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The Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department is preparing for cold weather by shutting off water service to drinking fountains, restrooms, and irrigation systems in its facilities during the months of October and November.

According to operations coordinator Barb Dunbar, there are more than 30 sites in the parks system where the water supply needs to be shut off before the first hard freeze, to prevent costly damage to pipes and fixtures. The most heavily visited parks, including Bryan Park, Ferguson Dog Park, and Lower Cascades Park, will be among the last facilities to undergo the winterization process.

Each park’s water services will be shut off according to the following schedule:

Week of October 15
Broadview Park
Crestmont Park
Highland Village Park
Park Ridge East Park
Park Ridge Park
Schmalz Farm Park
Seminary Park

Week of October 22
Bloomington Rail Trail trailhead
Building Trades Park
Peoples Park
Southeast Park
Miller-Showers Park
The Waldron, Hill and Buskirk Park
Skate Park at Upper Cascades

Week of October 29
B-Line Trail
Rev. Ernest D. Butler Park
Clear Creek Trail
Olcott Park
Sherwood Oaks Park
Winslow Sports Complex

Weeks of November 5 & 12
Bryan Park
Ferguson Dog Park
Jackson Creek Trail
Lower Cascades Park
Upper Cascades Park
RCA Community Park
Sherwood Oaks Park
Upper Cascades Park
Winslow Woods Park

For more information about the water shut-off schedule for city parks, contact Barb Dunbar, operations coordinator, at 812-349-3498 or