Zionsville Visitors Guide-About Town 2018 - Page 58

Parks improve the local tax base and increase property values. It is proven that private property values increase the value of privately owned land the closer such land is to parks. This increase in private property value due to the proximity to parks increases property tax revenues and improves local economies. From a national survey by the National Recreation and Park Association • Zionsville Parks and Recreation • CREEKSIDE NATURE PARK 11001 E. Sycamore Street Bordering Eagle Creek, this is an 18- acre park that can be used as a kayak/ canoe launch-point and contains .6 miles of accessible pathway through scenic stream-side woods. AMERICAN LEGION TRAIL CROSSING 721 Ford Road A peaceful, scenic site adjacent to the Big-4 Rail Trail in honor of those who serve our Nation. It also has a parking area that can serve as a trailhead for the Big-4 Rail Trail. ELM STREET GREEN 165 Elm Street This is a 15.5-acre site featuring a decorative sun-shelter on the upland and a picnic shelter with in-ground charcoal grill closer to the stream. There are also several benches, a decorative fountain, .9 miles of paved trails, a kayak/canoe launch, and environmentally-friendly components including Zionsville’s first permeable pavers and bio-basins, drip irrigation, LED street-lamps, and prairie-wildflower meadows. BIG-4 RAIL TRAIL Formally named the Zionsville Rail Trail, this section of trail was built on an abandoned rail corridor after the tracks were no longer in use. It is Zionsville’s main spine of a network of over 20 miles of interconnected, paved pathways. The Big-4 directly borders six park properties with trailhead parking at the Nancy Burton Corridor parking lot, American Legion Trail Park, Mulberry Fields Park, Carter Station, Heritage Trail Park, Zionsville’s Town Hall, and also a rustic trail connection through Starkey Nature Park to its small parking area. HERITAGE TRAIL PARK 4050 South, 875 East Heritage Trail Park is an 11-acre park featuring a large picnic shelter with in-ground charcoal grills, a small playground for ages 2-5, a bocce court, a full-sized basketball court, benches, and environmentally-friendly components including stormwater bio-basins with native wildflowers, and prairie-wildflower meadows. The park serves as northwestern trailhead parking for Zionsville’s portion of the Big-4 Rail Trail. It extended the Big-4 Rail Trail by 700 feet and includes other paved pathways for over .5 total miles of total pathways. CARTER STATION 4643 Pebblepointe Pass Adjacent to the Zionsville Rail Trail, this park features .4 miles of trails, a small stormwater pond, and a trail connection to the Big-4 Rail Trail. Parking is accessed via Pebblepointe Pass in Cobblestone Lakes. 58 ABOUT TOWN