The playgrounds, volleyball courts, and basketball court will reopen the morning of Friday, June 12, 2020.  Staff will also be preparing the splashpad and lazy river on Friday and anticipate it will be open sometime in the afternoon. 

The Park Pavilions are available for rental at 50% capacity.  Persons using the parks, including pavilion rentals, should maintain social distancing.

Riverside Gardens Park Pavilion Rental

14701 Schwartz Road, Leo, Indiana

The Small and Grand Pavilions may be rented by first calling the Town Hall at (260) 627-6321 to check on availability.

Reservations will be booked with full payment and a complete Park License Agreement.
The fee schedule can be found in the Park License Agreement.


Hosting an Event at Riverside Gardens Park

Persons or organizations wishing to host an event in the park for which the person or organization wishes to advertise and invite participation to the public at large, or which is expected to involve participation of more than twenty people, must first sign this Park Use Agreement.  The Town reserves the right to stop the operation of any event on Park Property and exclude any person(s) from the Park for failure to sign and comply with this agreement.  Persons or organizations wishing to host Events that are expected to involve/ or which actually do involve the participation of more than 50 people may only be hosted in a Town Park pursuant to a duly signed Park License Agreement.


The Riverside Gardens 2013 Project added many features including  a splash pad, play creek, play ground, volleyball courts, horse shoe pits and paved trails. Riverside Gardens has been under active development since 2003. The park continues to grow with the expansion of landscape beds & tree plantings.  The Frances Schwartz Grand Pavilion overlooks the St. Joseph River.  This pinnacle is constructed of 3 large open-air pavilions.  The center pavilion is a 52’ octagon that attaches to a 36’ octagon pavilion on either side via a pergola. Each pavilion is equipped with electrical outlets and there is a main electrical board that provides 6 duplex receptacles and a variety of options for 220 service.  ADA access is available via a 12 foot sidewalk from the circle drive off of the Grabill Road.   This structure is anticipated to accommodate outdoor concerts, weddings and other community events.

Intended as an asset to the varying local park system, this 9-acre park provides lots of open green space. Our walking path is a ½ mile in length and offers varying elevation with a side loop that wanders through a spring garden area.  In addition to the Grand Pavilion, this park offers two other 20’x 40’ open air pavilions adjacent to the parking lot off of the Schwartz Road.  These pavilions have electrical outlets and wooden picnic tables and can be reserved for family activities, club events, concerts, etc.  A modern bathroom facility is accessible from the parking lot or the ADA trail from the Grand Pavilion.

As plans are completed, the park will also provide an exercise loop and a boat/fishing dock is also planned for the southern end of the Spring Garden which would provide access from the St. Joseph River. We continue to evaluate other interactive features that would not draw away from the vast open layout of this park.

Design and Development

image002The Leo-Cedarville Master Plan (1998) and the Courier survey (2001) of area residents were key factors in developing the proposal. It was overwhelmingly clear from the survey that the community did not want this property on the west side of Schwartz Road to be commercially developed. Rather, a landmark that enhanced the natural beauty of the town was the dominant desire of the residents. In keeping with the wishes of the community, efforts were made to develop a solution that would be flexible enough to attract and accommodate the entire community.  We (2009) conducted a survey for the Park Board to support the priority projects and expansion of the local park system.  As a result, the modern bathroom facility has now been completed in accordance with the desires of the community.

In 2013 the Park Board obtained a grant for the Department  of Natural Resources, donations and support from the Town General Fund  allowed the expansion of Riverside Gardens in 2014.  Today you will find a playground, splash pad, play creek, walking trails, horse shoe pits, volleyball courts, and a pond.