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Summer Fun Run Goes Virtual for 2020

Running and walking are not canceled… and this year we welcome even more members of our community who are experiencing the trails around Hendricks County. This event, now in its 12th year encourages you to find a new trail or head back to a favorite, all while supporting our local parks. Funds from this series are used to provide grants to our local park departments. Some grants already awarded this year include: 
  • Refurbishment funds for Blast-Off Playground in Brownsburg
  • Trees in Gary Eakin Park
  • Archery Equipment for McCloud programs and events
  • Reusable trash bins for park special events in Avon
  • Community Garden at Schamahorn Park
  • Native Tree trail at Pecar Park
For 2020, our series is going virtual for the entire summer. utilizing the RaceJoy app with Racemaker Productions.  We are following the Governor’s guidelines for Special Events to determine if we can meet later in the summer. Registrants will be notified if/when this happens. 
Registration is $35/person for the entire series or $100/family of 4 and now includes the event t-shirt. Registrants who participate in at least 7 runs will also get a commemorative sticker to place on a water bottle, car, laptop- wherever you want to show off your accomplishment!
Stay active and support our park systems by registering today:

Pancake Breakfast Cancelled for 3/14/2020

** Update 3.13.2020** The outdoor festival has now been canceled as well. 

Members of our board met and have decided to cancel our pancake breakfast for this Saturday. Due to this event being inside with numerous volunteers handling food, we want to be overly cautious with the health of our patrons.

Currently, the outdoor festival by Hendricks County Parks and Recreation is still taking place as planned. A member of our agency will be at the festival selling maple syrup made from the sap of the trees at McCloud.

As you can imagine, cancellation hinders our ability to raise funds for park improvements. We would appreciate any support you can give by donating here: or coming out on Saturday to purchase syrup.

Thank you for supporting our parks!

Meghan Stritar
Executive Director
Parks Foundation of Hendricks County

Seat Reservations Open for 12th Annual Pancake Breakfast

Forest-to-Table Event!

Thanks to our Platinum Sponsor, Hendricks Regional Health for their sponsorship of this event. Hendricks Regional Health is committed to enhancing the health and wellness of our entire community. After your breakfast, take a walk among the many trails at McCloud Nature Park. Your body will thank you. 

The 12th Annual Parks Foundation of Hendricks County Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser

March 7 and March 14, 2020, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day

McCloud Nature Park Nature Center

In conjunction with the McCloud Maple Syrup Days, we invite you to our 12th Annual Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser!

Slip into the McCloud Nature Center to warm up and enjoy our popular “all-the-pancakes-you-can-eat” fundraiser for breakfast or lunch. The pancakes feature our very own maple syrup made using the sap from McCloud’s own sugar maple trees!

For any freewill donation* that you’re comfortable with, your family can eat as many pancakes as it takes to fill your belly, and you can also partake in sausage, bananas, orange juice, and coffee. All proceeds go toward the continued improvements to your Hendricks County Parks!

*Recommended Donation = $10/adult, $6/child

We Highly Recommend Reserving Your SeatWalk-ins are accepted as space allows

Our Nature Center has limited seating and it fills up quickly, so we highly recommend reserving your family’s spot at the table. You can do so online here

Seating Times: Saturday, March 7 & March 14, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (every 45 minutes)

Gift Guide to Explore Your Local Parks


Last year we bought our girls scooters for the holiday season, which seemed a little crazy in the middle of winter, but the first day of spring was not too far away and we were ready to try out the Skatepark in Plainfield. 

With all of the amazing, FREE  and low- cost opportunities our local parks give us, we wanted to compile a list of possible gifts for all ages, seasons, and budgets to help you get the most out of our local parks in Hendricks County. 

If you shop with Amazon, please use and select Parks Foundation of Hendricks County as your nonprofit to give back to. Your donation will help us add even more amenities to our parks and park programs. Thank you!

To see a list of parks in Hendricks County, Banning Engineering has compiled one for us here:


    1. Scooter, skateboard, inline skates, roller skates
      Anderson Park, Plainfield
      We were surprised to find this skate park has many elements for all skating levels. 
    2. Sled or snow tube
      Ellis Park, Danville
      Washington Township Park, Avon
      Hummel Park, Plainfield
      Our friends at Visit Hendricks County have a great blog post about this with details. 
    3. Hiking boots or hiking stick
      All of our parks have wonderful trail systems. If you would like to try some unpaved trails, head to McCloud Nature Park, Sodalis Nature Park, Pecar Park,  Blanton Woods, Washington Township Park, Arbuckle Acres, or Williams Park.  
    4. Donation to Parks Foundation of Hendricks County
      Consider a meaningful gift to the park lover in your family, friend or coworker. We fund projects all over the county to enhance the experiences at our local parks. We’ll even send them this sticker to proudly display.  
    5. Things to Explore
      Give a gift that encourages exploring a new park or seeing your neighborhood park in a different way! Some ideas are Binoculars, Geocaching Kit, Bird, Tree, or Wildlife Guide, Camera, Walkie Talkies, Backpack, and Nature journal. 
    6. Fishing Pole and Tackle
      There are many great spots for catch-and-release fishing at our local parks. Some favorites are Avon Town Hall Park, Sodalis Nature Park, Pecar Park, Hummel Park, and McCloud Nature Park.  In June, many parks host a free fishing day for kids! Find more information about fishing rules on the DNR website:
    7. Remote Controlled Car
      Did you know Avon Town Hall Park hosts an RC Track? My husband has already added  RC cars to our girls’ lists this year. Shhh, don’t tell them.
    8.  GoPro (or generic version)
      Have an aspiring YouTuber in your family? A GoPro camera is durable for those trail hikes and can even get wet while creek stomping at many of our parks. It’s a great way to gift them technology that gets them outside exploring!
    9. Telescope
      We love this idea for many ages, but especially teens and adults. It also makes a great gift to enjoy free Astronomy nights at McCloud Nature Park and Pecar Park held throughout the year.
    10. Sleeping bag, tent, backpack
      With Pecar Park opening this year, so did camping opportunities! Memorial Day through Labor Day you can tent camp right here in Hendricks County. This park also has a nature center, playground, hiking trails, and fishing. 
      Also, McCloud Nature Park hosts a Family Campout once a year with naturalist-led activities. 

 What would you add to this list? We hope this encourages you to give gifts that get people out into our parks all year long. 

Summer Fun Run Series 2019-Registration Now Open


The Parks Foundation of Hendricks County has partnered with your local park departments to give you an active tour of trails inside Hendricks County. No matter what your athletic ability, this series is for you! We’ve made a few changes to allow the community to give back to the parks that give us so much all year long.

Here are the details:

* All events are free to participant

* Shirts will be available to purchase as supplies last.

* Kick-Off Expo and Pasta Dinner:
May 29th at HC Fairgrounds and Week 1 of the series.
Register by May 15 and pick up your shirt at the Expo. Attendees will get information about our local parks and sponsors, and enjoy a free pasta dinner. (for first 500 people in attendance) You’ll also find a one-mile path for running and walking around the fairgrounds. Shirts will also be available to purchase at expo while supplies last.

* 2019 Online Registration is required:

Simply register online then check-in each week at the park. Those who attend 9/12 events will get their name listed on our website AND printed on the 2020 SFR adult shirts.

* Longer check-in hours!
During each event you will be able to check in anytime between 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. This means you can even start at 6:59 p.m. if you like.

* Each park will have a one-mile course and an additional course to be determined by the park host. The second distance will vary with each site. This is to help with the flow of these very popular events!