The Parks and Recreation Department of Franklin, Indiana is a high-powered, well-oiled community service machine. Not content to let their residents commute 20 minutes to Indianapolis, they have created a city with self-contained activity centers offer everything locals need and then some.
Their mission statement is “to provide the opportunity for all community residents to enjoy safe, affordable and well maintained recreational facilities and a variety of quality leisure activities.” Judging from the comparatively high quantity and quality of city amenities the Parks and Recreation Department maintains, this group handily surpasses that goal. Below is a brief outline of the offerings of the Franklin Parks and Recreation Department.
First and foremost is the CARC, or the Franklin Cultural Arts and Recreation Center. This state-of-the-arts facility is comprised of 30,000 square feet containing well organized space for all the community activities you can imagine, and some that would not readily come to your mind. Who would expect a thoroughly modern climbing wall, complete with adventure climbing training, in the midst of a small city like Franklin, for example?
The CARC also contains a large fitness center, a stage and theater, a gymnasium, lockers and showers, the Arvin Activity Room and Beeson Hall, a rental hall that can accommodate up to 400 guests.
Next on the Parks and Recreation hit parade for Franklin are its various and sundry ongoing activity programs, including those for preschool, youth and adult. Some – but not all – of these programs include the Franklin Aquatics Programs, which include all kinds of swimming lessons, water aerobics, scuba diving lessons, diving lessons and lifeguard training. The Franklin Aquatics Programs have blossomed out to include swim teams, “Aquatots,” community swims, lap swims and “master swim team competitions.
Special events are important in Franklin, as a time for gathering the community together for fun, frolic and companionship. Whether it’s a city-wide art show, a holiday celebration, or something enticing such as the “Enchanted Luau,” Franklin inhabitants come together to experience these special events, offered with the health and fellowship of the community in mind.
Franklin parks maintained by the Parks and Recreation Department include the Franklin Action Parks (now closed indefinitely, due to extensive flood damage), the Franklin Robert C. Schmidt Memorial Park, Morgan Park, Province Park, Temple Park, Scott Park, Palmer Park and the Palmer Park Center, Blue Heron Park, Community Park, Payne Park, the Wonder Five Center (22,000 square feet of athletic courts, recreational spaces, a library and concessions), Greenlawn Cemetery, the Franklin Memorial Swimming Pool, the Cultural and Recreational Center and the Franklin Senior Center, a gathering place for Franklin residents in their golden years.
One of the main attractions to the Indy satellite community of Franklin is its Historic Greenway Trail. Created and maintained by the Parks and Recreations Department of Franklin, this is a walking trail through intense beauty and pioneer heritage that draws locals and non-locals alike.
Franklin Cultural Arts and Recreation Center
396 Branigin Blvd.
Franklin, IN 46131
Community Events: 346.1198
Facility Reservations: 346.1197
Wonder Five Center: 736.3695
Senior Center: 736.3696
Swimming Pool: 736.3685
Park Operations: 736.3693
Recreation Center: 736.3689
Beeson Hall: 317.346.1189
Web Addresses: http://www.franklin.in.gov/parks/carc.asp
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