Actually, we don't. We know it's confusing, but there are several Parks & Recreation departments within Hendricks County that run their own parks. We operate parks that are owned by the county. Towns and townships operate parks owned by their respective governing bodies. We don't oversee any town or township parks departments.
Let's begin with the parks that we operate -- McCloud Nature Park, Sodalis Nature Park, the western portion of the Vandalia Trail, and W.S. Gibbs Park -- and then if you're looking for a park that we don't operate, we'll help you out with that, too, further down this page.
At 232-acres, McCloud Nature Park is a premier nature park in central Indiana. Visitors can enjoy over six miles of hiking trails, access to Big Walnut Creek, year-round programs at the nature center and a wide variety of wildlife viewing opportunities. Modern restrooms and picnic facilities are on-site. A park pavilion is available for group rental.
Are you ready to explore Hendricks County's newest park? Sodalis Nature Park is 210 acres of beautiful, mature woodlands and reforestation area, which serves as home to an abundance of native Indiana wildlife. Visitors can enjoy fishing in the 5.5 acre pond, hiking over 3.5 miles of nature trails and relaxing in the picnic area.
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, encompassing 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 many generations!
If you're looking for other parks within Hendricks County, check out our online map by clicking here. You can click on each park's marker and learn who operates it, where it's located, available amenities, and more.
If you have a particular town in mind, here are the major Parks & Recreation departments within the county and which parks they operate.
* Avon Town Hall Park
* Gable Park
* WWII Memorial Park
* Washington Township Park
* Splash Pad
* Pavilion Center
* Paw Park
* Arbuckle Acres Park
* Williams Park (including The Watermill splash pad)
* Veterans Memorial Park
* Ellis Park (including Gill Family Aquatic Center)
* Danville Athletic Club
* Blanton Woods
* Gary Eakin Community Park
* Esther Park
* Scamahorn Park
* Hummel Park
* Splash Pad at Hummel Park
* Performing Arts Center Amphitheater
* Al & Jan Barker Sports Complex
* Anderson Park (including skate park)
* Bark Park
* Franklin Park
* Friendship Gardens Park
* Richard A. Carlucci Recreation & Aquatic Center
* Splash Island
* Swinford Park
* Vandalia Trail (Plainfield section)