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Brief History


Parks We've Helped Fund:
  • Central Park Plaza
  • Foundation Meadows
  • Butterfly Meadow and Caterpillar Crossing
  • Service Memorial-Veterans and Volunteers Plaza
  • Valplayso
Projects We've Supported:
  • Lakewood Link
  • Flounder Skate Park at Rogers-Lakewood
Experiences We've Developed:
  • Creekside Golf Course and Training Center
Horizons We're Expanding:
  • Open Space Property Donations
  • Future Park Opportunities
Kids at Splash Park

What We Do


The Valpo Parks Foundation supports the Valpo Parks system of facilities and programs through public and private partnerships.

It is our mission to provide a unique way for supporting and continuing the legacy of high quality Park experiences.

2012 Focus Area


  • 200 East Park playground replacement
  • Butterfly Meadow playground shelters

Future Focus Areas

  • Kiwanis Field

Current Board Members


The following individuals graciously volunteer their time and effort to the Valpo Parks Foundation by serving on its Board of Directors:
  • Bruce Berner, Valparaiso University School of Law
  • Chris Campbell, Centier Bank
  • Natalie Connors, Purdue University North Central
  • Monica Decker, Flanagin Bulk Mail Service
  • Julie Douglas, Univ. of Notre Dame School of Law
  • Kaye Frataccia, retired from Valpo Schools
  • Cheryl Harmon, Porter
  • Jeff Lewis, Design Organization
  • Dan Marchetti, Urschel Laboratories
  • Mark Ritzi, Horizon Bank
  • Jerry Rodenbarger, Vale Park Animal Hospital
  • Jon Schmaltz, Burke Costanza Carberry LLP
  • John Seibert, Valpo Parks Foundation Executive Director
  • Nick Sommer, Century 21 Alliance Group
  • Martin Sonnenberg, Task Force Tips
  • Gerold L. Stout, Foundation Attorney with HWE Law
  • Diane Tiemann, CSI
  • Tim VerSchure, Lakeside Wealth Management Group

Past Board Members


We thank those who have served on our Valpo Parks Foundation Board of Directors in the past, including:
  • Bill Alexa
  • Debbie Anselm
  • Norm Backus
  • Bob Bilheimer
  • Mary Binder
  • Deb Butterfield
  • Jon Costas
  • Jan Dick
  • Ric Frataccia
  • Ordell Gertsmeier
  • Marilyn Gertsmeier
  • Marion Gill
  • Sharon Gott
  • Julia Hess
  • Shelley Hittinger
  • Mark Hubbard
  • Jim Hutton
  • Doug Klemz
  • Mary Kramer Leonard
  • Chris Mahlmann
  • Art Malasto
  • Stewart McMillan
  • Larry D. Moore
  • Bill Oeding
  • Gus Olympidis
  • Robert Pasquella
  • Doug Pierce
  • Jerry Rodenbarger
  • Walt Schramm
  • John Schnurlein
  • Mike Tanck
  • Nancy Urschel
  • Karen Vogelsang
  • Chuck Welter
  • Wayne Welter
  • Kathy Wehling