Reimagining Howard Park


2021 Merit Award


South Bend, IN


City of South Bend - Venues, Parks & Art



Landscape Architects

The Lakota Group

Project Details

The Howard Park renovation project focused on redevelopment of a historic 12.75-acre riverfront park in downtown South Bend, Indiana as a premier regional destination and hub of activity for downtown. The program includes two new park buildings, an ice rink, curving ice trail, an interactive water feature, custom playground, an event lawn, and a series of plazas, gathering spaces, and art gardens. Through a commitment to sustainability, the project features many sustainable and energy saving design strategies. The key driving force behind the design was to create a place that is both multi-seasonal and multi-generational, building upon the history of South Bend and embracing its location on the St. Joseph River. The design seamlessly integrates spaces using a cohesive vernacular of site elements, hardscape, landscape, and lighting, as well as dramatic topographical changes to surprise and delight park visitors at every turn.

Project Team

Alliance Architects, Abonmarche (Civil Engineer), Stantec (Fountain & Ice), Paul Fajuwa Engineers, Inc. (Structural Engineer), Larson Danielson Construction Co., M/E Design Services (M/E Engineer), Ambient Energy (Sustainability), TPC , SmithGroup

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