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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.

Creek Critters

Indiana streams are filled with life! Visit Lower Cascades creek for a demonstration on stream sampling techniques and macroinvertebrate collection and identification. Discuss the roles these critters play in stream health and as pollution indicators. Expect to get up close and personal with several stream critters! It is highly recommended that participants wear waterproof footwear. Meet in the parking lot north of the softball fields. For ages 5 yrs. and up; children ages 14 yrs. and younger must be accompanied by a registered adult.

Sa 9/10 · 1-2 p.m.
$4/in-city, $5/non-city · Register by 9/5 Code 64001-A

Lower Cascades Park-ballfields

Feeder Frenzy

Expanding your backyard habitat with bird feeders is easy! Learn to make your very own bird feeder out of a milk carton, and take it home to add to your yard. After we are done crafting our beautiful feeders we will go for a short hike to look for and identify the birds you might see at your new feeder. For all ages; children ages 14 yrs. and younger must be accompanied by a registered adult.

Sa 9/10 · 1-2 p.m.
$5/in-city, $6/non-city · Register by 9/4 Code 64003-A

Lower Cascades Park-Waterfall Shelter

May the Quartz Be With You: A Geological Hike

A long time ago, in a place not very far away ... It is a period of geological significance. Geologists, striking from a university, began flocking to Bloomington in order to examine the amazing geological formations there. Join us for a hike as we follow in their footsteps and explore how Bloomington's geological features came to be. For all ages; children ages 14 yrs. and younger must be accompanied by a registered adult. Instructor: Autumn Brunelle

Su 9/25 · 2-3 p.m.
$3/in-city, $4/non-city · Register by 9/15 Code 64008-A

Lower Cascades Park-Waterfall Shelter

Nature Sounds banner

This new series was developed to introduce lovers of nature and music to the harmony of human-made music in natural settings. Immerse yourself in this unique listening experience that pairs acoustic music with songs of the wild.

Each program begins with an introduction to the park's current music makers, followed by an hour-long concert. After the concert, a guided nature walk will encourage active listening and creating connections between our own music and that of nature.

Admission to all Nature Sounds concerts and programs is free.

Thursday, Oct. 13 · 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Nature topic: Owls
Musical act: Daily Bread and Butter, traditional European dance music
Lower Cascades Park, Waterfall Shelter

Thank you to our Nature Sounds series sponsor: The May Agency

For more information, contact Greg Jacobs at 812-349-3725 or

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