May 26, 2018

July is National Parks and Recreation Month!

July is one of our favorite months of the year here at Brownsburg Parks because it is National Parks and Recreation Month. This year’s theme is “A Lifetime of Discovery.” In an effort to introduce residents and visitors of all ages to the wide range of recreation and leisure activities Brownsburg Parks provides, we have scheduled special fitness and recreation events throughout month. We hope you and your family will take part in as many of these activities as possible and that you discover options that fit easily into your lifestyle.

July 1-28: Social Media Scavenger Hunt. Venturing into the “Great Outdoors” has never been so fun! Follow the scavenger hunt clues posted to our Facebook and Twitter pages, then document your findings on our Instagram page (@brownsburgparks). There are 11 clues; everyone who posts at least six locations to Instagram will receive a special prize at our July 28 Party in the Park (see below).

July 2, 3 and 5: True Pure Brave Art, 9 a.m.-noon at Williams Park Alpha Shelter (on Alpha Ave.) Kids ages 3-8 will create mini masterpieces “plein air”-style while learning lessons in character. “Plein air” is French for “outdoors.” Register at www.truepurebrave.com/registration.

July 7, Outdoor Yoga, 10 a.m. at Williams Park, Shelter 5. Free! Bring a mat and experience yoga in a whole new way – with nature!

July 14, Silly Safari, 10-11 a.m. Williams Park Outdoor Classroom, Alpha Ave. Your children will love this live animal show featuring a variety of reptiles, mammals, birds and bugs. Not only will they learn about animals and their habitats, they’ll learn lessons in responsible pet ownership and wildlife conservation.

July 28, Party in the Park, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Williams Park. Bring the whole family for this event featuring inflatables, crafts, yard games and food trucks including Kona Ice, Dizzy Izzy’s, Brozini’s Pizzeria and RidiQlous BBQ. Groove to the reggae sounds of Circle City Steel band from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Along with these special events, we offer the following programs weekly:

Hatha Yoga (day and evening classes), Pathfinders Walking Club, Walk With a Doc (in partnership with IU Health), Women on Weights and Cardio Classic. Returning in September (after renovations are made to the Brownsburg High School aquatics center) are our weekly Open Swim, Water Aerobics and Scuba classes.

July also offers the opportunity for community members to build relationships and enjoy some much-needed time together outdoors in the sun! On July 22 from 5-9 p.m. our Summer Concert Series wraps up with My Yellow Rickshaw and Stella Luna & The Satellites on stage on Town Hall Green. Both bands offer remarkable covers of today’s top hits and are guaranteed to get you on your feet and dancing. There will be food trucks on site as well.

If you’re looking for a place to escape from your busy schedule, Brownsburg Parks offers multiple places to relax and unwind. Studies show parks offer a wide variety of mental health benefits for all ages and abilities. Sit on a bench and listen to the flow of White Lick Creek or discover the Story Walk in the lower level of Arbuckle Acres Park. Immerse yourself in nature by exploring the Maple Ridge Trail at Williams Park. Or listen to the variety of birds among the tree tops on the B&O Trail.

No matter what opportunities you choose to take advantage of, I hope to see you in one of our parks this summer!

Travis Tranbarger, Director