There is a new park coming to Hendricks County, Indiana! W.S. Gibbs Memorial Park in Avon opens to the public July 21 and will provide 70 acres of family fun and outdoor recreation.

Operated by Hendricks County Parks & Recreation (HCP&R), where I work, W.S. Gibbs Memorial Park is a 70-acre facility located within the town limits of Avon, although its official address is 4521 Gibbs Road in Danville. It's a stone's throw from Plainfield.

A Grand Opening ceremony will take place Wednesday, July 21, at 9 a.m. at the Bluegill Shelter near two large ponds totaling over 5 acres in size. It is free to attend, and the public is welcome.

Beginning July 21, the park will be open from dawn to dusk daily, and admission is free of charge.

Park Amenities Aerial view of W.S. Gibbs Memorial Park (Photo courtesy of Town of Avon)

In addition to the two ponds, the park sports two large shelters, an 18-hole disc golf course, a nature-themed playground, a 30-foot-tall observation and sledding hill, more than two miles of trails, several picnic tables, green space, paved roadways and parking lots and more.

A large ADA-accessible fishing dock will be installed on one of the two ponds later this summer, and the ponds will be stocked with fingerlings by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Division of Fish & Wildlife later in the year, which will eventually allow anglers to fish the ponds and keep their catches while abiding by DNR rules and regulations.

The nature-themed playground has two sets of equipment – one designed for 2- to 5-year-olds and the other designed for 5- to 12-year-olds. A nature play area will be constructed in coming months behind the playground area.

Pavilions W.S. Gibbs Memorial Park entrance sign

Bluegill Shelter is 24 by 44 feet in size and sits on a concrete pad. An ADA-accessible concrete walkway leads from a paved ADA-accessible parking lot. The shelter includes picnic tables and a large mounted grill.

On the north side of the property in the middle of 20 acres of woods is the Firefly Shelter, a 20-by-36-foot pavilion on a concrete pad with an ADA-accessible concrete walkway from a paved parking lot. It includes picnic tables and a large mounted grill.

Both pavilions will be available for daily rentals beginning Aug. 2.


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Disc Golf Course Trail marker at the intersection of Bluestem Bend and Oriole Stroll near the 18-hole disc golf course in W.S. Gibbs Memorial Park.

HCP&R worked closely with the Hendricks County Disc Golf Club to design and install an 18-hole course at the park that winds through native prairie grasses, trees, and observation/sledding hill. 

The course has both white (beginner) and blue (intermediate) tee boxes and features a large course map and tee markers custom designed by HCP&R Park Manager Jim Holtsclaw and constructed in-house on cedar.

All of the work on the disc golf course was completed by the HCP&R maintenance crew, the Hendricks County Disc Golf Club and volunteers.

The course will be open from dawn to dusk daily and is free to play. It is first-come, first-served.

Come on out to W.S. Gibbs Memorial Park on or after July 21 and enjoy the great outdoors!

W.S. Gibbs Memorial Park