The South Bend Parks and Recreation Department has a rich and distinguished tradition going back to 1879 when the City Council passed a local ordinance to create South Bend's first municipal park.
Today, our park system consists of 75 local parks and facilities which include Coveleski Stadium, the home of the South Bend SilverHawks, a class A minor league baseball franchise.
Other notable parks include: Potawatomi Zoo and East Race Waterway. The Potawatomi Zoo was constructed in 1902 and is currently the oldest accredited zoo in the state of Indiana. The East Race Waterway was constructed in 1984, which was the first man made white water rapids facility in North America.
These facilities and many others have provided our residents and guests the opportunity to recreate and enjoy their leisure activities in South Bend.
Our highly trained staff of professionals bring programs and services of exceptional quality for persons of all ages and interests. Our fitness, sports, education, and special events enhance the lives of our residents and injects a sense of community spirit that helps us reach out to our neighbors and community.