picnic area. It's also home to the historic West Park Pavilion, which is available to rent for special events. More local history is located in front of the building; the bell originally used by fire department to signal the community about emergencies in the 1890s is on display. Located at 500 N. Nappanee St.

West Park Pavilion
West Park Pavilion on Nappanee Street


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South Park
The neighborhood park on Reed Street, about a block from Main, has 3 acres of mostly open space for ball games, frisbee and kite flying. An open-air shelter is available for picnickers.


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Recovery Park
Founded after the 2007 tornado, Recovery Park at Summit and Indiana streets is dedicated to the great community spirit shown after that terrible event. Bright and inviting play equipment will keep children busy, while an open-air shelter is available for people wanting to lunch in the park. Greenspace is inviting to kite fliers or those wanting to throw the football around.

Recovery Park
Play equipment at Recovery Park


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Derksen Farm and Wetlands
This 7-acre nature preserve created in the early 1990s serves as a great area to watch wildlife, birds and butterflies. Trails take visitors to the marsh near the intersection of Woodview Drive and Oakland Avenue. Benches and a lookout shelter along the way provide observation areas. This protected area is serene and a perfect complement to the city parks system.

Derksen Wetlands
Marsh at the Derksen Wetlands


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Callander Sportsplex
Close to McCormick Creek Golf Course off Oakland Avenue, Callander Sportsplex features lighted softball diamonds, a concession stand, a sledding hill and an open-air pavilion. Home to the Nappanee Softball Leagues, Callander Sportsplex hosts a mens league, co-ed league, as well as many tournaments. For more information about softball, visit the Nappanee Softball League Facebook group.

Softball diamonds at Callander Sportsplex
Softball diamonds at Callander Sportsplex


McCormick Creek Golf Course
McCormick Creek Golf Course is a challenging, 18-hole layout measuring 6,344 yards. Located on North Oakland Avenue, it features water hazards on 13 of the holes. Affordable rates and a full-service clubhouse are among the other features of this municipal course, which is open daily from April through November. Call (574) 773-2725 or visit the course's website for more information.

Membership information and registration is available online at https://nappaneeparks.recdesk.com/Community/Home


Nappanee Dog Park
Located on Oakland Ave (C.R. 7) at the entrance to the Derksen Wetland area. The park was built in 2011 through donations. Annual membership is required to use the park. Call 574-773-2112 for more information or visit facebook.

Membership information and registration is available online at https://nappaneeparks.recdesk.com/Community/Home