Beech Grove Parks Department
Phone: (317) 803-9097
Meet Parks Director Tom Hannan
Hornet Park Community Center:
5245 Hornet Avenue
Facility/Special Events Coordinator:
Angel McKenna Phone: (317) 803-9086
Shelter Rental 2020 Form
Sarah T. Bolton Park
Paw Patch Dog Park
Don Challis Park
Banquet and Meeting Rooms
2017 Going Green in the Grove Trees Care
Community Day in the Parks
Parks Photo Gallery
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2016-2020 Five Year Master Plan
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Our city parks offer clean picnic shelters, playgrounds, beautiful creeks and an abundance of towering shade and flowering trees. Facilities throughout the parks include basketball, softball, baseball, volleyball, and soccer. Educational sport programs such as softball and basketball clinics are offered periodically throughout the summer. The Beech Grove High School tennis courts are available for public use outside of scheduled high school activities.
Athletic activities are only a portion of the scheduled activities for our Beech Grove Parks. They also offer a number of special events, such as Senior Citizens Day, Children’s Mornings, the annual July 3rd Celebration with fireworks sponsored by the Beech Grove Promoters Club, and the park’s annual Halloween Costume Contest and Visits with Santa and the Easter Bunny. Other programs have included magic shows, storytellers, dance troupes and drama groups, concerts, and the Fire Department’s Kids Fun Day. The Beech Grove Parks Department aims to please the citizens and visitors of Beech Grove and is endlessly upgrading facilities and activities for the parks.
Park hours are dawn until dusk. Hours may be extended for special events by approval of the Parks Board.
Reservable shelters are available in Sarah T. Bolton and Don Challis Parks. Shelter reservations are accepted at the Hornet Park Community Center during regular business hours; 7am-8:30pm Monday - Thursday, 7am-6pm Friday and 8am-4pm Saturday and Sunday.The cost is $65.00 for residents and non-profits and $100 for non-residents and businesses, Cash or Check only. Reservations are taken on a first come, first served basis and must be secured with your advance payment. Call 788-4986 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to check on availability.
The Parks Department supports the planting of new trees and plants as one of the most important steps an individual or organization can take to restoring our environment. Our policy is to plant trees and plants native to Indiana. Native trees and plants are best suited for the soil and weather conditions in our area. As a result, natives require less fertilizer, fewer pesticides, and less water. Native plants are necessary for healthy wildlife populations and help prevent the spread of invasive, exotic species. Donate a tree or a plant so it can be enjoyed by the entire community.
The site of the Hornet Park Community Center includes several acres of woods. A walking path and bridge have been constructed through part of the wooded area which remains mostly undeveloped for recreation. The Parks Board, Parks Department and Greenscape Commission are committed to preserving this wooded area in its natural state.