Parks, Public Lands, and Recreation Inventory

Parks, Public Lands, and Recreation Inventory and Opportunity Map Project launches in Indiana Uplands region


The Center for Rural Engagement, in collaboration with the Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands at Indiana University, will develop a comprehensive inventory and map of public, non-profit, and private conservation or recreation resources, recreation and visitor experience facilities, and recreation programs in the Indiana Uplands region.

The project will provide insights into how the Indiana Uplands region can enhance connections between recreation and park assets and elevate the profile of the region as a place for high-quality outdoor recreation opportunities.

During listening sessions, community leaders identified recreation and parks resources as a strength and source of pride as well as an area of interest for additional growth and improvement. The inventory will highlight the many resources available in the Indiana Uplands region, and the study will offer insights to the opportunities to improve resources for greater economic resiliency, health, and quality of life for Hoosiers.

This project will include Brown, Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Greene, Lawrence, Martin, Monroe, Orange, Owen, and Washington counties.

The IU Center for Rural Engagement improves the lives of Hoosiers through collaborative initiatives that discover and deploy scalable and flexible solutions to common challenges facing rural communities. Working in full-spectrum community innovation through research, community-engaged teaching and student service, the center builds vision, harnesses assets and cultivates sustainable leadership structures within the communities with which it engages to ensure long-term success.