Venues Parks and Arts is the municipal department which is tasked with creating exceptional arts and recreation experiences throughout the City of South Bend. VPA is currently implementing a strategic master plan for the parks system which positions Howard Park as the premier, four-season destination. The original ice hockey rink was demolished and replaced with a skate trail and water feature. Additional park amenities include a community center, restaurant, bar and event lawn with performance stage. The project is expected to receive LEED Gold.