Mary Gibbard Ribbon Cutting Ceremony


Mayor Dave Wood announced plans today for a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the renovation of Mary Gibbard Park. The 1.5-million-dollar investment includes a large pavilion, new restrooms, playground, BMX Bike Park, soccer fields, open play area, splash pad, free little library, and a Born Learning Trail.

The ribbon cutting ceremony will be held on Saturday, June 1st at 10:00am, 1024 Somerset Ave, Mishawaka and will include Mishawaka Mayor Dave Wood, students from LaSalle Elementary School, Michiana Bike Coalition, United Way, Mishawaka Education Foundation, and various City Officials who played a part in the project.

Mary Gibbard park was designed with the help from the students of LaSalle Elementary School. Each student was asked what they would like to see in their park and drew a design of their ideal park. The City of Mishawaka took those ideas and came up with a unique, one of a kind—Mary Gibbard Park. One of the biggest improvements the kids wanted to see was a new splash pad. Not only did the kids get a splash pad, but this splash pad is lion themed, named after the school mascot of the elementary students who designed the park, the LaSalle Lions. The splash pad features a 50-gallon bucket that will keep the kids coming back all summer.

One feature of the park is a playground with a challenging rope course that allows kids the freedom to explore in many new ways. Additionally, kids can take a ride on the 50-ft. ZipKrooz Zipline, test their balance on the boogie board, slide down the roller slide, or explore the power of rhythm and sound with the sets of musical chimes. Another first of its kind feature at this park is the Sway Fun Glider which is the only wheelchair-accessible glider that meets all safety standards for kids of any ability. 

Thanks to the Michiana Bike Coalition and NIMBA, a BMX Bike Park featuring beginner, intermediate and advanced trails are part of the renovated Mary Gibbard Park. The Mishawaka Education Foundation and students from Mishawaka High School helped design a Little Free Library, and while walking the soccer field area, parents can take advantage of the Born Learning Trail that was donated by the United Way. This trail is a series of 10 interactive signs that offer fun, active learning activities for young children and their families. It helps parents, caregivers, and communities create quality engagement opportunities.

The City of Mishawaka and Mishawaka Parks Department has made it their mission to incorporate inclusive playground equipment when designing parks so that no child is left out. This new playground helps stay relevant with what our youth wants and breaks down barriers making sure all kids have the chance to play.

The public is invited.