City of West Lafayette, Indiana
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Parks & Recreation

The mission of West Lafayette Parks and Recreation Department is to enhance the quality of life in the city by providing the best possible recreational facilities and programs for its citizens through effective management of natural, human, and financial resources. 

The City's parks encompass more than 450 acres of recreational areas, picnic grounds, nature trails and accessible playgrounds.  The 13 park properties include Celery Bog Nature Area (195 acres and Lilly Nature Center), Happy Hollow Park (81 acres), Cumberland Park (62 acres), Tapawingo Park (20 acres and Riverside Skating Center), Morton Community Center and the Municipal Pool.  The Recreation Department offers a wide range of community activities and classes year-round at the Morton Center and at local schools.  The Department, along with the City, host the Global Fest, a community-wide celebration of our community's diversity.  The Department has 17 full time and more than 75 seasonal and part-time employees.

The Riverside Skating Center is CLOSED for the season.

The West Lafayette Parks & Recreation Department has begun the process of producing a 5 year master plan that will provide the West Lafayette Parks Department with a 5-10 year roadmap for improving facilities, services, and programs. This process includes gathering community data and community feedback. To acquire that feedback, the public is invited to participate through the completion of a survey. This survey that will give us an idea of what's important to our citizens. We are interested to know what residents think about our programs and facilities. The public's opinion is valuable in this process, and we hope people will take this opportunity to share their thoughts. Your participation is voluntary, and all responses are anonymous. Citizens may access the survey by personal computers at this hyperlink:  Those that do not have access to a computer but would like to participate may receive a copy at the Morton Community Center, the Riverside Skating Center, the Lilly Nature Center, and the West Lafayette Parks & Recreation Service Center on Kalberer Road.

Click on Recreation Class Offerings (on left) to see what we have to offer.

Schedule of activities are published in the Winter/Spring, Summer and Fall Recreation Brochure.
  The brochure may be picked up at Morton Center or the Parks and Recreation office.  It is free and lists the activities offered through our Department. 

Office hours are Monday - Friday from 8 am - 4:30 pm.

Let's Get Walking

Click Here for Tree Friends information.

The Power of Parks  

Featured Links
Let's Move - The First Lady's Let's Move Outside campaign gives parents the tools they need to get their families moving outdoors.
Children & Nature Network - Building a Movement to Reconnect Children with Nature


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