VCPRD Programs

2021 Vigo County Parks and Recreation Department
Programs & Special Events


For all Griffin Bike Park Events please click on the link below:
https://www.facebook.com/griffinbikeparkIN/ 


Hawthorn Winter Hiking Club
Wednesday Evenings
January 6 – March 17
6:00 p.m.- 7:30 p.m.
Hawthorn Park: Labyrinth Entrance
All Ages & Free
 
Join us for our Hawthorn Winter Hiking Club! We will be hiking the trails of Hawthorn Park and J.I. Case Wetland Wildlife Refuge totaling approximately 2.5 – 3 miles. It is recommended to bring water from home, dress warm, wear footwear appropriate for winter weather and bring a flashlight or headlamp to light up the trails.
 
For more information contact our Natural Resource Programmer, Laura Maloney, at 812-462-3392 or email: Laura.Maloney@vigocounty.in.gov.

Maple Syrup Hikes
Friday, February 5
Saturday, February 13
Friday, February 19
Saturday, February 27
Prairie Creek Park, Sugar Cabin
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
All Ages/Free
*Registration Required
 
Take an off the trail hike with our Natural Resource Programmer and explore the vast system of maple syrup lines arranged throughout Prairie Creek Park. The hike will cover approximately 3-3.5 miles and extends beyond the established trails in the park. Hikers will experience terrain including rolling hills and steep inclines and declines in some areas. It is recommended participants dress warm and wear footwear appropriate for slick and muddy conditions. VCPRD maple syrup will be available to taste and for purchase at the conclusion of the hike. Registration is required.
 
To register or for more information please contact Laura Maloney, Natural Resource Programmer at 812-462-3392 or Laura.Maloney@VigoCounty.in.gov.
 

2021 Trail Run Series
Various Parks
Various Dates
Ages 5+
$10 Registration Fee
Pre-Registration Required

Races will take place on the following dates and in the following parks:

 1. Saturday, March 6th at Dewey Point Trailhead
     Approximate Distance: 2 miles
2. Saturday, March 13th at Prairie Creek Park
     Approximate Distance: 2.5 miles
3. Saturday, March 20th at Griffin Bike Park
     Approximate Distance: 3 miles

Runners will traverse courses at Dewey Point Trailhead, Prairie Creek Park, and Griffin Bike Park! All courses will be between 2.0 and 3.5 miles and will increase in mileage throughout the series. This is a cup-less event so make sure to bring a water bottle or drink carrier. Onsite registration begins at 8 a.m. with races starting at 8:45 a.m.

Runners will participate in one of the following classes:

  1. Under 18 Boys and Girls
  2. Over 18 Men
  3. Over 18 Women

There is a $10 entry fee per trail run. Ribbons will be awarded to the top 3 finishers of each run. To register, please call our administrative office at 812-462-3392, message us on social media, or email our Recreational Coordinator at Rec.Coordinator@VigoCounty.IN.gov. We hope to see you there!


Spring Flower Hike
Saturday, April 10
1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
Elliott Woods/Prairie Creek Park
All Ages/Free
*Registration Required

Spring is finally here and the wildflowers are beginning to bloom! Join our Natural Resource Programmer for a 2.5-mile hike along the trails of Elliott Woods Nature Preserve. All participants will receive a field guide and checklist at the beginning of the hike to aid in wildflower identification. The meeting place will be located at the Elliott Woods parking area in Prairie Creek Park. Participants must register to attend this hike. To register call: 812-462-3392 or email: Laura.Maloney@VigoCounty.in.gov.

To register call: 812-462-3392 or email our Natural Resource Programmer at Laura.Maloney@vigocounty.in.gov


Intro to Blacksmithing
Fowler Park: Pioneer Village Blacksmith Shop
Saturday, April 17
Saturday, May 15
Saturday, June 19
Saturday, July 17
Saturday, August 21
Saturday, September 18
Saturday, October 16
10:00-4:00 p.m.
$60/ Participant
Ages 10 & Up*
(Ages 10-17 must be accompanied and supervised by a chaperone at all times)

Work with experienced blacksmiths to learn how to operate a blacksmith forge, understand the parts of an anvil, and the uses for various hand tools in the blacksmith shop. Each participant will shape metal using learned techniques include forging a curve, twist, point, square – octagon – round taper, cutting stock, heating techniques, and fire management. Participants must not wear synthetic clothing for this class. Personal protection equipment provided onsite. Lunch provided for this class. Participants will be standing for the majority of the day. Chairs will be provided for periods of rest. The class fee includes class materials and lunch for each participant/chaperone. No extra cost for chaperones. 

To register call 812-462-3392 or email our Natural Resource Programmer at Laura.Maloney@vigocounty.in.gov.


Pop-Up Tuesdays – Recreational Sporting Events
Various Parks
Tuesday, June 1 – Hawthorn Park 
Tuesday, June 8 – Prairie Creek Park 
Tuesday, June 15 – Fowler Park 
Tuesday, June 22 – S 7th Street Park
Tuesday, June 29 – Lee Fields Park 
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
All Ages & Free
(Ages 13 and under must be accompanied by an adult at ALL times.)

Join our Rec Coordinator Tuesdays in June from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. for some recreational summer fun! Every Tuesday, our Rec Coordinator will be at a different Vigo County Park with various sporting equipment for all ages. Stop by and play! All events are free and open to the public. For more information, please email Rec.Coordinator@VigoCounty.IN.gov or call our administrative office at 812-462-3392! We hope to see you there!

Meeting Locations:

  • Hawthorn Park – We’ll meet in the field adjacent to the exercise equipment by the boat parking lot.
  • Prairie Creek Park – We’ll meet in the softball field across the street from the Maple Shelter.
  • Fowler Park – We’ll meet in the field adjacent to Shelter A.
  • S 7th Street Park – We’ll meet at the basketball courts.
  • Lee Fields Park – We’ll meet in the baseball field adjacent to the parking lot.

NOTE: Masks are required when in close proximity to others. Social distancing guidelines will be followed in accordance with state mandates. Thanks in advance!


Pop-Up Tuesdays – Recreational Sporting Events
Various Parks
Tuesday, July 6 – Hawthorn Park 
Tuesday, July 13 – Prairie Creek Park 
Tuesday, July 20 – Fowler Park 
Tuesday, July 27 – Lee Fields Park
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
All Ages & Free
(Ages 13 and under must be accompanied by an adult at ALL times.)

Join our Rec Coordinator Tuesdays in July from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. for some recreational summer fun! Every Tuesday, our Rec Coordinator will be at a different Vigo County Park with various sporting equipment for all ages. Stop by and play! All events are free and open to the public. For more information, please email Rec.Coordinator@VigoCounty.IN.gov or call our administrative office at 812-462-3392! We hope to see you there!

Meeting Locations:

  • Hawthorn Park – We’ll meet in the field adjacent to the exercise equipment by the boat parking lot.
  • Prairie Creek Park – We’ll meet in the softball field across the street from the Maple Shelter.
  • Fowler Park – We’ll meet in the field adjacent to Shelter A.
  • Lee Fields Park – We’ll meet in the baseball field adjacent to the parking lot.

NOTE: Masks are required when in close proximity to others. Social distancing guidelines will be followed in accordance with state mandates. Thanks in advance!