Fund Purpose Provides support for the creation and maintenance of barrier-free access to recreation environments and opportunities at recreational venues throughout Harrison County, Indiana, including county parks.
Fund Story In November 2007 the Harrison County Community Foundation (HCCF) was awarded a $411,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to provide accessible improvements to the many parks in Harrison County. Matching contributions were provided by Harrison County government, O’Bannon Woods State Park and the Harrison County Community Foundation. The Access to Recreation projects also benefited from in-kind donations. Many volunteers were involved to help stretch resources providing assistance in the construction projects as well as sharing their ideas to help make the project a success.
An endowment was created to maintain these projects and help pay for continuing improvements in perpetuity. W. K. Kellogg Foundation funds along with an HCCF match and donations from people who believe everyone should have a chance to enjoy the great outdoors helped to create the Access to Recreation Fund. This fund will provide several thousand dollars each year to keep adding accessible features throughout the county.
Fund Impact 2010 - Purchase accessible park benches. 2011 - Pour sidewalks at the YMCA from the parking lot to the pavilion and between soccer fields. 2011 - Paved walk/hand crank story poles at Battle of Corydon Park. 2012 - Constructed parking and unloading spaces at Pine Pond and the Nature Center, Paving access at Rhoads Pool garden and Hayswood Park basketball court, Replaced carpeting at Buffalo Trace cabins with laminate/tile floor. 2013 - Purchased an accessible playground area at the YMCA; completed the accessible trail at Buffalo Trace Park. 2016 - Provided matching funds to build a playground at Corydon Intermediate School. 2017 - Enhanced Hayswood Trail and provided a bathroom at Battle Park. 2018 - Expanded and renovated Lanesville Elementary playground; provided an accessible garden and landscaping at the Boys & Girls Club facility. 2022 - Purchase playground equipment and remodel existing playground at North Harrison Elementary School; To support Harrison County Parks Department in pouring a concrete pad at the Battle of Corydon Memorial Park site where a new Civil War era tent will be placed, serving as an interpretative area at the entrance, making the facility ADA accessible; To support Harrison County Parks Department in constructing and paving access ramps to the bridge on the walking trail at Buffalo Trace Park making the full trail ADA accessible. 2023 - To fund the construction of a new fully handicapped accessible shelter house including new accessible walkways to the restroom facilities, playground, and the new accessible parking area at Hayswood Park by Harrison County Parks Department.
Donation Information Clicking "Donate" will allow you to make a gift online to this fund through the Harrison County Community Foundation. If you would like to provide your gift by check instead of by debit or credit card, please send your gift to our office at PO Box 279, Corydon, Indiana 47112. Additionally, gifts of stocks, bonds, mutual funds, agricultural products, real estate, insurance, and estate plans are also accepted. Please contact us at (812) 738-6668 for more information.