Be involved; help us continue the vision for the new park!
The draft Master Plan for W. S. Gibbs Memorial Park, adopted by the Hendricks County Park Board on September 4, 2013, is the culmination of a lengthy community planning process establishing a collective vision for W. S. Gibbs Memorial Park as a centerpiece of the Hendricks County Parks system that will serve Hendricks County residents and visitors for generations!
The master plan unifies a park designed in harmony with its natural systems, a place that accommodates a wide variety of community events and recreational activities unique to the region, a design that recalls the site’s rich agricultural heritage while looking to its future as a key community recreational asset, and a place that promotes active, healthy lifestyles for all ages.
All community members are welcome and encouraged to view the master plan and learn more about the future of W.S. Gibbs Memorial Park. The full master plan is too large to view as a single document. For ease of access, the document has been divided into the sections listed below:
Design Workshop: Community members and a wide variety of stakeholder groups within the community provided a tremendous amount of input. Throughout the community input phase, ideas were molded into a variety of visions that were returned to the community for feedback.
The next step of implementing the master plan will require a planned and coordinated effort involving the Hendricks County Park Board, County Council Members, County Commissioners, adjacent community leaders, and the community as a whole. It’s a tremendous effort but the development of the park will yield tremendous benefits for the long-term economic vitality and quality of life for county residents!
How long until the park is developed?
That all depends. The County Park Board always seeks to strike a balance between fiscal conservancy and visionary development. It’s this balance that will keep Hendricks County one of the best places to live in Indiana and an attractive destination for economic development opportunities. However, it takes time to properly plan for and as such, development of the first phase of the park is still a few years off. Updates will be provided on this site as they become available.
Which amenities will be developed in the first phase?
We’re currently evaluating this very subject. The first phase of the project must yield substantial benefits to the community, provide to revenue generating activities to supplement operational costs, be logical in sequence, and be realistic within the near-term operational capacity of the department. As you can see, it will take some thought. We hope to have answers in early 2014.
How can community members become involved in the development process?
Stay in-touch! In the future there will be ample opportunity for volunteerism, fundraising and public input. In short, we’ll have opportunities for everyone to be part of this fantastic development and we look forward to sharing those opportunities with you soon.