Fowler Park and Prairie Creek Park Camping Season Extended to Sunday, October 25th!

We are excited to announce the camping season at both Fowler Park and Prairie Creek Park campgrounds will be extended through Sunday, October 25th! Please note: Fowler Park primitive camp sites #5-10 will be closed starting October 15th for renovations.
Hawthorn Park campgrounds will be closed on original closing date, Thursday, October 15th due to campground renovations scheduled to begin mid-October.

2020 Pioneer Days Cancelled

The 48th annual in-person Pioneer Days has officially been cancelled, as decided during the VCPRD monthly board meeting on Monday, August 24th. This decision was made due to the rising numbers of COVID-19 cases in the region, concerns over the ability to effectively enforce social-distancing and sanitation efforts as mandated by the Governor’s Executive Orders throughout the duration of the event, and the overall health risk to our volunteers. This decision was not made lightly, however, the health and well-being of our community is of upmost importance. Stay tuned as we currently work on a virtual Pioneer Days option for all to enjoy. We appreciate your patience, understanding and support during these challenging times.

THIS FRIDAY is Movie in the Park at Prairie Creek Park!

Movie in the Park: Toy Story 4
Friday, August 21
Prairie Creek Park: Softball Field
Movie starts at SUNDOWN (approximately 8:45 p.m.)
Concessions for purchase begin at 7:30 p.m.
All Ages

Bring your family, friends, blankets and chairs and join us for Vigo County Parks & Recreation Department’s Movie in the Park summer series with DeeJay Danny Wayne! It’s a summer of sequels with Toy Story 4 as this month’s movie! Concessions for purchase begin at 7:30 p.m. Movie starts at SUNDOWN (approximately 8:40 p.m.).

***IMPORTANT: We will be asking all attendees to adhere to six-feet social distancing efforts. Masks must be worn when in close proximity to those outside your household. Until further notice community drinking fountains are closed. Feel free to pack a picnic of treats for you and your family to enjoy through the movie,

For more information call 812-462-3392 or email:

Join us for Summer in the Village this Saturday!

Third Saturday in August is here and our Pioneer volunteers will be hosting their monthly Summer in the Village event. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet our cabin caretakers and  tour the cabins throughout Pioneer Village as they prepare for our annual Pioneer Days.

Summer in the Village
Saturday, August 15
10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.
Fowler Park- Pioneer Village
All Ages

** We ask all visitors to please follow social distancing guidelines while visiting the village. If you see another household group inside a cabin with our volunteers please wait outside until the group leaves. Groups going into cabins must be limited to 5 or less. Maintaining a six (6) foot distance with those not in your household is required in all cabins and throughout the village at all times. ALL visitors must wear a face mask while touring inside any of the pioneer cabins AND when social distancing of six (6) feet or more is not possible. Thank you all for your patience and support.**


For more information on Pioneer Village please click on the following link:

Register for the upcoming Bob Ross Painting Party!

Bob Ross Painting Party
Friday, August 7
4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Fowler Park Log Barn
Ages 8+
Registration Required by 8/3/20 

Join the VCPRD at the Fowler Park Log Barn to paint a masterpiece worthy of Bob Ross himself! Please wear clothes you don’t mind painting in! Smocks, drop cloths, paint, and canvas will be provided. Ages 8+. Participants ages 13 and under must be supervised by an adult at all times. To register, please call our administrative office at 812-462-3391 or email our Recreational Coordinator at

THIS FRIDAY: Movie in the Park at Hawthorn Park

THIS FRIDAY NIGHT! 🤩Join us at Hawthorn Park for this month’s Movie in the Park: Secret Life of Pets 2! 📽🍿😁. Movie starts at SUNDOWN (approximately 9:00 p.m.) and concessions begin at 7:30 p.m. Bring your family, chairs. and blankets for a movie under the stars. 🌟🌌🌟

July 27th Board Meeting *Venue Change*

Next Monday’s Vigo County Parks and Recreation Department Board Meeting will be taking place at an alternate location. Please see below:

Vigo County Parks and Recreation Department Board Meeting
Date:            Monday, July 27, 2020
Location:   The Log Barn, Fowler Park
                         3000 East Oregon Church Road
                         Terre Haute, IN 47802
Time:             4:00 p.m.

3rd Annual Family Day Fishing Rodeo this Saturday at Hawthorn Park!

Join Bass Unlimited Foundation and Vigo County Parks and Recreation Department for the 3rd Annual Family Fishing Day Rodeo! Registration and fishing hours are open between 8:00am to 11:00 am at the Burkeybyle Shelter, you can come and go as you please, and you don’t need to fish the entire 4.5hrs. Last weigh-in at 11:30 a.m. Free prizes & raffle gifts for ages 15 & under begins at 12:00 p.m. You must register for this event to be eligible for the 1st place $50.00 gift certificate from Academy Sports + Outdoors Terre Haute, IN. Registration for this event is only available on site during the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

**All Adults are required to have a Fishing License**

All proceeds from this event go to support Vigo County Park Lakes and Bass Unlimited Foundation mission to: Provide resources for conservation, preservation and restoration of fish populations in public accessible waters for today’s Anglers and future generations.

Tuesday, July 7th VCPRD Board Meeting Cancelled

In light of Governor Holcomb’s new phase ” Stage 4.5″ vs. “Stage 5” and related concerns, the Vigo County Parks and Recreation Board has CANCELLED the planned board meeting scheduled for tomorrow, July 7th.  All items on the agenda can be addressed at the regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, July 27th at 4:00 p.m. The meeting is open to the public and is held in Council Chambers in the Vigo County Government Annex Building located at 155 Oak St., Terre Haute, IN 47807. Thank you for your patience and understanding.