The greater Indianapolis area has a plethora of amazing parks. And on the south side of Indy, visitors can find another great one! Independence Park in Greenwood is a 13.5-acre park that boasts Indiana’s first all-accessible playground area for people with disabilities. This is a great space where everyone can enjoy being outdoors on a playground that’s meant for people of all abilities.
Independence Park Amenities
Independence Park, located near Center Grove Elementary School and Center Grove High School, was constructed in 2000, and provides the only green space park located in White River Township. The park is a great place to enjoy walking and jogging, either alone or with four-legged friends.
As you make your way around a wheelchair-accessible 3/4-mile asphalt hiking trail, you will also find other park amenities. There are three picnic shelters that are available for rentals, a full basketball court, a full wheelchair-accessible basketball court with lower basketball hoops (which is also great for children, too) and lots of open green space.
Independence Park Playground
Independence Park’s playground was remodeled in 2020, and was designed as an all-inclusive place for kids ages 2 to 12 to play. All around the playground, you’ll find a soft, rubberized surface that cushions falls.
The playground features an interactive Yalp SONA Arch, which was grant-funded by A Kid Again, Indianapolis, and the NBA All-Star Legacy Grant. A Yalp Sona Arch is an interactive dance and play arch where audio-guided games are played in motion. Kids can play games where they can freeze when prompted, or act like specific animals. This arch is the first of its kind in Indiana.
The playground also has an accessible merry-go-round, a sensory-friendly music area, and lots of fun equipment for kids to explore. Near the playground is a large gazebo with benches overlooking the playground area.
A big favorite is the JCPL StoryWalk, a 3/4-mile storybook trail where the stories are changed seasonally. Every 20 feet or so, visitors will find another page of the story. The pages invite kids to participate in activities along the way down the trail, like sing bah bah black sheep, talk about your favorite veggies, or other things that get their imaginations going.
Independence Park is located at 2100 S. Morgantown Road in Greenwood. It is open from dawn to dusk. For more information, visit Johnson County Parks and Recreation at jocoparks.com/independence-park.