Old City Park

Greenwood, IN

Old City Park, one of Greenwood’s most historic public spaces, has undergone a dramatic transformation. The core concept for its new identity was to reconnect and restore – improvements were made through the creation of new landscape spaces, restored ecologies and major pedestrian connections that have a City-wide impact.

A 23-foot cube tower serves as a visual and recreational centerpiece. It is custom designed by an internationally renowned playground manufacturer and is the first of its kind in Indiana. The Playscape Plaza will have pipe slides, spinners, a hammock, artificial turf berms, moveable chairs and umbrellas. A custom climbing wall and climbing net offer areas for advanced physical and developmental play. Custom porch swings sit adjacent to the playscape for visitors to watch children play or take in views of Pleasant Creek beyond.

Old City Park immerses visitors of all ages to a variety of outdoor experiences. An 18-foot wide Promenade forms a central, connective spine for both pedestrians and bicyclists and link to existing trail networks throughout the City.

The Promenade’s southern edge runs adjacent to the Pleasant Creek where bands of native sedges and perennials mend the creek’s banks and seek to improve the health of the area’s ecosystem by slowing the water’s natural flow with boulders and indigenous plant communities. The area has been transformed to celebrate the once neglected creek by using topography and restored ecosystems to educate and connect people to the environment. An extensive planting plan includes more than fifty diverse woody species, making the park eligible for Arboretum accreditation – a unique accomplishment for such a small site.

An iconic pedestrian bridge will join the Multi-use Promenade to a Native Prairie Meadow. The lushly planted meadow strengthens the community’s connection to the environment by encouraging visitors to explore the site through raised berms and grasses.

Nearby, an expansive Event Lawn acts as a village green, providing a flexible, central open space for informal gathering, play and cultural events. A new accessible walk will serve as a direct link from the lower Meadow and Event Lawn up to a historic Works-Progress-Administration Shelter and Game Court. Salvaged limestone steps will be reconstructed to traverse the 10-foot grade-change, while also paying tribute to the site’s history. Other features include restored shelter space, new bocce ball courts, and a fitness circuit.

 

Old City Park is now a central cornerstone of Old Town, with connectivity to the Greenwood Amphitheater and Craig Park, the former middle school property, Greenwood Public Library, the new Madison Avenue trail, and much more. This reimagined park has significantly impacted Greenwood citizens by enhancing their quality of life through enhanced social connections, health and wellness, and access to nature.

Photography
Caitlan Sullivan, City of Greenwood