Danville, Indiana, a suburb of Indianapolis, is a town that loves its parks and recreation department. Danville Park, renamed Ellis Park in 1971, has nearly everything one could ask for in a park, even rivaling many Indianapolis parks. Ellis Park features clay tennis courts, baseball/softball fields, a skate park, football and soccer fields, and an extensive “Playscape”, an expanded playground. The park also includes the Gill Family Aquatic Center, which serves double duty as a public pool and a mini water park, featuring two 125 ft. water slides.
Indianapolis music often fills the park in the summers, with various performances, including Hendricks County Symphony Orchestra, held at the Ellis Park Amphitheater, built in 1988. Ellis Park offers a number of options for getting out of the weather, having a family gathering, or holding an official Danville event at the park. Accommodations include shelter houses, gazebos, and the “Train Station”, which easily seats up to 100 people, making it ideal for large personal or business-related gatherings.
A pedestrian bridge passes over White Lick Creek and joins Ellis Woods to Blanton Woods Nature Park. Blanton Woods was donated to the City of Danville in 1993 by Jeannette Blanton and family, with the strict stipulation that the property should be used for nature education and study. Blanton Woods is 53 acres of floodplains, forests and open meadows, making it perfect for exploring nature, a long hike, or classes on any number of topics related to Indiana‘s natural heritage.
After Jeannette Blanton passed on in 2000, the City of Danville was offered her house and an additional 20 acres of land for purchase. Blanton House Conference & Retreat Center is the result of the purchase of Mrs. Blanton’s final property and offers another prime location for both personal and professional get-togethers and other events.
The Danville Parks and Recreation Department offers a number of activities for the enjoyment, education, and empowerment of Danville residents. Danville sports leagues include baseball, softball, football, soccer, and basketball, with multiple age designations within certain leagues. The parks department offers programs for Danville kids with an interest in nature and the natural sciences, including Nature Exploration Programs throughout the year.
Visitors to Danville and the surrounding area have access to Stamper Farms & Gardens, a public space that has a farmers market and orchard good for sale. There are also several orchards and other farms that are open to the public.
Danville, like most places during the holiday season, bustles with activities, ranging from Carriage Rides on the Square to the Annual Holiday Home Tour. Ellis Park glows with the electricity of the season each year with the Winterland lights display, and family movies are shown at Ellis Park during the holiday season.
The Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds, located in Danville, has many activities and opportunities over and above the annual 4-H Fair and related activities. The grounds offer both RV and rustic/traditional camping spot rental for $20.00 per night. The fairgrounds sponsor and/or host crafting programs, AARP Educational Programs, classes with Ivy Tech Community College and numerous other activities and educational and personal development activities on a standard basis throughout the entire year.
Danville has a great deal to offer both residents and visitors through its exceptional Danville parks and recreation department, due in large part to the city’s dedication to maintaining parks that stir local pride.
Danville Parks & Recreation Department
147 W. Main St
Danville, IN 46122
The Blanton House
Retreat & Conference Center
625 N Washington St
Danville, IN 46122
Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds and Conference Complex
1900 E Main St
P.O. Box 7
Danville, IN 46122