How Fort La Play Porte Came To Be

Fort La Play Porte, 2018

Fort La Play Porte is located in Kesling Park 2150 A St, La Porte, IN 46350 Kesling Park is located on the southern edge of LaPorte. It started with a small 2-acre land donation in the 1970s and has since grown through additional donations by the Kesling family to the present day size of 90 acres. The park was developed in three phases through the use of park and recreation grant programs. Residents from La Porte and surrounding communities enjoy the modern facilities including four ball diamonds, six tennis courts, a walking and nature trail, soccer fields, sledding hill and picnic shelters. The park also contains Fort La Play Porte, a large community-built playground constructed in 1999.

Opening Day, 1999

December 1998, Reuben Everson, Teri Hajek, Dom Liberatore, and Paul Hannon pose at the original site.



Just over 19 years ago, our community came together to create a space that would provide local children with an amazing place to get active and interact with each other. This playground – Fort La Play Porte – has been a popular park amenity for nearly two decades and has been enjoyed by thousands of local and visiting children.

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