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Parking: Approximately 50 to 75 parking spaces within the park

Restrooms: Seasonal, unisex restrooms near playground; open seasonally

Accessibility: Interpretive walking trail is accessible. Shelter and parking are accessible.


A new accessible playground was installed at RCA Community Park in 2012.

Picnic Shelters

The RCA Community Park Large and Small Shelters are reservable. Shelter reservations can be made online, or in person at the Parks and Recreation office (M-F, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.) located inside City Hall at 401 N. Morton St. Suite 250 in Bloomington. For reservation information or to check availability, contact the Bloomington Parks and Recreation office at 812-349-3700 or email

Small Shelter
$50 weekdays/$53 weekends and holidays
Located in RCA Community Park just off RCA Park Drive. This accessible shelter can accommodate 25 to 30 people and includes a grill.

Large Shelter
$61 weekdays/$71 weekends and holidays
This shelter can accommodate up to 85 people and has adult and children's picnic tables, group grills, electrical outlets and lights, and is wheelchair accessible. The shelter is located in the woods and is accessible via a wooden boardwalk.

Sports Amenities

Baseball/softball fields: Two grass fields with backstops, appropriate for baseball, softball, or kickball games. 

Basketball courts: four goals/two courts near the parking lot on RCA Park Drive

Playfields: open green space north of the parking lot

Tennis courts: Three courts

Pickleball courts: Two pickleball courts alongside the tennis courts. Bring your own pickleball and paddle.


Early History Trail (0.7 mi.) begins near the tennis courts and proceeds south into a wooded area. The trail extends around the maintained section of the community park, detailing the natural and cultural history of the area.

Thomson Woods Trail (0.74 mi.) Two intersecting loops make up this wooded trail. The trail starts from the Early History Trail and wanders through the forest and a clearing. The trail contains a few interpretive signs and ends at the Small Shelter.