Closed Thanksgiving

The Vigo County Parks and Recreation Department Administrative Building located at the Vigo County Government Annex Building will be closed Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27 for the Thanksgiving holiday. We wish everyone a healthy and happy Thanksgiving!

Check out and join us for our Opt Outside Escape Black Friday Ride this Friday, November 26 at Dewey Point/Wabashiki Trail. Ride starts at 9:00 a.m. Bring your bike and helmet and enjoy a fun and scenic, socially-distanced ride along the Wabashiki Trail.

Opt Outside Escape Black Friday Ride Facebook Event Page

Pioneer Village Virtual Tour

Pioneer Village Virtual Tour
Vigo County Parks and Recreation Department and our amazing volunteers teamed up with Envisionary Media and Jane Santucci to create a virtual experience of Pioneer Village for all to enjoy.

Each Monday from November 16- December 7 we will release the videos created in lieu of our annual special events. All videos will be posted at 12:00 p.m. on designated release dates.
Check out our Pioneer Village Virtual Tour Here:

Pioneer Village Virtual Tour

2020 Christmas Walk Cancelled

We cannot thank our volunteers, community and staff enough for your support and patience over the past year. Trying to navigate this pandemic has proven to be quite challenging and frustrating. With that being said, we have put a lot of thought and discussion into the feasibility of being able to safely put on this year’s Christmas Walk.

With concerns over rising COVID-19 numbers in Vigo County and surrounding counties, in addition to advisements to cancel large gatherings made by the Vigo County Health Department, and with a vote of support by our Board, we have made the decision to cancel the 2020 Christmas Walk. This decision was not made lightly but when it comes to the safety of our volunteers, community and staff, we believe your safety above all else is most important.

We wish you all a happy and healthy holiday season and we greatly look forward to being able to gather and celebrate with you all again soon!

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: