Because Avon residents value outdoor recreation, the town’s master plan calls for plenty of park space to complement families’ lifestyles. For instance, the 45-acre Avon Town Park, located behind town hall, features nature trails year-round, providing an interesting twist to exercise programs and fitness resolutions.
The fishing pond is stocked with catfish, bluegill and bass for those who prefer a peaceful link to nature. Picnic tables invite groups to treat this scenic spot as their own backyard and kids enjoy an abundance of modern playground equipment, including a frisbee golf course.
Washington Township Community Park, a 155-acre park located on U.S. 36, hosts more than 100,000 visitors annually. The expansive park affords 2.5 miles of walking trails (some of them led by interpretative guides), volleyball courts, basketball courts, horseshoe pits and a large stocked fishing pond. In 2002, Washington Township Community Park expanded its large land area to include mountain biking trails. Shelters are available for rent, costing an inexpensive $50-a-day on the weekends.
For those who prefer a leisurely day on the green, there are 12 golf courses in Hendricks County. Avon is the home of the only private golf club in the county, Prestwick Country Club.
Eagle Creek Park, located 10 minutes northeast of Avon, is carved around a 1,300-acre reservoir, offering bike trails, footpaths, a nature center, a 27-hole golf course, an archery range, shelter houses and a swimming beach. Activities include cross-country skiing, sailing, canoeing and fishing.
Situated in nearby Pittsboro is Quail Creek, an amalgamated residential community and public golf course. The beautiful residential area is made up of maintenance-free, above-caliber homes.
The area provides an 18-hole golf course and is comprised of over 6,400 yards of land, allowing players to partake in either a challenging competition or a leisurely day of golf. The Quail Creek Club Room holds up to 150 people and is accessible for a variety of uses, including parties, wedding receptions and special events.
Residents who desire to observe nature’s more rare moments visit the White River Gardens. Composed of over three acres, this botanical experience sits just east of the Indianapolis Zoo entrance in downtown Indianapolis. Likewise, Garfield Park’s Conservatory is home to more than 500 tropical plants, a 15-foot waterfall and sunken gardens.
Area schools gladly offer their fields, tennis courts and baseball diamonds to groups during times when the athletic teams do not have scheduled practices. Kids who want structured teams and organized play without the formality flock to the Avon Junior Athletic Association’s calendar of sports to join.