Matt Weyer, President
Natalie Howard, Secretary
2nd Wednesday of the month
The Park Board members are appointed by the Town Council, and the members serve four-year terms.
OLD TOWN LAKE
The Old Town Lake opened on July 3, 2020 for hiking, fishing, and recreation. A walking trail is open around the Old Lake. About halfway around the trail, there is a rest area.
Funding for Phase 2 will begin soon. This phase will include a restroom/storage building, fishing pier, and kayak launch.
The shelter house is available for rent. Please call Town Rentals at (812) 367-2280 ext. 102.
If interested in donating for Phase 2, please contact Matt Weyer at (812) 630-3560.
OLD TOWN LAKE - DIRECTIONS
The Old Town Lake is east of the Convent. It is on 14th Street heading east.
From 162, head east on 15th Street. It will turn south around the high school. Take a left on 14th street heading east.
After passing the Convent on the right, go about another half mile. The Old Town Lake will be on the right.
As the road goes north, it becomes E Convent Road. If you get to that point, you have gone too far.
18TH STREET PARK
The 18th Street Park boasts a state-of-the-art playground, which provides the opportunity for hours of fun for children, while adults will appreciate the paved walking trails and horseshoe pits. A lighted basketball court, two sand volleyball courts, and a softball field provide a great outlet for the sport enthusiast.
5TH STREET PARK
The 5th Street Park also has a playground, but the activities for children are not limited to just that. Four softball and baseball fields play host to various Little League games in the summer. In addition to the numerous ball fields, two soccer fields are located behind the park.
PARK LEASE FEE SCHEDULE
PARK RULES AND GENERAL PROHIBITIONS
1.06.080 General Prohibitions
(1) Overnight camping is prohibited in park properties.
(2) Park hours are from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. 11:00 p.m. is referred to as the park curfew.
(3) The Park Board reserves the discretion to consider and allow, as appropriate and under such conditions as it deems necessary, special exceptions to these general prohibitions in situations where the entire park has been leased for an event over multiple days PROVIDED THAT any such special exception is requested at a Park Board meeting at least 30 days in advance of the event giving rise to the park lease. (Ord. 2019-19, S1.06.080, Aug. 20, 2019)
5.04.030 Animals on Leashes and Excrement Removal in Public Places.
It shall be unlawful for any person to allow an animal to pass through or upon any street, sidewalk, public park property, other municipally owned property, or any other public place unless it is on a leash. Such lease may be a properly functioning electronic leash which effectively controls the animal. It shall be unlawful for any person to fail to retrieve and remove from any public park property or any other municipally owned property the excrement from any animal in his or her possession or custody. (Ord. 14-08-S1, May 13, 2014) (Ord. 02-9, S5.04.030, June 26, 2002)
SUMMER PARK AND RECREATION PROGRAM
The Recreation Division of the Town of Ferdinand Park Department offers free summer programs to area youth ages 4 - 9. The programs, which utilize the 18th Street Park, run from 9-11 AM on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays throughout the summer. The programs are free to attend, and it is not necessary to sign up in advance.
Each recreation program will incorporate activities involving arts and crafts, sports, competitions, and games. Various activities from past summers include sports such as kickball, whiffle ball, dodgeball, and tag; arts and crafts include paper crafts, planting your own flowers, making a homemade bird feeder, and making homemade ice cream; competitions and games include relay races, parachute games, scavenger hunts, and group games.
For more information about the summer recreation programs, contact Chris James at (812) 367-2282.
YOUTH SOFTBALL AND BASEBALL
Contact Person: Craig Weyer
Contact Phone: (812) 661-9576
Contact Person: JR Roesner