In 2015, a plan to reimagine Howard Park began as a part of My South Bend Parks and Trails, as identified by the extensive feedback from our residents. More than a park, more than an ice rink, more than a community center…the new Howard Park is a foundational step in reimagining the future of our city. Moving boldly forward requires dedication and partnership. We are thrilled to be able to offer the greater South Bend community the chance to support this important project.

If you are interested in being a Howard Park Legacy Project donor, please contact Chief Development Officer Emily Sims at To make a contribution today, visit

Please click here for more information on the development opportunities related to Howard Park, and thank you for your consideration.

We’d like to thank the following donors for their generosity and commitment to the second vision for South Bend’s first park:

Howard Park Legacy Project Major Donors

  • Judd Leighton Foundation
  • Pokagon Band of Potawatomi
  • Regional Cities Initiative
  • 1st Source Bank Foundation
  • Community Foundation of St. Joseph County
  • Robby & Pamela Rask Family
  • Inovateus Solar
  • Robert and Anastassia Cassady in memory of William Farmer
  • NRPA/Walt Disney Meet me at the Park Initiative
  • Kruggel Lawton CPAs
  • Matt Kahn & Family
  • Don & Karen Schefmeyer
  • Venues Parks & Arts Foundation


  • In Memory of Chloe Wiegand
  • Greg & Mary Downes
  • Marcia Braun
  • Amy & Jon Roush
  • Mikki Dobski
  • Barnes & Thornburg
  • The Phair Family
  • The Farrell Family
  • Vicki McIntyre
  • Lori and Bill Hisock
  • Mo & Rick Miller Family
  • The Tweedell Family
  • Annie Gawkowski & Evan Smith
  • George & Mariah Cressy
  • Aaron Bruno