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Remember When: Playland Park

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  • Thursday, August 24 @ 8pm (34.1)
  • Sunday, August 27 @ 7pm (34.1)


Playland Park started as a trolley park in 1880, originally called Springbrook Park. By 1912 it had a Casino, an exhibition hall and a roller coaster. In 1916 a race track was added. In 1924 Pete Redden became manager of the park. He held a contest and the park was renamed "Playland Park" and the roller coaster was renamed the "Jack Rabbit". Besides being an amusement park, the park also had a baseball field. The South Bend Benders minor league teams and South Bend Blue Sox of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League played most of their games there. A NASCAR race was held on track July 20, 1952. The grandstand also had horse racing and fireworks. The park hosted the 4-H Fair for many years. The park had a dance hall that hosted many bands such as Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington and Ozzie Nelson drawing 2,000 to 3,000 people on the weekends. In 1961, Playland Park closed and was turned into a lighted par-3 golf course. That closed after 40 years. It is now student housing for Indiana University South Bend. Only the cement from grandstands remain from the park.

Underwritten by

  • Jack and Yumiko Champaigne
  • Bonnie Hay and Paul T. Cholis
  • Nancy and Jim Krzyzewski
  • Barb and John Phair
  • Lynda B. Simon
  • Van Gates and the Gates Family
  • Pete and Lisa Redden Family
  • Playland Park Redden Family
  • Central All-Class Reunion
  • Doris Ann Doyle
    in Memory of Husband Joe Doyle
  • Freeman-Spicer Charities
  • Maggie and Steve Goldberg
  • John Adams High
    School Class of 1961
  • John Adams High
    School Class of 1965
  • Robert and Kathy Silver
  • Janet and Larry Thompson
  • Bob Urbanski