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Mishawaka is blessed with 26 public parks, each with its own unique natural attributes. For boating enthusiasts, there are four parks with boat launches on the St. Joseph River. Water skiers and sailors can indulge in their pastimes in the river's east section. Incidentally, this is one of the best rivers in the state for fishing. Smallmouth bass, steelhead trout, coho salmon, chinook salmon and walleye are plentiful in their seasons.
Mishawaka parks also boast 2 excellent swimming pools, 4 "splashpads" and accommodations for tennis and various field sports, including a very popular softball program. "Disc golf" is another popular park sport (Wilson). For more traditional golfers the 18-hole Eberhart-Petro Municipal Golf Course offers plenty of challenges. In the winter, skaters can show off their skills on the ice rink at Merrifield Park or thrill to the lighted tubing runs at Wilson Park.
We encourage civic-minded volunteers to "adopt" a MIshawaka park. Sponsors regularly visit "their" park to help with minor maintenance and generally help to oversee its condition. They report problems to the Park Department for attention. Some sponsors purchase flowers, personally plant them in their adopted park and then make certain that the plants are watered, weeded and fertilized. More information is available here.
Please use the menu on the left to get more information on a specific park or facility. If you have further questions please contact us by email or by phone: (574) 258-1664. Enjoy all our beautiful parks and facilities!