Nearly seven months ago, there was not a thing in the ground and zero structures at the AgriPark in Fishers. That’s definitely NOT the case now!
Fishers Parks Agriculture Coordinator Jackie Leeuw tells us more about the upcoming Fall Festival and the family fun that’s waiting for you.
• Structures: 3,000sf programming barn, 3,000sf high tunnel, livestock shelter, chicken coop, nature playground/mud kitchen
• Produce/plants: 10 acres of field corn (~4-acre section doubling as a corn maze right now), 2-acre pumpkins, 5-acre tree nursery
• Livestock: 3-acre livestock encounter includes 1 horse (Spirit), 2 cows (Mudsock and Calf-a-Chino), 3 sheep (Darla, Marla, and Carla)
• Nature Trail (all primary paths at the AgriPark are wheelchair accessible…this includes the Nature Trail)
They have also had many successful produce giveaways and great attendance since fully opening in September. They also were able to make several significant donations to local food banks that helped feed hundreds of families in Hamilton County.
Also, RE: COVID guidelines/further accessibility, masks are required and social distancing is encouraged. Handwashing and hand sanitizer stations are available, as well as portable and accessible restrooms and a changing table.
• Fall Festival at Fishers AgriPark
Join Fishers Parks for the inaugural Fall Festival at the new Fishers AgriPark on Saturday, October 17 from 1-5 p.m. The festival will feature a scarecrow trail, pumpkin painting, a gourd slingshot, live music, food trucks, and more family fun! Masks must be worn at all times during the event and guests are expected to adhere to social distancing guidelines and stay home if they are sick or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. FREE event, but advance registration is required.
GENERAL AGRIPARK INFO:
• The highly anticipated Fishers AgriPark opened to the public Tuesday, July 28. Visitors of all ages will be immersed in a working farm and learn about current farming practices and the innovations needed to feed our world. Once ready for harvest, the foods produced on the farm will be available to the community at no charge. Guests of the park will also have a chance to take part in the harvesting, as several you-pick opportunities will be available throughout the year.
• The 33-acre urban farm includes a tunnel-covered growing area and 3-acre produce garden. The 3,000-square-foot high tunnel serves as shelter for in-ground plants like tomatoes, peppers, and more. Surrounding fields are filled with varieties of greens, onions, potatoes, sweet corn, kohlrabi, broccoli, cauliflower, peas, and more. The public fields and gardens will be used for educational programming.
• Other primary features of the AgriPark include a 5-acre animal area that is home to cows, chickens, and eventually horses, pigs, goats, and sheep. The tree nursery currently is growing 200 trees, which were planted in a single day in April 2020, and will be used by the city to replenish trees throughout Fishers’ parks, facilities, and roadways. The nature trail allows visitors to escape the demands of everyday life, while supporting mental wellness, featuring kindness rocks displaying positive messages, decorated by members of the community. The trail connects the animal and produce areas to a 5-acre, open-play and event space. In the fall, the farm will feature a corn maze, pumpkin patch, and sunflower field for program and photo opportunities.
• Due to the City of Fishers’ mandate, face masks are required when guests are unable to socially distance with those outside of their household.
• For more information, visit playfishers.com/AgriPark, and connect with @FishersAgriPark on Facebook and Instagram.
• Due to popular demand, AgriPark hours have been extended to 9-1 on Saturdays.
Regular hours are:
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays
5 to 7 p.m. Thursdays
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays
Closed Sundays, Tuesdays, and Fridays
For more information, visit www.playfishers.com/agripark.