HCP&R to Present Master Plan to Public

Hendricks County Parks & Recreation (HCP&R) invites the public to participate in an in-person presentation of its Comprehensive Master Plan that outlines its plans of action for 2021 through 2025.

The public meeting will be hosted on Monday, March 1 from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Hendricks County Government Center in Danville. Meeting rooms 4 and 5 will be utilized to allow for social distancing. Facial coverings are required inside the Government Center and at the meeting.

“We’ll give a very quick and broad overview of the plan and then answer any questions that anyone has,” said Eric Ivie, assistant superintendent with HCP&R. “Public feedback is very important to us, since we serve the public.”

Ivie wrote the document, and he will be spearheading the presentation along with superintendent Ryan Lemley.

The department’s Comprehensive Master Plan is submitted to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) every five years, combining public input with a wide variety of additional information to create a plan of action for upcoming years.

Filing the Comprehensive Master Plan with the DNR also makes Hendricks County Parks & Recreation eligible to apply for grant money through the state agency.

HCP&R submitted a draft of the plan to the DNR in January, received some constructive guidance from the state agency, made some minor edits to the document, as is now ready to present it to the public before submitting the final draft back to the DNR in April.

The department’s Comprehensive Master Plan can be found by clicking here. There will also be a QR code at the public meeting that can be scanned to access the document. Given the document’s length and the cost and resources required to print it, no paper copies will be available at the public meeting.

Hendricks County Parks & Recreation operates McCloud Nature Park outside of North Salem and the portion of the Vandalia Trail that runs from Amo through Coatesville to the Hendricks-Putnam County Line. They are also currently constructing W.S. Gibbs Memorial Park in Avon with the new park scheduled to open this summer.