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Washington Township Parks & Recreation Department was founded in 1989 upon the purchase of property which would become known as Washington Township Community Park. While the name has taken on a few different forms over the years as both the Park and the surrounding community have grown, one thing has stayed the same, our purpose which is YOU! The original land purchased (known to many as the "top of the Park") was completed with the assistance of a $250,000 grant from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Land, Water and Conservation Fund (LWCF). Later land acquisitions were the purchase of the property currently known as the Paw Park, and the property fondly referred to as "the bottom park." A total of approximately 160 acres is currently being maintained by Washington Township Parks & Recreation Department.
Over time, the Park has developed as the needs of the community have developed, and therefore we currently maintain two playgrounds, four covered picnic facilities, two year-round restroom buildings, a basketball court, a sand volleyball court, a horseshoes pit, a 24 foot gazebo, splash pad, two 1/2 acre stocked fishing ponds, 5 miles of hiking trails, mountain bike trails, an outdoor amphitheater, our Pavilion Center, and ample green space used by many for a variety of recreational purposes.
In 1875, Columbia Bridge Works of Dayton, Ohio, built a Whipple Iron Truss Bridge between present day CR525E and 625E for the road that became US 36. The Whipple Iron Truss Bridge spans the White Lick Creek. The road that passes over the bridge was originally named "Indianapolis Road" because it linked the County Seat in Danville, Indiana with Indianapolis, Indiana. The last known vehicular traffic to pass over the bridge was a fire engine in 1972 when the previous owner's house burnt to the ground. In 1999, the bridge deck was replaced and side rails were recreated and installed as added protection for pedestrian traffic. We are hopeful that we will be able to restore the bridge and maybe even someday, have it become a part of the Historic Landmark Registry for Indiana. The bridge holds a special piece of the Parks' history, and we intend to ensure it is around for many centuries to come!
Historic Whipple Iron Truss Bridge