Merrillville is home to many parks to ensure enjoyment of the outdoors by taking part in recreational activities. If you need to satisfy the younger crowd, make a stop at Crescent Lake Park or Heroes Park. These parks are both home to equipment that will suit the smallest of children. For the sports fans, Forest Hills and Hendricks Park are the ideal places to visit for the day. Both parks are equipped with various ball fields and playgrounds to offer activities for nearly anyone. Picnic areas also located within the park so that families can enjoy an outdoor meal.
Star Plaza Theatre
A visit to the Star Plaza Theatre is in order when a night of performing arts is on your list. The spacious theater can accommodate up to 3,400 people with its two seating levels that form a semi-circle around the stage. The upscale theater hosts a variety of performances including musical acts, plays, and Broadway-caliber shows. All genres of music are featured from both local and world-renowned performers. The theater also accommodates those with disabilities in several ways to make the experience memorable for every guest. For added convenience, guests can enjoy free parking all year long.
A Town with Many Name
Originally home to the Potawatomi Indians, the area now known as Merrillville, was originally named McGwinn Village. In 1835, Jeremiah Wiggins settled into the town and it was renamed Wiggins Point. Under this name, the area became a stop for wagon trails using the Sauk Trail. After Wiggins died in 1938, the city now known as Merrillville was renamed yet again and became known as Centerville. One more name change took place after Dudley and William Merrill constructed a hotel and store in the town. In 1971, the town was officially incorporated under the name Merrillville.