The great outdoors: Sugar Creek Township Park provides recreational, nature activities for commmunity


Participants in the Dani’s Dreams Memorial Walk/Run utilize the trail that runs through Sugar Creek Township Park.

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Featured Match Day participant: Sugar Creek Township Park

President: Scott Miller

Mission: Sugar Creek Township Park’s mission is to provide safe, no-cost, trans-generational recreational opportunities for residents of New Palestine and the surrounding community.

The Veterans Memorial at Sugar Creek Township Park honors service members who lost their lives in the line of duty. Submitted photo

Community offerings: Through park amenities such as park shelters, Veterans Memorial, one-mile walking trail, playground, and fitness stations, nine-hole disc golf course, ball fields, dog park, and green space, the park provides recreational opportunities for thousands of visitors every year. In addition, the park serves as the site of the Dani’s Dream Eco-Trail outdoor educational lab. Since establishing the first public park in southwestern Hancock County 15 years ago, the park board’s goal has been to make Hancock County a better place by continuing to expand public recreation opportunities for the community. Most recently, via cooperative ventures of local Veterans Memorial and Dani’s Dream Eco-Trail groups, the park has expanded its recreational mission to include both history and environmental education components.

Match Day funding plans: The park board would allocate grant funds toward capital projects at the park.