The Michigan City Parks & Recreation Board will hold their June public meetings on the following dates:
Wednesday, June 12th, 2013 at 5 pm in the Council Chambers on the lower level of City Hall
Wednesday, June 26th, 2013 at 5 pm in the Council Chambers on the lower level of City Hall
Call for more information 219.873.1506
The Michigan City Parks & Recreation Board will hold their May public meetings on the following dates:
Wednesday, May 15th, 2013 at 5 pm on the lower level of City Hall
Wednesday, May 29th, 2013 at 5 pm on the lower level of City Hall
Call for more information 219.873.1506
2013 Summer Festival Parade — Red, White & Zoo
This year’s parade will help celebrate 225 years of birthdays. Michigan City Indiana’s Washington Park Zoo will be celebrating it’s 85th birthday this year. This year also marks the 75th birthday of the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps of Madison, Wisconsin. The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps of Rosemont, Illinois is celebrating it’s 65th birthday in 2013.
Join us as we congratulate these three great organizations and honor their many years of dedicated service.
Your creativity is what makes our parade such a big hit! So, put on your thinking caps and let’s wow our spectators once again this year! If you need help or suggestions, call the parade Chairman or any Summer Festival Board Member, we’ll be glad to help.
Unit line-up and numbers will be listed in the Michigan City News Dispatch a few days prior to the parade. A check point will be at the main Post Office (corner of U.S. Highway 12 and Washington Street) for number verification IF NEEDED. Line up numbers can be found in blocks along the curb. You should removed the number card from the block and place it the right side of your unit. All pre-judged units, floats, antique vehicles, classic cars, auto clubs and fire trucks must be in line by 9 am. Trophies will be awarded for pre-judged units before the parade starts. All others will be awarded after the parade at the Main Street Theater located at 807 Franklin Street. Trophies not picked up will be available at the Mayor’s office.
Please return your application as soon as possible. We have enclosed a form which should be completely filled out to help the media follow along. This is the exact form they will receive so it is to your groups’ advantage be as informative as possible AND PLEASE WRITE LEGIBLY. Be sure to include any area codes and phone numbers in case the review committee needs to contact you.
Remember … All rules on your application will be strictly enforced!
NO THROWING OF ANY OBJECTS! NO SPRAYING OF ANY TYPE OF WATER ! ! !
A limited number of floats are available for rent. To inquire about this or if you
have any other questions, please check out our website at mcsummerfest.org or
contact Parade Chairman Joe Doyle at (219) 874‑8213.
For Immediate Release
Date: April 24, 2013
Michigan City In Bloom Announces 2013Contest!
Michigan City, IN (March 21, 2012) – Michigan City In Bloom is a project run by a committee of local volunteers dedicated to promoting beautification programs in all areas of Michigan City through education, plantings, sweat equity, and environmental awareness. Mayor Meer and the Michigan City in Bloom Committee extends an invitation to all city residents to participate in the 4th annual Michigan City in Bloom contest.
2013 Washington Park Parking Sticker Distribution
The Michigan City Park Department will begin issuing the annual Washington Park parking stickers on Friday, March 1, 2013.
Stickers will be distributed in the Clerk’s Office in City Hall, 100 E. Michigan Boulevard, Michigan City, IN 46360.
Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 am to 4 pm (excluding holidays)
We will also distribute stickers on Saturdays at the Michigan City Port Authority in Washington Park beginning May 11th and ending July 27th, 2013. Saturday hours are 9 am to noon.
Please bring a current vehicle registration; a certificate of registration will not be accepted, it must be a valid original registration card.
If you own property in the civil city but reside outside of the civil city limits, bring a utility bill or tax bill (the name on the bill must match the name on your vehicle registration) for the city property along with your current vehicle registration and the fee will be waived.
- FREE — Civil City Residents
- $ 40 - Indiana Residents
- $100 - Out of State
- $ 23 - Senior Center member (must show current membership card)
For more information, call 219.873.1506.
By Jeremy Kienitz, MC Parks Recreation Director
Rip Currents and Beach Safety
Visitors come to Washington Park beach to enjoy the natural beauty of Lake Michigan’s coastline. Some enjoy the beach itself, while others enjoy sun bathing and sights such as the Lighthouse and Chicago skyline. Michigan City is very fortunate to have such a beautiful attraction and recreational area to spend the summer months with family and friends. As wonderful as it can be, Lake Michigan still presents a danger to those who visit in the form of rip currents.
Rip currents are powerful, channeled currents of water flowing away from shore. They can occur at any beach with breaking waves, including Lake Michigan, and they can be deadly. Rip currents are particularly dangerous for weak or non-swimmers. Rip current speeds are typically 1 – 2 feet per second. However, speeds as high as 8 feet per second have been measured; this is faster than an Olympic swimmer. Thus, rip currents can sweep even the strongest swimmer out to sea. The following tips could save your life.
- Swim at a lifeguard protected beach
- Never swim alone
- Be cautious at all times! If in doubt, don’t go out!
- Obey all instructions and orders from lifeguards. Lifeguards are trained to identify potential hazards. Ask a lifeguard about the conditions before entering the water.
- Stay at least 400 feet away from piers and jetties. Permanent rip currents often exist alongside these structures.
- Pay especially close attention to children and elderly when at the beach. Even in shallow water, wave action can cause loss of footing.
If you are ever caught in a rip current, remain calm to conserve energy and think clearly. Never try to fight the current or swim against it as you will tire quickly and become fatigued. To remove yourself from a rip current swim parallel to shore. When out of the current swim at an angle, away from it, towards the shoreline.
Rip currents cause more than 100 deaths annually in the United States and cause 80% of all rescues by beach lifeguards. These statistics show the importance of always adhering to warnings and beach closings. The Washington Park Lifeguard Staff is available for information while on duty Memorial Day through Labor Day. Please take the opportunity to ask them questions about the conditions prior to entering the water. It will help keep you safe and could save your life!