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The lower portion of Cascades Park is located at 2851 N. Old State Road 37. Find Lower Cascades Park

Meet Tyler Keller, Park Ambassador

Tyler Keller Tyler KellerThe 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.

Tyler is the Park Ambassador program's first student ambassador. Tyler, who has a strong interest in ecology and sustainability, is eager to apply his academic knowledge in a role that allows him to make a positive impact in the community.

Cascades Playground The City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department transformed Cascades Park into a destination attraction in May 2006. Following several months of renovation and construction, the City's largest and most accessible playground officially opened to the public on May 16, 2006.

Hours: Park is open from 5 a.m. - 11 p.m. daily.

Playground is accessible. Accessible port a john facility in north parking lot at playground; permanent, accessible restroom at the south end of the playground. Designated accessible parking spaces in parking lots next to Sycamore Shelter and playground.


Softball Fields: Two, located at 3601 N. Old State Road 37 north of the new playground. For more information about the ballfields at Lower Cascades Park, contact John Turnbull at (812) 349-3712.

Playgrounds: One across Old State Road 37 from the Sycamore Shelter; swings next to Sycamore Shelter

Parking Areas: Located at Sycamore Shelter, playground, Waterfall Shelter and ballfields.

Restrooms: Restrooms (open seasonally) are located across the road at the playground or in the Sycamore Shelter. A Port-a-John is located on the north side of the playground.

Shelters: Two reservable. For reservation information or to check availability, contact the Bloomington Parks and Recreation office at 349-3700 or e-mail

Cascades Park Sycamore Shelter Cascades Park Waterfall Shelter

Also: Waterfalls, a stream, "Hidden Jewel" public art project (2006), and historic limestone picnic benches. Local artists Danielle Urschel and Paul Patch designed and installed a mosaic tile mural as part of the Lower Cascades Park playground project in 2006. The mosaic includes a quote from George Bernard Shaw: "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing."

Take the 45/46 Bypass north to N. Walnut and turn left (south). Turn right (west) at the first intersection, N. Old State Road 37. Cascades Park is located about 1/2 mile north on Old State Road 37.

Painting with Nature

Paint with all the colors of nature! Create your own natural paintbrushes with what we gather from the forest, then turn your canvas into a work of art. Each child will leave with their own nature art Creation. Registration is per child, and children must be accompanied by an adult. Instructor: Blair Beavers

Sa 3/25 · 1-3 p.m.
$6/in-city, $7/non-city · Register by 3/19 Code 74008-A

Lower Cascades Park-Waterfall Shelter

Piza Box Solar Oven

Save energy on Earth Day by making your very own solar oven! We will start off by making mini pizzas with different toppings that we'll cook up in our on-site solar oven and enjoy together at the end. While the mini pizzas cook, make your own solar oven to take home and use it to save energy all year long! Cost is per oven. Instructor: Blair Beavers

Sa 4/22 · noon-1:30 p.m.
$7/in-city, $8/non-city · Register by 4/17 Code 74005-A
Lower Cascades Park

For up-to-the-minute information on weather-related cancellations, call the Bloomington Parks and Recreation Community Events Hotline at 812-349-3754.