In 2010, the City of Mishawaka was ranked second in the State of Indiana by Business Week Magazine in their annual ranking of the best places to raise your kids. Those who live here are not surprised. Although many from outside of the community view Mishawaka as a regional area of commerce, the City also prides itself on strong, safe, and affordable residential neighborhoods.
New residents quickly realize that old fashioned neighborhoods still exist all over the city, and many of the newer residential subdivisions that have been developed within the city in recent years have attempted to replicate the community spirit and "hometown" neighborhood feel. Because neighborhoods are such a vital resource to the success of Mishawaka, the city continually upgrades and develops new neighborhood park and recreation facilities. Presently, a total of 27 parks allow Mishawaka residents to golf, play ball, fish and exercise. In 1968, the city opened an outdoor Olympic-size swimming pool and an adjacent ice skating rink at Merrifield Park. On the south side, Mishawaka's George Wilson Park is home to the city's most popular winter tubing spot, as well as an 18-hole frisbee golf course.

Redbud tree along the St. Joseph River