Evansville Parks

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The Evansville Department of Parks & Recreation coordinates and oversees the operation of 65 parks and 21 recreational facilities encompassing more than 2,500 acres of land in the City of Evansville and Vanderburgh County, Indiana

 

Facilities List

Special Facilities
Angel Mounds Boat Launch: Public Boat Launch 
CK Newsome Community Center: Room Rentals, Park Administration Offices
Dogtown Boat Launch: Public Boat Launch 
Howell Wetlands: The largest urban wetlands in Indiana, this unique ecosystem is an appealing year-round location for education and enjoyment. The 35-acre urban area includes a number of habitats. You’re invited to explore and enjoy, using the more than 2 miles of hiking trails, wooden walkways, and bridges.
Mesker Park Zoo: Zoo and Botanical Gardens 
Swonder Ice Arena: Ice Rink, Fitness Center, Figure Skating, Ice Hockey 
Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve: Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve is an Indiana State Nature Preserve and National Natural Landmark, and is managed by the Wesselman Nature Society. This old-growth lowland forest is a crucial habitat for a wide variety of animal species, including mammals, reptiles, amphibians and birds. A Nature Center on the western edge of the property offers hands on educational exhibits and a wildlife observation area. The Wesselman Nature Society is a 501c(3) not-for-profit, environmental organization. We were founded in 1972 for the purpose of protecting the 200 acre tract in Evansville, Indiana now known as Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve.

Regional Parks 
Burdette Park: Aquatics Center, Shelter Rental, picnic areas 
Howell Park: Pool, Par #3 Golf Course, Wetland boardwalks, basketball 
Kleymeyer Park: Kleymeyer Golf Driving Range, softball fields, football field
Mesker Park: Playground, shelters, Disc Golf, Helfrich Golf, Mesker Park Zoo
Roberts Park: Roberts Park is the former location of the Roberts Stadium, located at 2800 Division St, Evansville, IN 47711. The City of Evansville has future plans for a mixed-recreational space; Roberts Park is currently a large grassy area, great for frisbee, dog walks and tag-football.
Wesselman Park: Playground, Par #3 Golf Course, Softball, Nature Preserve 


Community Parks
 
Garvin Park: Shelters, walking trail, Greenway trailhead, pool, tennis/basketball courts 
Golfmoor Park: Tennis/basketball courts, handball 
Igleheart Park: Lloyd Pool, North Woods Trails, playground, tennis/basketball courts 
Price Park: soccer fields, shelters, playgrounds 
State Hospital Park: Walking trail, Disc Golf, soccer fields, youth baseball fields 


Neighborhood Parks
Akin Park: Basketball Goal, playground, picnic area, gazebo 
Anthony Oates Park: basketball courts, playground, picnic area
Bayard Park: Playground, picnic area, walking paths 
Bellemeade Park: Playground, baseball field, Rochelle/Landers Pool
Caldwell Park: Playground, picnic pavilion, basketball court 
Diamond Valley Park: lake, fishing overlook, walking trails, playground, basketball court 
Eleventh Avenue Park: Playground, basketball court, picnic area 
Fulton Park: Basketball court, picnic area, shelter, playground
Helfrich Park: pool, playground, picnic areas, Historic limestone entrance 
Lamasco Park: softball field, skate park, Greenway Trailhead, playground
Lorraine Park: Lorraine Pool, Playground, shelter, picnic area 
Moutoux Park:  With soccer players and fisherman, the park was made more “youth friendly” by the addition of a $20,000 EPF-funded handicapped accessible playground in the fall of 2003. The playground’s location, next to the Moutoux Shelter Pavilion, make it a perfect gathering spot for younger siblings of soccer players, as well as families wishing an outing or picnic.
Sheridan Park: Open Green space, swing playground 
Stockwell Park: tennis courts, soccer fields, playground, picnic area
Sunrise Park: Kids Kingdom Playground, Gazebo, landscaped gardens  
Sunset East Park: Playground, picnic area 
Tepe Park: Playground, shelter 
Vann Park: Playground, shelter, picnic area
Vann-Pollack Park: baseball fields, basketball court, picnic area, shelter
Westside Library Park: Public Library, walking paths, benches
Willard Library Park: Picnic tables, formal gardens, walking path with benches


Mini-Parks 
Casselberry Park: Playground, horseshoe pits 
Goosetown Mini-Park: Playground, gazebo, picnic area, walking path
Homestead Park: Playground 
Howell Mini-Park: Playground 
Jacobsville Mini-Park: Playground, picnic area
Line Street Park: Playground, picnic pavilion 
Little Westside Nut Club Park
Olmstead Park:
Sixth Avenue Park: Playground, picnic area, shelter
Stevenson Park: Playground, Picnic area


Golf Courses (more information can be found on the Golf page)
Burdette Park Miniature Golf
Fendrich Golf Course 
Helfrich Golf Course
Howell Par 3 Course
McDonald Golf Course
Wesselman Par 3 Course 


Pools (more information can be found on the Pools page) 
Burdette Park Aquatic Center
Lloyd Pool 
Hartke Pool 
Norman "Red" Mosby Pool 
Rochelle-Landers Pool  
Helfrich Pool 
Lorraine Pool  


Park Classification and Criteria: Park classifications were derived from the Indiana Statewide Outdoor Recreation Plan and tailored to the City of Evansville based on current facilities and demand for new ones.

Mini-Parks

0 to 1 acres, ¼ mile service area: Should promote partnerships with neighborhoods, homeowners association, or business for maintenance. Often used in high density area (e.g. downtown). Parking is uncommon Neighborhood Parks.

1 – 20 acres - 1.0 mile service area: Incorporated in or adjacent to residential areas. Should promote partnerships with neighborhoods or homeowners association for maintenance. Parking (not typical in neighborhood park) will vary.

Community Parks

20 – 50 acres, 1.5 mile service area: Service large portions of the community. Should offer support services such as restrooms, concessions, and parking. Should be accessible by trail, sidewalk, and street networks. Should promote partnerships for community use. Should accommodate active and passive recreation activities. Parking size will vary based upon components.

Regional Parks

50 – 100+ acres: - Services the needs of multiple communities. Support services such as restrooms, concessions, and parking should be provided. Typical activities include picnicking, boating, using nature and greenway trails, nature study, etc. Parking size will vary based on components.