Volunteers come together to spruce up Door Village’s gem of a park


Scipio Township Fire Chief Eric Fenstermaker lent his talents with a leaf blower during the cleanup efforts.

Members of the La Porte Crush baseball team tackle a pile of leaves in the park.

Story and photos by WNLP’s Mike Kellems

It was all hands on deck for a spring clean up of Scipio Township Park on Saturday. Several dozen volunteers took advantage of the good weather to make the park look respectable for the season.

Some trees and bushes were removed and many large piles of leaves were raked and hauled away, while another group worked on preparing the baseball field for action.

Scipio Township Trustee Kaelynn Deckard coordinated the efforts, which brought members of the township board, fire department, La Porte Crush baseball team, Door Village Lions and area residents to the public park located in one of La Porte County’s oldest communities, Door Village.

Located on Joliet Road, Door Village is just a few miles west of the city of La Porte. The park is located on what was the site of Door Village school. Originally a log cabin, the first school was built in 1832; a school operated in the small community until 1983. The park was established in 1991 and boasts a well maintained baseball field, playground equipment, a large picnic pavilion and a nearly one-half-mile paved walking track that circles the well maintained grounds. The centerpiece of the property is a school memorial that includes a plaque with the history of the school and displays an original school bell.

Scipio Township Park is best known for being the site of the annual Harvest Festival, a staple in La Porte County for nearly three decades. The festival was canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic, which caused a shortfall in funds.

Trustee Deckard expressed her deep appreciation for everyone who showed up Saturday to spruce up the park and encourages anyone interested in hosting an event to contact her office at 219.608.1853 for more information.

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