Town Hall Park

Daleville, IN

Working with the Town of Daleville throughout the course of 2014, REA led a team of multi-disciplinary consultants to assist the community in completing a revitalization strategy for their town core. The goal was to create a more dense, multi-purpose, walkable community with amenities attractive to new investment, development, and residents. REA prepared downtown plans for a 20-acre area with a focus on amenity infrastructure and integrating downtown housing and retail spaces with an improved town park, new multi-modal trail, and a reconstructed civic town center..

The first priority was re-imagining Town Hall Park into an attractive, vibrant, and community supported anchor that would ultimately energize the local economy and attract future business and residents. A dynamic play area was designed to naturally fold into the existing topographical slopes, while the terraced playscape boasts one of the state’s largest splashpads with elevated catwalks to the lower-level playground

While the new splash pad and playscape draws large numbers of young families, the park’s walking paths, swaths of greenspace, and meandering stream attract visitors of all ages. Since opening in 2017, Town Hall Park has been activated by year-round community programming which includes spring, summer, and winter festivals, a regular concert series and outdoor movies on the lawn. The new picnic shelter is regularly rented for weddings, reunions, and birthday parties.

The park has become a regional attraction for surrounding communities and counties, garnering state-wide interest. Since the park revitalization plan was completed, the community has seen over $20 million in private investment, including construction of new mixed-income housing, 3 new businesses, 3 business expansions and the attraction of new residents. The community is actively pursuing other priorities of the downtown plan including the development of a trail system and construction of new municipal facilities in the historic commercial core.

RECOGNITION

2018 AIM Community Placemaking Award

photography by Daniel Showalter