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.
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
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