Grand Opening

Celebrate the grand opening of South Bend’s very first park! Outfitted to be accessible by all, we welcome every resident to stop by and experience the new Howard Park.

Festivities begin at 4:30pm, with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 6:00pm.

Celebrations for the evening will include: WNDU’s Tricia Sloma and Joshua Short as guest hosts; Live music by Smash Kings; Food trucks from Four Winds, Parmajacos, Rulli’s, and All Over Creations; Howard Park Public House beer garden; South Bend Premiere DJ; Winter activities and games from a variety of vendors;  Spectacular fireworks; and Special guest appearances by Olympic Gold Medalist Ice Skater, Brian Boitano, Broadway star Franc D’Ambrosio, and 2017 Hoosier Star winner, Jarynn Sampson.

The family-friendly festival is free for the public to attend. Eventgoers are encouraged to plan ahead, arrive early, and use remote parking areas and the complimentary Transpo shuttle. The parking map can be viewed here. Grand Opening Celebration is from 4:30pm – 9:00pm with the special ribbon cutting ceremony, performances and fireworks beginning at 6pm.



Howard Park Ice Trail


Howard Park Ice Trail
219 S. St. Louis Blvd. South Bend, IN 46617
Venues Parks & Arts


Venues Parks & Arts
(574) 299-4765

219 S. St. Louis Blvd.
South Bend, IN

Building Hours

Mon.–Fri.  8:00 AM–8:00 PM
Saturday  10:00 AM–8:00 PM
Sunday  1:00 PM–8:00 PM

Park Hours

Daily  6:00 AM–11:00 PM

(574) 299-4765


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