Parks and Recreation Department



                       image Pruzin

Park Committee
Roxanne LaMarca, Chairwoman, Ward 7
Chrissy Barron, Ward 5
Margaret Uzelac, Ward 4

                                        Pruzin Park Sign

Contact Us

Merrillville Parks and         Recreation Department
5750 Tyler Street
Merrillville, IN 46410



Jan Orlich 

Recreation Coordinator
Ruth Hashu-Roorda

Recreation Supervisor
Lisa Roberts

 The Merrillville portion of the Erie-Lakawanna Trail will be doing some upgrades and installations of benches.  Cement Trucks and other municipal vehicles will be on the trail throughout the summer.

Visit our Facebook page for short updates: https://www.facebook.com/MerrillvilleParksandRecreation

For your Information: The E&L Trail was recently repaved. We completed the installation of a Solar Bench where you can relax and charge your phone or tablet. Other improvements are on there way. New benches, seating areas and new signange will be installed. BE CAREFUL, we will have construction vehciles on the trails to make these improvements.

Mark your Calendars now so you won't miss this Concert in the Park! 

2018 Concert Flyer

Don't forget our Independence Day Parade!  Think Summer and start planning now.  Applications and donations are now be accepted.  Parade Application

You can now register for park activities and programs from the comfort of your home or work. Simply go to the "Town of Merrillville" website and click on the top right, "I Want To" and click register for park activities. You can now register for classes and pay from the convenience of your own home. (You must have previously registered with us and given us your e-mail address.  Your e-mail address is your username and your household number in our system is your temporary password).

E&L TRAIL - The Merrillville portion of the E&L Trail was recently re-paved. Other improvements are coming, such as the installation of a Solar Bench where you can relax and charge or phone or tablet. New seating areas, new benches and new signage will be a few of the improvements taking place. Please watch out for vehicles during this time of improvement.

Pruzin Community Center Rental Information
The room that we hold our program activiities during the week is available to rent on the weekends. For rules and regulations and all rental information please see our Rental & Rules Brochure or visit our Documents Page

Pruzin Community Center Activities

We have several activities for adults.  Mondays we have Yoga from 9:30-10:45 am, Beginner Salsa Dance from 11:30 am-12:30 pm.  Dance Fitness Fun from 6:30-7:30 pm.  Tuesdays we have Enhanced Senior Fitness from 8-9am, Senior Morning Aerobics from 9:30-10:30am.  Coming in June we will have 1 day camps for Elementary Aged Students (ages 5-12) from 12:30-1:30pm.  (Air Camp, Ninja Warrior Camp, Gymnastics Camp, Martial Arts Camp, and Track & Field Camp).  Wednesdays we have Enhanced Senior Fitness from 8-9am, Phitt Ball from 9:15-10am, Ballroom Dance from 10:30-11:30am Yoga from 12-1:15pm.  Thursdays we have Enhanced Senior Fitness from 8-9am, Senior Morning Aerobics from 9:30-10:30am, Bunco on the 2nd Thursday of each month from 10:30am-2:30pm.  Fridays we have our Senior Luncheons with Speakers on the 2nd Friday of each month.  We also have a Nutrition Program led by a student from Purdue University, that runs for 6 weeks at a time.  We change the day of the week after each 6 week session.  Fees for the various programs can be found in our Brochure on the Documents page, or you can stop in to the Pruzin Community Center and pick up the individual registration forms. 

Merrillville Parks Department ADA Transition Plan
The Town of Merrillville strives to assure that pursuant to the Americans with Disbailities Act (ADA), the Town of Merrillville Parks and Recreation Department is commited to identifying, updating and/or renovatiing all public parks to comply with the ADA and ABA (Architectural Barriers Act). It is our commitment to the residents of the Town of Merrillville that we will dedicate $75,000 annually with Community Capital Development Funds improving accessibility within our parks over a five year time period, complying with the guidelines set forth with the United States Access Board and standards for accessible design.

Mission Statement:
Strive to enhance the quality of life of Merrillville citizens by expanding availability of leisure and recreational services and promoting a clean and healthy environment.