Proposed Crawford Park Master Plan (Draft)

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Play area
Overall plan

Mayor Wood and the City of Mishawaka Parks and Recreation Board cordially invite you to attend a neighborhood meeting to discuss potential improvements to Crawford Park. A brief presentation will be given at 6:30pm, but the primary intent is just to receive your input on a draft master improvement plan for the park that has been created by local design firm DLZ. Castle Manor will remain open until 8:00pm, so feel free to arrive at any point based on your schedule. A draft of this concept plan is shown in the images to the right for your review and use.

Key components of the draft master plan include:

  • Establishing a unique identity for the park unlike any other in the City. Thematically creating a “Nature Park” that would include man-made constructed wetlands.
  • Moves major park elements like play equipment out of the floodplain.
  • Creates an active play area that would include nature-themed equipment and a water element for smaller children in the area of the current splashpad. The playground will feature inclusive components for children of any ability.
  • Establishes a neighborhood lawn area for open play and special events like a movie or concert.
  • The design reflects the location of required combined sewer separation improvements that recently started construction.
  • Build a new restroom building adjacent to the play area that would also be convenient for visitors to the Shiojiri Niwa Japanese Garden across the street.
  • Build three new picnic shelters/pavilions to meet increased demand. One adjacent to the play area, one in the center of the park, and one adjacent to Niles Avenue. Provide a small off-street parking lot at Niles Avenue south of the intersection of Linden Avenue to better meet the parking requirements for the proposed activities.
  • Adds multiple sidewalks and board walks in the park to improve handicapped accessibility to equipment/restrooms

Given the cost of improvements, implementation will likely occur in phases as funding is available.

We appreciate your input! This plan is only a draft that we expect to change based on the input we receive. If you are not able to attend, but would like to provide input, please send written comments via mail or e-mail to:

Phil Blasko, Park Superintendent
City of Mishawaka, Parks and Recreation Department
904 N. Main St.
Mishawaka, IN  46545