Just outside of Purdue University‘s campus, sits one of our favorite parks. Its location, right on the edge of the Wabash River gives this little park plenty to offer the community. Fishing opportunity, access to the John T. Meyers Pedestrian Bridge, and even its own ice skating rink are just pieces of the fun. Here’s a little introduction to Tapawingo Park: a park between the cities!
Tapawingo Park’s History
Many of our parks in the Lafayette, IN area demonstrate our rich history in their names. Tapawingo is no different!
According to the West Lafayette, IN City Website, Tapawingo actually means, “place of joy.” “[In] the early 1070’s… Sears Roebuck and Co., whose store was immediately to the west, donated almost five acres of riverfront property to honor one of their founders, Alvah Curtis Roebuck. Mr. Roebuck grew up on a farm about a mile east of Klondike and received his education at Morris School in Wabash Township, and taught himself to be a watchmaker by the time he was sixteen. While working at a small jewelry store in Hammond, he answered an ad in a Chicago newspaper for a watchmaker. He had an interview with Richard W. Sears, and the rest is history. The park opened in the summer of 1973.”City of West Lafayette Website
Tapawingo Park Amenities
- 20 acres in size
- 1-1/4 mile paved Wabash Heritage Trail
- Playground for kids ages 2 – 12
- Myers Bridge Plaza
- Brown Street Overlook
- Ice Skating at Riverside Skating Center
- Clean restrooms and drinking fountains
- One shelter
- Picnic tables
- Fishing access with an Indiana fishing license (Click here to get one online!)
Tapawingo Park Hours, Location, and Reviews
Tapawingo Park is open 24 hours a day.
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