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Eagle Creek Park: Urban Park Brings Nature to the Heart of the Circle City

Eagle Creek Park is an urban park inside metropolitan Indianapolis, Indiana. It offers hiking, biking, boating and swimming, plus lovely wooded expanses throughout this largest of all the many parks in Indianapolis. Indeed, it is the sixth largest municipal park in the nation.

Foot bridge at Eagle Creek ParkInside the park are almost 4,000 acres of woodland terrain and meadowlands, plus 1,300 acres of reservoir water areas. Eagle Creek Park attracts more than a half-million visitors every year, and is ranked seventh of the largest Indianapolis attractions.

Cities need parks, and Indy is a big city. Though there are other Indianapolis parks, Eagle Creek is the largest, a natural sanctuary from the concrete jungle. Here is a list of activities you can take part in through different buildings and areas in the park:

  • Amphitheater – for special events and shows presented year-round
  • Bait Shop – support for your fishing needs
  • Bark Park – dog heaven
  • Boat ramp and slips
  • Cross-Country Skiing Paths – enjoy the thrill and challenge of winter
  • Earth Discovery Center – nature classes and other special offerings, including student summer and holiday day camps for ages 5-6, 7-8 and 8-10. Open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free with your park admission. Earth Discovery Center is located at 5901 Delong Road in Indianapolis. Phone: (317) 327-7148.
  • Earth Music Center – special concerts, shows and Indianapolis events
  • Fitness Course – the park includes ten miles of paths
  • Golf course – 36 hole standard
  • Indianapolis Rowing Center
  • Lilly Lake Pedal
  • Marina Music Stage – special activities and events such as hayrides and children’s games
  • Marsh & Bird Sanctuary – an important preserve
  • Orienteering – land navigation sports
  • Ornithology Center – new in 2008, center for the study of birds and various exhibits, including a live bird of prey program. The Ornithology Center is located at 6515 Delong Road in Indianapolis. Phone: (317) 327-BIRD
  • Peace Learning Center – offering tours, family yoga and gifts from around the world
  • Picnic areas and shelters
  • Pistol and Archery Range
  • Pontoon and Sunset Canoe Trips
  • Retreat Centers
  • Sailboat marina and rentals
  • Sailing Day Camp
  • State Nature Preserves
  • Swim Beach
  • Woodland Wildlife Preserve

Forest at Eagle Creek ParkThe Eagle Creek Park Foundation exists solely to help preserve and promote the park, one of the noblest parks in Idianapolis. They give financial and volunteer support wherever they can, wherever needed, toward this aim.

Visitors are charged a nominal fee to enter the park, but this fee does not cover the cost of operating this enormous expanse of parkland and waterways. It is for this reason that the Eagle Creek Park Foundation was created.

Founded in 1978, the organization is dedicated to ensuring the safety and integrity of this big park for the present and for future generations. Since its inception with a membership of only nine, it has grown to include more than 2,000 members, friends of the park who donate annually to this good cause. In exchange for this donation, which is considered their membership fee, they receive a pass that gives them year-round entry into the park.

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Eagle Creek Park
7840 W 56th St
Indianapolis, IN 46254-9706
317.327.7100
Fax: 317.327.7122

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