Parks & Recreation
Reopening of Whiting Lakefront Park to Vehicular Traffic
The City of Whiting is pleased to announce the reopening of Whiting Lakefront Park to vehicular traffic starting Monday, September 14, 2020. Whihala Beach will remain closed. We will be utilizing the new gates that have been installed at 117th and Front Street entrances. The gates to the entrances will be open daily at 7 am and close at 6:30 pm. Vehicles remaining after the park closes, with the exception of private rentals & authorized vehicles, will be towed. Please be courteous and obey the signage that is displayed throughout the Lakefront Park.
On Monday July 13, 2020, Whiting Mayor Joe Stahura announced that Whihala Beach will be CLOSED effective Wednesday, July 15, 2020 and remain closed until further notice. All bike and walking trails will remain open for pedestrian use.
This action is being taken due to public safety concerns. With unusually large crowds far exceeding our normal summer attendance, it has become difficult for patrons to comply with the COVID-19 social distancing requirements and other CDC guidelines. Reduced beach area due to the high Lake Michigan water levels is also a contributing factor in maintaining the recommended distancing.
The City was forced to act in an abundance of caution and restrict access to the public amenities where unacceptable crowd levels have been gathering. Mayor Stahura states, “We’ve witnessed an alarming disregard of all Covid-19 protocol and park supervision in recent weeks. We no longer feel confident that we can provide a reasonably safe “health” environment for our patrons”. The Mayor regrets being forced to take this action, but he feels it is in the best interest of the City of Whiting and all its park patrons to do so.
Contact Whiting Parks Department at 219-659-0860 for additional information.
Whiting Lakefront Park
1500 Park Road • Whiting, IN 46394
Open All Day for Pedestrians
Whiting Lakefront Park is approximately 15 acres of 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 morning yoga classes. Host your wedding & reception with scenic photo-ops amongst flower gardens, the Chicago skyline backdrop, and beautiful Lake Michigan.
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1561 Park Road • Whiting, IN 46394
Adjacent to Whiting Lakefront Park, Whihala Beach offers the complete Lake Michigan beach experience with spectacular views of the Chicago skyline. Whihala is home to the WhoaZone, featuring a floating water park, stand-up paddleboards, kayaks, and more! Guests have access to restrooms, rinse showers, food concessions, a public boat launch and ramp, swimming, sand volleyball courts, walking paths, a bike trail, and fishing (Indiana waters require proper fishing licenses).
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The WhoaZone at Whihala Beach features a floating water park made up of slides, trampolines, towers, wiggle bridges, monkey bars, and many other play features combined to create a large obstacle course on Lake Michigan. In addition, WhoaZone at Whihala offers rentals for stand-up paddleboards, kayaks, beach cabanas, merchandise, and more!
Standard Diamonds Park
1700 119th Street • Whiting, IN 46394
Standard Diamonds Park is Whiting’s 6.5 acre baseball stadium located directly on 119th Street. Also known as Oil City Stadium, the field is home to the Whiting High School Oilers, Calumet College of St. Joseph teams, and the Northwest Indiana Oilmen; our region’s Midwest Collegiate League. Click Here for more information about Standard Diamonds Baseball Stadium and its amenities.
Municipal Sports Complex
117th Street and Oliver Street Whiting, IN 46394
The Whiting Municipal Sports Complex is located just northwest of the Whiting High School football field. Tee ballers feel like big leaguers while playing on Whiting’s turf little league fields! The Sports Complex also features a state-of-the-art play feature at the entrance of the concourse.