May 2020
Thank You, Valparaiso!
Mayor Murphy collaborated with Valpo Parks and Hilltop Food Pantry to host the city's first ever city-wide, drive-through food drive event. The Valpo community came together to pack the pantry! About 8,000 pounds of pantry items were donated to benefit Hilltop Food Pantry which has been serving about 250 households weekly on Thursday mornings from 9-11:30am at 606 Union St. THANK YOU to all of the individuals and families who donated pantry items or made a monetary contribution.
City Hall teamed up with the American Red Cross to host a second Blood Drive on April 24. Thank you to the 45 donors that raised a sleeve to donate blood and save lives, including our very own Mayor. 95 pints of blood have been donated through City Hall's Blood Drives which has the power to help save nearly 300 lives. THANK YOU!
COVID-19 Updates and Resources
This is a sample of recent news and highlights. Follow the City's COVID-19 page for all updates and resources.

  • City of Valparaiso Back on Track Operations - Learn how the City of Valparaiso plans to safely reopen in alignment with the Governor's Back on Track Plan.
  • Moment With The Mayor - New! - Follow Valparaiso Now to watch regular video updates from Mayor Murphy. Recent videos have featured our horticulture center, Ransom Rd construction and more.
  • Community Calls - Mayor Murphy continues to host community call updates in partnership with the Valpo Chamber. Listen to the most recent recording (May 11) or join us live on Monday mornings at 8:30am by dialing 717-275-8940 with access code 3179197. 
  • IDEM Guidance for Flushing Water Systems - If your business, church or organization has been dormant through the stay at home order for the past several weeks, Valparaiso City Utilities and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management have offered guidance to support our community water system.  
City Expedites Outdoor Dining
Governor Holcomb’s Back on Track Indiana Plan allowed for the reopening of restaurants at 50% capacity since the start of the week. To give restaurants more seating and outdoor options, the City's Planning and Building Departments have expedited the process for approving outdoor dining spots. Restaurants have safety precautions in place, like added space between tables, masks on servers and changes at the tables like disposable menus or single-use condiments. We encourage you to continue supporting local restaurants as they reopen their doors and continue carry out options.
Virtual Neighborhood Workshop May 19
The Community Engagement Department is offering a Virtual Neighborhood Workshop on Tuesday, May 19 from 6-7pm. Neighborhood Workshops are held quarterly in an effort to convene representatives from neighborhood groups to connect, learn from each other and become more familiar with available neighborhood services. This Virtual Workshop, using Zoom, will focus on 2020 Neighborhood Improvement Grants and how to apply. You are invited to join by link, https://zoom.us/j/96840504872 , or by dialing 1-312-626-6799 with meeting ID 968-4050-4872#. We recommend joining from your computer using the link so that you are able to see the materials easily during the meeting.   Contact us for more information.
ValPAWraiso Dog Park Opens May 20
The Valpo Parks team is excited to open its latest addition, the ValPAWraiso Dog Park , on May 20. This dog park, located at 2902 Campbell St, spans over two acres while featuring separate small and large dog areas, pavilions in each area, fire hydrants sponsored by the Valparaiso Fire Department and more. Dog-lovers can purchase an annual membership to enjoy park access and its amenities. The second phase of construction will begin later this year to include a restroom, drinking fountain for both humans and dogs as well as a paw wash station.  Learn more.
Valparaiso Market Opens June 2
The Valparaiso Market is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, June 2 from 9am-1pm at the Urschel Pavilion at Central Park Plaza. In order to make the market safe for customers and vendors during this time, please refer to Valparaiso Events' safety guidelines which include social distancing, hand sanitizer stations and more. For the start of the season, vendors will only include those offering pre-packaged foods, horticulture products and other essential items. Check out market vendors offering online stores and farm or curbside pickups while you wait to get your Market fix. Let's have a great market season and shop safely together!
Spring Code Enforcement Tips
Spring time has arrived! Along with the great weather, we now have much to do in our yards. Our to-do list now includes mowing grass, cleaning gutters, picking up limbs and planting flowers. Here are a few tips to use this summer to help keep our neighborhoods looking great.

  • Keep your grass mowed on a regular basis to keep it under six inches. Mow the weeds and wildflowers right after they sprout to help eliminate the seeds from flying to other yards.
  • Park your vehicles off the sidewalk. As more residents are out enjoying our sidewalks and pathways, we want to make sure that cars parked on driveways are not blocking them.
  • When taking advantage of the City's curbside collection of yard waste, be sure that eligible items are placed at the curb or alley in biodegradable paper bags or piles.
  • Make sure your home address numbers are visible. These identifiers makes it easier for first responders to get to the right place in less time.

Every step we take to improve our homes helps improve our community. If you have any questions about residential code enforcement, reach out to our Building Department .
Neighborhood Watch
Central Neighborhood Association is looking forward to new sign toppers being installed throughout their neighborhood as part of a 2019 Neighborhood Improvement Grant.
Sierra neighbors put out yard signs with positive messages at both entrances Burma-Shave style! "If you need a place where neighbors care-a, you've found it here in good ole Sierra!"
Audubon Estates, Beauty Creek Villas and Sierra have new sidewalks thanks to their efforts applying for 2019 Neighborhood Grants.