A Place for All to Explore
One thing Mishawaka can guarantee is amazing park spaces. We have over 25 parks, beautifully nestled between green spaces and flourishing urban spaces. Chances are your outdoor adventure is just steps away. Step off the beaten path, and discover the parks of Mishawaka.
The Riverwalk is a circular system of pedestrian/bicycle trails on both banks of the St. Joseph River. Pedestrian bridges connect the Riverwalk at strategic points. The Riverwalk experience has recently been enhanced with useful signage, beautiful landscaping and lighting. Located at N. Spring St., Mishawaka, IN 46544
One of our newest parks in the area, Central Park is located just north of downtown. The popular park is busy year-round, with a splash pad and playground for the kids to enjoy and pavilions, grills and picnic tables for residents to gather.
Connected to the Mishawaka Riverwalk, visitors can learn how fish make their way upstream using the fish ladder at the north end of the dam. Fishing is accessible along the entire river wall.
Location: 295 E Mishawaka Ave, Mishawaka, IN 46545
George Wilson Park
The park features 54.3 acres of rolling hills, lush tall trees, a playground and scenic views of Mishawaka and South Bend.
The park has a disc golf course and excellent snow tubing hills in the winter months.
Entrance Fees/Season Passes: (subject to change without notice)
* Group fee is per person; must have 10 or more with a supervisor for every 10 persons.
— Open daily 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (weather permitting) —
|Group Fee* (Daily)||$2.00|
— Open daily January through December —
— Sunrise to Sunset (weather permitting) —
|Regular Admission (Daily)||$4.00|
|Group Rate* (Daily)||$2.00|
|Disc Purchase (per disc)||$8.00-$20.00|
|Disc Golf Tournament Park Rental||$200.00|
|Season Pass – Youth (up to 16)||$20.00|
|Season Pass – Adult (17+)||$45.00|
Merrifield Park sits along the St. Joseph River and features some of our residents’ favorite outdoor spaces. The park also features baseball diamonds, a football/soccer field, playground equipment and an Olympic-size swimming pool. Castle Manor, a lodge located on the north side of the park, is available to rent for weddings, receptions, graduations and other events. Just contact the Park Office at (574) 258-1664.
This park is unique – it’s a Japanese strolling garden that symbolizes the sister-city relationship between Mishawaka and Shiojiri City, Nagano Prefecture, Japan. It contains more than 20 different varieties of large plants, over 200 large boulders, a donated statue and a teahouse pavilion. It’s also a very popular setting for summer weddings.
The purpose of a Japanese garden is to present natural forms that lead the visitor from everyday life to a calm, serene, reflective communion with nature. In Japanese gardens, bridges are always made of natural materials, such as stone, wood or earth. The garden bridge is a symbolic link between this world and paradise; the arch represents the difficult path to be followed.
The teahouse is an important area of the garden. A serene spot for drinking tea, it also provides an environment for appreciation and contemplation.
Location: 450 N. Niles Ave., Mishawaka, IN 46544
Our Other Parks
Ball Band Memorial
This park includes a small gazebo and monument dedicated to all the Ball Band Workers of Mishawaka. It overlooks the site of the former Mishawaka Woolen Company, which later became Ball Band, then Uniroyal.
Perched on the banks of the St. Joseph River along the Riverwalk, this park has a huge green space featuring a historic bandshell for summer concerts. It features a picnic area with grills and tables, lighted tennis courts and playground equipment along with a splash pad, basketball court and terraced rock garden with a nearby gazebo.
Perfect for outdoor activities, this park features playground equipment, a basketball/volleyball court, a soccer field, picnic tables and grills. A covered pavilion is available for rental. Or bring your fishing rod to test out the newly developed fishing pond.
The focus of this park is the beautiful river. A river race runs through Beutter Park with an elliptical-shaped overlook and underwater lighting. You can also find the Shards sculpture in the park as well as an 800-foot perennial garden. Two bridges connect the park to the Mishawaka Riverwalk. With all these beautiful sights, you can see why Beutter Park is a popular venue for summer concerts and a focal point of our Riverwalk.
Location: 120 Ironworks Ave., Mishawaka, IN 46544
Sit awhile or just stroll and enjoy the flowers at Bingham Park!
Location: Mishawaka City Hall, 600 East Third Street
Crawford Park lies along the St. Joseph River. It has a splash pad, lighted basketball courts, playground equipment, and picnic areas.
Looking for outdoor activities? This park has them. It has a basketball court, checkers table, table tennis, cornhole boards, sand volleyball court, gaga pit, grills, hammock station, Ninja Warrior Course, picnic area and playground. It also has a shelter with restrooms.
Location: 3200 Harrison Road, Mishawaka, IN 46544
Hillis Hans Park
Hillis Hans Park serves its surrounding neighborhood with a tennis court, playground equipment, basketball/volleyball court, picnic tables and grills.
Location: 600 E. 13th St., Mishawaka, IN 46544
This park is a small traffic island. Conceived in the late 1940s, Honor Park initially included an engraved stone to honor a soldier who had died during World War II. In 1997, four shells were obtained from the South Bend Regional Airport’s Military Honor Park and placed at the site to replace the engraved stone, which had been broken. In 2000, the park was reconstructed using the same shell materials from 1997. The shells were mounted in cement blocks for stability and painted all black with gold tips. The color scheme was chosen to symbolize a live shell.
This park was established in 1995 in memory of long-time community leader Catherine “Kate” Kosanovich, who had a deep and abiding love for all kinds of flowers. It features the Educators sculpture by Tuck Langland, thousands of perennial and annual plants and a brick pathway surrounding a gazebo. The gazebo and a popular setting for outdoor photographs. Kate’s Garden is on the Mishawaka Riverwalk trail system.
Miami Island has for years been referred to as “Monkey” Island. Nobody seems to know why. A former resident recalls that as a child, he and his friends used to go there and swing from the wild grapevines that used to hang from the trees. They called it Monkey Island. This park has a boat launch for small boats, playground equipment, picnic tables and grills.
Location: 801 N. State St., Mishawaka, IN 46544
This historic park is surrounded by the Normain Heights neighborhood housing community, which was built specifically to provide housing for returning World War II veterans. The park includes a pavilion, playground equipment, a lighted ball diamond, picnic tables/grills, a horseshoe pit, a basketball/volleyball court and public restrooms.
Prickett Marina Park
West of Penn High School on East Jefferson Boulevard, this park is next to the Bodine State Fish Hatchery. It features an open-air pavilion for rental, playground equipment, picnic tables/grills, a dual boat launch, fishing piers and an off-leash dog run.
Located near Marian High School, this park includes one unlighted and two lighted ball diamonds, lighted tennis courts, playground equipment, a splash pad, two rentable open-air pavilions and picnic tables/grills. A bocce ball court is also located in the park.
Location: W. 16th St., Mishawaka, IN 46544
Twin Branch Park
Located east of downtown, Twin Branch Park is home to pickleball courts, picnic tables/grills, an open-air pavilion for rent, playground equipment, a splash pad and soccer fields.