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Memorial Island

Subfacility of Columbian Park

Local patriotic and military organizations, led by the Veterans of Foreign War Post 1154, inspired the building of a memorial in Columbian Park to honor the brave men and women from Tippecanoe County who gave their lives defending our country. Their efforts led to the dedication of Memorial Island in 1949. Today, Memorial Island serves as a permanent reminder of the price paid for our precious freedom.

The amphitheater on Memorial Island can be rented for the day; please contact the Parks Main Office at 765-807-1500 for more information. UPDATE: The amphitheater on Memorial Island will not be rented out in 2021 due to construction. We apologize for any inconvenience

Coming Improvements:
After gathering input from local veteran’s groups, stakeholders, and the public, the Lafayette Parks and Recreation department was proud to unveil the Memorial Island Master Plan in 2015 (Memorial Island Master Plan Design). Phase I, which included improvements to the existing island and the addition of new memorials, was completed in 2015. Phase II, which included new promenades, memorial plaza, some lagoon shoreline enhancements, and landscaping was completed in 2018. Further improvements are underway with construction beginning in June of 2020.

Changes will include the following:
  • New stage with new sound system, shade structures, fixed seating and lawn seating
  • Addition of landmass to existing Memorial Island 
  • ADA accessibility throughout project area 
  • New pedestrian bridges 
  • Addition of several fishing nodes around lagoon 
  • Boardwalk near water featuring adult swings and ADA fishing nodes 
  • Lagoon shoreline improvements 
  • Return of paddle boats to lagoon 
  • Addition of geyser-style fountains 
  • Improved water quality in lagoon 
Lagoon dredging and cleaning has begun and should be completed by September 2020.  Anticipated substantial completion of Phase III is June 2021.

Memorial Island Master Plan Design