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Feb 08

Fishers Parks & Recreation Introduces New Capital Projects

Posted to Fishers, Indiana on February 8, 2016 at 5:24 PM by Blog Admin

The new year is already off to an exciting start. Fishers Parks & Recreation will soon be completing several capital projects that will add new amenities to an already robust parks and recreation system for Fishers residents. We sat down with the department’s director, Tony Elliot to get the scoop on the projects that are underway.

Ambassador House
While the Ambassador House is not new to our community, some new projects on the grounds will make the facility even an even more attractive venue for weddings and community arts programming. A 60-ft by 120-ft concrete pad is currently under construction that will be used for weddings and receptions. The space, which will be tented, will create opportunity as a new entertainment venue fit for audiences of up to 300 people.

“This new space will create some unique opportunities for us to partner with local arts and music groups,” said Parks and Recreation Director, Tony Elliot.


The facility will also be available for corporate events. While Fishers Parks and Recreation has assumed responsibility for event management at the historic house, they still work closely with the Ambassador House organization, which hosts history and arts programming, such as the Harvest Wine Tasting each fall.

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Saxony Hall
Saxony Hall is a brand new 4,500 square-foot building under construction on Saxony Lake, adjacent to Saxony Beach. Construction is slated to be complete in mid-April.

“Saxony Hall is kind of a hybrid facility,” said Elliot. “We’ll compete on the wedding front and do a lot of corporate events there, but it will also be a public recreation facility as well.”

While Saxony Hall will give area residents another public space for rental, Saxony Hall also adds basic necessities, like restrooms and foot showers to Saxony Beach, which is bustling with active families during the summer months.

Toddler Playground at Holland Park
At the end of 2014 Holland Park replaced the old playground with a new playground fit for children ages 5-12 complete with ADA accessible rubber surfacing, a new splash pad, shelter and more. This spring, the park will also host a toddler playground for kids ages 2-4. The toddler playground has been highly requested by residents and will round out the park’s offerings nicely.


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Riverside Fields
Two new baseball diamonds will open this spring behind Riverside Junior High and Intermediate schools. The fields have been rebuilt with new turf. The 90-foot diamonds will be used by SPORTS youth baseball. The diamonds will be unveiled on the season’s opening day.

Jun 26

Prioritizing Play: Fishers Earns 7th Playful City USA Designation

Posted to Fishers, Indiana on June 26, 2015 at 4:44 PM by Tiffany Holbert

By: Tony Elliot

In Fishers, traveling a few miles in any direction will almost certainly take you by a park, trail, or recreation building busy with programs or events.  As a community with more than 85,000 residents, including many young families, the City and its Parks Department recognize the importance of providing diverse and meaningful opportunities for play for all residents.
 
Last week, Fishers received its seventh consecutive designation as a Playful City USA. This recognition is awarded to cities that make it easy for all kids to get balanced and active play.  We are honored to be the only Hamilton County city to receive the 2015 designation, and we take pride in continuing efforts to offer all residents places and programs for family-friendly play throughout the year.

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Prioritizing play in our community means creating opportunities and unique options for recreation, fitness, and healthy lifestyles. Through a variety of programs and services provided by Parks & Recreation, our aim is utilize many of the amenities – trails, playgrounds, facilities, and more – in ways that add a layer of depth to encourage learning and exploration. Regular opportunities for recreating, whether through open play or through instructor-led programs, promote healthy and happy families and communities.  This summer, I encourage you to get out and explore the many opportunities available to you and your family to play together.

Holland Park has a new brand new playground and splash pad.  Brooks School Park is fit for kids of all abilities and features the United Way Born Learning Trail, which provides a unique learning experience along the perimeter path. Signs on the trail prompt walkers to ask questions that develop problem solving, awareness, listening and exploration skills. We continue to work throughout each year to increase connectivity throughout the community so that families can enjoy walking, jogging, longboarding, or bicycling. 

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Our online Fun Guide can help you find activities for children of all ages throughout the year. This summer we have many opportunities for the whole family to play together. Bring the family out to Mud Day on July 11 or sit by the campfire and roast s’mores on National S’mores Day on August 9. And of course, we hope you get out to at least a few concerts during the Summer Concert Series this summer at the Nickel Plate District Amphitheater. My team and I spend a lot of time out in the community, and we are always thrilled to see residents engaging and enjoying all we have to offer through Fishers Parks. 

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We hope you gather your family as often as you can to get out and play in Fishers this summer!