New mobile 'boom box' truck to debut in South Bend this summer

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) --- A vehicle reminiscent of a 1980s-1990s popular music player will soon make a giant debut in South Bend.

In a blog post, South Bend Venues, Parks and Arts, or SBVPA, announced BOOMER as the newest addition to the city's entertainment and learning offerings.

The goal is for the mobile vehicle, which resembles a boom box, to "reactivate neighborhood parks" by providing dynamic programs that span music, including fitness, healthy eating, arts and social unity.

BOOMER will travel to those parks that typically don't experience the aforementioned programs.

SBVPA defended the cost of the $650,000 multipurpose vehicle by comparing its mobile utility to the installation of a park or splash pad, the latter of which runs about $100,000. BOOMER, however, will be repaid over a decade and will not cost the city extra money.

The parks and recreation department said it has received requests about renting BOOMER. However, it maintains the truck will be used for the intended purpose of reinvigorating neighborhood parks.

BOOMER was designed by SPEVCO, the same company that's behind the Oscar Mayer Weinermobile.