Where they can climb, dig, build a shelter and crawl through tunnels...
...a place to explore, where unstructured play rules! The River Ramble Natural PlayScape at St. Patrick’s County Park provides all of that and more!
The River Ramble is open during park hours. When visiting the River Ramble, please remember:
The River Ramble is designed for children 4 to 10 years old, but all ages are welcome.
Bicycles and sledding are not allowed in the River Ramble.
Pets, including dogs, are not allowed in the River Ramble.
Kids could be dirty, wet and muddy after playing!
Grand Opening is sponsored by:
Learning Through Play
The play features are themed on the St. Joseph River, a natural resource that defines our community. Kids can:
create their own mini-river at the water pump and sand play area
climb a giant fishing net
build an eagle's nest
wander across a bridge over a mini-wetland
paddle a make-believe boat... and more.
Features are connected by an accessible path inviting children of all abilities to play. Families can gather in the pavilion, share a bench, or hang out in hammocks, too.
Play in the sand and water
Read about the river
Watch water travel
Build a shelter
Pump a river
Outdoor Play Means Happy, Healthy Kids!
A growing body of research indicates active “free play” in natural settings boosts intellectual, emotional and social health. In addition, it provides an outlet for physical activity, which is often lacking in children who spend an average of 7 hours a day* in front of a screen. And it helps kids be better problem solvers as it boosts self-confidence. (*according to the CDC).
Thank You to Everyone Who Helped Bring this Outdoor Experience to Children
We have outstanding support from key partners:
Visit South Bend-Mishawaka Tourism Enhancement Grant
St. Joseph County TEAM Grant
Young Professionals Network-South Bend Regional Chamber of Commerce