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/ 


 

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

UPDATED DATE:  Saturday, April 10th 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. The final date to register for each run is the Thursday beforehand at 4 p.m. 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!


Hawthorn Spring Hiking Club
Wednesday Evenings
March 24- June 16
6:00 p.m.- 7:30 p.m.
Hawthorn Park: Labyrinth Entrance
All Ages & Free
Join us for our Hawthorn Spring Hiking Club Wednesday evenings at 6:00 p.m.! 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 wear footwear appropriate for spring weather and bring water from home to stay hydrated while on the trails.
For more information contact our Natural Resource Programmer, Laura Maloney, at 812-462-3392 or email: Laura.Maloney@vigocounty.in.gov.

Art Start in the Park
Tuesdays, April 6- May 25
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Hawthorn Park: Dogwood Shelter
Ages 3-5 with a caregiver (siblings welcome)
Free
 
Swope Art Museum’s Art Start in the Park program is in collaboration with Vigo County Parks and Recreation Department will be on Tuesdays in April and May at Hawthorn Park in the Dogwood Shelter by the playground. Art Start is geared towards ages 3-5 with a caregiver, siblings are welcome.
Each week we explore a book together that is about creativity, museums, shapes, colors or artists and then we make an art activity based on the book of the week. This event is FREE thanks to a grant from Terre Haute Day Nursery Fund. Dates are 4/6, 4/13, 4/20, 4/27, 5/4, 5/11, 5/18, 5/25
For questions please contact andres@swope.org

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!


Saturday, June 12
Saturday, July 10
Saturday, August 14
Friday, September 10
Griffin Bike Park
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Ages 5+
$10 Registration Fee
Pre-Registration Required

Join the VCPRD on select dates from June to September for our Griffin Bike Park Lake Jump Events! The events will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. directly following the Pump Track Series at Griffin Bike Park and during the Griffin Bike Park Festival.

Participants will register for a one-hour timeslot and will be allowed to use the lake jump as many times as possible during that one-hour period. There is a 10 participant maximum for each timeslot. Participants MUST register ahead of time so don’t delay!

The registration fee for this event is $10 and can be paid upon arrival. The final date for registration is 4 p.m. on the last business day before the event date. Please register by calling our administrative office at 812-462-3392 or emailing our Recreational Coordinator at Rec.Coordinator@VigoCounty.IN.gov! We hope to see you there!

Note: all riders MUST wear a helmet, a life jacket, and shoes while jumping. This event is open for participants ages 5 and up. All children ages 13 and under must be supervised by an adult at all times. Social distancing is required. Masks will be required when social distancing cannot be maintained. Parking is available in the parking area directly adjacent to the boat ramp and lake jump. Parking is prohibited on the boat ramp during this event. 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!



Pioneer Days

Saturday, October 2 -Sunday, October 3
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Fowler Park Pioneer Village
All Ages
$5/ Vehicle

Step back in time during our 49th annual Pioneer Days in our 19th-century log cabin village. Experience the way of life lived by pioneers of Indiana during the 1830s-1840s. There will be children’s activities, live music, hands-on activities, authentic food, vendors, historical cabins & covered bridge, demonstrations, pioneer skills presentations, and much more. Come on out to Fowler Park for Pioneer Days… Making History Fun!

Interested in volunteering or becoming a vendor please contact our Natural Resource Programmer at Laura.Maloney@VigoCounty.in.gov.

Volunteer, Pioneer Craft Vendor/Demonstrator, Craft Vendor, and Food Vendor applications will be available May 1, 2021.