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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Celebrate Urban Birds

Be part of important research that will help scientists gain a better understanding of our environment! Participate with us in gathering data for several national surveys. Stop by for one session or take part in each activity. No prior experience or science background is needed-just a willingness to learn and help gather crucial data. Information and instructions on how to conduct each survey and all survey materials are provided. Each survey takes less than 30 minutes, and naturalists will be available after the surveys if participants would like additional information.

Urban green spaces can provide important habitats for many species. Celebrate Urban Birds collects survey data on 16 focal bird species to understand how different environments influence the location of birds in urban areas. Participants will observe designated areas for these focal species.

FREE · For all ages. · Instructor: Anna Rossler

Tu 5/19 · 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Miller-Showers Park

Sa 6/6 · 2-3 p.m.
Miller-Showers Park

Tu 7/14 · 10-11 a.m.
Miller-Showers Park


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.