P: 812.526.6809
P: 812.526.6809

Independence Park

We would like to make you aware of some REALLY EXCITING changes that will be happening over the next few months at Independence Park!

1. We will begin removing all of the existing playground equipment this week with the help of Atterbury Job Corps Students. (This does NOT include the musical equipment or basketball areas.) Some areas will be roped off, and dumpsters will block some of the parking spots. We ask that you please respect these boundaries for your own safety. The park will remain open to use during this time.

2. Playground installation will begin at the end of March.
Dates will remain fluid and changing at this time, due to the weather. The weather will have a major impact on how quickly we can make progress. The park will need to be closed to the public for certain periods during installation. We will have up to date information here (on our website) and on our facebook pages. We also encourage you to call before you visit, just in case! 812-526-6809 ext.101.

Keep in mind- we will STILL BE FUNDRAISING to help offset the cost of the playground. We will continue to sell bricks and pavers, and we are also participating in Rock the Block to raise funds, so please continue to support this project if you can! Hopefully you are just as excited as we are! Please bear with us during this time of transition. Thank you for your support! 😊❤️

UPDATE- March 4th, 2020: Good morning! We just wanted to update you that the playground has been fully removed from the park. The park remains open to use, but please avoid the area where the playground used to be. We are also working to expand parking near the REMC shelter, so please be aware of equipment working inside the park. We are looking forward to the completion of this project! Deadlines, at this time, are showing the completion in mid-April. Please bear with us! 😃

UPDATE- March 24th, 2020: Hello everyone! Independence Park completely closed to ALL USE on March 18th. The playground installation is still moving forward, despite our current circumstances. We are trying to complete everything as soon as we can, but we do anticipate delays due to weather and restrictions from the COVID-19 virus. We will be ready soon! 🙂

UPDATE- June 3rd, 2020:

Good afternoon, everyone! We REALLY appreciate you all being patient with the closure of Independence Park. We are moving forward, although it has taken us a bit longer than anticipated. Weather, ground repair and scheduling contractors have all played a role in the delays. Either way, we are moving into the final weeks of work, and we are asking that you please hold tight for just a bit longer. We will not be ready to open until the end of June. Our date WILL be later than what is permitted by the State due to COVID restrictions.If for some reason, the situation with COVID-19 causes a delay beyond June 14th, we will update that timeline. We anticipate that shelter rentals will be resume on July 1st.

In the meantime, here is a little peek 👀 at the cool things that await! We cannot wait to see everyone back in the park again! ❤️The JoCo Parks Staff

UPDATE: June 26, 2020.

Hello everyone! Our latest update puts us opening the park sometime between July 6th and 17th. We are waiting for the surfacing and final dirt work to be completed, and it is all weather dependent. We REALLY wanted to be open before the holiday weekend but unfortunately that isn’t going to work out. We wanted to share a few pictures from a small, socially distanced, ribbon cutting that we held earlier this week. We want to especially thank The Branigin Foundation, the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation and the Johnson County Community Foundation for the grants that helped us move forward! DJ’s Sweet Retreat MADE fabulous cookies with our logo that were delicious! Please be patient with this closure. We are trying to get to the finish line as quickly as possible. We want nothing more than to see the park full once again! We will post more updates as the timeline is more clear.💙💚


FINALLY… The moment we have ALL been waiting for! Independence Park will open to the public on SATURDAY, JULY 18th, 2020!
Here are some things that you will need to know:
*There are no longer any trash cans in the park. Please take trash with you when you leave, or place it in the park dumpster, located by the restroom. PLEASE do not leave litter in the park. 🌳🌎
*There are some areas on park grounds that are still dirt. They will remain roped off until the weather cools down and we can seed the turf. We are also continuing to work on the expanded parking area. 🌱🌱
*Rentals will begin July 18th, and can be scheduled by calling: 812-526-6809.📞📞
*Due to COVID-19, we will be cleaning our playground once a week. As with any public setting, we highly recommend staying socially distanced while utilizing park facilities. We also recommend that you follow the current guidelines from the CDC and the Johnson County Health Department. 👩‍🏫👨‍🏫
*During construction, we also worked with the Youth Leadership Academy to install an art project down by our main gate. The painted rocks are intended to stay down in that area. If for some reason you find one elsewhere, please help us by putting it back where it belongs. 🎨🎨
We are SO EXCITED to have you all back in the park!
See you on Saturday!
💙💚– The JoCo Parks Staff

This 13.5-acre park boasts Indiana’s first all-accessible playground area for persons with disabilities. Independence Park was developed and constructed in 2000 with the help of more than 200 businesses, civic organizations and individuals. The park provides the only green space park located in White River Township and hosts thousands of visitors each year. The park accommodates those who enjoy walking and jogging as well as those who are there to walk their furry, four-legged friends.


Join Our Campaign to Replace Playground Equipment at Independence Park. 

We are at 68% of our goal of $320,996.00

Information updated December 27th, 2019.

Your Support Is Truly Appreciated.

Support Greater Independence
for Those With Disabilities

Johnson County Parks and Recreation is in the process of replacing the playground equipment at Independence Park. This playground will revitalize the park and add even more opportunities for everyone to come and play together. For more information about the fundraiser or how to donate please click on the links below. 

Playground Design

Sponsorship Brochure 

Sponsorship Levels

Where to send Donation

Donor Information Sheet

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  • Wheelchair Accessible Trail (zero grade, 1/4 mile asphalt)
  • 1/2 mile asphalt Hiking Trail
  • 3  Picnic Shelters available for rentals
  • Full-Court Basketball Court
  • Wheelchair Accessible Basketball Court – great for small children, too
  • 8,000 square foot Playground Area with more than 100 components – all-accessible with rubberized surface underneath each component
  • Sensory Playground Area with 20 components for children with Autism
  • Large Gazebo with benches overlooking playground area
  • A StoryWalk along a portion of the trail. Books are changed seasonally.


  • All pets must be on a leash at all times. Doggy bags are provided to dispose of waste.
  • Children must be supervised at all times.
  • Please be aware that some playground equipment is is designed for use by wheel chairs only and can be hazardous when used incorrectly. Protect your children by monitoring their play.
  • Parking on the grass is not permitted.
  • Unreserved shelters are first-come, first-served.
  • Alcohol is NOT allowed in Independence Park at any time.
  • The Park is open from Dawn to Dusk, but the roadway and walking trails are not maintained in the winter months. The park will remain closed during times of heavy snow and ice.

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