December 10, 2021

2021 Was an Amazing Year!

Last year, COVID-19 caused us to cancel a lot of programming. We’re happy to share that our events have had a tremendous comeback this year.

Its clear residents were hungry to get back outdoors, as attendance at both the July 4 and Christmas Under the Stars parades topped 3,000!

Trail and Treat was another huge hit. More than 3,000 kids and parents swarmed Williams Park to visit about 30 booths packed with candy from Town business owners. As always, we counted on our Facebook followers to select our Boo-vie, which was “Hocus Pocus.”

In September, the Arbuckle Acres Park lawn was packed with music lovers who came out to our revamped music festival, Blues in the ‘Burg. The two-day event drew 2,000 guests to hear local and regional blues bands and enjoy a variety of foods. More changes are coming in 2022, so stay tuned!

We’re proud of the new and renovated spaces we opened in 2021. In the spring, we hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Stephens Park. An expanded playground and pickleball courts have turned the park into a vibrant space for all kinds of play.

In April, we unveiled the completion of Phase 1 of the White Lick Creek Greenway. It hasn’t taken long for this trail, which connects the community north of I-74 to Arbuckle Acres Park and downtown Brownsburg, to become a go-to path for walkers, cyclists, and runners. The trail has seen over 15,000 users since it opened.

Earlier in April, community members joined us for the unveiling of the first piece of public art in one of our parks. The four-foot-high bee plays violin and greets guests entering Williams Park. The bee represents the chance for visitors to stop and listen to the music of nature.

We’re so grateful for the volunteers who have supported us throughout the year. Community members rolled up their sleeves to help renovate Blast Off playground, pull weeds at one of our multiple Weed Wrangles®, extend our Outdoor Classroom pollinator garden, to beautify Arbuckle Acres Park, and maintain the plants that help beautify our Parks Office. We’ll need lots of help during Phase 2 of Blast Off playground’s renovation, volunteer online.

We’re proud of our B.A.S.E. and PEAK students, who collected nearly 3,000 items to support the Town of Brownsburg‘s annual Let’s Give Food Drive. That was nearly half of the total food items provided to the Messiah Lutheran Church food pantry.

We’re creating even more great programming for families next year, including nature classes and new summer camp experiences.