PARKS & RECREATION
MAIN OFFICE 955 E . Main Street P . O . Box 463 Danville , IN 46122 Phone : ( 317 ) 718-6188 Weather Hotline : ( 317 ) 718-6111 hcparks @ hcparks . net www . HendricksCountyParks . org
PARKS DEPARTMENT ADMINISTRATION Superintendent Ryan Lemley rlemley @ co . hendricks . in . us
Assistant Superintendent Eric Ivie eivie @ co . hendricks . in . us
Administrative Assistant Patty Seymour hcparks @ hcparks . net
PROGRAMMING Interim Park Naturalist Joe Lembo jlembo @ hcparks . net
Assistant Naturalists Joy Fulk • Linda Nichols
MAINTENANCE Park Manager Jim Holtsclaw jholtsclaw @ hcparks . net
Maintenance Assistants Oather Duncan III • Caleb Hawkins Scott Hawkins • Wayne Huffman Jason Kittle • Phillip Lawson Kurt Steuer • Ralph Wilkinson
HENDRICKS COUNTY PARK BOARD Bill DuMond • Brad Eisenhart Gary Emsweller • Matthew Freije Mike Hayden • Paul Miner • Jeff Pell
PARK BOARD MEETINGS The Hendricks County Park Board generally meets the first Wednesday of each month at 2 p . m . in the main office although dates and times are subject to change ( see website for scheduling updates ). Meeting agendas are posted one week prior at the office and at the Hendricks County Government Center . The public is always welcome to attend Park Board meetings .
HENDRICKS COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT Hon . Daniel F . Zielinski , Judge
HENDRICKS COUNTY COMMISSIONERS Dennis Dawes • Bob Gentry Phyllis Palmer
HENDRICKS COUNTY COUNCIL Caleb Brown • David Cox Larry Hesson • Larry Scott Eric Wathen • Brad Whicker David Wyeth
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To lead in the protection of outstanding natural , historic and recreation areas , and linkages . To practice and promote the highest conservation ethics and provide environmental education and recreation opportunities to the community . To lead in enhancing quality of life and individual health while driving economic development to ensure a sustainable future for our community .
3 Park Guide 7 Programs for Seniors 9 Family Programs 12 Tear-Out Event Calendar 14 Junior Explorers
ON THE COVER
Great blue herons like this one at W . S . Gibbs Memorial Park eat fish as their primary source of food , but they also eat frogs , salamanders , turtles , snakes , insects , rodents and more . They forage mostly by standing still or walking very slowly in shallow water , waiting for fish to swim near , then striking with a rapid thrust of their bill . Herons are commonly seen at both W . S . Gibbs Memorial Park and at McCloud Nature Park . Learn more about these beautiful birds on page 21 . Photo by Traci Patterson Photography
Fall Colors Festival
The annual Fall Colors Festival at McCloud Nature Park offers a wide variety of activities for the whole family as we celebrate the brilliant fall foliage in the park !
Something squirrelly is going on with the McCloud Prairie Maze this year . If you ’ re nutty about mazes , this year ’ s theme is for you ! Check out the design of the 2023 maze and plan your visit in September and
16 McCloud Updates 18 Homeschool Ecoogy Series 19 Tadpole Time 20 Vandalia Trail Bike Rides 20 Native Tree Sale
Fall Colors Run
Run or walk a 5K or 10K course that winds through the trails of McCloud Nature Park , immersing participants in the colorful beauty of fall !
Fall Harvest Festival
The 2nd annual Fall Harvest Festival returns to W . S . Gibbs Memorial Park in October ! Mark your calendar for this familyfriendly autumn celebration !
21 Great Blue Herons 22 Family Campouts 22 Adventure Backpacks 23 Thank You !