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A Float Through McCloud Nature Park

The Big Walnut Creek runs through McCloud Nature Park in North Salem, Indiana.

On June 12, thirteen-year old, Nick Randall, set out to capture video of entire length of the Big Walnut through McCloud by mounting his GoPro to the front of the canoe.  Below are two excerpts of his voyage.

If you are thinking of canoeing or kayaking on the Big Walnut, McCloud is a great access point.  You can float downstream to Pine Bluff Covered Bridge or  further to the Rolling Stone Covered Bridge or even further all the way to US 36.  The creek is shallow in parts, but still lots of adventure to be had!



What better way to explore 13 PARKS in Hendricks County than on a RUN!


Every Wednesday from June 1 -August 24, runners and walkers are invited to join us at a Hendricks County park to complete a 1-mile or 5K course. This is a non-timed event that is enjoyed by the whole family.

Join us at the designated park between 6:00pm and 7:00pm, sign-in, and proceed to the “start” to begin your run or walk.  Park staff and volunteers will be present to assist and answer questions, and all host parks will be clearly marked with both a 5K and 1-mile course.

Our ‘FREE T-shirt Challenge’ is back this year! Those who participate in 10 out of 13 runs will qualify for a commemorative shirt!  Don’t forget to sign-in!

The Summer Fun Run Series is free thanks to our Parks Foundation partners: 

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Special thanks to all of our 2015 Summer Fun Run Location Partners!
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Arboretum Groundbreaking

The Arboretum at McCloud Nature Park


May 6, 2016

McCloud Nature Park 

Please join Hendricks County Parks & Recreation and the Parks Foundation of Hendricks County as we celebrate the groundbreaking of our newest attraction – the Arboretum at McCloud!  We would be grateful for your presence as we move forward in expanding and enhancing our Hendricks County Parks.

Ceremony – 10:00 AM
Refreshments on the Big Walnut Creek to follow
Casual Attire Suggested 

More information on the Arboretum

Foundation Board of Directors 

Jeff Banning
Banning Engineering
Mike Hayden
Brad Eisenhart
Waste Management of Indiana

Scott Geans
Nysewander, Geans, & Stucky
Matt Browning
Hendricks Regional Health
Josh Dobbs, M.S.
IU West Hospital
Gary Emsweller
Hendricks Co. Parks & Recreation

Parks Board of Directors

Gary Emsweller
Beth Switzer
Dennis Gibbs
Matthew Freije
Paul Miner
Bob Niemeyer



Park 2 Park Challenge & 5K

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The 6th Annual Park2Park Challenge and 5K Run/Walk

Relay:  20 miles – 4 team members

5K: Individual or Family

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Thank you to all who participated in the the 2016 P2P!  It was a successful fundraiser for our Hendricks County Parks and a awesome fitness opportunity!  We are looking forward to 2017!

Race Results at RaceMaker Production.  A special thanks to RaceMaker for providing our event management free of charge! 



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Duke Energy “Birds of Prey” Presentation and Giveaway

Majestic birds will be visiting Hendricks County on Earth Day – Friday, April 22.

The Duke Energy Foundation is sponsoring the American Eagle Foundation’s “Birds of Prey” program at 1 p.m. April 22 at Sodalis Park, 7700 S. C.R. 975 E., Plainfield. The program features several species of birds, including eagles. It’s an up-close and dramatic look at some regal wildlife. The event is free and open to the public.

In addition to the performance, Duke Energy employees will be assembling and distributing free birdfeeders and bird seed beginning at 1PM, while supplies last. Employees are also partnering with Hendricks County Parks and Recreation that day to remove invasive honeysuckle and repair walking paths at the park.

“Our employees volunteer year-round, but in the spring the company shines a light on volunteerism and encourages us to roll-up our sleeves and support grassroots, community projects,” Duke Energy Indiana president Melody Birmingham-Byrd said. “There are dozens of projects planned as diverse as our employees themselves, and they make a difference.”

Thank you Duke Energy!