Kentland’s Park System

Together, We’ve Made a Difference in Kentland’s Future

It was a fun and rigorous fundraising journey, but as a town we accomplished something truly remarkable. We partnered with the Indiana Housing & Community Development Authority (IHCDA) on two separate occasions: one to raise money for a revitalized Batton Park, and the other for a brand new Southside Park to be located on the corner of Fourth and Allen.

Working closely with the amazing team over at the Jasper Newton Foundation, we were able to successfully raise a total upward of $225,725 for Batton, which far exceeded our original goal of $200,000. What makes this whole initiative so exciting is how Batton Park is going to complement the proposed Thrive Campus. If you aren’t familiar with the plans to establish a senior living facility, a child care center, and a wellness complex among Batton Park’s layout, you can learn all about it on Kentland’s Opportunity Zone web page.

Batton Park will become a key component that ties these three unique facilities together. But what about the equipment? Where will the new park equipment be sourced from? What will happen to the old park equipment? When will the installation process begin?

An Update About
Our Parks

Park Equipment

For some time now, members of Kentland’s Opportunity Zone Task Force have been in active discussions with Miracle Recreation and Whitaker Engineering. These two groups are working together to determine a park layout that will perfectly fit in with the proposed Thrive Campus. Drainage studies being conducted by the engineering firm are nearing completion, and this will move the process along in identifying an official construction timeline.

What we do know for certain is this: both parks will be completed by Spring of 2022. The Southside Park funds, raised in conjunction with the Newton County Historical Society, landed at a whopping $108,575. We’re excited to announce that these funds will be used to purchase brand new equipment!

As we receive more information about the parks, we’ll be placing updates here on the Kentland’s Park System web page, as well as on our Facebook and Instagram profiles.

How Our Investment Will Enhance Play in Kentland

Big Fun in a Small Town

These parks are going to complement one another, adding a new layer of fun to Kentland. They will also create more appeal for families interested in moving to Kentland one day.

Engaging

Picture this: you’ll be able to bring your child to vibrant park spaces in town that are going to create excitement and provide the perfect backdrop for lifelong memories.

Ease of Mind

For families with children located south of US 24: you will no longer need to cross the train tracks or the busy highway to reach playground equipment and have a fun-filled time.

Ideal for Younger Children

Together, these park experiences will serve a range of ages, especially those spanning between two and 12 years old.

Big Fun in a Small Town

These parks are going to complement one another, adding a new layer of fun to Kentland. They will also create more appeal for families interested in moving to Kentland one day.

Engaging

Picture this: you’ll be able to bring your child to vibrant park spaces in town that are going to create excitement and provide the perfect backdrop for lifelong memories.

Ease of Mind

For families with children located south of US 24: you will no longer need to cross the train tracks or the busy highway to reach playground equipment and have a fun-filled time.

Ideal for Younger Children

Together, these park experiences will serve a range of ages, especially those spanning between two and 12 years old.

Seeing Our Parks From a Different Angle

Location is everything! All of our parks will be conveniently accessible and down the road from one another!

Our Parks

Batton Park Features

As progress is made with Batton Park, we’ll be posting photo updates here! Please note that any renderings found here at this current time are not a final product. Park features are liable to change.

  • ADA-Compliant Equipment

  • Central Gathering Pavilion

  • Mega Tower Play Structure

  • Play Structure – Ages 2-5

  • Sensory Garden Play Center

  • Music Concerto

  • Lap Belt Swings

  • Intergenerational Swings

  • Toddler Swings

  • Inclusive Swing

  • Buddy Rocker

Batton Park Features

As progress is made with Batton Park, we’ll be posting photo updates here! Please note that any renderings found here at this current time are not a final product. Park features are liable to change.

  • ADA-Compliant Equipment

  • Central Gathering Pavilion

  • Mega Tower Play Structure

  • Play Structure – Ages 2-5

  • Music Concerto

  • Sensory Garden Play Center

  • Lap Belt Swings

  • Intergenerational Swings

  • Toddler Swings

  • Inclusive Swing

  • Buddy Rocker

Southside Park Features

Find all of the latest updates on the Southside Park here! Please note that any renderings listed at this current time are not a final product. Park features are liable to change.

  • Play Structure – Ages 2-12

  • Ten Spin

  • Climber

  • Slides

  • Roof for Sun Protection

  • Metal Climbing Structure

  • Lap Belt Swings

  • Toddler Swings

Southside Park Features

Find all of the latest updates on the Southside Park here! Please note that any renderings listed at this current time are not a final product. Park features are liable to change.

  • Play Structure – Ages 2-12

  • Ten Spin

  • Climber

  • Slides

  • Roof for Sun Protection

  • Metal Climbing Structure

  • Lap Belt Swings

  • Toddler Swings

Cast Park

Located near the Pennsylvania Railroad Depot, Cast Park features a catch & release fishing pond and fantastic walking path. It is equipped with a large shelter area, and perfect for family parties, celebrations or resting after a run in the sun.

  • Play Structure

  • Slides

  • Merry-Go-Round

  • Swings

  • Fishing Pond

  • Running Path

Cast Park Features

Located near the Pennsylvania Railroad Depot, Cast Park features a catch & release fishing pond and fantastic walking path. It is equipped with a large shelter area, and perfect for family parties, celebrations or resting after a run in the sun.

  • Play Structure

  • Slides

  • Merry-Go-Round

  • Swings

  • Fishing Pond

  • Running Path

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 gave $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

Our Contributors

Raising a total nearing (checks are still flowing in here and there) $334,300 is no small feat. As always, Kentland has shown itself to be a small community capable of producing larger-than-life results. Every single donation has played an important role in making Kentland a better home for the members of its community and will continue to impact all those who will one day call Kentland their home. We would like to take a moment to thank the following key donors.

Park System Donors

  • Jeffrey and Cathy Light
  • Jennifer & Greg Marks
  • Jo Norman
  • Judah Wessman
  • Mary Waltz
  • Randall and Barbara Jones
  • Sandra Service
  • Alexis Logan
  • Andy & Kristy Mattox
  • Ann Wasson
  • Ashley Marshall
  • Bill and Tera Bivins
  • Bob and Julie Schlotman
  • Brad and Anji Bevis
  • Carol Johnston
  • Deborah Stanepher (Chaos Color Studio
  • Charles and Mary Mulligan
  • Charles and Nancy Hufty
  • Katherine Batton
  • Kelly Cochran
  • Kentland Veterinary Clinic, LLP
  • Kim and Don Donohue
  • Laura & Kyle Robbins
  • LeAnn and David Montemayer
  • Linda Upchurch
  • Lynn and Barbara Wilfong
  • Madonna & Jim Kiifner
  • Mary and Samuel Molter
  • Mary Beth Sullivan
  • Mike and Pam LeBeau Jones
  • Molly and Mike Wieting
  • Brett Mitchell
  • David and Marjorie Miller
  • Delbert and Patricia McCarty
  • Emerson-Sondgerath, Inc.
  • Gregory and Jill Logan
  • Linda Sutter
  • Connie Durham
  • Joetta Bokma
  • Katherine Witney and Robert R Batton III
  • Lana Harper
  • Chris and Susan Knochel
  • Colleen Clifton
  • Mike and Kristi Rowe
  • Karen J Collins Fund
  • Kentland Tri Kappa Alpha Associate Chapter
  • Margaret Kotylo
  • Steven Murphy
  • John and Sue Frischie
  • M J Diedam Painting and Restoration LLC
  • NiSource Charitable Foundation
  • Paul and Kathie Donaldson
  • Ronald G Watt
  • Terry Dieter
  • Tim and Cheryl Burks
  • Wilson Fertilizer Inc.
  • Kentland Elevator & Supply, Inc.
  • Kentland Rotary Club
  • Kory and Debby Shufflebarger
  • Patrick and Tansey Mulligan
  • Rachel Matthys
  • Rick and Pam Heyde
  • Robert and Sharon Dewing
  • Rogers Group Inc.
  • Ronald & Virginia – Humphrey Advised Fund
  • Sarah Glass
  • Sharon Rardon
  • Dr. W. Alexander Veach – Kentland Family Dentistry
  • Don and Abby Funk Charitable Trust
  • Jefferson Township– Newton County
  • John and Kathy Cassidy
  • Charles and Phyllis Haldeman
  • Debby & Kory Shufflebarger
  • Debra Vincent Wolf
  • Dianne Hopkins
  • Dustin and Andrea Standish
  • Ed and Vada Wilson
  • Elizabeth Batton Sorenson
  • Emily Witney
  • Estella and Jug Purdy
  • Georgia Ross-Clouse
  • Glenda S Vincent
  • Henry and Lee Senefelder
  • Hoback Partners LLC
  • Hopkins Electric
  • Jacob Shufflebarger
  • Jennifer French
  • Jenny & Alan Washburn
  • Jerome and Sarah Modjeski
  • Jessica and Eddie Zamora
  • Judith Frame
  • June Jefvert
  • Randy and Erica Smith
  • Rita Reyes
  • Sam and Katie Logan
  • Sonya Riegle
  • Sue Murphy
  • Susie and Mark Mayhew
  • Terry and Jacqueline Winger
  • Tom and Sandy Dewing
  • Tony and Sharon Hiatt
  • Vivian Ferguson
  • William and Leona Elbert
  • Marlene Sondgerath
  • Martha White
  • Richard and Maxine Harris
  • Sharon Flinn
  • Si Senor Mexican Restaurant LLC
  • Steven and Colleen Cohen
  • Thomas and Susan Schuyler
  • Trevor Davis
  • Watt Trucking Inc.
  • Brinkman Chiropractic Center
  • Carl and Suzy Curran
  • Russell and Sharon Collins
  • Casey and Damon Ward
  • Covenant Federated Church
  • Curt and Kathy Holloway
  • Ellen Ross Callis
  • Francis A Dawson
  • Bill and Pam Pitchford
  • Bob and Joan Hays
  • Bud and Judy King
  • D & D Farms Inc.
  • Daniel and Kathie Molter
  • David and Sally Waibel
  • Deborah and Steve Morgan
  • Don and Joyce Yost
  • George and Mary Ryan
  • Henry and Mary Lou Coussens
  • Weiss-Brinkman Family
    (Inspiration Fitness LLC)
  • John and Pat Fredrickson
  • Julian and Jamie Elson
  • Karen Molter Van Duyn
  • Dr. Jason Sanders and Kristina Sanders
  • Kentland Family Dentistry
  • Premium Waters, Inc.
  • Wilson Family Foundation, Inc
  • Fowler State Bank
  • Hoosier Associates, Inc.
  • Kentland Bank
  • Mike and Mara Davis
  • Patricia and Chuck Lehman
  • Catalaunch, LLC
  • Kentland Baseball Association
  • Jasper Newton Foundation
  • Brian Garhammer
  • Jacob Shufflebarger
  • Sandy Kaye
  • Julian and Jamie Elson
  • Mary Beth Sullivan
  • Carol and Denny Ritchie
  • Laura and Kyle Robbins
  • Vast Creative Co.
  • Gabriela and Luke Sanchez
  • Frontiersmen
  • Chris and Robin Bell
  • Murphy’s Food King / Jolly Good Food
  • Maggie Mulligan
  • Larry and Judy Wirtz
  • Mike Davis, Garret Davis, and Trevor Davis
  • Beth Basset
  • Damon, Casey, Jackson, and Elizabeth Ward
  • Kentland Chamber of Commerce
  • Lorrie Beckman
  • Mary Leisure
  • William Marvin
  • Hopkins Electric
  • Curt and Kathy Holloway
  • Dustin and Andrea Standish
  • Matt & Crystal Wittenborn
  • Alyssa Myers
  • John and Kathy Cassidy
  • June Jefvert
  • Don and Abby Funk
  • Tri Kappa Sorority
  • Colleen Murphy
  • Betsy and Greg Bossaer
  • Newton County Economic Development Corp
  • Old Colonial Inn
  • Jasper Newton Foundation
  • Anonymous Donor

Our Contributors

Raising a total nearing (checks are still flowing in here and there) $332,700 is no small feat. As always, Kentland has shown itself to be a small community capable of producing larger-than-life results. Every single donation has played an important role in making Kentland a better home for the members of its community and will continue to impact all those who will one day call Kentland their home. We would like to take a moment to thank the following key donors.