Miller-Showers Park Located at 1500 N. College Ave. Find Miller-Showers Park

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

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Trees in Miller-Showers Park
During the week of June 10, 2013, the City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department's urban forestry staff identified more than 40 trees in Miller-Showers Park that are dead or dying and need to be removed. According to urban forester Lee Huss, the trees succumbed to the stresses caused by last summer's drought, and insect damage. Tree removal will begin immediately.

Plans are in place to replace the trees in Miller-Showers Park during the fall 2013 planting season. If you would like more information about Bloomington Parks and Recreation's urban forestry program, the management of trees in city parks and along city streets, or how the city is dealing with the invasive emerald ash borer, visit the Urban Forestry Web page. If you would like to make a contribution to the Bloomington Tree Fund to help plant trees in Miller-Showers Park and around the city, please visit the Bloomington Parks Foundation Web site where you can find out more about the Tree Fund and make a donation online.

HISTORY
One of the discussions of the first City Park Board meeting in 1921 concerned the acquisition of this narrow strip of land. Originally the Jacob & Loretta Miller Homestead, it was purchased by the city in 1929 for $1. It contains two notable sculptures: "Axis" and "Red, Blond, Black, and Olive".

Miller-Showers Park was awarded a Community Enhancement Award in October 2004 by the Bloomington Chamber of Commerce, and was presented with an Outstanding Project Award by the Indiana Urban Forest Council in October 2005.

Miller-Showers Park, from 2001 - 2004, underwent a significant facelift that transformed the area from an easily flooded and little used strip of land to a state-of-the-art stormwater retention facility and beautiful Gateway to the city of Bloomington. The Park's large holding ponds retain stormwater that drains from over 170 acres of downtown Bloomington. A .6 mile accessible, multi-use trail circles the Park and allows views of the ponds and sculptures from all sides. A pier, pedestrian bridge, and interpretive signage complete the picture.

DIRECTIONS
From College Mall: Take the 45/46 Bypass north to Walnut Street and turn left (south). A parking area is located on 17th Street between College and Walnut.