Parks Department

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The Rushville Parks Department is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of Rushville’s six city parks.Parks Director Dan Burklow, along with the Street Department and seasonal help, maintain six parks within the City of Rushville as well as the walking trail and municipal swimming pool.

The Parks Department office is located at 119 West 16th Street, Rushville. You can contact the Parks Department by calling 765-932-4146, by fax at 765-932-4355 or by e-mail at


Rushville Parks Department

Dan Burklow, Director
119 W. 16th Street
Rushville, IN 46173
765-932-4355 (Fax)

A message from the Parks Director

Rushville has six beautiful parks and it is my sincere hope that local residents take advantage of them by making use of our shelter houses, picnic facilities, playground equipment or simply by enjoying spending some time outside.

Amenities vary from one park to another, but my staff and I do our best to maintain them to the best of our ability and to make sure they are as family-friendly as possible.

Our shelter houses can be reserved in advance by contacting City Hall at (765)932-3735. This includes the large, open-sided pavilion located in Riverside Park on the city’s south side, which is home to our free concert series every summer. For more information on the concert series, visit Riverside Amphitheater Website.

In addition to the city’s six parks, the Parks Department also operates and maintains Waggoner Community Pool, Rushville’s municipal swimming pool, which is located in North Veterans Memorial Park. The pool is open during the summer months and includes a large water slide as well as a concession stand.

I’d also like to invite everyone to make use of our walking and fitness trail, which starts near Main Street and North Veterans Memorial Park and makes its way south to Ninth Street in South Veterans Memorial Park. There’s also a side trail that goes north from the main trail to near Rushville Elementary School. Eventually, we hope to expand it all the way to the Nature Center behind RES.

If you have any suggestions on how to make our parks better, please feel free to contact me.


Dan Burklow

Director of Parks & Recreation


Rushville City Parks


Veterans Memorial Park North is located within the Rushville Consolidated School Corporation Campus in northwestern Rushville. The high school, vocational school, elementary school, football stadium, basketball arena, baseball diamond, and lighted tennis courts are located on school and city property here. In addition to these facilities, the Parks and Recreation Department has a zero depth access outdoor pool with locker rooms, sun deck, and concession stand; a covered shelter house, the Parks and Recreation Department offices, a lighted softball diamond, concession stands, lighted horseshoe courts, picnic areas, playground equipment, fitness walk trails and several small cabins.


South Veterans Memorial Park is located on Jackson Street between Ninth and Eleventh Streets. There is an enclosed shelter house, lighted basketball courts, large flower planters, restrooms, playground equipment, picnic tables, and a fitness walk trail.


Community Park, located on Ft. Wayne Road, includes: a partially enclosed shelter house with concessions, a softball diamond, restrooms, playground equipment, basketball court, a tennis court, and a storage building.


Laughlin Park is located at Second and Spencer Streets; facilities include an enclosed shelter house, a basketball court, a concession stand, shuffleboard, picnic tables, restrooms, playground equipment, two lighted baseball diamonds, a lighted softball diamond, an unlighted T-ball diamond, and a large undeveloped area.

 Willkie Park Pic

Wilkie Park is located on Main Street between Second and Third Streets. It has a gazebo, benches and flowerbeds for downtown visitors.

Riverside Park is home to Riverside Park Amphitheater which is home to six (6) FREE concerts a year. This facility can also be rented out for weddings, receptions, graduation parties and family reunions. There is a men and women’s restroom on the premises. There are also two open shelter houses for picnics. During the summer months, May through August, there is a big tent also available for rent. Riverside Park also has walking trails through it. The park is a beautiful place to visit.

Park Programs

  • Pinterest in the Parks: Arts & Crafts project nights offered throughout the year.
  • Boys & Girls – Basketball Clinic: Basketball Clinics offer fundamentals of basketball for K-2nd Grade and 3rd– 6th Grade. These are held in March.
  • Rushville Parks Department T-ball: This is a 5 week program teaching children in between the ages of 3-5 years old the fundamentals of baseball. This program begins in Early April with practices and games begin in late April.

  • Kiddie Kamp: Two day camp program offered for children 4 & 5 years old. This program offers children the opportunity to engage in activities throughout the parks. Activities include sidewalk chalk drawing, swim time at the pool, educational programs by locals such as State Farm Ag, Clean Green Rush Recycle and sport activities such as kickball, wiffle ball etc.

  • Summer Camp in the Parks: This is a week long 6 hour a day long program offered by the Rushville Parks and Recreation department for children in between the ages of 6-10 years old.  This program offers those children both and educational and fun experience throughout the week long camp. Some of the programs offered during the week long camp are as follows: Rush/Shelby live wire program, Clean Green Recycle Day, Sports field day, Karate Demonstration, arts &crafts, public safety day, swimming at the pool and many other fun activities. Each attendee receives a water bottle, t-shirt and lunch is provided for the campers throughout the day.

  • Movie Night in the Parks: Rushville Parks and Recreation also offers Family Movie night in the Parks during the summer. Approximately once a month we utilize our outdoor movie system to show movies in the parks. This is a free program for our community members.

  • Swimming Lessons: The Rushville Parks & Recreation department offer swim lessons during the summer season as well. These swim lesson are held at the Rushville Waggoner Community Pool and are usually held 2nd or 3rd week in July. For more information please contact the Waggoner Community pool after June 6th for further details.

  • Mayor’s Annual 5k Run/Walk: This event is hosted on behalf of the Mayor of Rushville and all proceeds benefit different organizations and causes throughout the community. This event will be May 14th, 2016. For further information you can contact Rushville City Hall. (765) 932-3735.
  • Rushville Parks Department Whiffle Ball Tournament: This event is geared for adults and teenagers. The Rushville Parks Department believes in getting our community out and active! More details on this new event will be forthcoming. We are looking to have this event in June 2016.
  • Sports Saturday: On one Saturday a month the Rushville Parks Department will host a sport inside the parks. This will be geared toward people of all ages. Examples of sports that will be played are Dodgeball, Kickball, Flag Football, Basketball and a Field Day. These programs will begin in May 2016.

Helpful Links:

· City of Rushville Parks Department Master Plan 2011-2015