Kentland’s Park System

We’ve Made a Difference in Kentland’s Future

Boldly moving forward is more than a mantra. It’s who we are at heart. Kentland is where people live, grow, prosper and enjoy a positive lifestyle, and it’s to this end that we are thrilled to say our parks are about to undergo amazing changes! We successfully raised funds for two projects: updating Batton Park and establishing a park on the Southside of US 24!

BOLDLY MOVING FORWARD

Southside Park

We partnered with IHCDA to establish a new children’s park south of US 24 on the corner of 4th and Allen! For this project, we also worked alongside the Newton County Historical Society. Our fundraising goal was $50,000, and when this goal was met, IHCDA matched our donations for a total of $100,000!

This endeavor, led by Kentland’s Opportunity Zone Task Force, is all a part of the town’s larger economic development goals, which are outlined in greater detail on our Opportunity tab. Whether it is the proposed Thrive Campus, Batton Park, or the Southside Park, we are dedicated to seeing Kentland always be the kind of community that is boldly moving forward.

The South Side park structure will be designed for children between the ages of two and 12 years old. With Batton Park’s update, we will also be repurposing several pieces of equipment, including swings, slide, metal climbing structures, and the merry-go-round. All who donate to this project will receive an opportunity to name the Southside Park!

Southside Park Features

Please note: these are not final. Renderings only.

The South Side park structure will be designed for children between the ages of two and 12 years old. With Batton Park’s update, we will also be repurposing several pieces of equipment, including swings, slide, metal climbing structures, and the merry-go-round. All who donate to this project will receive an opportunity to name the Southside Park!

Southside Park Features

Please note that these images are renderings. They are not a final product. Park features are liable to change.

Southside Park Project Fundraising is Complete!

A big thank you to all who made this fundraising effort an incredible success!

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Southside Park

Total Fundraising Goal: $100,000

Contact Information

Want to learn more about this project? Contact our Opportunity Zone Task Force Director, Mike Davis.

Mike Davis

Opportunity Zone Task Force Director

Updating
Batton Park

The Kentland Opportunity Zone Task Force partnered with the Jasper Newton Foundation to raise funds and establish a newly updated Batton Park! During this time, we were fortunate to also partner with the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) for an opportunity that only lasted 30 days. If we could raise $50,000 with IHCDA, they would match these funds. As our history shows, our community came together and accomplished this task. We received these additional funds which moved us even closer to reaching our total goal of $200,000!

And if that wasn’t enough good news, valued members from our community— John and Kathy Cassidy, Mike and Mara Davis, & Don and Abby Funk— to match donations up to $30,000 for the Batton Park Revitalization Fund!

The newly updated one-acre park will include age-appropriate, state-of-the-art equipment and surfaces, as well as a walking path for additional exercise opportunities. It will serve Kentland families and friends, ranging from toddlers to seniors.

Batton Park Features

Please note that these images are renderings. They are not a final product. Park features are liable to change.

  • ADA-Compliant Equipment

  • Central Gathering Pavilion

  • Tower with Multiple Levels

  • Roofs for Sun Protection

  • Sensory Equipment

  • Climbing Bars

  • Benches

  • Slides

  • Swings

Batton Park Features

Please note that these images are renderings. They are not a final product. Park features are liable to change.

  • ADA-Compliant Equipment

  • Central Gathering Pavilion

  • Tower with Multiple Levels

  • Roofs for Sun Protection

  • Sensory Equipment

  • Climbing Bars

  • Benches

  • Slides

  • Swings

How does this park system enhance life in Kentland?

Ease of Mind

Your children will no longer need to cross the train tracks or US 24 to reach playground equipment.

Ideal for Younger Children

The Southside playground structure will be a perfect fit for children between the ages of two and 12 years old.

Big Fun in a Small Town

This park adds another layer of fun to Kentland and creates more appeal for families interested in moving to Kentland.

Engaging

You will be able to bring your child to vibrant park spaces in town that create excitement and lifelong memories.

Ease of Mind

Your children will no longer need to cross the train tracks or US 24 to reach playground equipment.

Ideal for Younger Children

The Southside playground structure will be a perfect fit for children between the ages of two and 12 years old.

Big Fun in a Small Town

This park adds another layer of fun to Kentland and creates more appeal for families interested in moving to Kentland.

Engaging

You will be able to bring your child to vibrant park spaces in town that create excitement and lifelong memories.

Giving Tree:
Donation Tiers

A metalwork structure called the Giving Tree will honor the donors of the Kentland Park System by having their names inscribed on the trunk of the tree. This will be located in Batton Park. Those who give $1,000 or more will receive a personalized leaf with their names etched into it.

Bronze Level Leaf: $1,000 – $2,499
Silver Level Leaf: $2,500 – $4,999
Gold Level Leaf: $5,000 – $9,999
Platinum Level Leaf: $10,000+

Go the Extra Mile With Us By Volunteering

We have a long and beautiful history of banding together to make amazing things happen.

Whether it was relocating the Pennsylvania Railroad Depot, updating Blue Devil Lagoon, or hosting a large-scale community picnic, the earnest hearts within our volunteers have made the difference. In an effort to offset costs, we invite you to become a volunteer.