Denise Mathews, Realtor, is a Northwest Indiana born, raised, and lifelong resident and multiple business owner. Join her in exploring The Region thru the Northwest Indiana Living website & social media sites.

There are certain things you take for granted when you live in the communities of Northwest Indiana. We love our clean neighborhoods, good schools, and a small-town atmosphere. But one amenity that is often taken for granted is our NWI parks.

That said, one local park that is especially worth exploring is the Centennial Park Munster Indiana. Its history is so fascinating, and it offers some awesome benefits to all of The Region!


Around the time when Munster Indiana was formed, a bounty of valuable blue-rubber clay was found in the remote and rural land that is now Centennial Park. The clay was a byproduct of the Wisconsin Glaciation, glaciers shifting 25,000+ years ago and essentially pushing the clay to this land.


National Brick Company Opened


National Brick Company Closed


Munster Acquired Main Site For Town Dump


Recreational Land Use Master Plan Formed


Munster Purchased Site 2


Town Dump Closed


Centennial Park Opened

Site Has Always Played A Significant Role In Munster

The valuable natural resource was noticed as Munster began to grow in the early 1900s and The National Brick Company soon formed. The 1905 opening of the Maynard Brick Yard signified Munster’s first industry.

The Brick Yard was integral in providing local bricks that helped rebuilt Chicago after the Great Chicago Fire.

National Brick Company Leaves Town

As Munster’s population boom spread south in the 1960s, homes were built in the once remote area. The new residents complained about the poor air quality brought by the industrial site. The clay supply was drying up anyway so the unwanted National Brick Company left town.

Town Of Munster Dump Site

The Town of Munster acquired the old clay mining site in 1968 and operated it as the official Town Dump since it was the defacto dumping grounds anyway during the later years of the brick company.

However, with great foresight as early as 1975, the town had long-range plans to close the dumping landfill eventually and build a recreational area there. Adjacent land was purchased in 1992 with that promise in mind.

Centennial Park Is Born

As the master plan finally came to fruition, Munster even solicited the communities input as to what should be included in the new park. It is truly a park for the entire Region.

Centennial Park Munster was dedicated in the summer of 2007, which was also Munster’s 100-year anniversary.

Centennial Park In Munster, IN Offers Many Recreational Amenities For The Entire NWI Region To Enjoy

This beautiful park stretches along 200 acres of prime South Munster real estate. Recently, 45th Avenue has been rerouted to alleviate that old traffic bottleneck at Calumet Ave., so it is much easier to travel to the park. 

Munster residents are allowed free parking passes to Centennial Park but all others are charged a small fee, up to $5 for all day. 

Maynard Lake, Fountain and Gardens

The gardens, lake and fountain at Centennial Park Munster are delightful places to explore. The gardens are full of beautiful plants and trees, and there are many special gardens, including an herb garden, a butterfly garden and a tropical garden.

The lake is a beautiful place to observe wildlife and gaze at the reflection of the fountain. The lake is home to frogs, turtles, and water lilies, and it serves as a man-made retention basin for flood control. Plus, the fountain that is in the lake is a beautiful way for the park to celebrate the Town of Munster’s 100-year anniversary.

Fishing At Maynard Lake

Fishing is allowed at Maynard Lake in Centennial Park Munster. This is a catch and release fishing area. No permit is needed.

The Outdoor Entertainment Amphitheater

This outdoor entertainment stage is one of the more unique outdoor amenities in the park. It is located next to the walking path that runs along the north side of the park, and it is a great place to host community events and concerts during the summer months.

Walking Paths

The walking paths of Centennial Park Munster are a delight. There are several trail segments that meander through the park, and they’re all worth exploring. The trail along the east side of the park is particularly lovely, as it provides a wonderful view of the golf course. There’s also a trail segment on the west side of the park that runs along the edge of a lovely small lake. And, there’s a walking trail that circles around the lake.

The Centennial Park walking paths connect with a larger network of trails that run throughout the city. The trails are part of the Northwest Indiana Regional Trails system. The trails throughout Northwest Indiana are among the most heavily used trails in the entire state. They are extremely popular with walkers, runners, and cyclists.

Centennial Park Dog Park

Munster’s Centennial Park Dog Park is a unique and interesting city park, complete with a small lake, a bridge, a fountain, and lots of open space for your dog to roam. The dog park is on the East side of the park, and can be accessed from the East parking lot. The hours for the dog park are from sunrise to sunset, 7 days per week. The dog park has a fenced in area for small dogs and a fenced in area for large dogs, complete with drinking water fountains for both areas.

Banquet Hall and Shelter Rentals at Centennial Park Munster

If you want to host an indoor event at Centennial Park Munster, you can rent out the park’s banquet hall, which seats 100 people, or its outdoor pavilion, which can hold up to 300 people. The pavilion comes with electricity, outlets, and WiFi, making it a great indoor/outdoor spot for any occasion. The banquet hall, on the other hand, is a great place to hold a business meeting or a small conference, and it comes with seating for 12-15 people and WiFi.

Centennial Park Golf Course

The Centennial Park Golf Course is a fabulous addition to Munster. This 9 hole course is one of the best golf courses in Lake County. It’s challenging, and georgeous as it winds thru natural landscape and wildlife.

The driving range, as well as the large putting and chipping area is a great place to fine tune your game.

Centennial Park Has one of the more challenging golf courses in Lake County Indiana because of the hills

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Popular Centennial Park Munster, IN Events

In addition to being a beautiful spot to spend time outdoors, Centennial Park Munster also hosts a variety of activities and events every year. In December, the park hosts the annual Munster Polar Express with Santa, where you can take a train ride to the North Pole, meet Santa, and enjoy hot chocolate and cookies. In February, the park hosts the annual Winter Carnival with a Snow Tubing Event, a sled hill, and a bonfire.

In April, the park hosts the Munster Music Festival, featuring live music, food, and drinks. And in June, the park will host the Munster Arts Festival, which is a juried art show that features artists from all over the Midwest.

Other Nearby Parks

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