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NSA Hall of Fame: Freedom Florence (2011)

CATEGORY: Parks & Rec Meritorious


The history of the Michigan City Park Department dates back to 1994.  Michigan City Park Department was the first park in Northern Indiana to join the NSA. In 1994 Michigan City had just two (2) fields at Adams Park and with that Michigan City hosted several World Qualifiers and in 1995 hosted the Women’s State Championships.  In 1996 Michigan City hosted the Women’s State and the Coed State.  In 1999 plans were put into motion and construction of Patriot Park began.  In 2001 Patriot Park opened its gates and exposed the softball and baseball communities to one of the finest facilities in the Midwest. 

Since 1994, all Michigan City Park Department Leagues have been sanctioned 100% each and every year with NSA. 

Michigan City Park Department was the first non-private facility to join the NSA in the State of Indiana.

Michigan City Park Department is the only Park Department / Complex in the NSA /

BPA that has hosted at least one:

NSA Slow Pitch World Series

NSA Fast Pitch World Series

BPA World Series

Michigan City Park Department has been host to:

2 Men’s Major/AA/A NIT

The final Major World Series

“A” World Series

Youth Girls Fast Pitch World Series

2 -BPA World Series

Numerous NSA World Qualifiers

Numerous BPA World Series Qualifiers

Numerous NSA Fast Pitch World Series Qualifiers

The Michigan City Park and Recreation Department since 1994 has promoted NSA and BPA with endless enthusiasm and passion and is always the first to put a hand in the air to volunteer to help build, promote and gain exposure for the NSA and BPA.

On November 2, 2011, Michigan City Park Department was inducted in the NSA/BPA Sports Hall of Fame.