URGENT - Program Participants and Parents
Heritage Hall will be totally reconstructed

On February 28, 2017 the doors of Heritage Hall will close temporarily. The Center will be torn down and a new larger center will be constructed with many improvements. Other centers in our community are being slated to be rebuilt; we will keep everyone informed as those dates are realized. We anticipate having a grand opening of the new Heritage Hall building at the beginning of the New Year, January 2018.

If you participate in our programs at Heritage Hall, please contact your group’s organizer to see where they have decided to temporarily move your programing.

While Heritage Hall is under construction, the children are welcome to join the fun at one of our other community centers listed below.

East Chicago Parks & Recreation Centers hours of operation are the same for all centers Monday through Friday, 1pm to 9pm during the school year.

Bessie Owens Center 4001 Alexander 391- 8478
Roxana Center 900 Shell St. 391-8369
Martin L. King Center 4802 Melville 391-8401
Roberto Clemente Center 3616 Elm St. 391-8485
Pennsylvania Center 3550 Pennsylvania 391-8480
Marktown Center 3509 Spruce St. 391-8370

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but a new facility will be well worth the wait. For more information please contact the East Chicago Recreation Department at 219 – 391-8476, Monday through Friday 8am to 4pm.

Thank you for your cooperation.
Fran Nowacki, Recreation Manager


Where our youth develop character, expand their creativity, and experience play! During the winter and spring season, our community centers are open from 2:30 pm – 8pm, Monday - Friday with a program that includes, recreational activities, educational programs and sporting events. This free drop-in program is offered for children 5-18 years of age. If your child would like to participate in any of these exciting programs, please pick up a registration form, available at your local community center or at the Recreation Office.

We encouraged parents to visit, participate or volunteer to assist with our program whenever possible.

If you are interested in volunteering please call the Recreation office at 219-391-8476.

Facility Hours
May thru June 1st
Monday—Friday 1pm to 9pm
June 4th thru August
Monday—Friday 9am to 5pm
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Bessie Owens Center
4001 Alexander Ave.
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Heritage Hall
4506 Tod Ave.
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Marktown Center
3509 Spruce Street
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Martin Luther King Center
4802 Melville Ave.
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Pennsylvania Center
3550 Pennsylvania Ave.
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Roberto Clemente Center
3616 Elm Street
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Roxana Center
900 Shell Street
Hours by Age Groups
Elementary School hours - 2:30 to 5:30 p.m

Junior High School hours - 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

High School hours - 7:30 to 8:45 p.m.

Current Operating Hours
Operating hours for the after school program are Monday through Friday, from 1:00 to 9:00 p.m.; school aged children are welcome to register and participate in all the educational and recreational opportunities available to our East Chicago residents. Participants must be actively enrolled in school in order to participate in the after school program.
Parks Department
1615 E. 142nd Street
East Chicago, IN 46312
Phone: 219-391-8474
Fax: 219-391-8502

Phone: 219-391-8476
Fran Nowacki
Manager of Recreation
Park Board

Anthony Serna (President)
Lilia Ramos (Vice President)
Valid Lewis (Secretary)
Rick Rodriguez (Member)
Gilberto Cantu (Member)