The St. Joseph County parks department owns 118 acres of land in Harris Township (on Anderson Road) but hasn’t developed it in 20 years and currently has no plans to develop it – meaning there is no county park in Harris Township (also Granger). They’re now taking input for their master plan on their website, and at 574-277-4828. What a great opportunity to tell them to you’d like a park in Harris Township!
The township recently added a park on Elm Road, but the county has many more resources and is the logical choice to provide park services. Whether you’re interested in playgrounds, fields, courts or just enjoying the outside – make your voice heard.
Parking blocks, speed bumps, new markings, a walkway, and new garbage cans – in addition to the repaired driveway and new parking spots near the playground – round out the latest improvements at Harris Township Park at Brummitt Road.
Learn more about birds by volunteering to check on the bluebird boxes a few times a year. There are eight boxes. Training available. And it allows you to get outdoors!
Contact the township if interested, 574-272-2371 or HarrisTrusteeLindsay@gmail.com
Parking near the playground has been improved! There are more spots. They are lined. A handicap spot is also marked. A new walkway puts a little more distance between parked cars and the playground. Enjoying the playground just got a little easier!
Also, the driveway was repaired, so no more asphalt divots. Parking blocks are on the way, as are driveway speed bumps.
Introduction to Pickleball is back! Select Mondays from April into July. 5:30 to 7 pm at Harris Township’s Elm Road courts, between the Harris branch library and fire station. No experience or paddles necessary. Wear court shoes. Weather permitting.
4/16, 4/23, 5/7, 5/21, 6/4, 6/18, 7/2, 7/16 — subject to change
Special thanks to Almir for his efforts last year and this year, and to the local Michiana Pickleball Association for joining the effort this year. You can find them on Facebook, or contact them at MichianaPickleball@gmail.com
All play is at your own risk, and children at the park must be attended.
The weather is delaying construction at Harris Township Park at Brummitt Road. The park will open once construction is complete, which is weather-dependent. The current estimate is the park might open near the end of March. Apologies for the inconvenience.
What is coming? In addition to driveway repairs, you’ll see new parking spaces near the playground, a buffer between the parking and playground, and speed bumps.
The Brummitt Road park and playground are closed until spring, as happens each year.
The township’s new Elm Road playground remains accessible but please note the parking lot is not plowed, garbage pickup is suspended, and pickleball nets have been removed. As a reminder, the church across Elm Road from the park welcomes visitors, and has a playground suitable for smaller children.
This year, Harris Township again refreshed the mulch at the Brummitt Road playground, and replaced worn and vandalized playground pieces. We hope these (expensive) improvements were appreciated, and are happy to see so many visitors at the park when it is open. When it is closed – typically late November to mid-March – we ask that you not park outside the front gate or enter the property.
Interested in more places to get outside year-round?
1) We encourage you to contact the County Parks Department and ask them about providing a county park in Harris Township. None exists today, yet they own property on Anderson Road with no plans to utilize it. They also have a PARKS budget in excess of $1,700,000 which is partially funded by Harris taxpayers. In contrast, the entire township operations budget is $144,000 with no line item specific to parks.
2) If you live closer to city limits – recently creeping north into the township up Gumwood Road, Fir Road and Capital Avenue – you might also contact the City of Mishawaka. There is no Mishawaka park north of Day Road, and of course none in Harris Township.
Harris Township is doing it’s best to fill the recreation gap, but what we can do is limited. We thank you in advance for your understanding.
A small group of volunteers helped the township fix swings, swap out vandalized panels, and replace faded sails above Harris Township’s Park at Brummitt Road. Thank you, thank you, thank you to the team who worked so hard to improve the community.
The mulch was recently refreshed, too. Doesn’t the park look great? We think so. THANKS again.
The pickleball nets at the Elm Road park will come down for the winter in November, with the exact date being weather-dependent.
We hope you enjoyed the first full year of play.
EXPLORER DOME – now available at Harris Township Park at Elm Road, between the library and the fire station on Elm Road, north of State Road 23. Brought to you by your Harris Township elected officials: Board members Jeff Broadwick, Chuck Sulok and Karen Vargo, and Township Trustee Kenneth E. (Ken) Lindsay