Mayor Thomas M. McDermott, Jr. and the City of Hammond celebrate the Halloween season with a Canvas & Mimosas class.

Saturday, October 10, 2020
11:00am – 3:00pm

Hammond Civic Center
5825 Sohl Ave


The event will take place in the gymnasium where participants can enjoy mimosas and learn “hands-on” how to paint a Halloween scene.

This, our second canvas painting event at the Civic Center, is open to residents as well as non-residents of the City of Hammond. Must be 21 and over to participate.

Registration for this event is $45. This fee includes all supplies for the canvas painting, step-by-step instruction, and two free mimosas. This is not an open bar event. Only two mimosas will be provided per registrant.

Spaces are limited to 30 people, all of which are required to come wearing a face mask or covering.

For more information on the Halloween Canvas & Mimosas event, contact the Hammond Parks & Recreation Department at (219) 853-6378, or contact Selina at

In an effort to provide Halloween options to parents this year, Hammond Mayor Thomas M. McDermott, Jr. has announced that there will be a Citywide Drive Through Trunk and Treat event held in the Hammond Sportsplex parking lot located at 6630 Indianapolis Boulevard on Friday, October 30 from 5-7pm.

“With the support of City departments and area businesses, we expect a strong vendor turnout for this event,” says Mayor McDermott. If your company is interested in becoming a vendor (there is no fee), contact Hammond Parks at 219-853-7708 through September 30th.

So that the vendors can calculate the number of goodies to provide, all participants will be required to register their vehicle.

Hammond will support door-to-door Trick-or-Treating in 2020. For families wishing to participate, Trick-or-Treat hours have been set for Saturday, October 31st, from 5pm to 7pm.

Due to COVID-19, the annual Monster Mash Dance that takes place at the Jean Shepherd Center will be postponed until next year.

Please call 219-853-7708 if you have any questions.

Have a safe and Happy Halloween!

Hammond Parks & Recreation has teamed up with the Hammond Public Library to show a Movie Night.

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Dowling Park Athletic Complex Plaza
(next to the Jean Shepherd Community Center at 3031 J.F. Mahoney Drive)


  • The movie will be a Tim Burton Film called “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children”.
  • Doors open at 7:00 pm
  • Movie starts at 7:30 pm
  • Concessions will be available for purchase.

Questions? Call 219-853-7705, 219-931-5100 ext. 330, or email

This is a make-up meeting for the regularly scheduled meeting of 08/10/20 which was canceled due to a power outage. This meeting will be held virtually via Zoom.

Meeting is held at Hammond City Hall in the Council Chambers.

Meeting is open to the public or you can watch it live at

Mayor Thomas M. McDermott, Jr. and Hammond Parks & Recreation are pleased to announce the return of the Fishing Derby.

Saturday, August 29th
8:00am – 11:00am

Dowling Park Pond
(next to the Jean Shepherd Community Center at 3031 J.F. Mahoney Drive)


  • Rain or shine.
  • A $2 donation to support the Dowling Park Stocking Program is suggested.
  • Check-in at the playground under the tent. Bring your own bait, rods, and reels.
  • There will be a raffle drawing for children ages 16 and under, while supplies last.
  • No boats, please. Onshore fishing only.

Call 219-853-6378 for more information.

Please join Mayor Thomas M. McDermott, Jr., Mark Heintz, Hammond Parks and Recreation, 3rd District Councilman Barry Tyler, and the Hammond Board of Park Commissioners as they dedicate the new playground and interactive water feature at Martin Luther King Park with a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday, July 2nd at 1:00 p.m.

Everyone is invited! It’s going to be a hot day so we hope to see lots of people and kids in attendance for some great pictures both on the new playground and cooling off in the water feature!

Please bring your mask and keep physical distance as much as possible.