The function of the Recreational Facilities Department is to provide for the operation and maintenance of City owned or controlled parks, recreational facilities, and other facilities as assigned by the City Manager, to enable the public to enjoy recreational amenities and opportunities, while striving to enhance those facilities.
The City of New Buffalo maintains eight parks, with the Skate Park being jointly managed with New Buffalo Township and New Buffalo Area Schools. The Recreational Facilities Department is also responsible for the City's Amtrak Station and City Hall grounds.
Please use the links to the left for more information on each park. A map of the harbor is also available.
E.K. WARREN'S GIFT
The City Beach, City Boat Launch, City Riverfront, and Lions Pavilion Park are all part of a single piece of property given as a gift forever to the Village (now City) of New Buffalo on June 18, 1924 through a deed by the Warren Featherbone Company, showing the generosity of its founder, Edward K. Warren. In 1979, the City of New Buffalo received a quit claim deed from the Warren Featherbone Company extinguishing any reversionary right or interest.
The map below shows the area of each lakefront park.
- City Beach (yellow) 7.25 acres of sandy beach, 6 acres of dunes, and 2.1 acres of a little over 200 parking spaces
- City Boat Launch (light blue) 4.75 acres
- City Riverfront (red) approximately 1 acre
- Lions Pavilion Park (green; City owned and operated) 2 acres
The map also shows: City Transient Marina (dark blue) 3.25 acres (2 acres non-submerged), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers rights-of-way for the federal breakwaters (black outline), Federal Navigation Channel (pink) and the Launch Access Channel (orange).