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Arbuckle Acres Park is Not Closing

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Contrary to recent rumors, there are no plans that threaten the viability of Arbuckle Acres Park or to close the park. The Town of Brownsburg and Brownsburg Parks are committed to enhancing parks properties and recreation opportunities as part of the Town's emphasis on improving the community's overall quality of life. Arbuckle Acres is Brownsburg's most used park facility, according to the recent survey of residents. Several investments to improve the park were made last year, including new expression swings, the Bundy Lodge exterior, and shelter enhancements with fire pits and cooking counters to extend the outdoor season for park visitors. Additionally, more than five acres have been purchased for the future White Lick Greenway that will connect the park's trails to the I-74 Gateway on the north and eventually the B&O Trail on the south.

The Town purchased the 7.5-acre former St. Malachy property in 2013 with the vision for mixed-use development as well as the site for a future multi-generational community center. Construction has started on Arbuckle Commons, a public green space that will serve and tie together nearly $70 million in economic development that will revitalize the downtown area. While 2.5 acres of the park's current entrance is part of the new private-public development project, Arbuckle Commons will serve as a safer, more welcoming entrance to the park with green space for the public to enjoy. The Carmony Fountain will be relocated to Arbuckle Commons, and a Brownsburg 9-11 Memorial will also be incorporated into this public green space. The new developments will provide shopping and dining options as well as additional parking and access for Arbuckle Acres Park, 9-11 Memorial, and Carmony Fountain visitors.

A community center feasibility study done in 2014 showed the project could cost the Town upwards of $20 million, depending on amenities. Not all of the resources are currently in place to build a community center, but the Town recognizes the need and envisions the project as a future enhancement to Arbuckle Acres.

The best way to get all the facts about Town and/or Brownsburg Parks decisions and actions is to attend public meetings. Park Board meets at 6:30 pm on the third Thursday of each month. Town Council meets at 7 pm on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month. Meetings are held in the council room at Town Hall, 61 N. Green Street. Agendas for Brownsburg boards and commissions are always published on the website in advance of meetings and video is available at http://brownsburgin.swagit.com/live for meetings held in the council room. We encourage residents to attend meetings to hear Town and Parks business and share their comments and questions. Email Town Council members at towncouncil@brownsburg.org or the Park Board parkboard@brownsburg.org.

For timely news and updates, sign up for the Town of Brownsburg and Brownsburg Parks enews at https://www.brownsburg.org/newslettersignup, like facebook.com/TownofBrownsburg and facebook.com/brownsburgparks, and follow @BrownsburgIN and @BrownsburgParks on Twitter.


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