Parks & Recreation
Whiting’s Parks & Fields | Parks Program Forms | Whiting Lakefront Park & Whihala Beach Metered Parking Fees
Whiting Lakefront Park, located at East 119th St. & North Front St., approximately 15 acres with different structural play areas for preschool and elementary aged children. Seven acres of open play areas, walking paths, four tennis courts, one baseball diamond, picnic facilities, a concession area, a fishing pier, two sand volleyball courts, and a relaxing fish pond with waterfall, perfect for meditation or Sunday morning yoga classes. Hold weddings & receptions with scenic photo-ops amongst flower gardens, Chicago skyline backdrop or romantic Lake Michigan. Whiting Park is adjacent to Whihala Beach, which has walking along Lake Michigan, a boat launch ramp and beach with lifeguards.
Follow the Parks Program Forms link at the top of this page For Rental Fee and Park Program Information.
Follow the Whiting Lakefront Park & Whihala Beach Metered Parking Fees link at the top of this page for Fee Information or to pay a Parking Citation
Harry Glair Park (Penny Park), located at Clark Avenue & John Street (next to the Community Center), is ¾ acre in size with play equipment designed for children ages 1 through 10. This popular playground is within walking distance of the business district and the neighborhoods located in the Midtown section of our community.
Standard Diamonds Park, located at 119th Street, ½ block east of Schrage Avenue, is approximately 6.5 acres. The new Oil City baseball stadium is constructed. Click here for more information about Standard Diamonds Baseball Stadium.
Whiting Municipal Sports Complex, located at the intersection of 117th Street and Oliver Street, just northwest of the Whiting High School football field is currently under construction.
Volunteer Park, located on the corner of Kelly Place and 121st Street, is the newest addition to our parks inventory. The construction of this new park satisfied a goal outlined in City’s Comprehensive Master Plan to identify and install a park on the City’s west side. The park was financed in part by donations form the BP Foundation in conjunction with the City of Whiting. Volunteers from the BP Whiting Refinery, Purdue University Calumet’s Master Gardener Club, City of Whiting Staff as well as several local residents assisted in the park’s construction. This park was named on behalf of the many volunteers that worked to construct the park as well as the hundreds of volunteers that work thousands of hours each year to make Whiting the great community that it is today.
Tom Smolen Park is located at 125th Street & Storage Avenue, is approximately ½ acre with a shelter and 2 play areas with modernized play equipment. One area is designed for small children and the other is designed for pre-teens. The Park was built on land donated to the City by the Smolen Family of Whiting.
Whihala Beach is located at 1561 Park Road, Whiting, Indiana 46394. It is approximately 23 acres. The summer proves Whihala is popular with swimmers, boaters, and sightseers. During the spring and fall, birdwatchers use the beachfront to see many of the migrating bird species in the flyway. On clear days, the Chicago skyline looks like a 3-D viewfinder photo, popping out over majestic Lake Michigan. Beach summer hours (Friday of Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day) are 7am – 7pm, life guarded beach 10am – 630pm. Winter hours are 7am – 3pm (at which point the back gate is locked, but pedestrians are allowed during these times. Beaches may close due to inclement weather or high bacteria counts. For high bacteria closings you can visit www.idem.in.gov/beaches and scroll down to “Beachguard online monitoring system.” No swimming is allowed unless a lifeguard is on duty. Whihala Beach offers the following features: Flush toilets, Rinse showers, Food concessions, Grilling area, Boat launch, Swimming, Sand volleyball courts, Walking and bike trail and Fishing (Indiana waters require proper fishing licenses).