The Parks Foundation of Hendricks County (PFOHC) awarded $45,000 in grants to public parks from the Gary Emsweller Parks & Trails Fund. Gary Emsweller is a lifelong resident of Hendricks County and a founding Board Member of PFOHC. This fund was named in his honor the year Gary termed off the Board of Directors in 2022.

The grants have been awarded to five parks departments to support the important work they do in our community. The park departments and projects include:

  • Brownsburg Parks & Recreation received funding for a mobile nature discovery cart and supplies.
  • Hendricks County Parks & Recreation received funding for two mobility wheelchairs for McCloud Nature Park.
  • North Salem Revitalization received funding for park enhancements including accessible picnic tables, electrical work, and landscaping for North Salem Town Park.
  • Plainfield Parks & Recreation received funding for new amenities for Vandalia Trail including water stations and park benches.
  • Washington Township Parks & Recreation received funding for a glow lab at Pecar Park Nature Center.

These grants were made possible thanks to the many individual and corporate donors who support PFOHC. Additional funding was provided through a partnership with the Hendricks County Community Foundation and Falcone Automotive, who chose PFOHC as one of its hometown charities for the 2023 Subaru Share the Love Campaign.