June 2020
Celebrate July 4th in Valparaiso!
Mayor Murphy recently announced the City's plans to host 4th of July festivities, in partnership with Family Express, modifying events and expanding the outdoor venue to several locations to provide options for families and to allow for social distancing. Through Valparaiso Events, Valpo Parks and our first responders, we were able to creatively modify events to add more safety features.

The schedule of events includes:
  • 7:30am - 4th of July Blast 5K & 2K Run/Walk
  • 8am-1pm - Valparaiso Market at Central Park
  • 10am - Lift Up Valpo Parade (all vehicle, contactless parade)
  • 8:30pm - Concert at Central Park Plaza (limited FREE tickets available)
  • 9pm - Fireworks at Urschel Field (limited FREE tickets available) plus LIVESTREAM available on Facebook, Valparaiso Now.

Visit our website to learn more about participating in our July 4th Celebration!
Valparaiso Fire Department Installs Safe Haven Baby Box
On June 16, the Valparaiso community celebrated the installation of the city's first Safe Haven Baby Box at Fire Station #1, 205 Indiana Ave. A baby box is a place where mothers or guardians in crisis can surrender a newborn safely, anonymously and without fear of criminal penalty. The State of Indiana passed the Safe Haven Law in 2000 and the nonprofit Safe Haven Baby Boxes Inc., has helped about 30 communities offer this resource. The boxes are equipped with alarm systems to notify first responders immediately, heating and cooling features and locks for security. The Valparaiso Baby Box was made possible by a donation from a local grandmother, the Center Township Trustee's Office and the Valparaiso Fire Department.
Valpo Transit Adjusts Routes to Meet Rider Demand
V-Line buses have continued throughout the pandemic and will continue to run the yellow, green and brown routes. In order to better serve riders, they have suspended service on its under-utilized purple, red and orange routes, instead adding new Sunday service running from 9:15am to 5:15pm on the popular green and yellow routes. As an added bonus, all Valpo Transit services, including the ChicaGo Dash, South Shore Connect and V-Line, are available at no cost through July 1. Valpo Transit has been evolving to further promote rider safety amid COVID-19. Look for drivers to be wearing masks, distributing hand sanitizer and cleaning surfaces frequently. Riders are encouraged to also wear masks and to practice social distancing.
Celebrating Banta Neighborhood's Intersection Art
In 2019, the Banta Neighborhood Association was awarded a $5,000 Neighborhood Improvement Grant to have two "creative intersections" installed within their neighborhood boundaries in an effort to calm traffic and create a sense of place. BNA worked with Central Elementary students to have them submit designs for the intersection art and then the neighborhood voted on the top two. Muralist, Pete Cortese, got connected with BNA through a partnership with the Valparaiso Creative Council, and he's working to take the students' artwork and transform the intersections. The intersection of Locust and Erie has been completed and we are so happy with the result and to celebrate the success of the Banta Neighborhood! Look for the second intersection's artwork coming soon! View more pictures.
Apply for a 2020 Neighborhood Improvement Grant
The City of Valparaiso offers residents an opportunity to have direct input and influence into the improvement of their neighborhoods through its Neighborhood Improvement Grant Program . In 2020, grants of up to $15,000 are available to neighborhood groups that can go towards things like signage, landscaping, sidewalks and more. Contact the Community Engagement Department to learn more about how to apply before the August 31 deadline . You may also check out our guide, 20 Ideas to Inspire Your Neighborhood , to view some creative improvement ideas for your neighborhood!
Enjoy New Sights at the Art Walk
Fifteen new sculptures have been installed at the Art Walk this month, including Just a Little Peac e by Alex Mendez. The Art Walk, introduced in 2012, includes original life-sized sculptures that rotate annually. The Art Walk, located at Cumberland Crossing near the Valparaiso Family YMCA, is funded by the Valparaiso Redevelopment Commission with the support of generous sponsors. The sculptures are selected annually by a five-person volunteer Art Advisory Committee. Art on display is also available for sale through the Midwest Sculpture Initiative. Come visit the Art Walk when you're looking for a new place to explore outdoors!
Safely Enjoy Valparaiso Events
The team at Valparaiso Events is working hard to adapt summer events to maximize the fun as well as the safety. Visit each event page to learn more. Here’s what’s in store: 
Neighborhood Watch
Pine Creek neighbors recently teamed up to spread out mulch that was delivered as part of their 2019 Neighborhood Improvement Grant project to update the entrance sign area. Thank you to Michelle Cavanaugh for sharing this celebratory photo!
Keystone Commons neighbors have seen progress on their 2019 Neighborhood Grant project to improve the concrete infrastructure around its common area. Check out this fresh look!