Hummel Park is considered by many to be a park where natural beauty and recreation come together. Located on the west side of Indianapolis in Plainfield, this 205-acre park — with its multiple playgrounds, expansive green space, large amphitheater, flowing creeks and more — is a great place to spend a day in Hendricks County.
Hummel Park Playgrounds and Splash Pad
Hummel Park has four different playground areas, each with something different to offer its littlest park visitors. The biggest playground area is located in the southeast part of the park. This playground includes a vintage twirly slide, but also a more modern playground structure with multiple slides, tunnels, bridges, monkey bars, poles to slide down and rope ladders to climb up. The playground is accessible to kids of all abilities, and includes a ramp entrance into the playground structure. This part of the park also has swings, including a saucer swing, as well as a separate playground for toddlers, and a big sand box.
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The splash pad is located in this area of the park, too. The perfect size for toddlers, the splash pad includes small and gentle-flowing water features, and is recommended for children ages 12 and younger. The splash pad at Hummel Park typically opens for the season between Memorial Day and Labor Day, and it is available daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
In the central part of the park, near the performing arts center, are three more playgrounds to enjoy. There is a toddler playground with small slides and activities to explore, and a playground for bigger kids, which include more daring challenges on the tall playground structure. This area also includes a nature playground, with manufactured boulders and rope webs that kids can climb and explore.
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Trails and Lakes
For runners, walkers and hikers, Hummel Park offers more than three miles of paved trails. The trails at this park are an easy walk, and are perfect for children and people with strollers or wheelchairs.
White Lick Creek runs through the middle of this park, and it flows from the north part of the park to the south part. Visitors can get a nice view of the water by crossing over the 300-foot wooden bridge that runs over the creek, and connects one end of the park to the other.
There are five small lakes within Hummel Park, including Blue Heron Lake. Fishing is allowed within the park, and a valid Indiana Fishing License is required. Hummel Park is also a great place to go creek stomping, because the creek bed includes many shallow areas where kids can wade in the water.
Hummel Park Sledding Hill
During the winter, Hummel Park is a great place to go sledding! The park has a huge sledding hill, and is thought to be one of the best sledding spots in Hendricks County. The sledding hill is located on the backside of the park off County Road 700 East, near the performing arts center. The sledding hill is steep and wide, allowing multiple people to sled at one time.
Performing Arts Center
The Hummel Park Performing Arts Center has lawn seating for more than 1,500 people, and has welcomed national and local musical performers. During the summer, the park hosts many different outdoor concerts and events. Check out the park’s events page for more info on upcoming events and happenings around the park: http://hummelpark.net/park_events
Hummel Park is located at 1500 Center St. in Plainfield. For more information, visit hummelpark.net