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Eleven Inch Dahlgreen

Dahlgren guns were naval ordnance, designed by John A. Dahlgren USN, used in the period of the American Civil War. This Eleven Inch Dahlgren Cannon was made in 1864 and put here in 1897 as a Civil War memorial.

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John and Dede Howard Recreation Trail

The John and Dede Howard Recreation Trail is a multi-use path allowing for beautiful views of Lake Michigan and the St. Joseph River over most of the length.

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John and Dede Howard Skateboard Park

The John and Dede Howard Skate Park is an in-line skating, skateboarding, and BMX biking facility. Complete with ramps, rails and half-pipes. Helmets are recommended.

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Kiwanis Park and Dog Play Park

Something for everyone and beautiful all year round.

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Lake Bluff Park

Lake Bluff Park is located along the west side of Lake Boulevard along the top of the bluff, from Park Street north to State Street.

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Lion's Park Beach

Lions Park Beach located at the south end of Lions Park Drive, has three shelters, public restrooms, grills, picnic tables, and playground equipment.

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Lookout Park

Located on Lakeshore Drive north of Hawthorne Avenue, has two separate parking areas with picnic facilities allowing a scenic view of Lake Michigan.

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Milton Park

It is a passive park with a playfield and playground equipment. Perfect to round up your friends and kids and have a picnic and a game of frisbee with your dogs.

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Silver Beach County Park

Located below the bluff in downtown St. Joseph on Lake Street.

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Stubblefield Tennis Courts

Newly constructed tennis courts. Open for public use when not in use by St. Joseph Public Schools. First come first serve and restrooms are available. Located on Stadium Drive near St. Joseph High School.

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Tiscornia Park

A family oriented park located on sixteen acres along the shoreline of Lake Michigan in the northwest corner of the City.

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Labor Day Weekend in Michigan's Great Southwest

Written by Tess Carragher on 08/30/2016

Labor Day Weekend is almost here! The close of summer is upon us, and we're celebrating the awesome summer that was, and the fall ahead! Here's what's happening for the long weekend in Michigan's Great Southwest!

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(L to R) Watermark Brewing in Stevensville; Lake Bluff Craft Fair; music in the vineyard at Round Barn Winery

 

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10 Things Under $5 To Do With Kids In Michigan's Great Southwest

Written by Tess Carragher on 08/29/2016

Silver Beach is an awesome destination for kids in the summer, but what about when it starts to cool? Just in time for Labor Day, we've got a list of 10 things to do with kids in Michigan's Great Southwest. All activities are under $5, so you won't break the bank for fun! 

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Ava and Clementine at the Silver Beach Carousel; lots of fun and games off the carousel, too! 

 

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Chalk the Block: Next Generation

Written by Tess Carragher on 08/17/2016

For the 20th Annual Chalk the Block, a chalk workshop was offered by Nate Baranowski to inspire the next generation of chalk artists. Offering in the Box Factory for the Arts on Friday night, this workshop was filled, and created more eager chalk artists for our growing festival (hopefully!). Even beyond the workshop, young artists were more engaged than ever in Chalk the Block. Here's a look at a family piece, and more! 

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Beth Mandarino (center) has participated in Chalk the Block for a few years. This year, her grandsons came to the Chalk Workshop on Friday alongside her, and used their skills to help Beth create her piece! 


Read on to see Beth's final piece, and more students in action!

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Whitney Behnke

Executive Director
St. Joseph Today

 Tess Carragher

Tess Carragher

Membership Coordinator
St. Joseph Today

Jill Stone

Former Executive Director
St. Joseph Today

Lauren Kniebes

Co-Owner
Lazy Ballerina Winery