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


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

Senior Luncheons with various Speakers

Meals on Wheels comes to the Pruzin Community Center the 2nd Friday of each month with different speakers geared toward those 55 and over.  There is only enough room for 50 people, so please call at least the Monday before to reserve your meal and your seat.  Lunch is only $5.   In September we will have someone from Medicare to help you navigate the differences in the various forms.  Afterwards we will begin our next 6 week Nutrition Class with Beth from Purdue University who helps Seniors learn how to eat a nutrious meal on a budget that also tastes great.  (She does make the samples right there in front of you so you get to taste the great food along with learning how to prepare it).

Merrillville Parks and Recreation Special Events

Santa Procession with Tree Lighting
starting around 5pm December 1 we will have a parade from 61st Street to Pruzin Park, 5750 Tyler Street, Merrillville, IN 46410.  Bring your camera to take pictures of your youngerster with Santa as we light up the Park.

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.  Bicycle Club from 11:30 am-12:30pm, Pinochle from 11:30 am-2:30 pm.  Zumba from 6:30-7:30 pm.  Tuesdays we have Enhanced Senior Fitness from 8-9am, Senior Morning Aerobics from 9:30-10:30am,  Get Fit Line Dancing from 6-7:30 pm.  Wednesdays we have Enhanced Senior Fitness from 8-9am, Phitt Ball from 9-9:45am, Ballroom Dance from 10:30-11:30am.  Thursdays we have Enhanced Senior Fitness from 8-9am, Senior Morning Aerobics from 9:30-10:30am.  Fridays we have our Senior Luncheons with Speakers on the 2nd Friday of each month.  Purdue Nutrition Program from 12:30-1:30pm.  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 a brochure or the individual registration forms. 

We plan most of our Day Trips for Fridays, but nothing is planned at this time.  We do have some requests out to Starlight Tours, but are awaiting a response back to see if the dates requested are available.

We have an overnight casino bus bus trip planned to Michigan through Eclipse Tours that will be October 10-12.  We have a flyer with pricing details at the Pruzin Community Center.  The itinerary will be issued about 2 weeks before the trip leaves.  The casino incentives will be given on the bus before we head to each individual casino.  A single is $250, Double per person is $200, Triple per person is $180.

We have an 11 day tour to Miami/Key West Florida planned through Diamond Tours from February 17-25, 2018 - $75 deposit will hold your space until you make your final payment by December 10.  Full details can be picked up at the Pruzin Community Center.

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.