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Building and Trades Park Building and Trades Park (2 acres) is located at 619 W. Howe St. across from Bloomington Hospital.
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Hours: Park is open from 5 a.m. - 11 p.m. daily.

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Interpretive Sign and Workers Memorial Day Ceremony

Building Trades Park interpretive sign ceremony L-R Cynthia Bretheim, Prospect Hill Neighborhood Assoc.; Jackie Yenna, White River Central Labor Council; Mayor Mark Kruzan; Dave Williams, Bloomington Parks & Recreation Department; Ron Simko, Indiana Occupational Safety Standards Commission; Mick Renneisen, Bloomington Parks & Recreation DepartmentA Workers Memorial Day Ceremony was hosted at Building and Trades Park on April 28, 2014 by the White River Central Labor Council. Guest speakers and representatives from area union organizations gathered to honor workers who have been injured or killed on the job, and to dedicate a new interpretive sign that was installed at the park this spring.

The development, purchase, and installation of the interpretive sign (located next to the parking lot on Howe Street) was a collaborative effort between:

with assistance from the following contributors:
  • American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Locals 2487, 3731, and Council 962
  • American Postal Workers Union Local 2122
  • City of Bloomington Office of the Mayor
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Locals 725 and 2249
  • IU Health Bloomington
  • Laborers International Union of North America Local 741
  • National Association of Letter Carriers South Central Indiana Branch 828
  • South Central Indiana Building and Construction Trades Council
  • South Central Indiana Jobs With Justice
  • Tomi Allison
  • Julio Alonso
  • Robert Arnove and Toby Strout
  • Patrick Brantlinger
  • Kate Cruikshank
  • Lynn Duggan
  • Charlotte Zietlow

Meet Jaclyn Ray, Building Trades Park Ambassador

Jaclyn Ray Jaclyn RayThe Park Ambassador program was launched in 2011 to involve community members that will promote the appropriate use of Bloomington's city parks, and serve as liasions between the community and the Parks and Recreation Department.

Jaclyn attends the Prospect Hill Neighborhood Association meetings as a liaison to the Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Commission on which she serves. She hopes to extend conversation to include park safety and park enhancement initiatives as part of her citizen stewardship activity.

Basketball Goals: Five goals

Parking Areas: Nine spaces, located off of Howe Street. Designated wheelchair accessible parking space.

Loop Trail: This ΒΌ-mile loop trail surrounds most of the park. Portions of the trail are also used as a sidewalk, and include a boardwalk.

Play Field/Playground: Open green space, accessible playground

Restrooms: Located near Howe Street, open seasonally

Shelters: The Park's single reservable shelter is located across from IU Health - Bloomington on Second Street and can accommodate 25-30 people. It is wheelchair accessible with accessible restrooms nearby. There is a grill and access to water at the shelter, but no electricity. The shelter rents for $50/weekdays and $53/weekends and holidays, and is reservable between April 1 and October 31. There is a picnic table located by the parking lot.

Building and Trades Park

Building Trades Park was first known as the "Second Street Park." The park land had been owned, sequentially starting in 1895, by the Henley Stone Company, Oolitic Stone Company and South Side Stone Company; it was once the site of a limestone mill. South Side Stone left the land around 1920. Neighbor and area historian Don Shiflet said the quarry holes were still present on the property, although there were no buildings, in 1927.

In about 1949, businessmen Ralph Rogers and John R. East helped fill in and smooth the site. East used clinkers from his coal business. The park is named Building Trades Park because it was established with help of local union workers. Records show the parcel was purchased from the Bloomington Chamber of Commerce on July 26, 1949 for $1.

The multiple-use concrete slab area was completed in August 1967. New playground equipment was installed in 2003. The shelterhouse was renovated in 1981 and rehabbed in 2009 by the Labor and Trades Union.